Monday, February 20, 2012

February 20, 2012

We celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary yesterday, my birthday is this week and we are preparing for our upcoming vacation.  I think I mentioned we are going on a cruise.  I have purchased swim wear that provides more protection from the sun, along with a wide-brim hat.  We are all looking forward to our vacation.

Mom is here but I will be taking her back to her house this week, where she will stay until after our vacation.  My brother is moving into her house so she will still have someone staying with her.  She seems pretty upbeat about moving in with us.  Tomorrow she is getting together with a friend from her school days, which is nice.  Her friend lives fairly close to us.

Well, time for sleep.  Hope you are all well.

Monday, February 13, 2012

February 13, 2012

Just enough snow for two little boys........... try out their new sleds build a snowman
 ,,,more sledding...

 Later Ben told me he got really hungry so he ate the snowman's carrot nose.
and build a snow fort.  Awesome morning!

They had their fun and then it was melted and gone by the afternoon.  Tomorrow is suppose to be in the 50's.  Now this is a truly wonderful winter:).

Then they came in, ate some yummy homemade stew and cornbread and started on school work.

Hope you had a great day!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

February 12, 2012

We have a lot going on around here lately.  I don't remember how much I have already mentioned so forgive me if I repeat myself.  The  two biggest changes are:

1.  Dear husband is starting his own cash-only (meaning he won't be accepting insurance) practice.  He would like to keep working where he works currently (an urgent care clinic) as his new practice ramps up.  He discussed it with one of the owners recently and it did not go so well.  We are waiting to hear what they decide they want to do moving forward.  Dear husband has already signed a lease contract for office space.  He is working on the many details and hoping to start seeing patients around May-ish.

2.  My mom is going to be moving in with us.  She has been here with us since Wednesday and we have been discussing some of the details for her to move here.  This is something we had anticipated and planned for since we built this house and the main reason we made sure our guest room is on the first floor.  With some of the issues she has been having, it seems that this is the right time.  My sister and I both expected that, when this time came, there would be some resistance from mom.  Surprisingly, she is very excited about the move and seems to be really looking forward to it.  That is a nice surprise.  She tended to not get out enough when she lived alone and so she really ended up spending too much time alone and I don't think it was healthy for her.  I am hopeful that we will all be able to adjust to this move fairly smoothly.  I think we will.

Both of these things are huge changes for our family so we would greatly appreciate your prayers.

In other news, school is going well and we continue to chug along.

 Above is our finished salt map.  We had a lot of fun with this project.

These are Egyptian serpent headed throwing sticks.  The boys had a lot of fun painting them.  Boys, such as Moses, growing up in Egypt practiced throwing serpent headed throwing sticks at targets.  When they got good enough at it, they hunted with them.  Although we did not read this, I am guessing that the original throwing sticks were quite a bit longer than this and might have possibly had a sharp point on one end:).

Above is a picture of our messy kitchen and dining room during one school day.  It does get quite messy around here at times.

Last week we had our first day of adding a new spelling curriculum to our day.  It was not received with much excitement but I am hopeful that, once they are used to it, they will enjoy it.  I need to do a better job of planning and implementing our science.  I am not very impressed with some of the experiments so my excitement for doing it has waned a bit.  Must work on that.  Overall school is going very well.  Our current read aloud is Charlotte's Web and we recently finished The Borrowers.  Reading aloud is pretty much our favorite thing...for all of us.  I love it too:).

Break time!   ....and bed time for me.  Hope you have a great week.  Good night!