Sunday, September 28, 2008

A Weekend of Fun!

Well, this weekend, we spent a lot of times with family and friends. We stayed close to home, almost at home all weekend, but we had a nice time. It has been awhile since I updated, so I thought I would let you all know how we are doing and what we are up to.

Dania is talking in sentences, teething, and throwing things all over the house (including at me if I make her mad). Calysta is getting closer to those lovely teen years with every day. Quin is working hard (and having fun, of course) through Lego Indiana Jones. (We love those Lego games because there is no blood... the violence is with Lego characters, and they all just break up into Lego pieces when they "die")

We are planning for upcoming birthdays, and we are studying history and architecture. This week or next, we hope to take a field trip to a neighboring town and check out all their old buildings and such. They have something called "I-Spy: Franklin on Foot" which is a walking tour (possibly self-guided with a packet from the town - that part isn't clear to me yet).

Ben is practicing for a race that he and two friends are entering at the end of October... they will be running, biking, and "mystery event" in a local park (not a kiddie park, a nationally preserved nature park). He is getting pretty excited about that. We have to remind him that he can stay home and not exercise sometimes. :-)

Okay, that is all I have in me for tonight. We had the neighbors over for dinner tonight, which was delightful, but we got fitful sleep with the teething toddler, and I did my two-week downstairs clean this morning, so I am worn out.

Good night.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

A Life Lived

I have taken quite for granted that I would have the time
To embrace all my tomorrows, when, truly, they aren't mine.

I haven't any promise from God, in all His grace,
That I am due a future, not on Earth, in any case.

The days that I've been given, up to now, this very day,
Are intended to be cherished, and not just passed away.

If I am to be faithful to The One who calls me His,
I plan to make some changes: to live, not just exist.

And so, to each of you out there, "hearing" my heart's wish,
I hope that you will value a meaningful life lived.

Let this not be a heavy day; let guilt not weigh your heart;
Just reach into your soul and find the path on which to start.

It's marked with love and kindness, with a sharing of your lives;
And a life that's filled with real love is a blessing in God's eyes.
~ Angela M. Varela
Sept. 14, 2008

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Wow! We're finally back on track... sort of.

Well, my beloved Grampa Brown was laid to rest in the Arlington National Cemetery last month, and my baby sister has been married off. We are back from our travels, done with all of our preparations, and plodding through homeschooling. We are finally unpacked, getting a handle on the "fit in the housework" game, which has become very challenging, but learning a lot about how homeschooling works in our home.

This past week, we visited our City Hall, where the kids got to see photos of all of our past mayors, tour the courtroom, see where our city approves or denies permits, and talk with a police officer about the role of the police in our community. There was a lot to see for such a small city (land-wise), and we were able to share with everyone in the building our delicious homemade muffins. The kids seemed to get more curious about government and our city after this visit, so the field trip definitely paid off!

Dania has begun to speak in 2- and 3-word sentences, and she is as adorable and obstinate as ever! This morning I caught her standing on the tray that holds the chalk for the chalkboard easel. Yep, she's a climber. Quin and Calysta have joined a homeschool swim group, in which they are the least capable swimmers, so we have spent a lot of time at the pool trying to improve their strength and stamina. They are really improving, but Quin will probably stay at the bottom of the class because he is a full 2 years younger than the next youngest kid. He tries, though, and the instructor doesn't mind working with him.

Well, Dania is napping and Daddy took the big kids to the pool, so I need to stop postponing the cleaning that needs to be done. I'll write again soon!