Thursday, February 18, 2010

Derailed lunch plans

Well, today is Jason's grandma's birthday and the women had made plans to take her out to lunch. We (mom, 2 sisters-in-law, gma and me) were at the restaurant when I get a call from Jason saying he had locked his keys in his car and I needed to come home right away to unlock his car b/c he had to get to court before 2pm (it was about 12:30). I asked if he could borrow a car from a colleague, but he said they were all at lunch so I asked if he could borrow his cousin's truck and he thought he probably could, but then remembered that the case file he needed for court was also locked in the car. So I had arranged 2 different types of child care (one for the girls and one for the boys) and had driven 45 minutes to meet everyone, was there for about 20 minutes and then I had to leave....without eating lunch!! I had the waitress cancel my order, so at least I didn't have to pay for any uneaten food. To his credit, Jason was hugely apologetic. He made it to court when he needed to, but the girls missed their meeting. I ended up going to the new local Pizza Hut for some pasta, so I finally got lunch about 1:3pm. So now Jason has said we need to have spare keys to both cars in the house, just in case!!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Mid-Winter Break

We are taking this week off school. We just finished our unit on the Middle Ages last week. Now this week I need to plan for the next unit, on the Renaissance and Reformation. I love both these periods in history. Yesterday, our first day off, I got the house back in order. It seems to me that when I am going gangbusters with school, the house really gets messy. And vice versa...if my house looks great, then I am not spending enough time on school. Finding a balance is pretty hard, I guess. I hope to start painting our hallway this week, but don't know if that will happen. The upstairs and downstairs hallways are about the only place in this house that didn't have hideous wallpaper on it, so painting it will be easier than when we did the living room and dining room and study. I'll let you know how the week shapes up.


Well, we had try-outs a week ago yesterday for the spring musical, "Tarzan and a Case of Monday Business." This is with the RRCT. Two of my kids are monkeys and will be singing in the chorus. My oldest daughter is Millie Thatcher, the oldest daughter of missionaries in the jungle. I am playing Karla Wellington, a ditzy, blonde, movie star. It is a fun character. Performance dates are May 6, 7, 8 at the Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs. I wish my husband would've been in this one, but he says he needs a rest. He doesn't like to be so busy...we have practice Monday and Wednesday evenings.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

I'm Back! :)

Well, can't believe it's been almost a year since I posted. Today we had our Medieval Feast, to celebrate the end of the Middle Ages unit. We use Tapestry of Grace and they have these great celebration ideas. We did Year 1 last year, and I am sad to say we did no unit celebrations.....it was our first year homeschooling and I already felt overwhelmed enough without adding all the preparation for a big celebration. But I am so glad we have started to have them. The Renaissance and Reformation are next, and that will be fun, too, I am sure. The 2 big girls are bowling with the Jr. High youth group now. Can't believe they are old enough to be in a youth group! We are loving the snow....wish there was more of it! Though Spring sounds nice, too....I just love having all four seasons! Just when you get sick of one, it changes! In the past year, Jason's sister got married and we were pretty busy with that, as all 5 kids were in the wedding and Jason & I were the Master and Mistress of Ceremonies. Fun times. In the Fall, we got involved in the local community theater, and did "Joan of Arc." I was Isabelle D'Arc, Joan's mother, my oldest daughter was "Young Joan," my second oldest daughter was "Young Catherine," (Joan's younger sister), my husband was Joan's sweetheart and my oldest son was a page in the castle of Charles VII. I have the theater bug now! What fun. Plus since we had been studying the Middle Ages, it was the perfect play for us. Gotta go get the girls from bowling!