Sunday, September 30, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
BA and I planned a co-op to wrap up our geography study of Africa (focus on Egypt). It never fails that when we want to do something special, things don't go as smoothly as we desire. BA had a cranky morning at home. I had a crankier morning in my own home, and now we were supposed to be civil?
This picture of the beginning of our co-op sums it up nicely. The girls are on eggshells, and BA and I are wanting to be anywhere but in that classroom.
Still, we are called to teach our children. BA and I are committed to giving our girls the best home school experience we possibly can. We silently agreed to shake off the crankiness and get over it. When we did, that's when we all started enjoying ourselves and actually learned something!
Tuareg girls get to wear:
. . . and bright red nail polish. Let's hear it for the Tuareg!
Glenna talked to us about Mary Slessor, a wee Scottish missionary to Africa.
Since the Tuaregs are nomadic, we told the girls to go outside and construct a shelter from blankets. BA and I were sitting in the air conditioned classroom, watching their attempts from the window. We did NOT interfere! When they finished, we stepped outside to discuss their results.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Here are a few pictures of a typical day. Glenna sets up an experiment on the effects of weight on speed.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Thursday night we went to a soccer game and it was a beautiful evening with a breeze. There was even a hint of coolness to it, but not much.
I look back over my journal and I know October will be the worst. Cool one day, roasting the next, it's hardest in October when every day should be fall!
Saturday, September 22, 2007
We hope you have a fabulous day celebrating! We hope your son and daughters on the west coast take you out for dinner, too.
Friday, September 21, 2007
The first and most interesting part of retreat is the drive to get there. My friend Janet was kind enough to pick me up, but she made me promise not to take pictures of her hair. I semi-succeeded.
Her daughter, Erin, and I are appropriately giddy. We know what's coming! We know that we get to make our own decisions for the next few days! We know there will be tons of snacks, great teaching, music, side-splitting laughter, and no responsibilities.
I spent most of my retreat missing my family and wishing they were with me. I was so excited to go, NOT because I wanted to "get away" from my family, but because I know what a blessing a retreat is and I come home even more eager to serve my family. Hence, the reason THEY are so glad to see me go!
Leah has never been on a retreat that I know of. See her expression? She doesn't know what's coming.
At last we arrive to our destination. Whoa! What's with the color??? It didn't look like that on the web page! No one told me the hot air balloons on the side were outlined in neon, either!
I mean, what IS that? Pistachio ice cream? Guacamole? Lime sherbet?
And because I'm a painter's wife, I took one up close of the stucco.