Monday, April 11, 2011

Grasshopper Days 4-11-11

Grasshopper Days

For Today, April 11, 2011

Outside my window...  sunny, but not like the picture (taken last year, probably in May).  None of the trees in the yard are budding out yet - it's been a cold spring, but I do have some primroses and a few bulbs blooming here and there.  What few the deer have managed to leave alone so far.  And it may be sunny, but there I can still see snow in the hills around the lake.

I am thinking...  of my parents, enjoying Hawaii!

I am thankful for...  by the grace of God, the generosity of friends and family, and Kerry's hard work we've managed to stay afloat (financially) for another year.  Having our taxes done revealed just what a big deal that actually is.  As if I didn't know.

I am praying for...  my mom's health, more work for Kerry, and some warmth to the sunshine.

I am wearing...  blue jeans, navy t-shirt, blue/green/yellow/orange stripe sweater, two pairs of socks.

I am going...  to make dinner early again tonight, as Tate and I will be at Hunter Safety class
from 6-9, twice this week.

I am reading...  Heaven, by Randy Alcorn.

I am hoping...  the boys continue working well today.  So far (Monday morning, after a week off) they've pleasantly exceeded my expectations.

I am hearing...  quiet.  They're getting a few minutes' break, having finished language and math work.
Tate is writing a story about the Easter bunny.
Don't ask.  It's not fluffy and cute.  I'm sure it features
heavy artillery and explosions.
And a happy Easter to you, too.

I am remembering...  a year ago I thought there was no way we could keep living in this house, and here we are.  I still have no idea how it's happening, but thank God for it.

From the learning rooms...  algebraic functions, the independence of Belgian Congo (Zaire), prepositional phrases as adverbs, converting decimals and fractions to percents, irregular plurals, Juan and Evita Peron, experiments with light and heat, punctuating an outline, squares and square roots, Patrice Lumumba, courtesy in public places, and (still!) memorizing Philippians 2.

From the kitchen...  hmmm, Tate wants toasted burritos.  Sounds good to me :D

Around the house...  the usual clutter of books, blankets, Legos, and other miscellania.

On my mind...  planning for next year's school.

Noticing that...  the boys are growing up so fast!

Pondering these words... 
I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people
who think decorating consists of building enough bookshelves.
Anna Quindlen

One of my favorite things...  Gunnar, on trying calamari for the first time, saying to the waiter,
My compliments to the squid chef.
Yes, he did.
(And doesn't that bring an interesting picture to mind?  Sort of a vaguely placed adjective...)

A few plans for the rest of the week...  getting back in the swing of things (schedule), getting Tate to his Hunter Safety class and making sure he hears all the material, a bit of office-work for me (balancing the checkbook - I am going to stay up to date! - submitting some paperwork for insurance, etc.) and then, maybe, maybe, I could start a quilt...

Here is a picture I am sharing...  I got nothin'.  Maybe soon.


leah said...

Here's to a good week "back to school," after the week long break! I'm dying to see Tate's version of the Easter bunny... I suspect it involves tanks.

Hawaii is absolutely gorgeous. Dennis and I went there for our honeymoon (where everything was REALLY cheap, since it was very soon after 9-11). Gorgeous weather, gorgeous beaches... it was just perfect! I hope your parents have a wonderful time!

Doug Hibbard said...

Just remind Tate that "Artillery brings dignity to what would otherwise be a vulgar brawl." (Frederick the Great of Prussia)

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Oh, Doug,

that is PRICELESS!

Felicity said...

Maybe a squid chef looks like Admiral Ackbar from Star Wars VI! Just add the chef's hat..
Love the quote - I could have more bookshelves than we already do and still be happy!
I hope your parents enjoy hawaii - we've been learning about it and I wouldn't mind going there myself (ha ha - I wish..)
Have a great week and I sure hope it warms up.


The dB family said...

Sounds like a busy, but basically typical week. Hope hunting class goes well!