Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Not Quite Ordinary Observations

For Today...Tuesday, May 29, 2012

In the great outdoors...clouds and heat. It was so much more humid this morning than it has been lately. I’m thankful for the dry air we’ve had up until now. Now I’m just praying that this humidity turns into tomorrow and Thursday’s forecasted rain coming on through. We’re DRY! (But, without the storminess would be great, Lord!)

A heart of thanksgiving...for flexible children; for all of the recent review items that have been exactly what we needed; for unexpected financial blessings; for the clutter around the house that reminds me we have more than enough; that this is the week we get to visit with the Choates!

A heart of prayer...for rain, for babies with cancer, for friends with decisions to make or lives in transition.

My diversions...should I really admit this? A few days ago the free app of the day from Amazon’s app store was a new logic puzzle. I’ve really tried to stay away from some of those game apps. I have a few that I enjoy now and then, but I’ve tried not to go crazy. But, this one was a cross between logic problems and Sudoku, both of which I love! So, I’m trying to be good and set myself limits so I don’t spend a crazy amount of time working these puzzles. But, they are very fun diversions!

Thoughts from the kitchen...or maybe I should say smells from the kitchen…Doug has brisket in the roaster slow-cooking today. Every time I go in to switch out a load of laundry, I get a good whiff. No wonder I want to eat everything in sight today! I can’t dig into the brisket yet!

On my bookshelf...The Truth About the Lordship of Christ by John MacArthur, and The Traveler’s Gift didn’t get read last week so it’s been bumped to this week. There are several others on my shelf, but they’re not due for a few more weeks.

Projects...after nearly two years of only using the dryer, I’m going back to hanging out laundry. Such excitement. (Can you sense the sarcasm?) But, I know it’s going to be helpful in so many ways, so that makes it worth it! So how exactly does this rate being labeled a project? Well, we’ll be hanging a retractable line in the garage. That way I can hang clothes out rain or shine, I don’t have to be out in the direct summer sun to hang them out, and I don’t have to worry about surprises being left on my clean laundry by the many, many birds in our yard! So, the hanging of the line is “the project.”

Sounds of the moment...ceiling fan, the dryer (no, I haven’t started “the project” yet), and distant music.

Last week we learned...that we really do need to take every seventh week off. My grand homeschooling plan is six weeks on, one week off. But, I always try to push it. At the end of six weeks, I don’t feel like we need a rest. So, we go into the seventh week. But, we always end up dragging that week. Then in the eighth week, something goes nutsy (often Mommy!), and we end up doing what we did last week and canceling school at the last minute. If I would just go ahead and stick to the plan instead of trying to push, push, push, we’d be so much better off! Lesson learned. I will be diligent to take that seventh week off.

A favorite thing from last week...watching my kids all get into organization mode. Makes me proud! Steven even organized the Wii stuff one afternoon. He was so proud when he came and told me what he’d done! Yep, they do get some things from their mommy. Smile

The planner...school and housecleaning this week. Then on Friday night, OBU Night at the Travelers (Arkansas’ minor league team). The Choates will meet us there and then come spend the rest of the weekend with us. Yes, I’m excited!

Because visuals are fun...


Saturday, May 26, 2012

Happy Birthday, Olivia!

Is it really possible? Could my baby girl be turning eleven?


Olivia is truly a “tween” now. I love getting to know the young lady that she is becoming. But, I equally love the glimpses of little girl I still see peeking through now and then.


Over the past year, Olivia has discovered that she has something in common with Brad Paisley – her favorite color is camouflage!


I suppose that fits well with her love for tractors and all things mechanical. She loves gears and figuring out how things work.


But, she’s not all tomboy. The girlie side of her is still there. She might prefer pants and camo, but she’ll still play dress-up, too. When we went to pick out her birthday party plates, she loved a purple flowered design. Camo might be her new favorite color, but bold purple is still hanging in there, too! The balance in her personality is really precious to watch.


One of the neatest things to observe about Olivia has been her increased attitude of responsibility. We’ve added a newborn to our church family in recent months, and Olivia loves to hold her, even when she’s fussy. She takes care of things rather than just choosing activities for the fun of them.


She’s even chosen to get up earlier than usual lately (yes, the child who still loves her sleep!) just so she can fix breakfast smoothies every morning for the family and practice getting quicker in the kitchen. She also fixes sandwiches for herself and her brother and sister almost every night.


