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It’s been a while

It’s been a while since I have updated this blog.  Life has been busy.  I promise to update more soon.

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Heading to Captiva Island

I did it!  I persuaded my hubby that bird watching, canoeing, and shell searching outranked driving to Yellowstone with 4 kids.  It is a one and a half day drive compared to 30 hard hours of driving.  I am thrilled.

I will pack up the kids books on Thursday night.  Yes, we will home school while we are there.  Plus, each child will have a camera to make a “My Florida 2010 Field Trip” book.

Homeschooling on the Road!

Next week, my family will take a cross-country trip with the little ones.  At this point, I am unsure whether we will be heading to Captiva Island in Florida or West Yellowstone.  But there is one thing I do know, we will be taking our books with us.  The kids do a lot of studying while we travel.  Last January while we spent two weeks in Hawaii, our kids took classes with other homeschool children, explored the islands, and played in the surf.  This year, the kids will explore where ever it is we travel while they explore their textbooks. 

I will keep you updated on our educational travels.

Some of the trips planned for this year are:

                             a) Washington D.C.

                            b) Salt Lake City, Utah

                            c) Yellowstone

Russia 3 years ago

Three years ago, my husband and I stood in front of a Russian judge.  We weren’t criminals or charged with anything.  Rather, we were adopting a beautiful blond-haired little boy and a dark-haired grey eyed darling baby girl.  I remember the judge granting the adoption and my husband grinning broadly.  We hugged each other in the courtroom, the hallway, in the car, and again at the orphanage.  We couldn’t believe it!  Our family had just gained 2 wonderful kids. 

Today those children are happy and loveable.  They are also very much my children! 

Tonight we celebrated with a bonfire, marshmallows, and hotdogs.   

We are a wonderfully happy family.  One I am very proud to have.

If I sing will they go?

If I walk through the house singing lullabies will the kids take the hint and head off to bed?

Saturday Meeting

This morning several of my Quaker friends and I decided to have a meeting.  Meeting is a word that we use to mean something similar to church time.  We met this morning and watched the sun rise.  As we each said our private prayers to God, I felt thankful for a God that would give us such beautiful sunrises.

Yes, the title of this post is confusing.  I apologize.  But anyone who has ever planned a trip with my dear husband understands.  This trip was my darlings idea.  He ran through the house one afternoon laughing that he was taking me to West Yellowstone for my birthday.  Cool, huh?  Nope.  He wanted to take four children by car to Wyoming.  I was not amused. 

He plotted the trip and stated impressively that we could arrive in Wyoming by way of North Dakota and Montana.  I have little doubt that the neighbors heard the plates I dropped.

It was okay, he changed his mind.  He decided that we could go via Amtrack.  Oh, Cookies Dandy!  This was two trains with one of the trips being 34 hours.  Nope.  No. No way.

I suggested since it was my birthday that we could go to Atlanta, New Orleans, or Colorado.  He glared over his stacks of papers and maps. 

I stood brave and stated the obvious, “Let’s stay home.”

Glare grew and the red cheeks appeared. 

I know when I am licked.