Monday, April 18, 2016

Grasshopper Days

Grasshopper Days

For today, Monday, April 18, 2016.

Outside my window...  seems like it was winter just last week, but today...

I couldn't believe it!  And in case you're wondering, NO, I did NOT take the photo while driving.  I drove, and Gunnar took the picture :D

Hearing...  Kerry mowing the lawn.  It looks great, and I love the smell of fresh-cut grass :D

Pondering...  the juggling act that is life with three teenage young men.

Praying...  for our friends, the Choates, in the Solomon Islands; the Randalls, in Myanmar; for my three young men;, and for us - the parents!

Thankful...  I'm sure Gunnar is thankful he got through his first ever recital.  And he did wonderfully :D  His teacher is very friendly and low-key, and the recital reflected her informal persona :D

And I always enjoy looking at her artwork while Gunnar plays!

He played Vivaldi's Spring, and three Irish pieces - a waltz called Seamus O'Brien, and a couple of jigs, The Frost is All Over, and Out on the Ocean.

He's got his game-face on :D

Wearing...  shorts and a tank-top... in April!

Going...  to do some sewing for Tate - new rank patches from his recent promotion.

Looking forward to...  more sunny days!

In the kitchen...  I've had chicken in the crock-pot all day and I think we'll have chicken-taco salad when Kerry's done mowing.

In the learning rooms...  quiet now, late afternoon.  Gunnar is reading some of our favorite books this week, by Richard Peck, A Long Way from Chicago, and A Year Down Yonder.

Around the house...  lots of wonderful-smelling lilacs!

The Mother Load...  good gracious, today I:
* homeschooled Gunnar
* met Tate at the school and met (briefly) with three people, dealing with some testing opt-out paperwork, getting Tate's Running Start paperwork signed, and registering Gunnar - whew!
* drove Tate to his tech school class
* got gas (ack! the light was on!)
* got groceries
* visited with my older neighbors, that I've been avoiding while I get over a nasty cold
* did 6 or 7 loads of laundry, the last one still drying on the line
* repaired two shirts and a pair of shorts (because Tate climbed over a barbed wire fence in one of his two nice pairs, suitable for wearing to work - arrrrgh!)
* and more.  There's always more.

And tomorrow looks about the same!

Noticing that...  oh, the days are getting longer :D

Something to remember for later...  it's fun to have a little peeky-hole from up in the bedroom to down in the kitchen!  At our friends' house :D

A favorite quote for today...  while she encourages us to seek out all that God has revealed in his Word, Nancy Leigh DeMoss reminds (her readers)...

God does not owe us an explanation for anything.

One of my favorite things...  the smell and look of a freshly mown lawn :D

A few plans for the rest of the week...  the usual round of homeschool, public school, tech school, and community college; plus two boys with jobs, Civil Air Patrol, a violin lesson, and taking advantage of the warm weather to do lots and lots of laundry!  It's a glamorous life.  Aren't you madly jealous?

A peek into my world...  on Sunday we had lunch at our friends' house...

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