Olivia is growing spiritually, too. She notices things in Scripture in a way she never has before, and is learning how to apply them. And she really does want to be pleasing to her Savior in word and deed.


Over the past year, Olivia got her first pair of glasses, decided that she likes “real” movies as much as or more than cartoons, grew 3 1/2 inches, reached women’s shoe sizes, and learned a great deal about how to manage the quirks of her personality (and hormones! ACK!).


Olivia, you are precious to us! Thank you for keeping life interesting with your vivacious personality and endless curiosity. I sometimes wish you were still the little baby girl who captured my heart eleven years ago. You are just growing up so fast I can hardly keep up! But, I have to say that watching you grow up is such a delight that I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I’m getting a glimpse of what it will be like to be your friend as well as your mommy. I like that.


Happy birthday, sweetheart! We love you!

Friday, May 25, 2012

The Birthday Cut, Take 2!

Does anyone remember this post? I had already shared Olivia’s birthday pictures that day, but I had to go ahead and share the Locks of Love post as well. Hard to believe it’s been four years. It’s also hard to look at those pictures and then look at the young lady before me now. Where has my little girl gone?

(Momentary pause for reminiscing. Sigh.)

Well, Olivia decided that she wanted to donate her hair yet again. Our original intention was to join the Choates so Olivia and Sarah could donate together. But, that just didn’t work out. So, they’ll just be together at heart instead (and compare their new short hairdos next weekend when they do get to see each other again!).

Since Olivia couldn’t do it with Sarah, and I was due for a haircut anyway, I decided to go drastic and join her in donating.



It actually ended up being a good thing that we didn’t try to join the Choates for Locks of Love because I didn’t have ten inches and Olivia would have been pushing VERY close! But, another program called Children with Hairloss takes eight inches. So, we opted for that instead.



















Thank you, Laney, for helping us with our cuts! You did an awesome job!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Catching Up

I’ve been so neglectful…again! I always can tell it when I go back and look at pictures and realize how many I haven’t posted!

So, we’ll start with the earliest set and work on from there in the coming days. Working around Olivia’s birthday, of course!

The Friday before Mother’s Day was the first outdoor summer concert of the season for the  North Little Rock Community Band. But this time, Mom was in the concert. She plays saxophone, and even had a few solos. She didn’t actually make it fully into this picture, but this is the band.


Dad and my sister Renay were waiting for us when we got there. We all stretched out on the grass and enjoyed a wonderful show! It sprinkled on us a little bit, but nothing major. We followed the concert up with a trip across the parking lot to TCBY for a little evening treat!


Most of Mom’s concerts with the band fall at times we just can’t attend. We were definitely delighted we could attend this one!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


I went to bed last night exhausted, but with much left undone. I woke up this morning still exhausted…and behind. I plunged into the day determined to get the school prep finally done in time to salvage the school day.

Then I gave up and canceled school…for the week! Yeah, probably a little extreme, but I feel so much better now!

So far the results have been fantastic! We walked over to the community center to vote, went from there to the post office, and then came back home to get a few things done. My success for the morning? The kitchen is actually clean. I don’t mean that I’ve just caught up on the dishes. I mean that the clutter that seems to multiply on the counters has found its true home. There are still dishes drip-drying (I hate to dry dishes) on the counter, but the clutter is gone! Now all I need to do is wash refrigerator shelves.

Meanwhile, Steven spent much of his morning right here…


Those are comic books, by the way. Baby Blues and Asterix. I love to hear his chuckles, interspersed with occasional bursts of laughter. He has since moved on to join his sisters in their activities.

The girls proved this morning that they are, in fact, their mother’s daughters. Their morning chore was cleaning the bathrooms. But they didn’t just clean. They decided to clean out the cabinets and drawers. Organize. YES!!!

I asked them if they had anything else they wanted to organize.

They asked me if they could do the toy closet!!! 


Seriously? You had to ask? Yes, you have my permission to organize the toy closet. Smile 


The funniest thing happened around 10:45, though. I didn’t come out and tell them we were dismissing school for the day, much less for the week. Angela came in and said, “Mommy, since we’re doing all of this organizing, I’m not sure we’ll be finished in time to do school. Can we have the day off?”

“No, you my not have the day off.” It took them a little while to catch my meaning. Needless to say, they were delighted to replace “day” with “week!” I actually hoped we would make it until Olivia’s sewing camp in June before we took a break, but sanity required otherwise. And it’s okay. Just part of the delights of homeschooling!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Not Quite Ordinary Observations

For Today...Monday, May 21, 2012

(I’m trying out new thought starters this week. Who knows how much this will evolve over time!)

