Odds & Ends

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It’s been a long time since I’ve done one of these hodgepodge posts–so long, in fact, that I fear I’ll leave out much of what I thought I’d share as things happened.  I often think–“I should blog about this!”  But time has a way of slipping away.  I’ll share what I remember.  :-)

  • Lulu completed her first summer as a library volunteer with a pizza party at the library to which Nana took her.  I’m proud of her for her sticktoitiveness in a task that isn’t always a load of fun–shelving books!
  • Lulu also participated in the W.C. Handy Kidz Jam for the Handy Festival.  This event allows the piano students to play with a professional bass guitar player and drummer, jazz-style.  It’s a good experience.   I missed it because I had a CBS meeting to attend, but Steady Eddie recorded for me.  This happened the day after we got back from Dauphin Island, so it had been over a week since Lulu had really been able to practice.  She acquitted herself very well considering that.

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  • We had our annual family birthday celebration in which we rent a local public pool for an evening at the end of July.  This is the fourth year or so that we’ve done this.  We did allow Lulu her own personal birthday party this year since she turned ten, but we usually just have a big celebration in honor of all the kids’ birthdays.  We invite everyone we can think of and ask for no gifts–everyone just come swim and have fun and eat cake and ice cream.  :-)  The kids (except Benny) all picked out the kind of cake they wanted and helped me make it.  Lulu and the DLM picked rainbow cake and Louise picked Texas sheet cake.  Isn’t the rainbow cake batter pretty?

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The finished products:

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(Yes, I did warn everyone that if they ate the rainbow cakes, they’d be ingesting their yearly limit of artificial colorings. :-) )

  • We’ve managed to swim a lot over the past three weeks.  Good times.
  • We went to Montgomery with Steady Eddie on Monday and visited the Alabama Archives.  I’ll try to share pictures from that trip soon.
  • I still haven’t finished sharing pictures from Dauphin Island.  I’m optimistic that I might finish before Christmas.  :-)
  • Our little Benny is just a joy and a delight.  I think the early toddler stage is my favorite.  At sixteen months, he’s walking and talking up a storm.  He mimics what we say a lot:  hot dog, cracker, cocka-doodle-doo (from Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown), big boy, etc.  On Wednesday of last week he got into the pantry and poured out a whole box of vanilla wafers.  He cried hysterically at first, but then he realized he’d hit the jackpot.  :-)
  • On Wednesday our CBS class held registration, and I am thrilled and so very thankful that our fledgling homeschooling classes are growing!  Thank you, Lord!  We’ve registered more children in the whole children’s department (nursery-sixth grade) than the current director has ever had!

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  • We started school on Thursday, despite my feelings of unpreparedness.  We had Circle Time, math, language, handwriting, and writing.  I also read aloud a good bit in a desperate attempt to finish our current read-aloud (Summer of the Monkeys) before plunging into our history curriculum.

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  • I think everyone liked getting back into the routine.  We’re still working things out–aren’t we always?–including finding places for the girls to go when they need to have quiet to do their work.  (Plugging your ears while still in the same room with some Very Noisy Brothers really doesn’t help. :-) )
  • I was particularly happy to note that my dropping of the math ball over the summer (we were supposed to play games at the very least!) didn’t hurt their retention.
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  • We even managed rest time on Thursday, which is a tricky thing nowadays.  I have to be pretty persistent to convince the DLM that we all need quiet rest time.  The girls, of course, don’t mind–Lulu disappears with a book (The Warden and the Wolf King was a big winner!) and Louise reads or makes art or plays with her seashells or dolls.  She’s not hard to occupy.  Mama gets bonus points if Benny stays asleep for the whole time!

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  • I’m still figuring out a schedule for the DLM.  It will involve a good bit of sisterly attention.

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  • One thing that has been a hit for him are those dot markers with accompanying “paint by number” sheets.
  • On Friday morning we had our co-op orientation.  Benny just about wore me out with his aversion to being held, but it was worth it to re-connect with so many friends.  We celebrated by eating lunch at our favorite Mexican restaurant where I was complimented by a stranger on the behavior of my children.  (I love it when that happens!)  :-)
  • We usually have breakfast-for-supper once a week, and this week I made a frittata (inspired by the PW, though I didn’t follow her recipe) instead of the standard scrambled eggs.  I loved it!
  • Last night we had my mom’s birthday supper here at home.  It was good to have everyone over–especially my nephews, who are the DLM’s own personal heroes.  They’re big high schoolers now, so we don’t see much of them.  :-)

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  • We now have two parakeets:  Amber, our original, and Emerald.  Just in case you need a closeup:

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  • The children all spent the night with grandparents (a boy and a girl with Nana and a boy and a girl with Mamaw and Papaw) last night.  Steady Eddie and I slept in a little, talked a lot, and went out to breakfast at Cracker Barrel this morning.  It was wonderful!
  • We’re gearing up for another busy week next week.

So how are things in your world?

 

 

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