Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Grasshopper Days 6-7-11

Ummm... I missed the boat yesterday.

 Yet somehow the world continues to spin on its axis. 

Everything is fine.  I was crazy-busy.  And now must get school going.  So, if you're interested, I'll be filling in pieces here and there, throughout the day.

Grasshopper Days

For today, June 7, 2011

Outside my window...  woke up to rain today, and - while I'd love some sunshine - everything seems fresh and clean.

I am thinking...  two more days of school!!!

I am thankful for...  see above.

I am praying for...  my mom, work for Kerry, our plans.

I am wearing...  again... jeans, navy t-shirt, gray cardigan.

I am creating...  plans, plans, plans ;D

I am going...  to do some birthday shopping.  June is a big month in my family.

I am reading...  A Long Way From Chicago, by Richard Peck, with the boys.  The first chapter had them hook, line, and sinker.  They were rolling on the floor at the tale of Shotgun Cheatham's Last Night Above Ground.

I am hoping...  Kerry gets swamped with work.

I am hearing...  silence.  The boys are all in bed.  Ahhhhhhhhhhh :D

I am remembering... sprawling out in the old Chevy station wagon (back in the day before seat belts) on family road trips.

From the learning rooms...  winding down.  Persian Gulf War, the horrible Tutsi/Hutu mess, the end of apartheid in South Africa, words with phil, solving equations with variables, volume of a cylinder, multiplying three-digit numbers (Wyatt, Tate and Gunnar, respectively), beginning a science experiment to see which kind of bird seed the birds prefer, and another one involving a jar of gravel, dirt, grit and water (shaken, not stirred), and whatever else we're still wrapping up.

From the kitchen... I just may cook a turkey tomorrow.

Around the house...  same old, same old.

On my mind...  must plan an end-of-school party.  One of our early history (science?) projects involved mummifying a chicken, along with our study of ancient Egypt.  I think we did it right, because he's been in a box, on a shelf in the school room for almost four years now, and I don't smell anything.  The boys want to open the crypt at this party, as we're finishing the fourth year of Story of the World.  I'll try to get some pictures of King Cluck, in all his glory.

Noticing that...  Wyatt's arms and legs are starting to look a lot like my brother's.

Pondering these words...
 Scientists have discovered that all human beings have a "happiness set point" - that just as our bodies have a preset weight to which they will tend to return after diet or binge, our minds are preprogrammed at a certain level of contentment. Thus, the mood-altering effects of winning a Pulitzer or losing a spouse will rarely endure.  Within a year, most people are again either the happy or morose persons they always were. 

Geraldine Brooks, in Foreign Correspondence
One of my favorite things... finishing things.  Like school ;D

A few plans for the rest of the week... did I mention that we're almost done with school?  Once or twice?

Here is a picture I am sharing...  

If it manages to warm up enough for anything to grow, I love these blue bachelor buttons.


leah said...

You are a brave, brave woman to have a mummified chicken in the house all year. Awesome science lesson, but... yeech! :-D

Happy end-of-the-school-year! I love the arrival of warmer days - I hope you get some hot days headed your way. We finally managed to get some summer temps here, and we LOVE it!

Gramma Grasshopper said...

I am SO PROUD of ALL of you for finishing up another year of schooling. Can I be included in your 'end-of-year' party? :). The picture you chose this time is SO YOU. I love you all! And......is the turkey in the oven?

Choate Family said...

It's so nice to have you back in bloggy world! Congrats on a great school year - enjoy celebrating :-)