The great outdoors...require rain. The early summer cycle of rain skirting all around us or just staying in the clouds has begun. We are praying for a wetter summer than we’ve had the past few years – starting with an inch or two this week! I’d rather it not wait until Saturday because Olivia wants a pool party for her birthday. But, if that’s when we can get rain, we’ll make other birthday plans!

A heart of thanksgiving...for wisdom to talk through ways to make the summer easier; for children who are very self-directed in so many ways; for friends, new and old; for shelves full of resources to make homeschooling easier; for encouragement to stick with discipline.

A heart of prayer...for friends with sick children, for friends who need rest, for marriages that need healing and strengthening, for wisdom about how our little church can truly utilize the resources we do have to reach the community around us.

My diversions…I don’t know that there will be many diversions for me this week, other than taking time to just relax with my hubby. But, the nice thing is that some of my “work” is enough fun to feel like a diversion!

Thoughts from the kitchen…cooler cooking in the summer. See my projects below!

On my bookshelf...Praying with the Grain by Dr. Pedro Martinez is on the docket for this week. I’m halfway through the first chapter and really hoping the rest of the book follows suit. It’s off to a great start! I’m also hoping to get The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews read this week.

Projects...I’m experimenting with cooler ways to cook through the summer. Doug found an induction burner on sale last fall, and today I used the cast iron dutch oven on it to heat up the liquid ingredients for granola bars. Oh my goodness! What a difference it made! Very little heat was released into the air around the burner and pot, and the mixture itself cooked beautifully without bubbling and popping all over me.

The next experiment is baking bread in the roaster oven. I can put it out in the laundry room, which we keep closed up during the day anyway. Olivia is mixing up the bread right now, so we’ll know how that works in just a couple of hours.

Meanwhile, the crock pot has been sorely neglected of late. Mainly because I haven’t planned ahead. That will change this summer (both utilizing the crock pot and planning!).

Sounds of the moment...the thud of the stand mixer kneading bread dough in the kitchen. The gentle click of the ceiling fan above me. Frogs seeking shelter on our front door. They are so incredibly loud!

Last week we learned...just how much school work we can still get done even when the schedule needs to be tweaked. (And yes, we gained academic knowledge as well.)

A favorite thing from last week...cooler temperatures.

The planner...an online meeting tonight, haircuts for myself and Olivia at some point this week (hopefully!), a Bernina class for me on Friday, and then Olivia’s birthday Saturday!

Because visuals are fun...(and because I finally got pictures off the camera!)

Olivia and I are not “pink” girls. But, we both came out of our rooms wearing hot pink t-shirts Saturday! Such things have been happening with greater frequency lately…

Ann & Boo

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Not Quite Ordinary Observations

For Today...Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Outside my window...well…a little further than my window…outside in the fields. The growth is amazing. Wheat is several weeks ahead of schedule, and harvest has started. As we journeyed through rural Arkansas over the past couple of days, we were amazed to see how high the corn was and how much the rice had grown. It’s been quite an interesting spring.

I am thinking...about menu ideas.

I am thankful for...books. So many books. And children who love to read them. Oh the worlds they have and will continue to explore through those books!

I am wearing...black knit capris and a white sleeveless pullover top. Hair up in a clip. Black sandals that never came off when I got home from my monthly lunch with the Gleaners Sunday school class.

I am remembering...our last visit with the precious Choates. They are back in Arkansas, and we’ll get to see them again soon. I can’t wait!

I am going...to tame the chaos of this house. This week.

I am reading...The Messenger by Siri Mitchell and Jacob: Journaling the Journey by Michelle Lesley.

I am hoping...that Olivia’s birthday is warm enough for a swim day, but that otherwise the temperatures stay relatively low for at least a few more weeks.

I am hearing...my children playing together in their rooms. So happy. Having so much fun. So very much enjoying one another’s company. That’s a precious sound.

On my mind...a blog post that needs to be written.

Last week in the learning rooms...Olivia: New Zealand, the circulatory system, prepositions, math review; Angela & Steven: homes around the world, plants; Angela: mixed & improper fractions, volume, review of capitalization, punctuation, plurals, synonyms & antonyms; Steven – telling time, subtraction, consonant blends.

Noticing that...Olivia’s math book has gone AWOL. Hmmmm….Ah, she found it!

