Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Six Weeks.....

until this young man is a high school graduate!







Monday, April 2, 2018

He is risen! He is risen indeed!

Easter.  Such an incredibly meaningful holy-day for believers everywhere.  This year son C (age 15) remarked, "I just realized that Easter is, like, the most important holiday there is, even more important than Christmas.  Because without Jesus dying on the cross and resurrecting, we would have no chance."  You got it, buddy.


Though I don't like to identity myself with Judas, who betrayed Christ, when I realize I am more like him than any of the other characters that make up the incredible Easter story, I am in absolute awe and wonder at God's mercy and forgiveness.  That He could and DOES forgive such as I!




His love astounds me.



Our egg coloring this year included son L's girlfriend and her brother.  I love listening to tweens and teens interact, just having fun. 


We welcomed daughter H home for Easter dinner.  It was good to see her!



When son C realized I was going to take a picture of him mashing the potatoes, he wanted to be sure I had a good shot of his arm!  haha


Daughter G always does a beautiful job setting the table!  Love her artistic eye.


Family.  Love.


After the adults all napped (!) we did an indoor egg hunt, because the outside temps were on the cold side and our kids have all turned into wimps. ;)


Sorting the candy!  A time honored tradition for children of all ages, apparently.  My college kids never say no to free candy.


Amidst the flow of the trappings of Easter, it is a humbling joy to consider what Jesus was willing to endure for me, and all that His resurrection means to me on a daily basis.  He is everything.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Our Week in Review

All winter long son C has been playing both indoor soccer (shorter field, ball can be played off the walls) and winter soccer (large field, outdoor rules, under a dome), which means many watching of games for Little Man.  Little Man recently got glasses, so when we said he could watch half the game and read the other half, he didn't mind coming along so much.  Right now, any excuse to wear his glasses is a good excuse! :)




Little Man is working through Algebra 1 and doing well.  He is currently learning how to multiply equations that contain exponents.  The Math U See blocks that we have used so well for so many years, can even be used to build these types of equations, so they are still being used!


In history right now we are learning about the civil war.  We are watching selections from the Ken Burns "Civil War" documentary series, and they are SO excellent!  I snapped this photo of all of the boys doing history in their pajamas.  Reason #87 we love homeschooling!


Brothers collaborating over science.


Little Man is working through the Apologia General Science book, and recently made this terrarium as part of module 9.  He has been taking care of this as if it were a baby - watching carefully to make sure it doesn't create *too* much water on the inside, and if it does, taking the lid off to let some of the water evaporate.  It has been such a good learning experience!



I am so thankful for the joys of homeschooling, and that I get to spend my days with my children!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

New Year's Eve Dance Party!



This was my view for about two hours on New Year's Eve right before the big count down to 2018.  SO.  MUCH.  FUN.  And yes, I danced too!  Be sure to watch the videos.  Each one is only about a minute and they are hilarious. :)




Christmas Day 2017

My mother in law still wanted to host us for Christmas dinner (she is pretty amazing!), so we spent the afternoon and evening at her house.  After dinner we stayed for several hours, playing a strategy board game that takes a long time, so she would not be alone and we could spend more time with her.  It was a quiet afternoon, but fun.  And we were together.  Moms of all ages love it when their children are together. :)




I apologize for the darkness of this picture and the lightness of the next one.  I just switched from a dumb phone to a smart phone, and was learning the camera on my new phone.  But.... grandma with most of her grandchildren!



Christmas morning!

Our tradition of the children piling on our bed to open stockings continues!


New, cool socks.

We gave son C several new fitbit bands for Christmas.  This is the "fancy" rose gold one for church and other special occasions.


New scarves.


Art pens.


2017 ornaments.

Christmas Eve 2017

If you have been a long time reader, these pictures will look familiar.  They are just the 2017 version. :)  We started our family Christmas celebration at the Christmas Eve service at church.  I always love the Christmas Eve service!  We end it every time just with candlelight, while singing Silent Night.  So special.

At home we ate our traditional Chinese food for dinner, and then had our own worship service, with sons G, A, and C helping to read the Christmas story this year from my grandfather's Bible.
     




After prayer, we began opening our gifts to one another.  Daughter H was able to join us for the evening, and we had fun being all together!  She gave my husband this Keurig for Christmas!


Little Man is obsessed with this show.  We watch it with him....it's a little edgy (scary)....but we are all enjoying the very good acting by child actors, and can talk about each episode after we watch.


So happy that two of my boys still want legos!


Son L received these cool water speakers (behind him on the bookcase).  They light up and water spouts up with the beat.  We had fun trying out different songs to see how they would affect the water.


These are daughter G's feet.  She has long wanted Chaco sandals, and this was her year to get them!


We faked son G out with this gift....it was so fun!  He had wanted the battlefront 2 game (Star Wars, for those of you who may not know), but we packed it with a heavy book in a bigger box so that he wouldn't guess what it was by the weight and shape.  He opened it from the bottom and saw the book first, and was kindof confused....it was a book on eschatology!  Haha!  The rest of the evening, while all the gifts continued being opened, he loaded it on the xbox so he could play some before bed.  He LOVES this game.


Daughter G gave hubby and I light sabers, so we could have a light saber battle for date night!



Kyle Ren's tie fighter.


Daughter H got to open her stocking that night as well, since she wouldn't be with us the next morning.


Merry Christmas everyone!