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.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Surprise Vacation!




This post is two weeks coming. In fact, I wrote my last post while we were driving on our little get away.

Two Friday age (Valentine's Day) I was driving home from Target with kids. It was 4:15 & I called Ray to see when he thought he'd be home from work. While on the phone he asked, "Do you want to drive to North Carolina tonight?"

"Um, OKAY!!!"

We left less than 2.5 hours later. It was SO much fun!

While we were driving I texted Megan to let her know we were on our way, but, not to tell Mom & Dad so that they could be surprised. If we weren't going to be arriving in the middle of the night I wouldn't have told anyone but we needed someone awake to let us in the house (thanks, Megan!). It was also a surprise for my parents for their 33rd wedding anniversary on Feb. 15th!

We didn't tell the kids where we were going, either. That was also quite fun.

One of the reasons for going was the snow. There was snow in the forecast on Saturday & my parents had just had a really good snow at their house during the week & there was still some on the ground. We first spotted a bit in the grass as we were driving through South Caroline & we were so excited!

We arrived at my parents at 4:50 Saturday morning & it began to snow when we were just one street away!

The view from my parents' front door.




Megan let us in & of course both of my parents woke up (my mom had actually been awake in bed for an hour) & they stayed up with the kids while Ray & I went upstairs to sleep.

After a few hours we all went outside to play in the snow WHILE it was snowing - such a novelty for us Floridians! We loved it!



Later in the day Ray & I took the kids tubing. Everyone had fun, except for Clay. It was 23 degrees outside & a little windy. He was tired & didn't have warm enough jackets. Clay went down twice & then he, Jackson & I sat in the van while Ray & the girls had fun! Jackson even went down on my lap & had a big smile on his face!



Saturday night my mom & I made an excursion to Trader Joe's without kids (a first for me!) & I STOCKED UP. It's a bit embarrassing, actually, but, I bought lots of practical groceries as well as some goodies.

On Sunday we had a lazy morning & then we all went to the Biltmore Estate. There was still snow on the ground & we had the best snowball fight! We were out there for over an hour. 





Sunday evening Ray & I went over to the Grove Park Inn, just a mile from my parents, to have a little date time & then we spent the rest of the evening relaxing with my family watching a movie.

On Monday Ray & the girl went tubing again & my dad, Megan & Oliver went with them. While they were out the boys & I went with my mom for coffee at Mojo Mountain. It was so good that I had two! (Thanks, mom!) We also made another stop at Trader Joe's. Yes, I need help.
We left to drive home early in the afternoon & made a stop at French Broad Chocolate Lounge as we were driving out of town. I had to get my fix!

Ray & I both decided this was one of the best trips we've ever taken! The spontaneity of it all made it that much better!






More photos from the weekend can be seen here.

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