Tuesday, August 31, 2010
No fancy titles this time; these days I'm going for simple, straighforward and informative. My creativity gets squeezed out of existence during busy times like this.
But just so my reading public doesn't become too restless, I will post a picture from the state fair and some from the first day of school.
The picture to the left was taken during our annual cookie break at the fair. We get a bucket of Sweet Martha's chocolate chip cookies, a bag of mini-donuts, and several cups of milk (with free refills!) and pig out. We have fewer and fewer leftovers to take home as the kids get older! But it's tradition and it's a good one.
We had a good time at the fair. We were faint with exhaustion but not with hunger when we finally headed to the car after a record-breaking nine hours there!
That was Friday. On Monday, bright and early, the three oldest kids, three of my babies, mind you, set out for school.
Why must one always bribe children with a silly shot so that they will submit to a few good shots?
Of particular note, is Johanna's first day; her first day in a "real" school. She was a little nervous, a little tearful, the night before, but was all smiles and laughter by the end of the day.
God is good.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
This year, we have four kids and one mom gearing up for school. Johanna is going into 3rd grade at Liberty, her first year in "real" school. Needless to say, she is terrifically excited! Micah is entering 5th grade, top dog at the LCA Lower School. And William is starting 7th grade, firmly in middle school and nearly a teen-ager! This fact is too incredible for me to even comment on it.
As for me, I am thrilled to be teaching at Baldwin Christian School, a classical Christian K-12 school in Baldwin, WI. Yes, that is an entire state away from us! But, we live about 20 minutes from the state border and the school is about 20 minutes beyond that. The commute is long, but I couldn't pass up these classes: literature, creative writing, and rhetoric. I will have students in grades 9-12 and small classes so grading will be minimal.
Like most teachers, I would teach for free but you have to pay me to do grading!
I will teach Tuesdays and Thursdays for most of the day.
On those days, Sam will come with me and attend preschool at BCS. He is quite excited to be starting his formal education, although he just thinks it's fun!
Poor John will be left in a quiet house all day Tuesdays and Thursdays. Whatever will he find to keep him busy and to keep him from missing us all too terribly?
Not to be left out of the fall frenzy, John will once again be coaching the middle school soccer team at LCA. At least he'll have something to do!
Goodbye, summer! See you in June!
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Tuesday: Got up about 6, not sleeping anyway, so why not? Fixed eggs and spam for breakfast (so Minnesota!), served to an enthusiastic clientele. Quite warm and muggy with grey skies. When we got breakfast cleaned up, we went to see the headwaters of the Mississippi where we could walk across the river,
We had our long-awaited hot dogs and we had our S'mores and had just settled to hearing some of the silliest "scary" stories from our children, when those same friendly fire-starting neighbors came over and invited us to have blueberry pies from their mountain pie makers. We had a little party! Sam was in rare form, talking constantly and loudly, but managing to charm everyone. Finally, the park ranger came over and reminded us that quiet hours started at 10 and we realized how late it had gotten.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Well..."Let me 'splain. No. 'Is too much. Let me sum up." (Anyone recognize that from the most quotable movie ever?)
Anyway, let me fill you in on our summer escapades.
Soon after my last post, John's parents arrived for a visit. While they were here, John and I escaped the kids and the city for a little 15th anniversary weekend away.
We went an hour south to Red Wing, MN, a charming town which happens to boast the Largest Boot Ever Revealed to Civilization! Yes, it's true. Come visit us and we'll take you to this very special, highly unique Minnesota site! (We haven't made it to the Spam museum yet, but that's next on our list.)
We stayed at this lovely bed and breakfast where no children demanded anything of us and someone made cookies for *us!*
The town of Winona hosts the Great River Shakespeare Festival every summer.
Above is the set for "The Comedy of Errors."
As I am *certain* you will remember, I saw "Comedy" last year at the Globe theatre in London, so this production had a lot to live up to. It was a very different version, set in a New Orleans-like town, complete with lounge singers and southern accents, and extremely well done. It took a little while to adjust to deciphering Shakespearean language disguised in a southern accent, but thanks to hanging around with my friend Suzanne, the southern belle, I managed just fine.
I think I could stand to go back again next year. If John *really* wanted to go. I might be convinced.
Well, that brings us just up to July 17 and I'm exhausted. I'll have to continue my account of summer later, although I confess it might be *much* later since we leave on Monday to go camping and then go to Kansas City after that. *sigh* Check back in a month.