Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Home is a wonderful place

After a two week vacation, we were all glad to sleep in our own beds.

First to my mom's in Indiana for a couple of days, then out to Washington D.C. for a week.  We stayed with Jenn and family, worshipped at Immanuel, walked all over the city, visiting nearly everything.  Last Thursday we began our trip back home, stopping to stay with friends in Frederick and tour Gettysburg, then Saturday night found us in Elkhart, IN.  We worshipped on Sunday at Emmaus, enjoyed meeting Bishop Obare who was also there that morning with his wife, son and daughter-in-law.  Spent some lovely time visiting with the Stuckwisch's, before driving to Illinois and staying overnight with my brother-in-law and family.

That was the quick run down.  I'll eventually download my pictures and share more details.  But now I have to schedule an oil change, doctor children with sore throats, find someone to fix the washing machine, make bread, continue to school the children, and many other things.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Jubilate Sunday

Today was confirmation Sunday and the confirmands weren't the only ones with new clothes:

Isn't' he spiffy?!

Many thanks go out to Rhonda, a member of our church, who took it upon herself to hunt down a pattern, find material, and then sew it all together.  It looks wonderful!

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Laundry has always been my least favorite chore

If If keep up with it, I'm okay, if not, it is a giant monster to beat back and conquer.

But why oh why does my washing machine hate me?  It seems to never, ever, want to work right on the days I need it most.  Today it is spinning correctly, I don't know why.  I do know that I want to scream.  I have lots to wash and no time to figure out the problem.

April Reward - Not!

Three months of good work, three months of fun rewards, but then came April and it fell apart.  
Three main things got in the way of reaching our April goals:
1. We had the hardest time staying focused and motivated this month.  The nice weather and our own laziness got in the way.
2. Extra doctor appointments that weren't planned, but had to be attended, and took most of the productivity out of the day.
3. There were several weekend days where I was gone and that meant I was trying to play catch up with with housework during the week.

So we didn't reach our goals and we didn't get to have a reward.  The reward would have been to attend the Festival of Nations.  The timing of the goal wasn't the best for our family, but we would have made it work.  Oh well, maybe next year we'll get to go.

And now I'm trying to really catch up with housework, and other obligations.  We are already about two days behind on May's homeschool goals, but I'm hoping we'll be able to catch up as the month goes along, as long as we can beat back that laziness and lack of motivation monster.