Pondering these words... Have you ever stopped to consider that God could have made just one food that provided all the nutrition we need? When we see the great variety of foods that grow on plants, we see the great goodness of God. He didn’t content Himself merely with providing for people’s nutritional needs: He created many different things for us to enjoy. ~from God’s Might Acts in Creation by Starr Meade

From the kitchen...Doug and the kids “enjoyed” leftovers today while I went to lunch with the Gleaners. Meanwhile, Doug and I are exploring new crock pot recipes.

Around the house...lots of clutter. Must be tamed.

A favorite thing from last week...watching Mom play with the North Little Rock Community Band in their first outdoor concert of the summer.

A few plans for the rest of the week...school, get the house tamed.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

A Precious Gift

Olivia left her homemade Mother’s Day card for me to find this morning. In it was written not only the normal “I love you’s” of Mother’s Day, but also a prayer. A precious prayer of thanksgiving to her Jesus for me. Wow, and definitely tears. There is nothing more precious to this mother than seeing the spiritual growth of my children! Nothing.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Missed Naps, a Link, and Today’s Laugh

Well, I was going to take a power nap. But you know what happens the moment you lie down! By the time I answered Olivia’s research question, solved Angela’s tech issue, and made my phone stop making little noises at me every time someone contributed to a Facebook “work” conversation I am involved in, I just couldn’t do get relaxed. So, here I am, taking a few minutes to chat with you before getting to my afternoon work.


First, the Days have set up Isabella’s CaringBridge page. Here is the link for any who are interested in keeping up with their journey: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/isabelladay


Now, for my funny of the day. I was checking Olivia’s math today and found this:

Problem: Write a number with a 4 in the billions’ place.

Olivia’s Answer: 4,444,444,444

Problem: Write a number with a 7 in the millions’ place:

Olivia’s Answer: 777,777,777,777

Problem: Write a number with and 8 in the ten millions’ place:

Olivia’s Answer: yep, you guessed it: 888,888,888,888,888

Her explanation was indeed the obvious one. “I made sure I couldn’t possibly get them wrong!”

And yes, she did have to go back and circle the one number in each answer that was in the correct place! Do you realize just how much fun school is going to be as that child gets further along? I love it!!!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Isabella Update

Here is today’s update from Leslie…

Alright sweet prayer partners, here is where we are. Tim and I are in the process of setting up Isabella's Caring Bridge site so that you all may check in on her at your convenience.
Isabella went into some respiratory distress the night before last and she spent the day yesterday in the ICU working hard to breathe. She was taken for a baseline MRI yesterday afternoon, and the breathing got worse. They had to intubate her and breathe for her. Let me be clear...she CAN breathe on her own, but she is having to work so hard that they wanted her to be able to rest and not do so much work. She lost 2 pounds yesterday trying to breathe. She spent last night in ICU again with the breathing tube and has done great. It has been the rest she so desperately needed. Here is what today holds...for now:) She will rest until about 12:30 when they will come get her for a nuclear scan that will tell us if this "nasty"blastoma has spread anywhere else. Of course we send that up as a request to the Father that there is no sign of it spreading. She will be in the scan for 4 hours. Pray! We are also waiting on a very vital piece to all of this which is a test being run on the tissue they took out to biopsy. I don't have it in me to go into all the details of the test, but the bottom line for all of you praying is this...PRAY FOR INTERMEDIATE, (not ROI, although I know they would love your prayers right now too:) but that this nasty cancer is in the INTERMEDIATE phase. God knows the details.

Continue to pray for the Respiratory therapist, Marie Claire. She is a precious Christian lady who just recently lost her dad to this ugly disease and has beautiful stories of faith to encourage our hearts right now. Also, her nurse today is Stephanie. pray for ministry opportunities during our small window of time with her today. Lastly, for Jason and the Nuclear medicine team that will have my baby for 4 hours today!

Thanks so much to those of you who specifically prayed for rest for our family last night. I went home and rested with my other 2 girlies and Tim stayed with Isabella. He is now resting with his phone in my pocket and his head on my lap. We love you all so much and I know you will forgive the scattered nature of this post. Contrary to what it seems, I DID sleep last night! Ha! Thanks again for all the prayers and support. Thank you will NEVER be adequate enough!!!

1Kings 8:56
Blessed be the Lord, who has given REST to his people Israel, according to all that He promised. There has not failed one word of all His good promise, which He promised through His servant Moses.

From Ann: Once I have the CaringBridge information, I will post that and let those of you who are interested keep up that way. To all who are praying, thank you again!

