Monday, April 25, 2011

Grasshopper Days 4-25-11

Grasshopper Days

For Today, April 25, 2011

Outside my window...  gray skies, a few little lilies blooming, and silly string all over the yard -  an Easter present from Gramma Grasshopper.

I am thinking...  how can it possibly be Monday again already???

I am thankful for...  the resurrection (!), a good time yesterday with family, and
only seven more weeks of school ;D

I am praying for...  more work for Kerry, that the van doesn't need lots of work (it's been 'speaking whale' for over a year and one of the dummy lights just came on...), a smooth week.

I am wearing...  my not-leaving-the-house sweats.

I am going...  nowhere, today.  At least that's the plan.  We'll get school going just shortly (running a bit slowly, after yesterday), and the house needs a bit of tidying.  Not much though.

I am hoping...  the boys are more motivated than I am!

I am hearing...  they're doing something in their bedroom.  It probably involves several hundred toy soldiers...

From the learning rooms...  reviewing multiplication facts, JFK and his assassination, writing a tanka (poetry), positive and negative integers, the Civil Rights movement - MLK Jr., Rosa Parks, etc., editing, spelling, experiments with sound, courtesy at the table (probably should've reviewed that before yesterday!), and variables and controls in experiments.

From the kitchen...  lots of good leftovers around!

Around the house...  need to do a little picking up in the house and the yard, but it's not too bad :D  My family is good about everyone pitching in.  We take turns hosting things, and we all help - bringing food, cleaning up, etc.  And it's so nice, now that the boys are old enough to be truly helpful - cleaning and setting up beforehand, and clearing up and cleaning up afterwards.  Now if they would just pick up that silly string from out in the grass...

On my mind...  hmmm, there must be something... ;D
Taking it easy today, but working on a new To-Do list.

Noticing that...  good gracious these boys are getting tall!

Pondering these words...  
Fallen man is not simply an imperfect creature who needs improvement:
he is a rebel who must lay down his arms.
C. S. Lewis

One of my favorite things...
The happy fun when the family all comes over,
and the quiet when they all leave.
I know, that's two.  ;D

A few plans for the rest of the week...  Gunnar is desperate to get to the library (he has a book on reserve) and has informed me repeatedly that he is overdue for a Mommy Date.  Which means he really, really wants to be taken to Dairy Queen.  And to buy a birthday present for his friend Juliann.
And there's always schoolwork, housework, yardwork, etc.

Here is a picture I am sharing...

Gunnar and Wyatt on a boat ride, recently.
(Tate was probably up on the bow, pretending to shoot all the other boats in the bay.)


melanie said...

Glad to hear y'all had a great day with the family yesterday =)

7 weeks of school ~ woohoo!

And mommy dates ~ you are such a good mom!

leah said...

What a nice day! I love the quote by C.S. Lewis (actually, I love anything by Lewis - I just finished reading the Magician's Nephew to Matt, and we're smack in the middle of the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe). Your mommy date with Gunnar reminds me that I need to set one up with the Matt-man.

Here's to a good week (and a van that stops speaking whale)!

The dB family said...

Sounds like you have a good week ahead of you and that it was a wonderful weekend! Lifting you up in prayer this week.


Felicity said...

Lovely photo - what is it about water that is so beautiful?
Only 7 more weeks of school? Wonderful, and then you have your summer vacation. How long are they (theoretically..)?
I'm glad you had a good day with family, hope your week is equally good.

Herding Grasshoppers said...


Public (government) schools here are required by law to have 180 student days, which is (theoretically) 36 weeks. Of course, it spreads out due to holidays. So the public school year generally runs from the first week of September until mid-June.

We tend to follow along because the kids have so many friends in public schools. But we have a lot more flexibility ;D

Funny thing is, our summer weather doesn't usually line up with public school vacation! The first couple of weeks of September are usually really nice for camping - especially since most folks are back in school! So we flex.

And we usually do some school over the summer, too.