Monday, February 27, 2012

Grasshopper Days


Grasshopper Days

For today, February 27, 2012.

Outside my window...  still some snow hanging around in (little) patches from yesterday, but it is gloriously sunny now.  Cold and clear and sparkly fresh.  Must get out for a walk with Gunnar today :D

I am thinking...  still in a happy haze, thinking of Tate being implanted in the near future, and all the blessing we hope that will be for him.  Also, getting "back in the groove".  I feel like I kind of stumbled through the last week.  This cold is dragging on and it's harder to pull the energy together to do all my 'normal' things.

I am praying...  for my coming-in-June niece :D, for health in the house, for Tate and surgery, work for Kerry, and character for the boys.

I am going...  to get school going, just shortly.  The boys are downstairs playing with Legos.

I am reading...  just finishing Streams to the River, River to the Sea, a story of the Lewis and Clark expedition told from the point of view of Sacajawea.  The boys are loving this.  Next up, The Great Turkey Walk, which we've read before, but is good for another run through :D

I am hoping...  to get through the day (and choir practice this evening) without fits of coughing.  Wish me luck.

I am hearing...  the furnace running (cold today!), the dryer tumbling, the washer sloshing, and the ubiquitous tappety-tappety-tappety.

I am remembering...  you know, it's getting hard to remember what it was like before we had kids.  What did we do?

From the learning rooms...  oh heavens, what's different than last week?  Or the week before?  Tate has moved on from Geology to Meteorology (weather) in science.  Gunnar finished his 4th grade math and has started 5th grade math.  And since the first several lessons are review, he's zoomed through 22 lessons in two days (last week) and is knocking off the first three tests today.  Wyatt is plugging away.  We decided to drop the Logic curriculum he was studying.  I haven't had time to familiarize myself with the material (different from the way I remember studying it) and he's not handling some of the more abstract stuff very well.  Fine.  We'll try it again next year.

From the kitchen...  hmm, we should have our "big" meal for lunch, since we'll all be together, and Wyatt and I will be gone at dinner time (choir), but I have no great inspiration.  Soup and bagels?  Yah, that sounds good :D

Around the house...  probably should put away the few Valentine things still scattered around.  But can I really start thinking spring when we had snow yesterday?  And I didn't get a single picture.  *sigh*

On my mind...  the Mother Load.  As always.

Noticing that...  parenting sometimes happens in waves.  If you think you have some issue or bad habit "conquered" and you let it be, then it crops back up again.

Pondering these words...  Duty is ours.  Results are God's.  John Quincy Adams

One of my favorite things...  waking up to birds singing.

A few plans for the rest of the week...  choir practice, CAP, and the usual round of school and social life.  I'm sure more will crop up, but it's nice not to have much on the calendar.

Here is a picture I am sharing...  this made the boys laugh so hard they just about peed their pants.

They weren't even sure who it was at first.  Grandpa Grasshopper was dressed up for a kids' program at his church.  I love the concerned look on the pastor's face, yah?


Ann said...

Love the picture!!

dlefler said...

The parenting in waves is something we're just starting to catch on to. We thought temper tantrums had disappeared for good, and then Nolan has a bad couple of weeks with them, for example. Sigh...

I love the birds singing. No robins here yet - they usually show up in early April, but it has been such a mild winter that I wouldn't be surprised to see them in March!

Felicity said...

Oh, it's a girl!!? I didn't pick up on that before (if you might have mentioned it..) You must be so excited! I'm sure the boys will enjoy having a little girl cousin around! ;-)
The parenting in waves is so true - and sometimes there are so many waves I start to feel seasick!
I hope spring comes along your way soon - I'm ready for autumn and some cooler weather! :-))

melanie said...

Hilarious picture!

I miss hearing and seeing the cardinals and chickadees we had at the other house {along with a yard full of established trees} ~ Someday.

The dB family said...

Parenting in waves when they're older. Parenting constantly when they've only been home eight months. Wowza! Sometimes I need a vacation :o)!

I love that quote! Going to write it out.

I showed the photo of your dad and pastor to Murray and Nathanael. They thought it was hilarious!! All I can say is that your parents are awesome!!