Where we are and what we have been doing
- As you already know if you have been reading at all, my mother passed away on July 31 so that has colored our days a lot recently (especially as conflict arose with certain family members due to some emotional issues.) The amazing thing is watching how the kids have dealt with all of this. We were blessed to find that they were not at all about the stuff, are mourning naturally, and are, in general dealing with things in a wonderfully healthy manner.
- We have been spending lots of time with family and friends and now that we have a minivan are doing a lot more going and doing. The kids are thrilled that this includes the library, some small trips to local national parks, and trips to IKEA. It is exciting to see how their interests have developed since we last were at the library and their excitement about going to the parks and IKEA.
- The kids have been on a fossil kick (lots of limestone around here), set up a stage in the basement and are planning a talent show of sorts for this Saturday at noon for whoever shows up, have been reading a ton, still programming on Scratch, playing the new Bookworm adventures and Boom Blox, hanging out at the pond with Pappap and Uncle James, and Essie is tweeting regularly.
- Because I picked up a pile of “educational” workbooks, games, and books at the Target $1 bin today they have been working on those and quizzing each other on Wonders of the World.
- I now have my mother’s sewing machine so the girls are clamouring to be allowed to sew again. I will have to teach them how to use this machine first but I suspect much sewing will occur in the next few months.
- Yesterday we discovered a cicada that had just left its nymph form. It was awesome and the kids immediately had to research so they could remember which type of cicada and what each stage was called.
- I updated to the new version of Ubuntu yesterday. It was the simplest upgrade I have ever done–took me less than an hour start to finish and most of that was copying my Home folder over from the backup drive. The new version is AWESOME. Just saying.
- I finished a random painting that has been floating around in my head for a while. This may be the beginning of a flower series since I am in the middle of one of a butterfly bush now.
- Issac finally lost the tooth that has spent the last month hanging by a strand. That same tooth got broken when Essie kicked him while swimming, bled everywhere and STILL didn’t come out. The next day Rach bumped him in the mouth with a swivel chair and out it came–no blood, nothing.
I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I’m glad that your kids are doing well.
i LOVE Queen Anne’s Lace! Beautiful painting!