Monday, May 7, 2012


Earlier today I mentioned that I was praying for Isabella Day, 9-month-old daughter of my friends Tim & Leslie. Here is the update Tim posted just a little while ago, for any who are interested or have been praying today.

It has amazed our family at the number of people praying for Isabella and all the places around the world where our daughter is being lifted up to God. Today has been a day of many mixed emotions for Leslie and I, however we have constantly felt God's peace throughout the day. That is truly a God thing as it was very difficult for us to see them take her away not knowing what would happen during the surgery. Thankfully all went well today with the surgery. The surgeon was able to take a biopsy which has confirmed that the tumor is neuroblastoma and is malignant. They were unable to take the tumor out, but were able to put in a port which will be used for chemotherapy. There are going to be several more tests that will be run throughout the week which will determine if this cancer is "Intermediate" or "Advanced." Depending on what they find will determine the specific kind of chemo that will be used. At this time we have completed step 1 and we must wait for the 2nd step before moving forward. She is sleeping and resting in the surgery floor tonight and will be moved to the oncology floor tomorrow. We are holding her hands and loving on her as much as we can as we feel blessed that God has granted her one more day with us. We praise God that He guided the doctors throughout the surgery and is still in control as the doctors continue to seek more information prior to treating her. God is good...all the time! We ask that you pray specifically for the following:
1. Help Isabella not to be in too much pain and that she will be healed.
2. Help the cancer to be "Intermediate"
3. If not, allow God to demonstrate His healing hand through the "Advanced" neuroblastoma.
4. Be with Anna & Jaclyn as they deal with the changes in our lives
5. Be with Leslie and myself to have the strength and courage to face the pain of seeing our daughter facing neuroblastoma.
6. Pray for all the grandparents, aunts, and uncles who are by our sides through this difficult time.
7. Pray for Dr. Furlan as he decides the course of treatment for Isabella.
8. That God will use our circumstances to bring glory to His name.

Not Quite Ordinary Observations

For Today...Monday, May 7, 2012

Outside my window...rain! Beautiful, blessed, refreshing, wonderful, answer-to-prayer rain! As I listened to the thunder roll this morning, I didn’t know if the rain would actually get to us. But now that it truly is wet outside (and actually coming down steadily instead of in downpours) the thunder sounds wonderful. Praying that the farmers are getting a good soaking on all of their fields.

I am thinking...about how thankful for and spoiled by air conditioning I am.

I am thankful for...the rain, air conditioning, a hubby who is stopping to get milk so I don’t have to get out.

I am wearing...brown shorts and a light green top

I am creating...quite the mending pile.

I am remembering...life in Jordan without air conditioning. But, it was also without humidity.

I am going...to have to change books! I started reading a novel that I thought was due for review this week, but it’s not due until next week. Meanwhile, there’s a different one due this week. Oh well…at least I hadn’t gotten very far.

I am supposed to be reading...The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck. I had just started The Messenger by Siri Mitchell.

I am hoping...it rains all day long. That would be so wonderful! I’m also hoping the forecasted temps for the week hold up. I’ll give up this week at the pool if it means trading off humid 90’s for upper 70’s and low 80’s!

I am hearing...thunder, pencils scratching as the kids do their school work, Olivia rumbling through the supply closet.

On my mind...friends in need of prayer – church members in the hospital, sick, or just going through some stuff; also college friends/fellow MK’s Tim & Leslie Day. They took their 9-month-old twins Isabella and Jaclyn in for their routine check-up this past Tuesday, and the doctor found a mass in Isabella’s abdomen. Tests confirmed a tumor, and this morning she is having a rather lengthy surgery to explore, biopsy, and find out what’s next. They also have an older daughter named Anna.

From the learning rooms...I think I’m going to share what we learned last week, since I always type this up before I prep for the coming week. So….last week Angie & Steven learned more about how people live around the world. They also explored the surface tension of water and began learning about plants. Steven has been finding the pistil and stamen on every flower, real or fake, that he’s seen since then! Olivia studied Australia, and I think she’ll be finishing that unit over the next day or two. We also moved from the human digestive system to the respiratory system in science. I’m loving science this year! I think she is too!

Noticing that...it really is nice to have big kids.

From the kitchen...if we don’t have enough leftovers, then we’ll have teriyaki deer for lunch.

Around the house...still clutter. We spent more time on the yard Saturday than we’d intended, so we didn’t get as much done in the house. But, it was worth it!

