September Potporri

So today is Patriot’s Day, 2010. It’s hard to believe it’s been 9 years. What’s even harder to comprehend is that my kids have grown up around it & don’t really remember it – Nate had just turned 4 & Callie was 9 months old. We spent some time this morning trying to explain the day; how we felt, what happened, where we were. So much to try & put into words! I will NEVER forget. And I must not let our children forget, either. They need to understand what is happening to & in our country & why. I’m finally getting old enough to see the huge importance of history & who teaches it. It makes a BIG difference what lens you are looking through as to what your child learns in history – there are so many angles. And what you learn of history makes a huge difference in what you think about what’s going on NOW.

Callie & I are getting in the swing of schooling for the year. This is going to be a sweet one! We’ve got some crazy things planned schedule-wise for our family this year, but I think Callie will be a good one to roll with it & we’ll have a good time doing it. Some things docketed for this school year: moving, getting our house either sold or more likely rented out, filming lessons weekly, getting Mom’s curriculum to three conventions before school’s out & another three at least in the summer, then taking a big family southwest trip in between conventions, visiting with Grandma W in there – probably in Chicago. Whew! Makes me a bit tired thinking about it, but if I’ve learned anything over the last five years, I’ve learned to SEIZE THE DAY!! Today’s what we’ve got. Do not think two or three years from now would be a better time to do anything. NOW is the time. Keith is good at that & Dad taught me that well. So this year it is. : ] We’re gonna make us some memories!

Jack’s newest phrase: “My neck is broken” with a look of earnestness & deep concern. Translation: “My top button is not buttoned & it’s driving me NUTS!!!! Would you please fix it??”

We went fall clothes shopping over the weekend & as usual, made the list of things we really need (yellow t-shirt for Anders so he can wear the pair of blue & yellow basketball pants someone gave us, etc.) & some things we’d like if they were there. God is so good! We always come back from the second hand store with our list pretty much knocked out & a few fun surprises to boot. Speaking of boots, one item on the wish list was a pair of cowboy boots for Jack. Wouldn’t you know it, they only had one pair, a bit bigger than he needs, but he LOVES them & he’ll be able to wear them for a couple years. : ] Perfect! Jack wore them to bed last night. Another fun surprise found was a brand new pair of tap shoes that fit both Callie & Anders. Keith doesn’t want them tapping on the kitchen tile, so if you’re close by our house & hear tappity taps at all hours of the day & night, you know it’s just C or A out practicing their moves on the driveway. WELL worth the few dollars for the fun they get out of ’em!

Keith took Nate & Anders to the baseball game last night: Twins vs. Indians. Good food, good fireworks, good game! Keith noted that five years from now he will probably be doing the same thing with two boys the same ages, just Anders & Jack that time. That’s how it works when your boys are five years apart & you’ve got three of them. They’ll be doing a lot of these repeat outings. Anders gets to be in on ALL of them – that’s the joy of being the middle guy.

School for Anders has been a change. His behavior is stellar – he says the kids at school are wild. Right. Anyway, each morning he’s had trouble “getting motivated” to spend the day in the classroom. After lunch, he has been putting his head on his desk & quietly crying. He says he misses Mom. The teacher we picked for him is perfect. She tells him to buck up & move on. He is fine. I can’t help but have a little ache in my heart for my lil guy, though. Sitting there at his desk. With his cute bangs & missing tooth & all. But at age seven, he’s able to do this. Each day is getting better. At night, he gets a bit weepy & says he can’t do school for another day. But he will. And it’s good for him! He tells of the kid beside him who writes his numbers backwards, and the girl to the other side of him who talks too much. He says he already knows all this stuff they’re talking about so he really should be in third grade. I want to give him a few weeks to get acclimated, then go in to spend some time in his room to get to know these classmates of his. This is going to be a good year for him. Oh, and he’s keeping his shoes on!!! All day! : ]

Mom’s reading program is propelling forward!! We are so excited about what God’s got in store for the upcoming years in this department. We got word late last night that Mom’s in for the four big conventions as a SPEAKER as well as to have a booth for ALL FOUR!!! Even though we were late getting them the info & they really didn’t have any slots for her, we got in!! They liked her, they really liked her!! Can’t wait to tour this spring & summer & peddle Mom’s curriculum around. I think people are really going to love it. There’s definitely a need for it out there & there’s nothing like it. Wish I could tell you more, but the website’s pretty basic yet & we are chasing our tails to keep ahead of things right now. When it’s right, I’ll pass the website & info along so you can check it out.

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