Where We Are Now And What We Are Up To

Well, I didn't expect it to be almost the middle of January before I got back to blogging. Life wouldn't have been possible without this break, though. Things got so hectic, and probably will continue to be a little busy for the next couple of weeks as we try to enjoy as much time as possible with our family all together, and also try to prepare my husband to leave us for a 5 month stretch, then do a turnaround and leave again for 2 months. That's five months of  3 seasons worth of clothing, two types of uniforms, and so much more to get ready!

Anyway, that has nothing to do with school and everything to do with life right now.

A little update on the things we've been doing since the beginning of December. First of all - we moved, temporarily. If you didn't read the last post, the kids and I are staying with family (my mother) while my husband goes to an intensive, 5 month long school this year for his job, then follows it up with 2 months of OJT (on the job training) at a base not too far from us that already has the same mission our AF base is converting to. We spent a great deal of the month of December packing, storing, getting rid of, or moving our things from one place to another. We were able to be finished just in time for Christmas rush to set in. We did have a wonderful Christmas, though. The kids had their first Christmas program through the homeschool music group we are a part of.

Everyone - well, the kids - all got new bicycles for Christmas! We have spent many days outside giving them a chance to ride. Some days were nice enough to do so, and some days - it was all I could stand to let them be out 30 minutes before going in to warm up.

Yes, that IS Bug outside, on a bike, in a robe. Since, apparently, when you get both for Christmas, they must be used simultaneously. :)

More legos were added to the stash that we brought with us. This set was actually pretty cool - it comes from the LEGO Technic line, which, when put together, was a fully assembled pull-back-and-let-it-go car. I see more of these showing up in the future. Hoss loved putting this together.

New Years was started the same way we do every year - at church, where we have preaching and fellowship until almost midnight, then pray the new year in! I pray that God's Hand works through our family this year and that we are a better testimony than last, and His grace can get us through the tough days that  may lie ahead!

Oh, and we got a sweet gift :). My nephew, Big Z (who has shown up in blog posts occasionally, especially in the summer) got a new little sister for Christmas. Baby fever has definitely settled in with Buddy Boy getting older, so snuggles with this little joy are welcome any time! She shall henceforth be known as 'Little E'. :) 
(and yes, that is a onesie with an 80's throwback to Home Alone!)

A little Montessori practical life? Maybe.... or, just Miss Priss' attempt to make her bicycle faster so she could beat Hoss in a race around the block.

A little more practical life help, with Bug and Buddy Boy working together to get him ready to play. 
(note the tongue of concentration!)

And lots of fun, free time! Four out of five of my kiddos got together one cold afternoon to have a tea party. The girls love tea parties. Buddy Boy, well - he's just in it for the cookies :) 

That's a little glimpse of the non-school time that is going on. I will try to update you in the next few days about our rolling start back in to getting some school time in and the changes that have to take place in our circumstances. 

If you want to see more daily life - uncut, raw footage (lol) - you can find me on Instagram. Just request to follow - I don't mind at all approving a request, I'd just like to know who's looking at the pictures before they see them :) 

I hope everyone is having a great New Year!


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