Outdoor Evenings

It wasn’t that long ago… He was gone helping with Hurricane Harvey and we were here in the miserable heat wave.  Then he was back, and brought with him some cooler weather…

We’ve spent many evenings this past week enjoying the cooler temps after dinner.  Biking, basketball, bunnies, rainbows… and best of all family time!  It was especially fun on evenings when our Papa was home!  We missed him so much when he was in Texas helping with hurricane Harvey.  However, shortly after returning, he was called to go to Irma.  Just 2 hours before his flight, they cancelled him coming.  (MUCH to our delight!)  Our joy at having him home was short-lived.  He is now in Montana helping with the wildfires… and so it continues!  Thankfully, the cooler evening temps are still in the forecast.  So, if you need us after 6pm, you know where to find us… we’ll be out enjoying fall!

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Changes

Anyone who homeschools their children knows that no two years are very much alike.  For one thing, the kids are older and have different needs.  At the same time, it seems we are always switching things up a bit, figuring out what works, keeping certain traditions and losing some others that we’ve outgrown.  It’s bittersweet, really.

Our 2017-2018 school year has started off no differently; things are not the same as last year.  But, for the first time, it has felt really different.  For one thing, I have a daughter in Jr. High.  Yikes!  And, we’ve added a foster toddler who requires weekly appointments.  Then there’s my husband’s schedule, which has been pretty crazy so far.       Kids with braces… a new school building for our weekly co-op… I could go on and on!

One of our biggest (and most difficult) changes was to say no to AWANA this year.  It has been such a wonderful organization to be a part of over the last 5 years, but something had to give in our schedule.  In all honesty, having a non-rushed Sunday night has been incredible.  We loved our date night while it lasted… smd the kids loved AWANA… but having a Sunday night family dinner has felt great.  Perhaps we’ll go back again next year.  Who knows?!?!

Tonight we pulled out our fall dinnerware, (which is really Halloween!)  We ate stuffed squash and had Sierra do another of her famous berry galettes.  (Mostly.  Mom had to intervene when little brother accidentally looked at said galette, and someone decided she didn’t want to make it anymore.  Sheesh!)  Even a little grumpiness couldn’t ruin the joyous fall feeling of a decorated home, the smell of home baked goodies, and the cooler weather outside… and especially our whole family together on a non-rushed Sunday night!

Day 10

Today marks day 10 of my husband being gone.  He is in Texas helping FEMA with the relief effort from Hurricane Harvey.  Scenes like this have been pretty common.  I wish you could see the adorable expression on his face.  It says something like, “What?”

In addition to scenes like this, we’ve had sick kids, 9 straight days of 3 digit temps, both ant and fly invasions into our home, cat vomit, and daily messes…

At the same time, we’ve had swimming dates with friends, dinners at Chick-Fil-A, school work that has gone fairly smoothly, movies, games, and great attitudes by the littles despite missing their Papa.  I can’t complain!!

The countdown is now on.  We plan on finishing this school week strong, getting the whole house cleaned up, and possibly decorating for fall before his return next weekend. #lofty goals!

We miss you, Mr. Yeh!!!