Thursday, August 24, 2017

Not Quite Ordinary Observations

Something about Today…Thursday, August 24, 2017

It’s cool again! Beautifully so! We opened windows last night and slept with fresh air. Our walk this morning was still a bit humid and still, but when it’s in the 60’s outside humid and still feels delightful after the what we’ve had lately.

Other than that, today is a normal Thursday. Which is nice. I like normal very much.

Something about the Week

With the exception of Monday being a bit off schedule, it has been a pretty routine week. That has been nice, especially after a summer of chaos and no routine. It does seem like there’s one off day every week, and the calendar indicates that will continue for a while – definitely through September. But, we have still been able to settle into the new school year well.

Something I Have Observed

Our cat Smokey loves hot weather. When it is warm, she does not want to be indoors. At all. She comes in for a few minutes in the morning and evening to eat and then begs to go right back out. She simply loves it outdoors. But, as the weather gets colder, it will be almost impossible to get her to go outside. She would much rather stay indoors and fuss at Angela’s cat all day long!

Something I Have Read or Heard

So many good thoughts lately! But, I think the one that is sticking with me the most right now is from our recently finished spiritual disciplines study.

“Because life never settles down, and since we will always feel as though we have more to do than time to do it, if we are ever going to make progress in godliness through the Spiritual Disciplines we must do so when life is like it is now.”

- Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald S. Whitney

Something on My Mind

I’m having one of those weeks when it’s hard to truly pinpoint what is on my mind. Many thoughts whirling and twirling as I try to continue to catch up for the summer AND move on into the fall. There are several needs on my heart and mind for our church, our friends and loved ones, and our family. I don’t say this piously when I say it’s really wonderful to be able to surrender them in prayer – I think I’d completely suffocate without that freedom! Too many thoughts and needs!

Something I’m Thankful for

The promise of fall!!! Friends who aren’t scared off by my weirdness. Haha!

Something about My Kids

Their new favorite thing is creating plays. Some improv, some written. Some with just the three of them, some with a group of friends from church. Some original and others based on mash-ups of favorite movies, tv shows, books, etc. All absolutely hilarious! I love imagination.

Something I’m Working on

Still school planning, moving more slowly now that it has to share space with the start of school as well as work and church. So, some days see more progress than others. But, Angie’s school year is done, so that’s one down!

Something from Hibbard Academy

The new year is going well. I didn’t take any first day of school pictures, and we haven’t really done anything to celebrate like we have done in recent years. I think we were all just so glad to see the summer end that the return of routine was celebration enough!

For eleventh grade, Olivia is tackling 20th century history, chemistry, Algebra 2, art history, world lit (focusing on literature from and about Africa, Asia, and Latin America), German, and Bible.

For eight grade, Angela is taking her last pre-high school walk through world history and enjoying general science, Algebra 1, a high school prep lit course, French, and some minor other additions.

Steven is straddling two Sonlight cores this year. First semester he will finish US history, then in January we will start an Eastern Hemisphere study that will cover the rest of fifth grade and all of sixth. He still processing through Dr. Wile’s history-based elementary science curriculum, although we are not trying to stay in line with where we are in history. We’re currently in Science in the Ancient World. Then there is the normal round of math and language arts work, supplemented by things like Wordly Wise, one last year of handwriting, and the Balance Benders that all three kids love.

All three kids are continuing piano through Busy Kids Do Piano, and Steven is adding guitar this year, starting with Kids Guitar Zone to get him kicked off.

I might do a more detailed post later, but I can definitely say we are enjoying everything for now!

Something That Makes Me Smile

Watching my kids enjoy being silly!

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Something Coming

A mostly normal weekend, I think. Church homecoming on Sunday, then another mostly routine week, with the exception of an extra meeting. Ah, nice!

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