Friedman Fam Update – Mid April 2021

We’ve had a wild week here at with the Friedman Fam! Here is the run down:

Craig is in the field – he has been for about 2 weeks now. That means late nights and early mornings. They got done spraying anhydrous so now they wait for the soil to warm up before they can plant – it doesn’t look like that will happen in the next 10 days or so. The other night was the first family meal we had together in awhile so I wanted to snap a few pictures – a very typical scene – Craig making funny faces, Carver isn’t wearing any clothes, Gannon is giggling, and I’m taking pictures for the blog.

Craig was off on Sunday, remember Kelli went into labor? Yeah – thank goodness Craig was home while I ran around and helped mom get Georgia and get everything coordinated. When we got home and waited to hear from Kelli and Jason, we decided to load up and go for a bike ride – our first one of the season! We just went around town, got to try out the new trailer we got Gannon for Christmas, Carver wanted to visit Papa Moo’s rock. Boy are we out of shape! Craig and I were winded from our toodle around town!

While we were at the cemetery, my brother Karl called – he needed help with his dryer. We loaded up and rode on over – just a few blocks away. Uncle Karl is SUPER cool and just got a new piano in his house that kept the kids entertained while the men worked! Then we had a family jam session. It was so fun. Craig can actually play better than I can – he was a drummer/percussionist all through high school!

My “not very photogenic” son Gannon is FINALLY getting past the terrible 18 months old of where he refused to have his picture taken! I’ve gotten a few selfies from these two while I was at work. Gannon doesn’t say much but boy does his smile say so much more! He climbed right up on the counter and ate all the chicken out of my greek salad the other day – couldn’t help but just laugh 🙂

Carver has been a master reader – he LOVES Dick and Jane books and begs us every night to read with him or practice his sight words! He would read all night if we let him! He’s doing GREAT and we are so proud of him. The other day he lost a very important piece to Craig’s XBOX controller – the battery cover. ALL DAY LONG he searched and searched and searched and asked me to help him move the couches and take the cushions off and he actually found it! I know that seems like a strange accomplishment to be proud of but he worked REALLY HARD to find it! As proud as we are of his reading accomplishments, Carver has been obsessed with guns lately. He’s obsessed with Nerf guns and squirt guns and building guns out of legos. At 4.5 years old, we don’t feel he is mature enough to understand the full scope of what it means to play guns and own guns of any kind really.

We are NOT gun people. Craig owns a gun, it is taken apart and scattered throughout the house so there is NO chance the boys could ever get ahold of it. Craig doesn’t hunt, I don’t hunt, and while I did trapshooting in high school, I don’t currently own a gun and I haven’t shot one since. When the time comes, Carver will take the gun safety course and go through the process, we will probably send him to his uncle Buck (who collects and creates and ships ammo and gun parts) or his uncle Karl to learn all about them. There is a time and place for guns to be introduced into a child’s life and Carver is not ready. We aren’t sure where this sudden obsession stemmed from but we have had EXTENSIVE discussions about gun safety and the dangers of guns and we just aren’t ready for that yet.

He is however obsessed with the weather and we love watching storm chasing videos as a family! He loves to look at the clouds – his favorite kind are nimbus clouds. He always points them out if he sees them! He does a pretty good job! Craig and I both wanted to be meteorologists growing up so it’s a fun family interest! Severe weather season is coming and it will be fun to share our love of weather with him this year.

And finally, I did something that I should have done a LONG time ago. Now that we refinanced our house and the paperwork is signed, I care a little less about my credit score. So I officially CLOSED our credit card accounts. Our Citi card has been inactive for a LONG time – probably 18 months ago when we paid it off. But our Discover card was still saved in my PayPal account….and I may or may not have put a few things on my Discover card this past Winter. I’m so ashamed to admit that! These cards have been cut up since July 2019 but STILL somehow found a way to get a balance. Nothing crazy of course, now that the balance is paid off I cancelled them both today and I’m ready to watch my near PERFECT credit score plummet knowing I will never own a credit card in my life again!

That’s the Friedman report! I’ve got blog posts lined up for the whole week so keep checking back! SEE YAH!

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  1. Barbara
    April 17, 2021 / 6:48 pm

    Try searching ‘Weather school with Ed’ on FB. He did online weather classes during the pandemic when the kids were out of school. He’s the meteorologist in Myrtle Beach. He’s the first weatherman that I’ve seen so involved in the community.
    I follow your mother’s blog on FB and saw your post about Carver liking weather.

  2. Paula Nordt
    April 17, 2021 / 8:16 pm

    I enjoy reading about your family escapades, but I’m wondering if there is any way to make your blog font darker and the comment font also. It is very hard to read, because it more gray than black.

  3. Susan the Farm Quilter
    April 18, 2021 / 1:42 am

    I’m with Paula…older eyes have trouble with reading light on light. Yay for a dinner together! Gannon is so cute, it’s nice that he’s all right with getting his picture taken again. Carver’s persistence in locating the piece of the controller he lost is a good trait to have and I’m glad he found it. About the gun thing, I find it funny that it seems to be universal among kids, whether they are a part of our family life or not – I remember finding sticks in the right shape with my brother! My dad didn’t hunt either but did teach us to shoot a pellet gun and a .22 when my brother and I were about 10. We were old enough to understand gun safety he taught us as there were no formal classes way back then! So nice to see how much you and Craig both cherish the family time you do have together as those boys are growing up so fast!!!

  4. Terri
    April 20, 2021 / 4:33 am

    I agree with Paula and Susan re: darker font, I was just too lazy to bring it up first.
    I enjoy reading about the goings on in your large family. Keep up the good work.

  5. April 20, 2021 / 3:01 pm

    Darling photos, Kalissa! Can’t believe you no longer have a credit card for emergencies. That seems like a really bold move. While I prefer to use cash, I can’t imagine EVER canceling my accounts!

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