I also shared about how we print out our blog at the end of each year (only a few years behind!), and shared stories from some of Pat's Grandma's books. I asked them about why they journal and shared my thoughts.
|Didn't they decorate the room so cool? Like a classroom!|
I even sang them Pat's family's Chocolate Ice Cream Cone song, just to show them how neat it is that his family even puts songs in their family books that are family traditions so they will be remembered. I turned bright red and everyone laughed at me and all, but it was a fun song to sing. Anyway, they really seemed to enjoy my quick 20 minute presentation, and be fired up, and reached out to me in many ways to thank me, even days later. That means so much to me! I do feel like I was meant to teach that class, though I wouldn't have picked it myself. I would have picked the food part of course! I did feel bad for lying though, because I told them once they got into the habit of blogging or journal writing, they wouldn't even have to think about it. "I just sit down every Sunday and write", I told them. Well, lately we've been so busy, I've not written for weeks, so my pants are on fire!
Still working on accumulating the uniforms for school. It started getting cold already in the mornings and we needed sweaters and socks. It never ends!!! Here's our cute girl reciting a poem with her class in front of the whole school at flag ceremony.
I didn't record it at the school because she was invisible in the back line! So here she is reciting The Frog by Hilaire Belloc
Be kind and tender to the Frog,
And do not call him names,
As ‘Slimy skin,’ or ‘Polly-wog,’
Or likewise ‘Ugly James,’
Or ‘Gape-a-grin,’ or ‘Toad-gone-wrong,’
Or ‘Billy Bandy-knees’:
The Frog is justly sensitive
To epithets like these.
No animal will more repay
A treatment kind and fair;
At least so lonely people say
Who keep a frog (and, by the way,
They are extremely rare).
I've been cooking tons more pockets, and popcorn, etc. Keeping four kids in clothes and school lunches is quite an expense of time and money! The next two months are going to be scary busy, so I really want to be prepared. My school is started, soccer has started, music is in full swing, etc.
Dallas is so neat. He'll notice we're running low on popcorn and cook up some more. He'll notice that the garbage needs taking out and just do it. He's always volunteering to help with anything I need. He always helps his teachers too. He never seems to complain, but just gets along happily with whatever situation he's in. I love that about him. He always infuses humor into every situation too. Like when he can tell I'm about blow up!
Someone gave us fresh cucumbers from their garden, so I sliced them and tossed them with vinegar and sugar and a pinch of salt and dill. Kind of like fresh pickles or an Asian cucumber salad. Makes a yummy lunch snack.
Finished planning out my year for scouts. I love planning because then I don't have to think as much, and it makes the burden lighter. I just look at what's coming up and, and complete each weekly activity, rather than planning and figuring constantly.
Pat is so awesome, helping people with computers, helping Dallas with his Eagle, helping Sam with school, working on treehouse, and all he does to serve at church. It was our turn to clean the church last weekend and he always works really hard. He fills in for teachers on vacation, and is the Math teacher for 5 of us at home. What would we do without him? In so many ways...
He is my superhero.
Three of my kids came down with the flu at a really bad time. I wasn't sure about Leia after dropping her off at school, and sure enough, right as I sat down in the dentists chair for my appointment (an hour away in Albuquerque) I got a call that she was in the nurses office with a 102 fever. She didn't have one in the morning, but in just a couple hours she got it bad. I left my appointment and found her in the nurses office sound asleep. At this time, we happened to be getting ready to have family in town and do Dallas's Eagle project, so I made everyone else drink from her cup, so we could get it and get over it before the project. Evil, I know. I don't think anyone got sick, but at least they didn't get sick at the crucial time!
|Dallas found this song I love on the internet and learned to play it!|
|What a patient brother, to do homework while his sister sits on him.|
|Fun hairstyles for school.|
|Mustaches from the end of season Swim party. Charles is wearing Evan's glasses too, goofy kid.|
|Playing at the dentist right before we got called to the school.|