Every good and perfect gift is from above.
~James 1:17

Sunday, January 28, 2007

He's Home!

Dave was at a conference in Santa Fe this week and just got home last night. The kids had a hard time with him leaving this time. They cried all the way home after we dropped him off and Grant was inconsolable until he talked to Daddy on Mom's cell phone. Dave asked Grant if he could be strong for him while he was gone and Grant rose to the challenge. Grant remarked several times after that, "I feel so much better after talking to Daddy." :-)

We kept busy with the usual activities, as well as a field trip to a local museum for a homeschool class about magnets. The kids were doing great and the time flew by until Katie got sick. :-( So we spent the last couple of days holed up in the house while Katie rested with a big bowl next to her at all times, just in case...

When Dave is gone, I never sleep that well. I guess my brain kind of stays on alert through the night. Anyway, I'm glad Dave is home and the kids are glad Daddy is home and everyone slept well last night. :-)

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Homeschooling 101

After our break over Christmas and our trip up north, it took us awhile to get back into the routine of doing schoolwork again. One afternoon Grant started asking Kate to spell words on a board with magnetic letters. Then he asked her to read to him. It was so cute! Grant was being really sweet with his little sister and she was sounding out words and reading to him. Then something happened that sent them into a fit of laughter. And, I had my camera in hand as the whole thing unfolded. :-)

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Happy New Year!

It is already ten days into the new year, but we are just now settling back into a normal routine.

We left the day after Christmas for the conference we put on for high school students. It was exciting to see many students taking steps of faith in forgiving others and sharing Christ with their friends and family members. Although I spent most of the time with my two little ones, it was fun to be around teenagers with all of their enthusiasm and energy. Grant and Katie had fun swimming in the hotel pool every day. One day a friend of Katie's came to the hotel to swim and play. Grant had a little more freedom around the hotel since he could check in with me on his new walkie-talkie. :-)

We got home from the conference on New Year's Eve and turned around the next day to head up north for a few days. We got to stay at a condo that some people from church have a time share at. They couldn't stay the whole week, so they let us stay there for the rest of their week ~ for free. That was a nice gift! We relaxed, played games, watched movies and went swimming. There was a pool right outside the front door of the condo! We played many rounds of "Marco Polo" in that pool! :-) We had so much fun playing and being together as a family.

When we got back from our relaxing vacation, we hit the ground running. The kids had basketball the next morning and we went to a wedding of a former student that evening. The kids also started going to a new swim and gym class for homeschoolers at the local Y this week. And, we have co-op this week, too.

So, that is what we have been up to since Christmas. Happy New Year!