Taking to dressing herself, A is often found around town sporting her pink cowboy boots and brown knit cap (complete with brown dangling pom-poms.) Another trend is the bla-la-la (pony tail) that has its place either in back or on the side.
This is the first place we've lived where people actually pay attention to tornado warnings. We've seen the damage in our area and now listen to the sirens too. So when the first siren went off we stared in disbelief at the blue, sunny skies we saw out the window. Within 20 minutes we were eating our dinner in the dark and watching the wind pick up enough to know that the siren meant business. The weather subsided in time, but then at 9:30 p.m. the sirens were again blaring. We set off to the basement in our windowless exercise room and waited while watching some movies. As the storm raged outside our home, little A began to become more and more labored in her breathing. What timing for her to have her second bout with asthma! The storm moved on leaving no damage to our place. But it was a long night as attention was turned to making a little one more comfortable till morning.
(C was experiencing different weather that night as he tried to remember how to drive in a snow storm. After a business trip in NYC he was making his way to CT to visit his parents and brother and his family. Thankfully the handling a sliding car instinct returned with no problem.)
A long anticipated field trip to the High Museum's Exhibit The First Emperor: China's Terracotta Army did not disappoint. We had read a library book, The Emperor's Silent Army: Terracotta Warriors of Ancient Chinaby Jane O'Connor, in preparation. The "First August and Divine Emperor of the Qin" was quite a man. King at age 13 and ruler of China by age 38, he made quite a tribute to himself in the Terracotta Army. The kids' audio tour entertained us as we were led through the exhibit by "Chip," one of the guards.
As interesting as the tour was, the kids will probably remember the "picnic" in the bottom floor of the parking garage with friends more than anything else.
The unique thing about our town is the many miles of golf cart paths that meander through the neighborhoods. The first day of winter break the younger set and friends set out on the golf cart to play at the local playground and feed the geese.
***Our gas powered nine seater golf cart can get us around in style!
The kids quickly discovered that the geese prefer pretzel sticks picked from the snack bin over seed pods picked from a tree.
Take a look at our coffee table to get an idea of what is swimming in the heads of the students in our home....
Today it's Grimm's Fairy Tales, Stalin and the Iron Curtain, The Samurai Warriors of Japan, Consulting Writers Inc for how to make a upcoming speech on England interesting, a tattered hymnal to sing from, (what is the piano music doing here?) a coloring book to work on during read aloud time, books to read to Mom workbooks papers a Bible......
"What is an idea? A live thing of the mind......We say of an idea that it strikes us, impresses us, seizes us,
takes possession of us, rules us... To excite this appetency [a feeling of craving something; def in visual thesaurus] toward something- towards things lovely, honest,
and good and of good report, is the earliest and most important ministry of the educator... ideas are held in
that thought environment which surrounds the child in an atmosphere, which he breaths as his breath of life;
and this atmosphere in which the child inspires his unconscious ideas of right living emanates from his
parents..." (Charlotte Mason's Original Homeschooling Series, Vol. 2, p.34,36)
Proud to be the bearer of the Gym South 3rd Place Team Trophy for the Cobb Men's Challenge, D shows off the achievements of this meet. Not to be outdone Dad was designated with the "Loud Parent" award.
D, L and M were practicing for months along with the other elementary school aged choir members to bring us the story of Joseph: From the Pit to the Palace. The musical was influenced by the music of STOMP! Guess who quickly knew exactly what she wanted to do?
Perching herself on the "drum" she seriously kept the beat.
Portraying Joseph's brother, Simeon, D took part in telling the story of Joseph. As we read in Genesis the brothers sold Joseph into slavery. Later they came face to face with him as the one who could provide food for them during a famine. It was then Joseph displayed his belief in God's sovereignty when saying, "Do not fear, for am I in the place of God?As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them. (Genesis 50:19-21)
M joined in with the choir telling all that attended that our God is
all-powerful, all-knowing, and in control of everything that happens!