Thanks to our friend @katiecollyer we were able to spend Sunday afternoon on a sheep farm loving on all the little lambs — some just days old. Will doesn’t especially enjoy being photographed but he was uncharacteristically silly on this day and his hat was too FANTASTIC not to share. It was a gift from his preschool teacher and we giggle hysterically every time he wears it. Yesterday, as we were giggling, Will said, “I don’t know why you guys are laughing...I look amazing in this thing!” His older sister was quick to point out that his hat looked just like the backside of the sheep he was standing next to. At that point we were in tears but Will never wavered — his hat stayed on for the entire field trip. #growinguptrusty #bearcub
Doesn’t it feel good to be surrounded by the things you love? Cake plate. Gift from mom. Cow creamer. Gift from Granny. Angel sitting in the sink. Gift from God. When you finally make your way home after 2 years of waiting on the other side of the world, it’s fun to try the all the things you missed. And because every “baby” needs a sink bath photo for the scrapbook. #growinguptrusty #katiehui
Temperatures this week have rivaled Antarctica (for real ... -38 windchill) but here inside the Trusty home, all is warm, cozy and bright. And the surprise sunshine, well, she was welcomed with open arms. We just finished our second E-Learning day and have read, baked, bubble bathed and snuggled. Homework packets are complete and clean PJs are on! A round of snow is headed our way, so a mandatory pot of soup is on the stove and Netflix is queued up. Today was so perfect that I almost forgot about the part where the kids wrecked daddy’s drone into the chimney (it’s still hanging there). Or, that someone took a screwdriver and removed batteries from 27 various electronics and the screws from 3 doorknobs. There was that bit about slime on not one, but TWO area rugs ...oh, and somebody took a bite out of every single cheese stick before kindly putting them back in the bag. I mean other than that - today was picture perfect. The stuff that dreams are made of! #growinguptrusty #winningsohard
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It’s almost Valentine’s Day and you know what that means!! It’s time to show your LOVE for the littles in our community who don’t have enough to fill their bellies. For these children.... FOOD CHANGES EVERYTHING! So put down the Whitman Sampler and order one of these beauties instead. For just 20$ you get an awesome boutique quality t-shirt and feed one child every weekend during the month of February. How cool is that? Our goal — to sell 335 shirts to sponsor 335 elementary aged children with food insecurities at home. Guaranteed arrival before Valentine’s Day and guaranteed to make YOU FEEL GOOD! Now use your pretty little fingers to sponsor a kid today! Oh, and don’t forget to comment when you have ordered. We want to celebrate your awesomeness.
A few months ago, Nola had the opportunity to swim with a handful of wild manatee in Florida. A literal dream come true. The staff at the Crystal River Refuge was so impressed with her passion (yup - she cried) and freakish amount of knowledge that they asked Nola if she would like to name the newest baby of the herd. She didn’t hesitate before naming the 800lb little lady, “Rosie!” What Nola didn’t know was that she was invited back this weekend to swim with a FEW HUNDRED manatee as they have now migrated into the river for warmth this winter. She and Dennis have landed in the sunshine state and are now making their way to the refuge for what will surely be one of the most memorable days in her 9 years of life. So, my friends, the next time you are swimming in Florida and come across a beauty with 5 diagonal scars on her tail, her name is Rosie — after a landlocked girl in the Midwest with THE BIGGEST heart for animals. #nolarose #rosiethemanatee #growinguptrusty
Every once in a while, Rosie Roo writes something that makes me do a double-take. I was cleaning out her backpack a few weeks ago and stumble upon a piece of paper. There I found some pretty powerful words for a 9 year old. And, by chance, I captured those words in a photograph just the day before. Are you ready? My little love wrote, “The wind tickles my face...cold like an ice cube...and I breathe in the freshness.” When I asked her to tell me about it, she went on to say she was inspired by a book she was reading and the red leaf pile she raked with her brother Jack. That’s when my teacher heart went THUMP, THUMP, THUMP. And my mama heart? Well, it almost burst. #growinguptrusty
Katie chose to spend her special one-on-one day at the happiest place on earth. Disney World! She conquered her first roller coaster, ate a giant carmel apple, and soaked up the carnival like atmosphere. Her favorite ride was The Mad Tea Party...followed closely by Dumbo! I loved watching her press her nose against the bakery case — choosing the perfect confection. Swinging a popcorn bucket while waiting for The Pirates of the Caribbean. But my favorite...dinner at The Beast Castle. Her little mouth popped open when it started to snow. #katiehui #growinguptrusty
