Monday, September 21, 2009

Simple Woman #28

FOR TODAY September 21, 2009

Outside My Window... sunny, crisp fall day... gorgeous!

I am thinking... mentally juggling our schedule for the rest of the week.

I am thankful for... Tate feeling so much better, all the friends and family who have been checking up on him and praying for him, modern medicine (hospitals, doctors, nurses, drugs...), beautiful fall colors coming on, and that the deluge of rain came early Saturday morning and had passed before time for soccer games :0)

I am praying for… consistency. For us to slide back into our normal routine. Or an even better one.

That Wyatt won't have a continuous freak-out thinking about the possibility of getting vaccinated for Swine Flu.

That Tate continues to heal, all the way to good-as-new.

That Gunnar stops overreacting. To everything.

From the learning rooms... we are learning about the differences between the Jamestown and Plymouth colonies, and why the Plymouth colony was so much more successful. Still, I'm in awe of the hardships they all put up with.

Everyone is progressing through their math books. Actually, Gunnar is already more than half-way through his 2nd grade math. We skipped Kindergarten math and started 1st grade math about midway through his Kind. year. I tell him he's kind of on the Australian school year :0)

Wyatt is diagramming sentences, something I never remember doing. Ever.

Tate is showing more patience and tolerance for handwriting and drawing. Especially if it's drawing pirate ships.

We're all studying chemistry this year, using "Fizz, Bubble and Flash" as an introduction, and working our way through Janice VanCleave's "Chemistry for Every Kid", sponsored by (a fun shopping trip for experiment materials!) Gramma Grasshopper.

From the kitchen... pork roast in the crock pot for tonight's dinner. That smell will make me hungry all day long.

I am wearing... blue capris, white tank, blue and yellow 'aloha' shirt. I know, it's the first day of fall, but it feels a bit like summer :0)

I am creating... Oh help. I wish!

I am going... Tate to post-op with surgeon, Tate to ortho for headgear repair, friends here for MIT (prayer), soccer practice (over and over again)...

Okay - we've BEEN to the ortho and the surgeon and all is well. The headgear has been bent back into shape so Tate can wear it. And the surgeon has given him the "all clear" to resume any activity he feels like doing. All his "authentic battle damage" (incisions) are healing just fine.


I am reading... to the boys. "The Light and the Glory", and going to start the Little House books. We've read them before long ago. So long ago that I'm not sure if Gunnar was born yet. Kind of fits in with our history this year.

I am hoping... our MIT prayer meeting goes well (meaning, that all the kids play nicely so we can pray without disruption), that work keeps trickling in (okay, flooding in would be just fine too!), and that we all get through our work this week with good attitudes.

I am hearing... a tree frog. We have little tiny tree frogs that make a huge noise! But I like it :0)

Around the house... Legos, Legos, Legos. In a moment of insanity I allowed the boys to pool together money they earned doing a special chore this summer, other money they had, and some of Wyatt's birthday money to buy another Lego kit. And not just any Lego kit, a huge Lego kit with 592 pieces.

Behold... "Brickbeard's Bounty".

They've been on a real pirate kick lately. Jack Sparrow, Davy Jones and all. Saturday (Sept 19) was Talk Like A Pirate Day (no kidding) and they've been arrrgggh-ing and yo-ho-ho-ing around the house.

They begged us to stop at WalMart on the way home from church so they could make their purchase, and then spent part of Sunday afternoon assembling it. I was upstairs doing laundry and came down to find them hard at work, with a CD of pirate music playing.

Fifteen men on a dead man's chest...

One of my favorite things... boys who like pirates :0)

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: soccer practice. More soccer practice. AWANA. And then more soccer practice.


Here is picture thought I am sharing...

Kerry took this on a dayhike last Thursday.
He calls it,
"The Fungus Among Us."


Gramma Grasshopper said...

Okay, before there's any confusion I am going to correct that Post-Surgery visit today is for TATER...who, Praise the Lord, is doing great. Gramma Grasshopper

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Ah. Oops.

All fixed.

Julie said...

I enjoyed reading your Daybook today. My son is almost 3 yrs old. Reading of your adventures was enlightening and encouraging to me :)
Be blessed!!

Mrs. Squirrel said...

Glad to hear that things are going well for the Grasshopper Family! I'll continue to pray for more great days ahead :)

Confession: Some of my favorite movies are pirate movies. In addition to Jack Sparrow, I've a great fondness for some of the Errol Flynn classics: Captain Blood, The Sea Hawk and Against All Flags. The Crimson Pirate is a fun ride, too, with Burt Lancaster (it's almost a comedy in it's presentation - you'll easily recognize & believe that Mr. Lancaster really did work in a circus prior to his acting career). There are modern movies I can add to the list, but I don't know if the ratings would allow for family viewing. [I'd have to do some research on them.]

I've planned to do 'movie posts' on most of them, but time has been a problem recently. But they won't "go bad" while I'm delayed, so I will get to them eventually!

Herding Grasshoppers said...

I'd bet our library has some of those. Maybe over the winter (after soccer season) we'll check some out :0)


leah said...

Oh, the Little House books! I wonder if Matt would sit for some of those. I love those, and can't wait until the boys are old enough for them.

Herding Grasshoppers said...


I read the Little House books to Wyatt and Tate when they were pretty small and they were VERY interested.

I did - however - skim a bit. Some of the book have very detailed descriptions of things like Laura helping Pa build a door. My boys would probably think that's interesting NOW, and be able to visualize what is being described. But when they were younger I skipped over some of those parts.

"Oh look! Laura helped Pa build a door! It has a latch instead of a doorknob."