Saturday, March 8, 2014

Late Mid Year Review

This may be my longest blogging drought.

It's been one thing after another since returning from Honduras: a trip to Alabama for our goddaughter's baptism, Hubby in Florida for a preaching conference, preparation for the girls' black belt test, Crockett's 7th birthday, a 3000-gymnast event that our gym puts on - which means we as parents put in muchas horas, another gymnastics meet, preparation for the upcoming National Piano Playing Auditions (this year we have two children involved), putting the finishing touches on my new book, and the countless other things that keep families busy. You would think all this would guard us from the inevitable cabin fever of this season, but no - it's been a very long winter.

I've given up Facebook for Lent, though, so all of a sudden it seems I have plenty of time on my hands. Funny how that works.

Academics are rolling along fairly well for March. We've really enjoyed and been inspired by the My Father's World Exploring Countries and Cultures curriculum this year.  The missionary biographies are not only geographically informative; they pull on the heartstrings as well.  The boys had a great field trip to the Ohio State planetarium with their science co-op. (Lots of stares from the co-eds wondering where these pint sized pupils came from). All four older children count their art class as a highlight of the week. This year they're focusing on "Faces, Places, and Spaces."

Math, Latin, and French are Math, Latin, and French.

We are definitely ready for Spring (and have been for a long time).

Our beautiful goddaughter, Eliza,
on her big baptismal day

Our church packed close to 700,000 meals for the hungry

The girls have completed their two weeks of testing!
Can't wait to see their stuff next weekend (and see them in BLACK)
for the Black Belt Demonstration Day