Friday, January 19, 2018

Weekly Wrap Up - The One With the Announcement

The girls' youth group had an all night event over the weekend. We dropped them off at 5:30 on Saturday evening and retrieved them a little after noon Sunday, after church services were done.  There was jousting, knocker ball, a trip to the indoor jump park, and of course lots of food, praise and worship and a message by an awesome youth pastor from another church.   I've searched the photos for a good shot of Olivia, to no avail.   However you can see the bottom of her shoes as she wipes out in the background of this photos.
 Here's Lindsey preparing to joust.  She was apparently very good in this event.
This is what teenagers look like in the afternoon when they come home from such an event.
Monday I let the girls sleep in a bit.  Lindsey was up by 8:15am (that's late for her).  I finally woke Olivia at 10am.  The day was slow going and groggy, but lessons were finally completed.   Lindsey had sewing in the evening, and poor Olivia had basketball practice from 7pm-9pm.  She was so incredibly tired when she came home.

Tuesday was a more productive day and the school work went much faster.   Lindsey had a pre-algebra exam.   Olivia actually finished her lessons before Lindsey (this rarely happens) and was able to sit and read about WWII for a while.  She was supposed to have a basketball scrimmage in the evening, but we were under storm watch/warning and the other team cancelled...we of course still had practice that lasted until 7pm.

Wednesday morning we awoke to snow/ice, only about an inch total.  The temperatures were in the teens again, so everything that fell stuck pretty quickly.   All activities, including church in the evening were cancelled.   We had a great relaxed day of school with no pressure to get done and rush out the door. Olivia had a biology test and civics test and did really well on both, thank goodness! We had a leisurely family dinner after the husband got home from work.  I do hate for him to have to be out traveling when it's like this.

Thursday I had a meeting at church midday.  The church driveway is pretty steep, and still covered in snow/ice.  I saw that it was going to be a sheet of ice for Friday morning due to the melting and refreezing, so I cancelled co-op for Friday.  While I was gone, Lindsey made this really cool replica of Shakespeare's theater in her history class.   She'll be performing scenes from Romeo and Juliette as well as Julius Caesar next week (via stick puppet).
Thursday evening saw us heading out to basketball again.  This was only a 1 hour practice and gave us time to stop by the library for a few movies for the weekend.  We picked up National Treasure 1 & 2.

Friday (today) was kind of a free day since co-op was cancelled.   Lindsey will be finishing an apron she started in sewing class (photos coming next week, I hope).   We'll be hitting the grocery store, and getting the oil sensor fixed in the van as well, not in that order.

For those of you waiting for the big announcement, here it is.....Olivia and I will be travelling to Haiti in July on a missions trip.  She's very excited and we're scurrying to make deadlines for shots, fundraisers etc.   You can read all about it here.    If you would like to make a financial donation towards our trip, we'd greatly appreciate.   Send me a message and I'll get information to you about how you can donate.

How are things in your part of the country?
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Monday, January 15, 2018

Haiti - 2018

Well the title kind of gives it away, but hey...we're going to Haiti!!   When I say we, I mean Olivia and I.    I guess I need to back up and start from the beginning now that your interest has been piqued.

One of the biggest things I try to teach the kids is to hear from God for themselves.   I don't want them doing this whole "church thing" just because that's what our family does on certain days of the week.

When Olivia said she wanted to discuss something with me, the last thing I was expecting was for her to say she wanted to go on a missions trip.   She's not a moved by compassion kind of teen (she is very much like her mother, ahem).   But she said that she felt like this is what God's speaking to her about doing.   I discussed it with my husband, and seeing as the girl will be 15 at the time of the trip, there's no way in the world we're letting her go alone (even though it's with a group from our church).  He thought it better for me to go with her, she agreed she'd feel more comfortable traveling out of country with yeah, I'm heading to Haiti in July (although March isn't totally out if her passport comes in time.)

We went the last week of December and applied for Olivia's passport.  I have my passport from my last missions trip to Ethiopia.   I was surprised at the differences in getting a passport for a minor compared to that of an adult.     I need to call and make an appointment for immunizations next.

There's lots to be done from scheduling (both for the trip and for Lindsey here at home), fundraising, and working on  getting a plan for what we'll be doing while there.   The group we're going with will tweak the trip for the skills/abilities/gifting of those who are going so that we're all able to be a part of whats being done.

So, be expecting updates along the way.    If any of you would like to donate funds to support the trip financially let me know.    I'd love to have you praying with and for us!  Can't wait to share more!

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Weekly Wrap Up - The Warm(er) One

Monday brought in temperatures that were above freezing for the first time in two weeks.  I'd kind of gotten used to those single digit and negative number readings on the outdoor thermometer.  The sun was shining and it was a lovely morning.  Imagine  my surprise when mid-morning I found out that every school district in our area was closed in expectancy of an ice storm that never materialized. All extra curricular  activities were canceled including sewing class and our government class.  Even though the school Olivia plays sports for was closed for the day, they still had practice, which I found bizarre...too dangerous to go learn but ok to go practice?  Odd.   

