Monday, October 29, 2012

Grasshopper Days

Grasshopper Days

For today, October 29, 2012.

Outside my window...  dark, wet, and blowing.  There are more leaves on the ground than in the trees, after all the rain and wind, but the trees are still clinging to a few bright yellow and red leaves.

It sure doesn't look like this any more, though.

I am hearing... rain splattering on the windows and gurgling down the gutters.

I am thinking...  we MUST stay on track for the next week and a half...

I am praying...  for all of us to work diligently and efficiently at our work work and our school work.  For my mom's knee to completely heal.  For a friend at church having chemotherapy.  For peace in the home.  (James 1:19-20)

I am thankful...  my window-washer friend who fell through the awning is doing wonderfully.  Still not quite up to full strength, and dealing with balance (and maybe vision?) issues, but mentally well, and physically making great strides.

I am wearing...  who in the world cares?  I remember when I was younger my mom saying something to the effect that if anything ever happened to her, and my dad had to clothe us we'd spend the rest of our childhood in Levi jeans and white t-shirts.  And I remember thinking that sounded just fine to me.

And guess what I'm wearing... blue jeans and a white t-shirt... and wool socks and a sweater ;D

I am going...  to get school started by (almost!) 7:30am.

I am learning...  that a little cumin goes a long, long way in my family.

I am looking forward to...  I have a secret... ;D

In the kitchen...  today is definitely a soup day :D

In the learning rooms...  ratios and proportions, Genghis Khan and the Mongol Horde, marsupials, three classes of levers, dividing fractions by multiplying by the reciprocal, and the fungus-among-us.

Around the house...  things that make me feel cozy.

The Mother Load...  made some good progress over the weekend, but there's always more to do... making meals for friends,
must submit pictures for the boys' CAP ID cards,
need to decide if the Passport Cards really are worth the money,
wrap my mom's and Tate's b'day gifts,
sweep/dustmop the bedrooms (where does all that dust come from?  or do I want to know???),
"process" the pile of books in my windowsill (label and shelve),
sew or clean up,
file papers,
balance check book (eek!),
organize big freezer,
thaw and cook another turkey (making room for more ;D),
and... and... and...

Noticing that... time is rushing by.  We're nearly one quarter through our school year already.  How can that be?  And you know what else?

56 days until Christmas!

Something I want to remember for later...  thanks to netflix, the boys have just discovered Leave It To Beaver.  Absolutely hilarious.

Something fun to share...  guess who drove us home from church yesterday?

From a year ago, at Grandpa and Grandma's
And there were no white knuckles, nor even a single shriek.  He did great :D

And, no, we don't let the other boys hang out of the window and sunroof.  Wyatt actually takes driving quite seriously and is not nearly so relaxed as he is in the photo.  In fact, hyper-vigilant would probably describe it, though he's gaining confidence a little faster than I'm comfortable with!  He drove home from church last night, managing two roundabouts and several poorly-lit county roads, all in the dark.

And the first thing he said when we got home?

Can I drive to choir practice tomorrow night?

One of my favorite things...  homeschool hot chocolate breaks :D

A Bible verse...  James 1:19-20  (hover over the reference and you'll see it)

A few plans for the rest of the week...  homeschool, homeschool, homeschool... Messiah rehearsal, CAP, older boys volunteer work Wednesday evening, celebrating Tate's and my mom's birthdays on Saturday, and - WOOT! - an extra hour of sleep Saturday night!

A peek into my world...


Q said...

Hope that secret is about what I think it's about!

Welcome to the world of "Can I drive?" How FUN! (In that occasionally terrifying sort of way!)

melanie said...

"fungus-among-us" -- ha! {takes me back a few years...}

Yay, Wyatt! He must have gotten his learner's permit? : ) Makes me think we should leave a little early for piano today so my not-so-fearless driver can take a turn behind the wheel for some city driving. :s

Choate Family said...

Love those homeschool hot chocolate breaks! Today, I actually had someone in the line at the post office ask me if I homeschooled and then proceed to tell me how wonderful he thought it was. Made my day!

Jena Webber said...

When you write it all down like that, it sure does look impressive. And I am impressed. :) You are a hard worker, kiddo. I am doing so bad at homeschooling this year. Ugh. I'm just out of practice. Congrats to Wyatt! What a fun thing!

Felicity said...

How cool that Wyatt drove home so well!! We're working on Eden's driving skills here... my knuckles still go white all the time... ;-)

dlefler said...

Round-abouts - well done, Wyatt. Those things STILL freak me out, and I have been driving for a LONG time (and lived in Ireland, which is completely filled with the things).