Monday, July 11, 2016

Not Quite Ordinary Observations

For Today...Monday, July 11, 2016

In the great outdoors...a reprieve! Yesterday afternoon, a thunderstorm swept through and dropped the temperature a full 25 degrees! Although it didn’t get much cooler overnight, it also hasn’t warmed up today. So, despite the pretty high humidity, we’re enjoying the mid-70’s for as long as we can. It’s supposed to get back up into the mid to upper 90’s by this afternoon, but I’m just not going to think about that! 

Within our four walls...very quiet. We had a late night last night, so the kids are all quietly progressing through their morning while I work down my checklist before “going to work.”

A heart of thanksgiving...for the cool weather.

A heart of prayer...for so many things. I am so thankful for the Holy Spirit’s ability to help gather my jumbled cries and turn them into effective prayers. My heart aches over so many needs and issues (for lack of a better word right now), and it’s hard sometimes to truly pour it all out in words. Yes, even for someone whose “expertise” is words. Yet, the Lord still hears me and still responds in such amazing ways.

Thoughts from the kitchen...rotisserie chicken. Not on the menu plan, but Steven loves them, so we snagged him one over the weekend. Chicken, rice, and green beans sound like a good lunch.

On my bookshelf...school books. The shelf is just full of school books as I continue to process through planning.

Projects...Angela’s dress is finished (mostly done on her own). I have a thought for Steven’s birthday – I suppose I need to get going on that! 

Sounds of the moment...crickets. The birds are usually incredibly loud around this time of the morning, but they are much more in the background today. Well, except the crow in the back yard.

From Hibbard Academy...I almost have Olivia’s sophomore year laid out. Just literature left. Steven and Angie should be much easier since I don’t have to worry about how all of the assignments will be graded and how much weight they will carry toward the overall grade.

A favorite thing from last week...rain on Saturday. I love rain!

The planner...this is a meeting week for Doug, so our evenings will be a little “off.” But, we’ll all get to enjoy time with friends Tuesday evening., Otherwise, it’s a week of preparing for the upcoming three weeks – our last gasp of insanity for the summer as the girls and I go to PraiseWorks next week, then we send Doug off to Peru for the two weeks after that.

Because visuals are fun...Angie bright and colorful dress

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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.