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.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Last week, Jeff and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. We spent the weekend at a beautiful park. We rented a cabin with indoor plumbing! It also had heat. We were living in luxury for sure. And, the kids were having a great road trip of their own with grandparents.
This week begins our 2 week fall break with Jeff off all next week. It's sure to go quickly.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
|After the Jazz performance.|
|Quick look at the beach.|
|Three mile hike.|
|Earned his purple belt!|
|Beautiful sunset on the way home one evening.|
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
My problem is that my phone is an old, old Apple, and it won't automatically upload to my Google photo storage anymore. It's like I live in between two worlds! At one point things were working, though. And now the uploading has stopped.
Otherwise, all is well here, mostly. School is going well for my oldest. He is getting all A's at this point. The everyday aspects of public school wears on me. Also the rigid, inflexible attitudes. Yet, there are things they do that are better than my own offerings, namely math and science, so we adapt and move along.
Our homeschool is moving along nicely. We are able to keep up with our reading, which is an accomplishment with Sonlight in high school. Grace loves reading, so I think I have finally found her happy place. She really enjoyed "Romeo and Juliet." Right now she is reading "Jane Eyre." She is also requesting more C.S. Lewis books.
Trevor, doesn't share Grace's love of reading, but is flying through high school geometry at age 12, so I am happy. He has been working on reading "Huckleberry Finn." We read "Tom Sawyer" last year.
Last weekend we stayed in a quaint little cabin at a state recreation area located in a state forest. We had a great time riding our bikes, walking in the woods, and just hanging out together. We had to cancel our Labor Day camping trip due to Ryan having strep throat. That was a first, canceling due to illness.
This weekend we have a bike tour and family reunion. I am bringing a big pumpkin cake, pasta salad, and fruit. We will also get some fried chicken. I am looking forward to seeing my family. I hope I can ride my bike the required 10 miles.
We are busy with AWANA as Trek (Jr. High) leaders. My oldest still does karate. Life is full. I need to find a way to upload some pictures from my phone, but decided not to keep me from writing.