So since it’s the end of February I figured I better get this show on the road!
Here we go:
I have come to realize that sharing clothes with my two oldest girls has it’s perks (more clothes to spread around) but also it’s serious drawbacks. For the life of me I can never find a pair of socks that aren’t mismatched (they do their own laundry and come steal mine when they run out), and I’ve found many a nice sweater or shirt crumpled up in a ball on their bathroom floor.
We all three wear the same size shoes too. We use those shoes to the ground.
This is how they leave for school in the morning.
She debated trying out for the basketball team and opted out. We are both happy and sad about that little fact. We’re ready for a break but she’d probably be great at basketball.
Dave works with the boys ages 16-18 at church and it’s his favorite calling ever. I work with teaching singing at church and I tell you what, I’m in love with those sweet singers of mine. I love the weeks when I feel like all the stars are aligned and I can somehow move my arm producing angelic voices to fill the room. Then there are the weeks nothing seems to work and I want to go home and cry…
Some of Claire’s other goals for 2014:
Little by little we’re getting there but it still seems like the morning routine is always a rush and a huff at the last second (more on the morning routine HERE).
I look up to Max and Elle in a lot of ways, but one of them is stature. Max is now 6’6″ and Elle is almost 6’1″. I know, crazy right? I love watching them at high school events, so easy to spot from afar and usually wearing big smiles (they really like high school).
Speaking of height, we just barely found pants long enough for Max.
Claire and Grace take piano lessons at 6:30 on Thursday mornings. They dread that lesson because they can’t seem to wake their music brains up that early, but boy oh boy they are sure learning a lot!
Max and Elle still practice every day for 20 minutes but they don’t have a teacher. They just sight-read hymns and new things they print out from the Internet and I am totally 100% ok with that arrangement.
Claire is in charge of all breakfast dishes. Grace clears. Max, Elle and Grace rotate on dinner dishes. It’s confusing because it’s sometimes like herding flies at night when everyone needs to be all over creation right at dinner time and especially when it’s time to do dishes.
We need a new system.
We always have Family Home Evening on Sundays. We do “family business,” stand up to say our family motto together (back HERE), and have a lesson on something Dave or I have been thinking about lately. We usually do an activity on Monday night. (More on FHE HERE and HERE.)
Dave is in the process of switching up his job right now, so he’s set up a temporary office on our dining table.
Did I mention our house is full of clutter?
Elle is still doing quite a few photo shoots (back HERE).
Grace is trying to follow in her footsteps and had her first real photo shoot a few weeks ago.
She did a great job.
When she’s not on my big camera, she’s on my phone camera leaving me all sorts of great shots 🙂
Lately I have spent a good portion of every other Thursday night on a conference call for our BBS board (where I serve as the vice president). We are preparing for our semi-annual BBS Conference. The last two conferences have been held at Duke University, but we’re moving this one to Iowa. It has been a lot of work, most of which I have not been a huge part of since I’m trying to hang on by my fingernails to the rest of life these days. Our conference calls are usually smack-dab in the middle of carpools and dinner time so my whole family has heard many snippets of what we are talking about as the conversation is muted on speaker phone as I try to tame the homework/dinner/bedtime circus around here as we talk logistics and fund raising.
(We are still working on total for our BBS fundraiser in December (back HERE)…more on that soon I promise…SOOOOO grateful for all the help from the cyber world!!)
Lucy comes home with new Braille work typed out carefully each week. She’s still learning so much with that and we are so grateful for her patient, kind teacher who pulls her out of class for an hour or so each week to work on it.
Our panini maker is the most used appliance in our whole house. These kids whip up all kinds of sandwiches in this thing. I always know when Max has been home to run in to grab and snack because our house smells yummy and this thing is still warm.
Lucy almost always has her nose in a book.
These “Elephant and Piggie” ones are my favorites. They are HERE.
It’s still dark in the mornings when we read scriptures.
Our kids always bring lunch to school. We never buy these days. And they always have peanut butter and honey sandwiches. Are we boring or what?
Our Money System is still going strong. It is always a work in progress, and some weeks are better than others, but for the most part it is one of the best things going for us. (For more about how that works click HERE and I am planning on doing an update as soon as I can get to it cause I’ve had a lot of questions lately…)
There we go…at least a little snippet of a snapshot of life the way we know it around here.