Saturday, April 16, 2016

Music To My Ears

When the school year began, the three oldest were wrapped up intensely in the amazing Christmas play we were blessed to take part in. Because of that, I didn't throw them all in to a great deal of music classes this school year. However, LM did get to join the beginning orchestra with our local homeschool music group.

These pictures were taken at their Spring Solo and Ensemble competition. It just so happened that every new orchestra member this year wanted to play violin, which made for a nice beginners group :)

LM loves music so much, and has not only a beautiful voice (she also had a solo singing entry in the competition), but picks up so much by ear when she plays :) My prayer is that she truly gives her talents to the Lord and lets Him guide her, as she uses those talents to praise His name!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

6 Months In The Making

Guess what?
We are still here!!! Wow! 6 months (give or take) flew by in a wink!  

I miss blogging! Life has definitely kept us very busy, but I am determined to catch back up on my blogging, or at least just pick it back up where I left off! Just a quick update this morning, and maybe I can pop in here later and give a  longer one!

I could not describe it any better than this! This has been our life for the last year and a half. From school our of state, to trips generally every other week, give or take, my husband has been away from home more than he's been home the last year and a half! It's a crazy life, a God-called life, and we love it, but it can wear on a person sometimes. That being said, we pray it is coming to a close this summer - not the military life, just the constant trips.  We should be settling back in to him working solely out of home base (for the most part) this summer, and we will welcome that normalcy to return.

A peek at the kids now, after all these months of growing and not showing up here on the blog! LM is as tall as I am, Hoss is closing in on her, Miss Priss and Bug still look like twins, and Buddy Boy is no longer qualified to be called anything but *one of the big kids*, although he is still my baby. And yes - he did have  that straw up his nose. He is, after all, still a boy, and a very silly one at that! 

LM and Bug recently started enjoying working together in the kitchen a great deal, and I'm going to tell you now - LM can cook! And bake! We all get to reap the rewards of that kind of practical life learning. Hoss is starting his 6th Spring baseball season, and Buddy Boy is starting his first year of T-ball - more pictures to follow of them playing at a later date, I promise. Miss Priss is keeping up on her toes - she is at a point in her life where each week brings a new goal, a new future career choice, and a new hobby*entrepreneurship that she wants to try. We just can't delve deep enough in to one interest before she moves on to another, so we wait for her to settle on something.

I can't possibly update you all on everything we've been doing in school, and I won't attempt to in the ten minutes I have to write this blog post. That will just have to creep in slowly. But I will give you a blurb - after all these years, we have finally started reading aloud in our home. I always read many, many books to my children when they were little. However, I didn't succeed in stepping it up as they grew. However, we have started reading time with *big books* and for the most part,  everyone loves it. The younger ones can sometimes be in a mood, and resist, but they eventually start to gain interest and then hate to see reading time finish for the day  just like the rest of us. We started with Ralph S Mouse and while the organizational part of me screamed to read all the books in that series, I broke it off and jumped to Farmer Boy, which will be followed by the Little House series. Unless, that is, I  go fickle again and jump to something else. The only problem with reading is that there are so many good books! And when I get to indulge in childhood favorites with the excuse reasoning that it's for the kids, I enjoy visiting old friends :) 

I hope as you all are probably getting ready to wind down  your school years and jump in to late Spring/Summer, you are having just as good a time (if not just as busy!) as we are!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Drama and Service to Others

So it wasn't a very catchy title jumping out at you this time. There was just - not really a good way to bring a post about two totally different things together in to a one-liner description. :) 

On top of music this year (another post) my three older children, LM, Hoss, and Miss Priss, are participating in a drama. Through their music teacher last May, we learned about a church not far from where we live that hosts a Christmas play every other year - A Christmas Carol. 
LM is playing the part of the 'First Spirit', Hoss is (chuckle) Tiny Tim (he's anything but tiny, but they said he does the part wonderfully) and Miss Priss is one of the younger Cratchit daughters. 

Here is LM with old Scrooge himself, working in one of their first rehearsals together. She is super excited to get this part - it's what she wanted, and it's also her first to ever be in a play like this. Unless you count those they come up with at home, which can't really compare yet. :) She is doing amazing, but of course - I am bias. 

It's hard to see, but Miss Priss is sitting in the chair to the right, closest to where I was, sporting a nice ponytail. Just past her is Hoss' head leaning over. This is the only shot I've been able to successfully take of their rehearsals so far, practicing a Cratchit family scene. I'm not sure what it says about my children or myself, that they are so excited about the part of the play where they get to eat real food during the Christmas meal scene. :)

They are doing amazing, and I am so thankful for this chance for them!

I also enjoy getting them out to help with something outside their own bubble that they live in. It just so happens that my mother is secretary at her church, where they run a weekly food pantry. So we are able to help sometimes, getting food bags and boxes ready to hand out. The kids love it, and I love the chance to get to explain to them how nice they have it and how much God has blessed them to not have to worry about where the next meal is coming from. 

Bagging chicken

Dividing crackers

Helping load boxes, and put things away

Cleaning freezers

And, yes - fussing over who gets to roll the cart from one room to the next. Alas - they aren't perfect :) 

We have been super busy the last couple of weeks, with my husband finally falling in to a 'home 1 1/2 weeks, gone 1/2 week' schedule and birthdays this week and next week.
Never a dull moment! 

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