What's a girl to do when her husband is at a Men's Retreat?
Scrapbook of course!!! My dear friend Bobbie and her son came over for a slumber party. Once we got the kids to bed, we got busy scrapbooking. I ended up staying up until about 2am. Of course that didn't matter to the kids at 7am. (I am too old for this little sleep). I got about 15 pages done! Woohoo!
This is probably not what my Grandfather had in mind when he made me this quilt holder:) Ryan being the adventurer he is, figured out how to crawl down into the middle of the quilt holder between the two quilts. Ari thought it looked fun and joined him. The mostly ignored quilt holder became an exciting place. This discovery did lead to a discussion about my Grandfather. Ari was amazed that he made this and that he carved the beautiful hearts in the side. She asked "Was he a woodworker?" In fact he was. My Grandfather could do amazing things with wood!
Some of our friends that we have seen much since we moved came over yesterday. Tyler is Arianna's age and Kylie is a day younger than Ryan. Interesting how things have changed. Used to the older kids played together and the younger kids played together. Yesterday, mostly the girls played together and the boys played together. I guess things are shifting:) The girls enjoyed playing princess and dress up. The boys enjoyed pirates and batman. I wonder what changes between age 2-4 to cause this shift in choices of playmates?
We are continuing to talk about friendship and cooperation in school. A friend joined us on Wednesday for school. We read Emily's Sharing and Caring Book. We talked about how we can care for our friends.
Everyone was asked to bring a fruit to school. Before school, we went to the grocery store to choose each of our fruits. It was a hard choice for them. Ryan said he wanted grapes but chose strawberries. Ari chose grapes and then thought about blueberries and then finally settled on a watermelon. I chose a Kiwi and avocado. Speight brought mandarin oranges. In school, each child talked about what fruit they chose. We talked about the color and how each fruit felt. We smelled the fruit and looked at where their seeds were located. We discussed some of their similarities and their differences. Then we cut each one up and put it in a bowl. We mixed our different fruits and shared a yummy fruit salad. I didn't include the avocado because I had no idea how to cut it and it didn't seem to fit into the mix:)
I spent time today with someone that refreshed my heart. I actually met her briefly at our neighborhood pool at the beginning of the summer. Her husband and my husband went to school together and we just happened to run into each other at our neighborhood pool...they actually do not live in our neighborhood:) Anyway at the time she was pregnant and had two kids that are within four months of the age of each of my kids. It took a while to hang out since she was due soon. She is homeschooling her children.
We finally got to hang out today. We planned to talk some about a potential co-op for the fall. Today was one of those times where the time seemed to fly. It was time for her to leave and it felt like she had just gotten here. We never did get a chance to really talk about a co-op as we were discussing so many other things. It was encouraging to feel so understood and supported! Rarely do you find someone whom you just met and it feels like you have known each other forever.
I look forward to getting to know my new friend better. It is always amazing how God brings the exact people we need at the exact time in our lives when we need them.
Arianna had her first day of dance today. She was very excited. She has taken ballet in a Mommy and Me class when she was 2 and has been in Ballet summer camp twice. But this is the official first time of dropping her off by herself for an official Preschool Dance Class. She came out of class glowing. I asked her if she liked it and she said "No, I loved it!". Then she asked me if I knew where ballet was from? She told me France.
She is excited that she gets to get a costume and be in a recital at the end of the year. I danced from age 9-18 and loved it. It is so sweet to see her take up something that I enjoyed as a child. We give her a choice of one activity per semester and she chose dance for this semester.
My kids love these motorized vehicles. They ride all over the driveway and cul-de-sac. Ryan has become quite the expert in navigating the Gator. David (Ryan's twin) came over and was trying to drive the Gator. Ryan had to push the pedal and David "steered" (more like ran into things:) David is learning the fine art of steering.
I try to let the batteries die down so that they have to get out and use some energy and muscles to ride their bikes:)
Today, Arianna went to her first practice for children's chorus at church. When we got home from church, I was looking for the song that they are going to be singing in 2 weeks.
I finally found a video on youtube of a group of children in Africa singing the song. Arianna asked "Is that my class?" The thing I love is that she can look at a group of african children and wonder if that is her class at church. Chris and I chuckled at the fact that this group of children could remind our daughter of her class. Our church is very diverse and there are many different cultures. That is one of things I like about our church...many different types of people worshipping God together. I like that our children get to be around others that are not exactly like them and that is a normal part of life for them. Arianna loved chorus practice and cannot wait to get up on stage to sing. She has been practicing the song. She loves to sing and I can't wait to see her on stage!
We hosted 2 international students for dinner tonight. One was from India and one was from South Korea. Both are in school at NC State. Arianna enjoyed playing with the girl from South Korea. I am kicking myself because I forgot to take a picture (yes I know you can't believe it but I, the picture queen, forgot to take a picture). So you just get to hear about it instead of seeing it for your own two eyes. We learned how to say hello in their native tongues and learned about some of their culture. I would say something that we learned tonight but I wouldn't even begin to know how to spell it, I don't even know if I can say it again.
“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” - Fred Rogers
Live in a way that the preacher doesn't have to lie at your funeral.
"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor souls who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat." --Theodore Roosevelt
Who am I? That is a difficult question to answer! I am a wife to a loving man! I am a Mom of 2 wonderful children of which I homeschool. I love to scrapbook and take pictures mainly of the kids. I have five dachshund that are as close to kids as they get.