Bad Apples

I have been using Apple computers for—well, almost since I’ve been using computers. Well over 20 years. We had our first ever hard drive fail on the girls school laptop—a computer we bought used a few years back. I don’t know what the hard drive failure rate is among computers—Apple or otherwise—but I imagine one in 20+ years is below average. With the price coming down on SSD drives, though, I imagine hard drive fails will become increasingly rare.

In other news, we are looking forward to a week-long break from school next week as our Classical Conversations group is not meeting. Everyone is looking forward to a little extra time to catch-up, work on other things, rest, etc. Usually we go skiing during the break week, but it has been so warm here and is supposed to be in the 60s during the homeschool day at the slopes, that we will probably pass this year. Skiing in slush is not our favorite thing to do.

We are also less than a month away from our first trip of the year to Texas for a niece’s wedding.

And just a heads up: we’re at the center of the total solar eclipse that is happening in August. If anyone wants to come hang out with us…

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Painting Day

We have begun some renovation at our church, which will include paint, new carpet, and eventually a kitchen. Today was painting day (and a few other odds and ends)—seven hours times about 16 people. Fun day and lots accomplished.


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We traveled back to Mississippi this past week—just ten days after taking Jenna back to school—for Lauren to interview for a scholarship at Mississippi College. They fed us a nice meal on Thursday night, and then Lauren interviewed Friday morning. Another of the numerous yearly treks to Mississippi completed. While there, we got to see Jenna and Emily and Elizabeth, and Lauren got to see some friends from camp as well. Dana had been in Texas visiting her folks and flew into Jackson to meet us.

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She should find out in a couple of weeks if she is one of the four (out of 200) who will get a full scholarship or one of the 40 who will get an additional $3000/year to what they’ve already offered. Then in late February, she interviews at Covenant College for a $5000/year scholarship. Then it will be time to make a decision.

School is humming along; the girls are working hard on papers, speeches, debates, and projects. We are looking forward to Kelsie’s wedding in March in Kerrville. It will be the first Spring Break we’ve spent in Texas in 7 years.

After a warm middle January, the cold—and snow chances—have returned.

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Cousins and Snow

The Baileys graced us with their presence again over New Years. It is always a fun whirlwind of puzzles, games, gingerbread house making, and if the weather is nice, time in the woods.

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Continued construction on a structure in the woods that was started two years ago.


This 1000 piece puzzle was started and finished in one evening.

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The start of the ginger bread house.

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And this was what we woke up to this morning. Looks like we’ll be spending some time outside this morning—of course it’s currently 17°, but it’s supposed to be 7° tonight.


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Merry Christmas!

We hope everyone has a wonderfully Merry Christmas! We have had a busy but enjoyable last couple of days. From a Christmas Eve service last night, to continuing the Christmas Eve tradition of tamales for dinner to Christmas morning service to lunch for 14 after church. But it has been such a joy to spend so much time with our church family over the last couple of days. All the adults who were here for Christmas dinner have gone home, but the kids have stayed behind and are playing games. A joyful evening.

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And in 4 days the Baileys will arrive!

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Almost Christmas and Some Catching Up to Do

Time flies when you’re having fun—and gone for 16 days. Since last I’ve posted we’ve gotten some rain, which has put an end to the wild fires. Though while they were around the smoke made for some interesting photos:


We’ve also had Jenna home twice: once for Thanksgiving, where she brought two friends with her. While all the warm, dry weather, fall hung around longer, so she got to enjoy some color still.



And now we have her home for a month for Christmas break.

Saw my first snow flurries yesterday (though there is no snow in the forecast for Christmas). Cooking has commenced for Christmas dinner already, and the meat for Christmas eve tamales is thawing. That must mean it’s almost Christmas!

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It could be a lot worse, and it hasn’t been that long, but I’m ready for the smoke to move on.


But in the meantime, we are looking forward to having Jenna home in a little over a week for Thanksgiving. She’s bringing two friends with her. Lauren has just two Tuesdays left of class this semester. Since her teacher is leaving the country after Thanksgiving, she gets a rather lengthy (7 week) Christmas break. There are some assignments that need to be completed over the break, but that’s a long time. She can, however, spend those extra hours on scholarship applications!

Rebekah doesn’t finish until December 13, and Jenna finishes around then too. I’ll be back on the 16th. Then the younger girls and I start back on January 10, and Jenna goes back on January 15. Everyone is ready for the break!

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