Sunday, April 20, 2014

Beautiful Saturday

Yesterday was GORGEOUS! It was cool but not cold, breezy with some sprinkles but never a hard rain. It was the kind of weather that makes me so happy!

We spent a lot of time outside. Our new (good) neighbors were removing some bushes that border our property so Ray helped with that. Cutting back the bushes turned into a several hour affair including pressure washing our driveway & sidewalks.

Kate was also pleased that she held a lizard (notice that she didn't touch it with her bare hands).



Jackson is army crawling all over the place! He can get up on all fours but isn't full on crawling yet. His favorite place to crawl to is where all of the computer cords are at - it's like a magnet to him!

Jackson also really likes Dapper, the cat. (I promise you that Jackson was NOT touching the cats' bum, it just looks like it from this angle!)


Clay saw this & yelled, "Why is Jackson eating Dapper?!?"



It was bathing suit time while Ray pressure washed. The kids had great fun playing outside all day.



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

MOSI on a Wednesday

Today I utilized our passes & took the kids to MOSI. We went around lunch time & the crowds weren't too bad but every once in awhile there'd be an influx of a rowdy school group. Some day I want to try to go when they open & see if we can avoid school groups.

Tug of war, Clay loved this & would beam at me when he pulled the rope all the way to his side.



Optical illusion.




We watched the planetarium show which went along great with the constellations & planets we've studied this year as well as the history of Greek/Roman gods last year. As we were watching Addison commented, "I've learned this!" Awesome.

While outside playing we saw a halo around the sun. It even made our news today!



Batman, I mean, Jackson, enjoyed himself, too.


The kids absolutely love the station where the plastic balls stay afloat mid-air. 





Yes, you'll notice I'm one child short. Kate went home from church Sunday night with Ms. Esther & didn't come home until after church tonight. I didn't get to talk to her once during the three days she was gone! She seemed to have a nice time, though.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Window Into Challenge - Homeschooling Through High School


Tuesday, April 15 at 7pm, Classical Conversations will be hosting a Window Into Challenge event. Central Florida Gulf Coast Area Manager, Laura Bennett, will be leading the event for us & this is the perfect time to be encouraged in your homeschooling journey! 

If you currently have a high school student or you're interested in seeing a vision for your younger child, we invite you to join us!




Friday, April 04, 2014

Space ship

So much has been going on but I need to post something.

Today Addison asked me for a box because she wanted to make a space ship for Jackson.

She cut off three sides of the box top but left one on which to draw the steering wheel.

After decorating the box she took Jackson for a ride!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Soccer!


The kids began soccer this week. The girls had their first practice yesterday but clay was desperate to join in. His games will begin this Friday. 




The girls had a great time & actually did pretty well! (They didn't get that from me)



Their team shirts are supposed to be in this week & their first game is on thursday!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Trader Joes and other weekend fun


Oh yes, it finally happened: Trader Joe's opened in Tampa! 

Ray took the three older kids to the Macdill air show on Saturday while Jackson & I drive the 35 minutes to TJ's. 

I arrived right before they opened & was shocked that there was no traffic, ample parking & well stocked shelves! It's certainly a happy place for me. 



After Trader Joe's I went home for a bit before meeting Briana 
for lunch at five guys & 
then we went to see Divergent! 
So fun & so good! 


Ray & the kids didn't get home until around 8pm. After the kids were in bed I Ray & I ate a TJ's feast- cheeses, crackers, olives, salami & chocolate. 






Sunday morning we had some excellent meetings at church. I'm so thankful for the freedoms we have to walk out Biblical principles and the wisdom of those in leadership to follow scripture.




It was a lovely morning. One of the women there even surprised our family with a meal! 

This ended up being more significant than I would have thought.



See, the brakes have been going out on my van & Ray planned to replace them that afternoon. So,  we stopped at auto zone on the way home for a part we needed & as we were pulling out of our parking space we heard a clattering if metal & our breaks went out. 



We eased back into our 

parking space & one of the employees helped Ray change the breaks. Yep, I was SO thankful 
we had lunch with us. 



It took about an hour & a half so I walked the kids across the street & treated then to frozen yogurt. They loved it! 


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sunday with friends

I'm very blessed to still have a number of friends I've known since I was four.  Four! 

I went to church with a family in Orlando & the sons were some of our (very) fearless youth group leaders. 

Their parents, Dan & Marilyn, now live a mile away from us in our neighborhood. Their son, David, still lives with his family in the Orlando area & their other son, Stephen, lives with his family in Minnesota. 

The whole family is in town right now & Stephen was speaking at Land O Lakes Bible Chapel. Ray was able to get someone to cover him in Sunday School teaching today so we went to hear Stephen this morning. 

After the meetings all of their family came to our home for lunch. 

Stephen & Kelly just had their first baby 3 months ago & she & Jackson spent some time 
making eyes at each other. 








When company is planned I use it as an excuse for dessert. Today I made salt river bars (yum!) & lemon tarts. Marilyn brought delicious Irish potato candy! 





David & Kristen have a 6 & 4 year old & for the midst party our kids seemed to have fun playing with each other.




Addison wasn't too thrilled about having people in her room, though, & I find this sign at 
the end of the day. Haha!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Little Things

Organizing my spice cabinet. It was in DESPERATE need. It's been a couple weeks & it still makes me so happy!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Window Into Challenge

Monday, March 17 at 7pm, Classical Conversations will be hosting a Window Into Challenge event. Central Florida Gulf Coast Area Manager, Laura Bennett, will be leading the event for us & this is the perfect time to be encouraged in your homeschooling journey! 

If you currently have a high school student or you're interested in seeing a vision for your younger child, we invite you to join us!


Sunday, March 09, 2014

Oh My

Another two weeks since my last post. So sad.

Actually, the only part that really makes me sad is that knowing I've missed chronicling what's been happening so that I can look back on it in the future.

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