A favorite thing from last week...our first swims! The kids and I went Friday, and then the Stones invited our whole Sunday school class over for burgers and a swim after church yesterday. The water was pretty chilly when we first jumped in, but it wasn’t too cold to enjoy. It only took a few minutes to get active and get our bodies used to it. And all of the little fishies who learned how to swim without their floats last year quickly regained their swimming skills!

A few plans for the rest of the week... “normal” most of the week. Then on Friday evening we get to go to the North Little Rock Community Band’s first summer performance. We’ve been to several of the outdoor performances over the past couple of years, but this year will be different because my mom is playing with the band now! Fun! Then on Saturday we have a special dinner to celebrate Olivia and some other girls from church who went through a class together. Finally, Mother’s Day! We haven’t been to Monroe since Christmas, so we’ll be heading down there for a quick trip after church on Sunday. Glad we get the calm week before the busy weekend.

A picture worth sharing...I’d hoped to share pictures of our young fruit. But, since it’s raining I can’t go out and take them. It’s worth it! I’ll share those later this week.

PS – If you tried to click the Choffy link last week and couldn’t get through, it’s fixed now! Or, better yet, here it is again:


I think I just might need a cup as I settle in to work this morning.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Friday Hodge-Podge

So, here it goes. Just all of the things that are on my brain from the week.
  • I love my homemade laundry detergent so much that I decided to try some homemade dishwasher detergent. It’s insanely easy – equal parts Borax and washing soda, with some lemonade powder for scent. Can’t wait to try out my first load! I really hope it works well.
  • The kids have been absolutely pinging this week. Apparently they’re not the only ones. Some of my friends are blaming the super moon. Who am I to argue? Something’s gotten into them!
  • Of course, I can’t say much for myself, either. I haven’t had the energy my kids have had, but I’ve had the distraction! Getting things accomplished this week has been a bit of a challenge.
  • On a totally different note, it’s hard to believe it’s already May. Then again, with the weather we’re having, it’s a bit hard to believe it’s only May.
  • And now that it’s May and Olivia’s birthday is only three weeks away, Angela has decided that she wants to make Olivia’s birthday present instead of buying her one. Why couldn’t she have decided that when I asked her three weeks ago?
  • Changing the subject again, have you heard of Choffy? It’s ground cacao beans that you brew like coffee (preferably in a French press). Since it’s pure cacao beans, there’s no added sugar or anything else. Low calorie with the health benefits of dark chocolate. Um, yes, thank you!! For someone who doesn’t like coffee or tea but does enjoy a warm beverage in the mornings, Choffy is perfect!!!!! I do add just a touch of creamer to cut the bitterness, and some of my friends add both creamer and sugar. But, the more I drink it, the less creamer it seems to need. (Oh, and just FYI, if you follow the link above, you’ll get to our Choffy page. We signed up to be distributors because we know we’ll be buying it and there aren’t really any local distributors. Just didn’t want to be misleading in case you did decide to buy some and try it out.)
  • There’s probably more on my brain, but it’s time to start school. And the sooner we’re done with school, the sooner I can get the rest of my tasks done. And the sooner I get my tasks done, the more relaxed the rest of my day will be in anticipation of some at-home date time with my wonderful hubby! YAY!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Something I Want to Remember

I love how Olivia’s brain works. Here’s what she came up with today…

Olivia: I was thinking this morning, and I discovered one situation where “um” would be an acceptable answer to a question.

Me: Oh, really?

Olivia: Yep. It’s the correct answer to the question, “What is the singular neuter nominative ending in Latin?”

(She then went on to describe a scenario.)

It would be funny if there was a Latin class with a new girl, and the teacher asked her, “What is the singular neuter nominative ending?”

The girl would look confused and say, “Um…”

And the teacher would respond, “Correct! Very good! Now, moving on…”

This tale was followed by a delighted cackle, accompanied by a hearty chuckle on my own part. Oh, and yet another silent “thank you” to the folks of Visual Latin.

Just for the record, I’m not one of these homeschoolers who dives into Latin from the get-go. In fact, I really had no plans to teach it. But, Doug and I were talking about how helpful it might be to learn some foundational Latin, and I started looking into Latin programs. About that time, I got an email stating that Visual Latin was up for review for Home Educating Family’s review site. Being on the review team, I snatched it up, and we have had so much fun! And yes, that’s even before taking into consideration the “um” scenarios my child makes up along the way!