Both girls worked on art projects today.  Lindsey's work coincides with here Renaissance and Reformation study, Olivia's is just part of her art class for the year.

Tuesday was a great day mid 40 degree temperatures.   Schoolwork went really smoothly and both girls were finished by around 2pm.   I'm not sure what has happened with Olivia, she's getting done so much earlier since we've come back from our break.   We started reading the next literature selection for co-op in our read aloud time.   The Giver is one weird book ya'll.   We were off to basketball in the afternoon but it was only an hour practice from 4:15-5:15 so we had the evening at home.

Wednesday was a typical school day that ended early and we had lots of time in the afternoon for more reading and Christmas cookies from the freezer, grins.   I teach several adult classes a year at our church, and tonight I finished up the last one for this term.

Thursday we were up early and off to the chiropractor to get Olivia's hips/back worked on.  We did a quick grocery shopping trip on the way back home.   Lessons were of course started much later than usual (10ish) and unfortunately Olivia didn't get done before we left for basketball practice at 3:15.   Practice was over by 5, and we were home by 5:30, so it took a while for her to finish up.

Friday (today) is co-op again.   We'll be there from 9-noon, then run a few errands before heading home for the girls to work on their co-op homework.    Dinner will be waiting in the crockpot, so we'll eat when the husband gets home and then head out to Olivia's basketball game in the evening.

Still working on that announcement post (and no, I'm not pregnant).

How was everyone's week?  

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Weekly Wrap Up - Welcome 2018

It seems like just yesterday that all the world was in a complete panic and uproar over the Y2K scare.   Now here we are in 2018 and computers are still chugging along, more so than ever.

We spent New Year's Eve at home playing games, eating pizza and snacking on leftover Christmas cookies.  The fact that the temperatures here are in the single digits, with wind chills well below zero, really made us not want to venture out at all.  We did stay up past midnight and celebrated with some sparking grape juice.  I of course failed to take any photographs of any of the goings on.  

But not to worry, I did take a photo of our end of the holiday season, at home family meal.   It was a simple meal of turkey, dressing balls, mashed potatoes, giblet gravy and rolls.   I know some people are glad to hand off the holiday cooking, but I like making holiday meals for my little family, so I pick a random day when we don't have an extended family meal to go to.
Tuesday the husband returned to work (it was also his birthday), and the girls and I returned to our homeschooling.   It was good to get back into our routine.   Lindsey started her new grammar and history programs and began reading Anne of Green Gables for literature.   Olivia started off her day with a biology test, which went surprisingly well considering the long break.   We baked the husband a cake and had dinner ready when he go home from work so we could eat before heading out to basketball practice.

Wednesday was pretty standard.   I see that the holiday break seemed to really help Olivia reboot.   She's doing much better in her schoolwork and getting done early afternoon instead of dragging it out all day.   We had church in the evening.

Thursday was even colder, with more wind.  We spent the morning by the fire, drinking tea and working on lessons.   Lindsey is really enjoying her new history and worked on some chalk pastel work to go with the artist study.  Art is not one of her strongest areas, but she was very pleased with how this project turned out.

 After dinner we all bundled up and make the trek over to Olivia's basketball game.   Let me tell you, that gym is not the warmest place to be!   I'm very thankful for our warm home.

Friday (today) is our first day back to co-op.  The students had a  literature project to work on over the break, so I'm anxious to see how those all turned out.  Hopefully I'll have pictures to share next week.   After co-op I'm hoping to get to the grocery store, it just depends on how windy and cold it is at that time.  The In the evening, Lindsey and I are working the concession stand at basketball for a boys basketball game, then Olivia will have practice.  Before leaving for co-op I started a pot of homemade vegetable beef soup in the crockpot, so a warm dinner will be waiting when all is said and done for the day.

I have a few exciting things coming up, I'll be posting about those next week, I think, so stay tuned!

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Friday, December 29, 2017

Weekly Wrap Up - 2017 Comes to a Close

Happy Friday all!   I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!   We've had a wonderful week with family and friends.   We spent Christmas Eve with my husbands family.   Christmas morning we were home and I made our traditional eggnog french toast with warm cherry pie filling for breakfast, yum!   We opened gifts and listened to the girls squeal over their gifts.  Who knew books on WWII and socks were squeal worthy?

In the afternoon we went down to my Momma's.  This was her 90th Christmas, most likely her last.   It was a mix of emotions, but a good day none the less.

We went to my best friends house on Thursday to have Christmas with her and her husband.   The girls just adore them, and their little dogs are the cutest things.

Olivia has had basketball practice 3 days this week, which honestly I think was a bit much.   She also has a 2 hour practice on New Year's Day...grr.

Besides holiday activities, I've spent the week working on lesson plans for all of January, printed off everything for Lindsey's new history unit, finished a 2nd semester schedule for my co-op class and worked on class descriptions and registration forms for the 2018-2019 co-op.   The girls have been working on their book projects for co-op next week.

On the blog this week, I shared our Year In Review-Academics.   I hope you've all had a great week!

Happy New Year to you all!!

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