Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Saturday morning we ran some errands, then we made the trip up to church to see the Christmas musical. Afterwards we had dinner with my parents and grandmother. It was a special evening.
Sunday we were back to church with no special afternoon plans, so we watched an old movie starring Bing Crosby, Going My Way. I made a big lasagna, and we worked on Christmas cards, finally.
This week we have 2 parties and a karate competition. Life is full!
Monday, December 8, 2014
|She doesn't like the train under the tree.|
This past weekend we had Jeff's company Christmas party at a fancy hotel to attend. I even got to purchase a new dress! I have not been all dressed up in a very long time. We had a great time. Jeff has nice coworkers, plus there was a pretty decent live band. Oh, and the food was endless. Each employee was given a hotel room, but we had to decline since we have church and children to attend to.
We also attended our annual Christmas brunch with dear family who live in a retirement home that goes all out for this event, another delicious buffet and wonderful live piano music. I ate too much, again! And we love spending time with family.
This week is super busy, too with a couple jazz band events for our oldest, a mom gathering for me to attend, and the usual activities. I am also excited that we have reached week 17 in our Sonlight. Just 19 more to go. We sure are enjoying all the great books, having just finished The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom.
I think I forgot to mention that I received an early Christmas gift from my mom. She got me a Keurig! I had wanted one for a long time, when she got one. Then I had just about decided that I really didn't want one after all, when she brought me one at Thanksgiving! We have been having lots of fun trying new flavors. They are expensive, so we are trying to pace ourselves.
Saturday, November 29, 2014
We hosted Thanksgiving this year. Typically I stress out about hosting. Thankfully this year was different. I started praying for a peaceful heart several days in advance. I prayed over my menu. I prayed over my housekeeping plan. I hired my kids at $5 an hour to help with little projects that were out of the ordinary, like vacuuming the stairs, washing cabinets, and dusting baseboards. It ended up that I only needed one man hour. I had a great plan, and started the Monday before Thanksgiving, each day after lessons. By Thursday, only a few things had to be done. And the day went pretty well, too!
Monday, November 17, 2014
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Monday was back to school and work for all five of us. It is always hard to send my oldest off to school, but he really loves it, so I am adjusting. That afternoon he needed me to pick him up because he was bringing a guitar to school that he could not take home on the bus very easily. He also wanted me to take him to Target to get a new CD.
Nothing much went on Tuesday except for school and laundry. By Wednesday, we decided to take the day off from school to celebrate our birthday boy.
We could not have a full birthday celebration with church that night, but we did manage to spoil him pretty rotten. Grace and I blindfolded him and took him to lunch at his favorite restaurant, Panda Express. Then we got him a DQ ice cream cake for after church. In the afternoon, I let them rent a movie, Muppets Most Wanted.
Our week otherwise was pretty uneventful. Ryan also took the PSAT on Wednesday. He and I went to dinner on Thursday before his karate class on Thursday. Friday we stayed home and enjoyed a nice quiet Halloween. The weather turned out to be the most frightful part of the day. It was a snowy, rainy, windy night. Jeff set up my bike trainer, and we are all making good use of it.
Friday, October 24, 2014
Last week, we got to do a variety of things. I visited with my paternal grandmother, who is moving back to the area. We still had our weekly evening activities, which kept us busy, too. We rode our bikes every day. We got ready for our camping trip. We celebrated my birthday. Grace went on a special trip with grandparents to see family in North Carolina. The boys and I enjoyed some bonding time at the guitar store.
This week, we spent a few days at our favorite state park, Indiana Dunes. Being able to go during the week is always special, as the park is less crowded. We also spent a whole day with family who live in the area. We have never camped in such cold temperatures, but we survived.
We are so blessed to have had a wonderful fall break. I'm totally loving this "balanced calendar" of the local public school.
Friday, October 17, 2014
|Comparing our feet! Mine are women's 12.|
Now, I am in shock. I do not know anyone with that size of foot. And he is not yet 13. Not to mention that recently I had to buy him 36 inseam pants. All his clothes in fact are too small. I am praying his winter coat is OK. Boots? Ha! Who can afford those? He is 6 feet tall with size 14 shoes. I am in shock. I am in shock.