Sunday, April 8, 2018

Spring Break

Two weeks ago Anna had spring break at CVCS, so the homeschool kiddos also took a break (and mom too!).  We didn't travel or do too much out of the ordinary; we just enjoyed being home without an agenda.  Here are a few things we did do:

  •       All the kiddos still had their music lessons and practiced diligently all week.  Fun, I know.  
  •       Anna completed an assignment with her friend, Jackie (interviewing a Mormon for her Comparative Religions class) and then spent the day with her watching old movies.  
  •        Went to the dollar theater and watched "The Last Jedi."  I really like saying, "Five for The Last Jedi," and handing out a $5 bill instead of a $50. 
  •        The homeschool kids had their first track meet on Tuesday night.  Seth and Lydia each ran the 100m and the 400m.  We ditched the 200m because it was running late, we were tired, and it was  FREEZING.
  •        The homeschool kids still had track practice on Mon and Wed afternoon and Russ had optional track practice for the CVCS kids on  MWF mornings.  (Is it optional for Anna if your dad is the track coach?)
  •        I made kolaches as a treat for the kids while they were all gone for piano lessons Wed morning.  These are always a spring break treat, and we ate them in honor of Nicolas' nineteenth birthday which was on Thursday. Good thing he has an awesome Grandma who made some in Iowa for him!
  •  We walked the Boise River as a family one morning.
  • We hiked Table Rock with a friend and her kids on Good Friday afternoon and went out for ice cream afterwards.  Delsa's Ice Cream has a delicious German Chocolate Cake ice cream!
  • Russ and I went out to eat with a couple from church to a Basque restaurant.
  •   The family enjoyed fellowship with another family from church Saturday night at their home for supper.
  • We were blessed with a worshipful Good Friday service.  The choir sang RC Sproul's "Worthy is the Lamb" and sounded amazing!
  • Celebrated Resurrection Day with two wonderful sermons and fellowship at our table with a family from church as well as a widow lady and another older single woman who was headed to McDonalds for her Easter meal.

While we enjoyed a mostly quiet spring break at home, the college boys both traveled for their spring break which was a couple weeks earlier than ours.

Nicolas drove to Arizona with friends to spend time at one of the friend's homes near Phoenix.  From there they drove to San Diego and spent a couple nights at another friend's condo on the beach before heading back to Dordt.

They were even put to work for some spending money in San Diego!

View off the back deck of the condo in San Diego

Caleb drove with friends to Denver where one of the friends lived.  From there they flew to Los Angeles where that same friend has a home on Venice Beach in Santa Monica. 
 It sounded as though both had relaxing, fun-filled weeks making lots of memories with friends.

Not sure if this was a staged picture😊, but if taken at face value it looks as if some MCAT review was done over spring break!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Homeschool Senior Luncheon

Last year our homeschool co-op hosted a Valentine's luncheon for the more senior members of our church.  This year we pushed it back a few weeks and had a spring luncheon instead.  The menu remained the same:  salad, soups, rolls, and pie and ice cream.  Some of the kids participated in a little program and some of the kids brought things for the "project" table.  We had a little history trivia quiz at each place for everyone to work on as well as conversation starters underneath everyone's plate.  The afternoon was a huge success and the moms just enjoyed watching the generations mingle.

The invitations the kids helped me make.  Idea from this website.
The program
Working on trivia together

We have a talented artist in our co-op!

First time playing the cello in front of people!

I took Anna's place in their little trio

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Ligonier Conference

As mentioned in a previous post, Russ and I attended the Ligonier conference in Orlando early in March.  When he graduated from seminary four years ago this coming May, he and his three amigos--Ian, Stan, and David--decided that they would meet up in three/four years at the Ligonier conference.   Unfortunately, David's wife was unable to make the trip, and Stan and Juliet cancelled at the last minute because Juliet had fallen and broken her wrist which required surgery that week.  So our group was a little smaller, but we enjoyed a sweet time of fellowship.

The theme of the conference this year was "Awakening" and the topics considered the idea of "awakening" in the areas of the power of God's Word, through suffering, as seen in Scripture, in hospitality, through church history, through the Holy Spirit, in evangelism, in prayer, in personal holiness, and to the glory of God.  We had a wonderful time of refreshment with good friends and great teaching.

The one reason I like to fly United in the morning😋😋

Merritt Island Nature Preserve

Canaveral National Seashore

Joni Eareckson Tada speaking on suffering.

Spending time with sweet little Julia was so much fun!

Dordt Indoor Track

Since we are well into the outdoor track season, I thought I had better post a few pictures of indoor track.  Both Caleb and Nicolas are running track at Dordt, but I was only able to snag pictures of Caleb.  Almost all the pictures are from the conference meet or Nationals, and Nicolas did not run either of those meets--pretty normal for a freshman. 


Indoor Nationals

 4x400 relay team that ran at Nationals

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

February Activities

We didn't receive much snow in the valley this winter, especially as compared to last winter.  When it snowed late in February we knew we had better seize the opportunity to have some fun in the snow because it would more than likely be the last we'd see until next year.  Even Zoe enjoyed a "frolic" in the snow.😄

In February our homeschool co-op toured the local fire station.  Having grown up in a small town with volunteer fire fighters it was interesting to hear how our full-time fire fighters spend their day.   Since they are all trained as paramedics they go out on every 911 call in their area which can be greater than twenty calls a day.  When not out on a call, there is always training to complete.  At 5:00 the fire station becomes like a "home" where they can cook supper, watch TV, and have down time until the next call comes in.  But between 8-5 it is like any other job.  I think they said they have 48 hours on and then four days off.