Atlanta

Lauren and I (and her classmates and some other parents) went to Atlanta last night for a formal outing. We ate at a nice restaurant called 4th and Swift. Then we went to the Shakespeare Tavern to watch Taming of the Shrew, a play we read earlier in the year. It was a wonderful time: the food was great; the acting was top-notch. The play house serves food and the atmosphere was very relaxed. The kids had a great time (and the adults did as well).

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And on the way home it snowed! And it’s supposed to be 21° tonight! Ready for spring.

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New Garden Spot

Here is the new garden spot. About ready to put in some early spring veggies!

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Camp II

And Lauren found out today that she will be a sun-shine club leader for the last three kids camps of the summer. So she will be gone from July 11 through August 6. I guess that means Rebekah will get all our attention for about a month.

We’re making plans for our D.C. trip in April, trying to figure out what we want to see on the way up. There are so many choices.

But in the mean time, we are plowing through school trying to get finished. The end is in sight!

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Spring, Camp, Writing, and Dancing

Spring is thinking about getting here. It hasn’t been below freezing in several days. The daffodils are blooming in a few places, but the trees are not in the game—yet. And since the average date of the last freeze is early May, we’re still in for some cold weather, I’m sure. But I’ve taken advantage of the warmer temps to begin work on the raised bed. I got the boards put up today. Now I just need to fill it all with dirt and begin planting!

Jenna found out today that she will be working at camp again this summer. She will be on workstaff and is working the second half of the summer, from the first part of July until early August. Then she’ll be home for about a week before turning around and heading back to Mississippi for school. We still haven’t heard if Lauren will be working or not. She applied for the same job Jenna did two summers ago, which is the last three weeks of camp.

I went to my first meeting of a writing critique group tonight. I’ve been wanting to be a part of one for a while, but didn’t know of any around here. I saw an ad in the paper a while back, and then ran into the guy who heads it up the other night, and so tonight was my first experience. It was fun. It only meets once a month, but that’s probably about right for my schedule.

I met the this guy a couple of weeks ago at the Folk School where Dana and I have been going on Tuesday nights for contra dance lessons. It’s lots of fun (cross between square dancing and English ball room dancing—think Pride and Prejudice, but with a fiddle and a banjo). They offer free dancing (for beginners and experienced) on Tuesday nights for one hour, and then every other Saturday, they have a three hour dance for those who know what they are doing, and it costs $7 per person. We’re not ready for the Saturday night thing yet, but maybe soon. And we’ve got to work up to a three hour dance session. We’re pretty tired after just one hour.

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Snow and Snow Ice Cream

We finally got the snow—and then some more. It snowed Monday night about 3-4 inches. Lauren and I missed our Classical Conversations day, which means we’ll now go into May (still a whole lot better than June!). Rebekah’s class made up on Wednesday, so she’s still scheduled to be finished at the end of April. Then last night it snowed again, another 4-5 inches. The girls had a great time, building a snowman, tromping through the woods, and sledding down a gully they found in the woods (and avoiding or not avoiding trees in the process). I also got to make two batches of snow ice cream. So it was a success. Now I’m ready for spring and garden season. But seeing how it is only supposed to be in the 30s for highs tomorrow and Saturday, the snow might stick around for a few days.

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Better than Snow Ice Cream

There wasn’t enough snow for snow ice cream and only barely enough for Rebekah to construct this tiny snowman:

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But what little we got was pretty while it lasted (it’s raining now, and the snow is all but gone).

DSC_0037At least Rebekah enjoyed being out in it—and I think the chickens did as well.

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And since it’s raining and rather mushy outside, why not stay inside and make these:

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Three for Three and A New Garden

Jenna is now three for three in acceptance letters:

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And I’ve decided to abandon the former garden plot for this spring. The soil is poor and the deer are incorrigible, so we are going to do raised beds beside the house. Hopefully, I can get the soil like I want and keep the deer out much easier. And this way, we don’t have to wait for our neighbor to come ploy up the plot before getting started. We hope to begin construction next week to be ready for some early spring veggies.

It snowed again today, but not enough to stick. The girls are hoping for at least one good snow before spring arrives.

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