Here you have it, folks! The 2018 Anna Maria Island clam eating champion! Jack barely snagged the win, with Kate hot on his heels, but he eventually walked away with the title and trophy! So, how many fried clams did this kid throw down? We lost count but it was enough to need a little hammock rest before hitting the beach in the afternoon. *Random Tidbit: If you have ever wondered what my dad looks like — well, exactly like this! #growinguptrusty #justjack #undefeatedchampion
Who chipped a tooth on vacation? Well, that would be Bear. The horseplay got a little out of hand and a small bit of his front tooth broke off. Thank goodness kids come with two sets of chompers! #growinguptrusty
Guess who got to squeeze her best friend on the beach? Yup — Kate! It’s always a good time when these China sisters reunite. And a busy time, too. You see, Kate and Jewel have been cut from the same mischievous cloth! Trying to photograph them together is nearly impossible but a challenge Jewel’s mama and I happily take on. In a million years I would have never guessed that when we welcomed Kate into our family, we were adding the Christakos family, too. We love them to China and back and are thankful for the unexpected blessing of their friendship and love. *When I showed Kate the first picture she said, “Oh, wow! Look at us. We’re so beautifus!” #growinguptrusty #kateandjewel
We are back from the beach with tan lines and sweet memories. This trip was special for so many reasons. Unplugged family time. Hours spent with special friends. Late night laughs and special one-on-one and/or buddy experiences. After I finish cleaning the sand from the car, I will get to work retrieving photos. I can’t wait to show you what kind of mischief we cranked up! Who chipped a front tooth? Who snorkeled with manatee? Who was tall enough for a roller coaster ride? Who swam with dolphins? And the big one....who was crowned the 2018 clam eating champion of the year! It was a real nail-biter, my friends! #growinguptrusty #travelingtrustys
Rosie recently told me she wasn’t sure she wanted to go to college anymore...her true passion was baking. I told her I understood being driven by passion and the desire to create. I get that - I really do. So imagine my shock when she smiled and replied, “Good. Then you won’t take it so hard when I move to France to become a pastry chef.” After picking up my chin, I took the opportunity to remind her about the agonizing 4 months of bedrest I endured while trying to carry her full term. She wasn’t phased. So, I pulled out the big guns and reminded her about the dinner oath. Yes, you heard me right...dinner oath. On a regular basis I have the littles state their full name while holding their right hand up in the air. Next comes the bit where they promise to return home every Sunday for dinner for The. Rest. Of. Their. Lives. It’s clear now that Rosie isn’t taking the oath seriously and is moving to France. #growinguptrusty
Mom’s eye view....kinda like bird’s eye view but only better. #growinguptrusty #katiehui #candidchildhood #childhoodunplugged
Today is the first official day of Fall and Indiana is cooperating! The Trustys (along with every other Hoosier) migrated to the orchard for apples...enough for pies, cobblers and sauce! The air was crisp, the skies overcast and the fruit - deliciously sweet. Somewhere between fresh apples and homemade donuts, we raced down rows, climbed a fence and explored a neighboring soybean field. #growinguptrusty #appleseason #sweethomeindiana @candidchildhood
I have no idea what “Ed Sheeran” did, but it looks like he got an ear full! It also looks like his listening skills could use some fine tuning!
Jack is holding onto Summer with both hands! My little buddy, who wishes to be called Coyote, has been outside since 9am catching frogs, identifying bugs, trapping bees, and exploring the creek bed behind the house. He’s been “boy-ing” all day with no end in sight. #growinguptrusty #justjack @coyotepeterson @bravewilderness
What a special night for Rosie...her first concert shared with a best friend! #growinguptrusty #nolaandstella #taylorswift
Rosie and I were made for adventure — wanderlust so deep in the soul it’s almost impossible to stay put. Head on over to the blog (trustypartyofsix.com) for Rosie’s first trip to France. Hang with me as I dig out my blogging hiatus to celebrate a tiny girl in a red beret. #growinguptrusty #rosieroo 📷 credit @dennistrusty
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my favorite guy! Dennis turned 39 today and the kids are working on something extra special ...1 fever. 1 sick stomach. 1 fading fast. His birthday plans have been canceled and replaced with a night of Disney movies in the pit of misery — our bedroom, where small, germ infested people congregate and commiserate.
I was just sitting here thinking how I could salvage his special day and the doorbell rang. Dennis sent a delivery of supplies to the infirmed and some lunch for the nurse. Kinda got me thinking...we should celebrate this guy more than once a year! #growinguptrusty #happybirthday #39ismightyfine