Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Grasshopper Days

Grasshopper Days

For today, Tuesday, January 3, 2017

We had a white Christmas!
Outside my window...
Sunny and cold.
But once the sun came out it warmed up... to about 20F.

It's a good day for tea :D

One of the neighbors who is perpetually working on a large diesel truck.
So far, all it does is idles, in a rumbly sort of way.

My phone camera doesn't take really sharp images of things at a distance.
When I tried to zoom in, it ended up looking like a painting!

the end of Christmas break and getting into new and old routines.
Gunnar started back to school today,
Tate goes tomorrow,
Bible study on Thursday,
and Wyatt is looking for work.

* smooth adjustments into our old/new routines
* continued work for Kerry
* wisdom about $$$
* strong faith for the boys
* diligence in personal Bible reading for all of us
(ie not just a strong first-week-of-the-new-year...)
* healing for a couple friends with illness/injury

What a glorious New Year's morning!

* Wyatt GRADUATED - we're excited and relieved :D
* Tate has a car and a license and can drive himself to work and school
* everyone is recovered from whatever hit before Christmas

The boys just LOVE when we have to take the 4Runner
and they're crammed into the back seat. /sarcasm

jeans, striped blue turtleneck, lime green sweater, thick yellow (!) socks...
because I am All That And A Bag Of Chips.

Sure, we can make it to church...

I have ten days to come up with a baby girl quilt,
but no specific plan yet.
I can do this...

Reaching the point of no return on a steep hill.
If someone made it up, we should make it down okay, right?

to make another cup of tea ;D

The sander had done its work _ whew!

Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson.

Christmas Eve sunset, about 4pm.

Looking forward to...
friend time this weekend!

Over the river and through the woods,
to grandmother's house we go...
Christmas morning!

In the kitchen...
pizza today and chili tomorrow.

All the boys were hit by a virus over Christmas break.
Gunnar spent a lot of time on the couch, especially when it was sunny.

In the learning rooms...
Tate's backpack is loaded and ready for tomorrow -
another 20-credit quarter.
Gunnar has one day under his belt,
and a tray of radish seeds started for a biology experiment.

Aaaaand we took down the tree.

Around the house...
I've taken down Christmas and am enjoying less,
less decorations (which can start feeling like clutter),
less visual busy-ness,
lots of clear, blue, silver, and sparkly-ness :D

Also New Year's morning

Noticing that...
today's high temperature: 25F.
That's -4 for you metric folks.

On our way to New Year's brunch!

Something to remember for later...
Tate wants to learn to bake the star-shaped cinnamon stickies he's carrying.

If you think the road looks icy, you're right.  *shudder*

The Mother Load...
going onto the second page.

"Our" Mt. Baker

Something fun to share...
doesn't Gunnar (below) look happy to be going back to school?
I hope he had enough layers on to wait for the bus in the dark at 20F.

A favorite quote for today...
Thanksgiving is a spiritual exercise,
necessary to the building
of a healthy soul.
It takes us out of
the stuffiness of ourselves
into the fresh air
and the sunlight
of the will of God.
Elisabeth Elliot

One of my favorite things...
Trader Joe's chocolate mint tea :D

A Bible verse...
Devote yourselves to prayer,
being watchful and thankful.
Colossians 4:2

Christmas at my parents' house.

A peek into my world...
a morning walk in the woods.



melanie said...

So pretty, even on the small screen of my phone ;)
Blessed new year, Grasshoppers!

The Hibbard Family said...

Soaking up your snow pictures. Beautiful! We know that "bottom layer of ice" feeling all too well. Thankful for safety in all of your out and about times!