Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Not Quite Ordinary Observations

For Today...Tuesday, June 28, 2016

In the great outdoors...a relatively cool morning. The air definitely has that “gonna be a scorcher” edge to it, but I’m enjoying the fact that it’s only 74° at 7 AM! Our lows have been in the 80’s a lot lately, so this is nice! 

Within our four walls...very quiet. Olivia is usually our first riser, but she’s at camp this week. Steven has an internal alarm clock that frequently goes off somewhere between 6:15 and 6:30, but I haven’t seen him yet this morning. I’ll probably need to go check on him soon. Angela sets her alarm for 6:41 (because she’s fun and silly like that!), but she often doesn’t show her face for 20-30 minutes unless she has to. I’ll probably just leave them both alone until I finish this post, then go check on them!

A heart of thanksgiving...that the bump-up I had Sunday evening backing out of my driveway to go to church was at home and wasn’t anything serious (someone visiting our across the street neighbors parked on the street across from the end of our driveway; we have a VERY narrow street, and I misjudged the distance and didn’t miss his car), and that it happened at home so I could just send the kids back inside while we dealt with the details.

A heart of prayer...for the youth at camp this week. For our church to truly be alive in Christ and a light to this community.

Random observations...a fly just died on a school book beside me. That was odd. Oh, wait, he’s back up now. Ah, funny early morning experiences.

My silly children...don’t like to be away from each other. They don’t always get along, and they don’t always like to be together. But, Angie & Steven just aren’t too fond of Olivia being gone this week!

Thoughts from the kitchen...There’s a new recipe on the menu plan for lunch today, but Doug’s not going to be home. So, I might change that. Not sure. It’s hot, so it’s hard to think about heating up the kitchen that much more.

On my bookshelf...between books right now, but getting back to a reading plan. And a writing plan. And an editing plan. One of my goals is to find where I’m wasting time and tighten up the reins a bit so I can truly honor God with every ounce of my time. I know my spiritual and mental acuity is stronger when I’m reading and writing, so when I’m wasting time and avoiding those two “pleasures,” I’m also not doing everything I do for the glory of God.

Projects...school planning – my desk is a disaster, thanks to all the books scattered everywhere! Also, I need to do some sewing with Angie. She hit an early summer growth spurt, so much of what fit her in April does not fit her now. She hates to outgrow her clothes because she really does not like the styles in the stores! So, we’ll hopefully get a few things made for her.

Sounds of the moment...birds outside. And I think I heard a child head to the bathroom.

From Hibbard Academy...planning, planning, planning. The goal (by the end of July) is to get the whole year into My Well Planned Day so that it’s easy to make adjustments, keep the different subjects lined up (since I mix and match several curricula nowadays) as the year goes along, and keep up with grades (since I now have a high schooler and have to worry about transcripts!). Then, each week, I’ll transfer from the online planner to my paper planner and use that for the daily planning needs. I know I work for HEDUA, so in a way I’m obligated to say positive things about our planners. But, even before I was an employee, these were the first planners to ever really work for me. They make my organizational heart happy!

A favorite thing from last week...last week was VBS. I don’t know that I even REMEMBER last week! Although, a down day on Saturday was very nice!

The planner...this is a catch-up week after being gone to St. Louis for the SBC then diving into VBS. More school planning and enjoying some time with Steven & Angie. We’re going to an essential oils class tonight, but otherwise, we have a pretty clear social calendar. Just what we needed this week!

Because visuals are fun...creations from Angie & Steven (and if you’re not familiar with Doctor Who or Star Wars, this probably means nothing to you!)

Angie is very serious about protecting her Choffy.

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Steven built General Grievous using parts from a couple of battle droids and a few extra pieces.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

The House of Many Languages

So, my kids have started using DuoLingo this summer to keep their language learning minds sharp while taking a break from “formal” lessons. (Actually, all five of us are using it.) They make me laugh, because they aren’t satisfied with a single language.

In addition to the German and Polish that are being officially studied during the school year, we have Spanish, French, Norwegian, and Russian being pursued by various members of the family. Irish and Welsh were both explored temporarily as well, but those have fallen by the wayside.

Oh, and there’s been a request for ASL lessons.

I have no idea how they intend to keep it all straight, but it is fun to hear the fun phrases they’re learning, including, “They are not people.” Yeah, we have a lot of fun with that one.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Not Quite Ordinary Observations

For Today...Wednesday, June 22, 2016

In the great outdoors...hot and humid. Hello, summer. 

Within our four walls...quiet as the kids are slowly getting into the day. We’ve completed three of our five nights of VBS, and we’re all a bit sluggish this morning. I’m in the “office” trying to get a few things done before it’s too miserably hot to work in here. The breeze through the open windows is warm and sticky, but not too terribly hot yet.

A heart of thanksgiving...for the ability to leave this room and head into air conditioning; for a good (albeit, rather silly at times) start to VBS; for people who understand our breed of crazy.

A heart of prayer...for our music minister who will be having surgery in the morning and for others in our church who are dealing with illness, family crises, etc. – so many! For our Almyra farmers who are working out in the heat. For the Choates as they transition back to Honiara and hit the ground running with various meetings and conferences.

Random observations...

My silly children...were delirious last night after VBS. A busy week out of town for the SBC followed by five consecutive late nights of VBS for kids who are typically early-to-bed and early-to-rise have created some interesting dynamics in the Hibbard household! And Olivia will add youth camp to the streak next week. She’s going to be a zombie by the time July gets here!!

Thoughts from the kitchen...another new recipe today – a chicken pasta dish. I’m thankful for crock pot or quick one-dish meals this summer.

On my bookshelf...reading is on hold for a week or so.

Projects...Angela’s antebellum dress should be cut out soon, then she and I will work together to get it made. Other than that, the desk that I’d kept clean for quite some time is now completely covered in school books.

Sounds of the moment...birdsong wafting in through the windows.

From Hibbard Academy...school planning for the new year! It’s coming along decently, despite the full schedule of the past few weeks. I think the clutter on my desk – after growing accustomed to a clean desk – is a good motivator. And, I enjoy this anyway.

A favorite thing from last week...we had a great time in St. Louis, but coming home and relaxing was the best part.

The planner...VBS. I can’t even think past that!

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