Monday, September 24, 2012

G#2 Goes to Disneyland!

Little Girls in Disneyland

Primary goal is to visit the Princess Court. Done.

Second goal is to hear the lion roar at the hotel. Done.

Third goal is to ride "It's a Small World" several times. Done.

Along the way, take lots of pictures of the topiary because those are cool. Done.

Finally, you have to ride "Soarin'" for the complete experience. Well, there was the cool stuffed animal thing too. Done.

Saturday, September 15, 2012


September is such a wonderful month on my calendar. I've traveled to return a visit to a long-time friend and took the boys along to see Lake Superior for the first time.  We visited a new airport along the way and G#1 got to do an unaccompanied minor trip to boost his growing confidence. 

I would always live at the average temperature of 76 degrees Fahrenheit and less than 50% relative humidity, but that is not always the case in this county east of the Mississippi River.  But to encourage others in September is so much easier when I've been encouraged by the cooler weather and settling into our school schedule. (more about school schedule's later)

My long-time friend is a strong lady and has taken on the job of educating her very bright children at home because of the classroom choices she faced.  I've been ready to see her across this threshold, but praying for her just the same.  I was able to leave this Dayspring Card as I left her home last weekend expressing my gratitude (my opinions are negative about cards available at the store, but I've a growing appreciation of Dayspring words). 

I was allowed to pass along these greetings for free based on the opportunity a fellow home educator informed me about.  But, really, I feel the urge to encourage others often, and don't because I'm moving so many "balls" in the air or, plainly, too busy.  Thanks to Dayspring for decent cards to encourage and thanks to my friend for the visit. And to inCourage it's a wonderful place with helpful words (a love language I'm not well-versed in, and necessary for the edification of my marriage).

AND, thanks to my boys for making it a wonderful visit with my friend's kids.  My boys did the two subjects of school work I asked of them last week, along with their sister.  However, the boys didn't get to go to Mickey-land like their sister did. (more about Disneyland later)  They've been in the past as an invitation to the Daddy's sister, and they were truly glad for their sister to get to Disneyland only after she had done the same amount of school work she had done.  Justice must be done in the eyes of a logic stage male. YIKES!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

I Can't Hear Myself !

G#2 was beside herself.  She could NOT hear herself in the band ensemble practices that took place last school year while playing the flute. So this year, I gave her the choice between the trumpet, trombone or alto saxophone that my mom still had from when my brothers and I were kids.  Miss Fussy herself chose the trumpet.  I had the whole machine worked over at the music store for a small fortune and promised a trumpet lesson if she learned 7 note fingerings.  This child has taken several years of piano lessons as well as attempting the flute last year.  I knew she could get those notes figured out. Then came the afternoon when she actually got the lesson to learn about how to hold the trumpet and sit up straight so her feet could touch the floor.  She also learned out to "buzz" the mouthpiece.  She is overjoyed to be able to play C, D, E, F and G now after her lesson.  I'm even willing to take her for more lessons after she works at maintaining the buzz and those notes for some time.  This is such an accomplishment for her!  She is in no way in favor of this band participation even though she loves the visit with other band kids every Thursday evening.  I'm thrilled that the trumpet from my 2nd brother's band years is living again in the hands of this little Miss G. 

Dayspring Challenged Me

It really isn't my fault. I hit some Dayspring Cards link and they said that they would send me some cards if I'd just send them and tell of the experience. So, I've sent one to my Uncle John. He's older than the hills and broken his hip, but finally on the mend and needs a giggle. I've sent him this U-NEEKS get well card.  He's always been big on hunting and working union jobs. He's mostly on his own except for his remaining siblings and his devoted niece, Lisa. She is quite a work also, and I'm so glad she is up to the task of dealing with his medicare paperwork as she encourages him from the nearby. I'm only able to send this cute get well card of a puppy saying HEAL - aka= get well from the far-away. And pray for those who work with Uncle John and his healing.
Dayspring Cards says these are kids' cards and they may be, but I sent one today to a kid-at-heart. And I pray it encourages him to get well! More about U-NEEKS card stories to come - STAND-BY.