Spring Break, Part 1

Spring Break can be a little odd when you homeschool and have sisters in college. We picked up Lauren last night from Covenant and she’ll be home with us for a week. Rebekah is enjoying—mostly—time off from school while she’s home.

Then on Thursday of next week, we’ll get Jenna home for a week, and Rebekah will enjoy—mostly—time off from school while she’s home. She’s going to do a little math and Spanish and take a leisurely pace through the next section of Crime and Punishment, but Botany and history will go by the way-side for a couple of weeks.

It is good to have Lauren home, and we are thankful that there will be at least a little overlap with her and Jenna.

A week after I got my refund from the pool since it is closed until summer—and they said there is no guarantee that it will ever be anything other than a summer pool—there was an article in the paper that said they had received some funding and hoped to open it back up soon. I don’t think I’m going to rush back over and hand them more money.

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It’s Been Awhile!

I don’t think we’ve ever been this long without some sort of update. I’m not sure what happened. But it has been a fun-filled and busy month and a half. The visit with the Baileys was lots of fun, but really cold: it was 0° the morning they left. And January proved to be a very cold month with probably close to a dozen mornings in the single digits. February, however, has been much warmer: it’s currently 68° outside.

We did get another snow in January, though not nearly as big as the one in December. We got Jenna and Lauren back to school, both of whom came down with something right after they got back: Lauren with the actual flu, Jenna with a bad cough. Rebekah also got a bad cough and ran a fever for a few days, but Dana and I have stayed well, thankfully with everything that is going around. We are very thankful that Dana has stayed well considering she babysits little kids all day Tuesday for our homeschool group and Sunday nights for another church.

In January, Rebekah and I went to Atlanta with the Classical Conversations class she will be a part of next year to observe a debate tournament. That is the same class I will be tutoring next year. They are a very talkative bunch, but I am looking forward to starting that back up again. The break this year has been nice though.

Rebekah is staying busy with school: Botany, Algebra II, US History, Spanish, World Literature, and Piano. She also helps to lead worship during our monthly youth nights, babysits on Sunday nights, and is getting in hours of driving for her license. Plus she’s still contra dancing on Tuesday nights and playing soccer in the Brasstown Community Center gym most Wednesday nights with others from our youth group.

As a family, we are part of an after school tutoring program in Andrews each Wednesday afternoon. That’s been a fun part of each week for us.

Last week, Dana went to a class on growing shiitake mushrooms. If all goes well, we’ll have some by this fall.

We are looking forward to having the girls home for spring break in a couple of weeks. Lauren’s if first, and Jenna’s is the week after, so they will only overlap a weekend.

I am in need of another form of exercise. The pool where I have been swimming for the last two and half years has closed until the summer. They have had some financial issues off and on for several years, and they can no longer afford to heat the pool in the winter—plus the pool heaters are currently broken. I am hoping everything gets worked out before fall gets here, but in the meantime, I guess it will be back to walking.

Finally, I have a new short-term, part time job doing some writing for an organization that’s in—well, I don’t know if they actually have a central location. I’ve skyped with people from Dallas and Ohio, and I have another skype this week with someone who I think is in West Virginia. All that to say, I am producing some booklets on church unity, one for sure, and if they and I are both happy with the process and product, then four more by the end of the summer. I am looking forward to the process.

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Last Post of the Year or Putting Together

The fourth puzzle of the holidays is currently under construction; these are the first three finished up to this point.

Between puzzle three and puzzle four, we had a little ginger bread house decorating contest. Here are the finished products.

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The annual tradition of tamale making has begun. The sauce is made; the pork is shredded. The masa needs mixing and the corn husks need soaking, and then the assembly will commence.

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We enjoyed Rebekah’s recital tonight. She played “Sing Noel, Noel!” It was a festive evening, and the first of several evening events this weekend, from the Star Wars opening to our youth Christmas party.

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They’re All Home!

And, of course, the games come out pretty quick.

But the games will have to be paused tonight as Rebekah has a piano recital! Hopefully, I’ll have a few pictures sometime soon.

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1st Snow of the Season

The forecast called for less than a 1/10 of an inch. They were a little off.

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