About this host
We have a wall full of books. Several shelves are filled with children's books of all types. We are library-goers and book-buyers because literature has an important place in our household. If you have a bookworm or a child you'd like to encourage to love reading, this is a good place to be.
Our home is an all-boy home, but this doesn't mean we don't welcome children of all kinds. If you like climbing trees, jumping on the trampoline, and playing with cats and dogs, you will love it here.
We are a Latter-day Saint family. We homeschool our five boys and love it. The oldest is twelve and wants to be a programmer and roboticist. The second oldest is nine and loves to perform, whether that is singing, clowning, or storytelling. The third is six and loves to climb, jump, and tumble. He is our little gymnast. The fourth is four and is a naturalist at heart, always finding some creature or other and bringing it in to show us. The fifth is two and as smart as a whip, already speaking in sentences and singing primary songs by heart. Music is big in our home, with singing, piano playing, and guitar strumming common sounds to be heard. Drumming and whistling are our less charming sounds, but we're very good at those, too. Bill is the father of our home. He is the scoutmaster, a natural mentor type who sees the good in everyone he meets. He also works in the tech field as a database analyst and programmer. Katrina is the mother of our home. She's a nursery leader at church, former den leader, and former young women's leader. She's also the founder of the local new commonwealth school, and a long-time mentor for all ages. She is working on her degree in Neuroscience at BYU. Our family motto is, "If you want to have a happy life, do hard things." We also have two family cats and three family dogs, all mid-sized and very loving to strangers. Our cats are a Bombay and a Maine Coon. Our dogs are all mixes, one American Coon Hound, one Border Heeler, and the third is a mix of them. We believe strongly that our pets are part of the family and that animals have a special ability to sense and answer emotional needs in people without judgment.
The living room and toy den (which we call the "education room") are the indoor play areas. Meals will be served in the dining room, and water can be had in the kitchen from the refrigerator door. The bathroom is located down the hall near the bedrooms, but the bedrooms are off limits. The backyard is a wonderland, between the trampoline, the outdoor stage, and several very good climbing trees.
Interaction with Guests
I am available to help as a mentor/tutor for your children if you provide the materials you'd like studied. My strongest subjects are English and History, and I am currently studying Science as part of my BS in Neuroscience at BYU. I've taught three children to read so far, and have been homeschooling all subjects for nine years.
If you just want a playdate atmosphere for your kids, we can provide that, as well. I will provide a snack and facilitate games or other activities that may be requested, like drawing and play doh.
Other Things to Note
Our dogs are not shy. They will come right up to newcomers and sometimes lick faces. If your child is afraid of dogs, he or she may have a tough time here, although we are happy to try to facilitate an introduction on friendly terms. Kids who love animals will love visiting with us.
Water and food stay in the kitchen.
No climbing on indoor furniture.
Shoes off on the trampoline (and kept inside so dogs don't think they are chew toys).
Please watch your language and keep it clean.
Ask before taking.
Stay out of bedrooms (except for the education room which does have a loft bed/desk).
Kindness to people and animals.
Katrina was the first Momni I have booked and it went off without a hitch. She has fantastic communication skills and always responded to requests or questions very quickly as we worked out the details of the booking.