Monday, March 24, 2014

Grasshopper Days

Grasshopper Days

For today, Monday, March 24, 2014

Outside my window...  now, it's not nearly as spring-y as the photo (probably from May, last year).  But high clouds mean that Wyatt is riding his bike to school (which means that I don't need to go pick him up).  I've been hearing birds in the morning, which I like but Kerry does not.  I think they're a lovely sound to wake up to, but the whole "waking up" part is what Kerry doesn't like ;D

Hearing...  Wyatt and Tate brushing their teeth and shaving (their bathroom shares a wall with my office/craft room).

Pondering...  I'm falling behind on my 40/40 project, but next week is spring break, and spring break means spring cleaning... and other chores.  The boys are so excited... ha ha ha.  They're good sports about it.  I was just talking with another parent at church yesterday.  His kids are much younger than ours and I was encouraging (I hope) that though the kids are a lot of work when they're little, they're such good workers now!  They're a force to be reckoned with.

Praying...  a friend from church going through chemotherapy, Kerry has work but I'm always looking ahead, and for the school transitions coming next fall - Wyatt to the community college and Tate (PT) to the high school.  Eeek!

Thankful...  I still feel like I'm floating with the weight of the (medical) insurance issues off my shoulders - hallelujah!

Wearing...  oh, who really cares?  Clothes.  Jeans.  A sweater.  Blue.

Creating...  space, mostly, by getting rid of stuff.  Also, I've been making some cards.  Found some oooold magazines.  The ads are the best.  HILARIOUS.  Great photos.  They just need captions ;D

Going...  nowhere!  No rehearsal tonight!  I truly enjoy being in the choir, but I'm glad now for the break :D

Reading...  about halfway through Dandelion Fire as a family - we can continue this evening!

Looking forward to...  working with the minions next week ;D

In the kitchen...  I feel like I've been cooking all weekend (pork barbacoa, tandoori chicken, barley pilaf, etc.) and I'm taking it easy tonight - fish sticks and "tater tots", with some veggies.

In the learning rooms...  looking forward to a week of spring break (!) but we'll plug through this week first - Tate is reading To Kill A Mockingbird, so we'll have a lot to talk about.

Around the house...  umm... really, REALLY looking forward to spring break next week - lots of house and yard chores to be done.  Knowing that's coming, I've kind of let things go around the house. Which is no big deal for us, but did give me pause when Kerry invited a CAP pilot/friend over for dinner on Saturday!  I think he was too tired (or too polite) to notice the less-than-stellar look of the house!

The Mother Load...  oh boy, I'll let you know about that next week!

Noticing that...  Tate is a lot less "blinky" - getting used to his contacts, and wearing them for most of the day now.  I need to get him some sunglasses :D

Something fun to share...  Gunnar is quite excited that we will (probably) have Naomi for a long weekend next month.

A favorite quote for today...  I've been reading a bit of Elisabeth Elliott.
Our vision is so limited we can hardly imagine a love that does not show itself in protection from suffering.  The love of God is of a different nature altogether.  It does not hate tragedy.  It never denies reality.  It stands in the very teeth of suffering.  The love of God did not protect His own Son.  The cross was the proof of His love - that He gave that Son, that He let Him go to Calvary's cross, though "legions of angels" might have rescued Him.  He will not necessarily protect us - not from anything it takes to make us like His Son.  A lot of hammering and chiseling and purifying by fire will have to go into the process.
Doesn't exactly sound like you're best life now! does it?

One of my favorite things...  checking things off my (endless) list!  Tate is now registered for high school.  IEP/504 meeting yet to come...

A Bible verse...  Be strong and courageous and do the work...  1 Chronicles 28:20

A few plans for the rest of the week...  school-school-school, prep for Project Week (aka spring break), and take Wyatt to the dentist to see about his wisdom teeth - ugh.

A peek into my world...  a not-so-fragrant sign of spring.  Do you know what it is?


melanie said...

Hey, Julie!
Thought of you today as we saw a headline about the mudslide. :-( Is that very far from you?

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Hi Melanie,

We've been watching reports of that too - such a tragedy. The slide is a good 50+ miles south (SSE) of us and I don't think we know anyone personally affected.


Rebecca D said...

Spring is still a rumor here... In fact we have "Blizzard Warnings" for Tuesday night through Wednesday! Ughhh!
Finalizing travel plans this week so I'll be in touch! ;)

Wilma said...

I have been waiting to see if anyone identified the plant in the last picture. In our area we have ramps which have a strong odor and taste, similar to an onion (x50). The leaves in the picture looks similar to the plants that grow wild here.

We had about 6 inches of snow here yesterday with blizzard-like conditions at times. It melts very quickly though since the ground is warmer. Today is supposed to be 56! I am really ready for warm weather.

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Actually, the mystery plant is...


And it definitely smells like its namesake - ugh!

nina the mom said...

I love that quote by Elizabeth Elliot! That is SO good and I don't think it has a single thing in common with "your best life now!" Eww... yuck!
I am thinking I need to read her book next!

I was thinking of you, bc we were going to be in the area on Sunday and were thinking of visiting your church, but we're actually coming Monday instead. One of these days...
<3 <3 <3

Wilma said...

That probably is worse than ramps!!!

The dB family said...

I have seen my tulips peeking up, but it snowed almost every day last week. Ugh! Our boy registered for university last week. Yikes! How can this be happening that we have boys moving on to post secondary!? So relieved to know that the mudslide did not affect you!