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An unordinary week in our life

April 14, 2013

This week has been filled with all things not generally part of our weekly experience.

Mom & Dad left before sunrise on Monday morning, but not before finishing up some projects the Sunday before. Momma repaired Clare’s much loved blanket. I’m happy that Clare didn’t seem to mind AND it looks so pretty again. Thanks mom!

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Dad & Nate repaired my automatic van door. I requested it as a birthday present. I was happy they obliged several weeks early! I’ve missed that door these past 3-4 months. Silly what you grow used to having and “just can’t live without”. There’s just no turning back sometimes, right?! Thanks guys!! Pretty impressive!

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The weather has finally turned warm. Actually, it might be too warm. It’s been almost 80degrees some days this week. With the warmer weather, we are spending more and more time outside again. Thankfully, the kids and I don’t struggle with the seasonal pollen allergies. Poor Nate, though, the 8000+ days are killing him!

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Michael is so happy to be outside with the neighborhood boys. Nerf wars are a big deal!

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While at my postpartum checkup, Elizabeth shared so many new-found smiles with me. I was so delighted to wait on the doctor as it meant more time to love on this little one and these new facial transformations. It’s always amazing to me how very happy I become when our babies smile for those first times. There’s something really transcending in a baby’s smile. We see them, if we are lucky, once a day or so. It’s okay though as their infrequency makes it all the more special when she lights up!

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Thank you Dr. Barrett for taking such good care of both Elizabeth and I. You are an incredible doctor!

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Nate took the kids to the Atlanta History Center on Saturday for their infamous Sheep to Shawl event. I really have no “proof” of it though as those pictures are held hostage on Nate’s phone.

Today, however, the kids went to college. We teased them all morning that today they were going to college. Neither of them really knew what that meant and actually neither did we really.

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GA Tech Yellowjackets hosted a Kids@Kollege philanthropic event. It’s meant to be a way to get kids excited about staying in school and excited about studying the sciences. Our kids loved it! In fact, Michael really liked it (after initially being the least excited). Nate and I have already attended college so we didn’t sit in on their classes but rather accepted the cliff note version direct from their mouths. They had four classroom rotations and then were supposed to have some time on the bounce houses and at arts & crafts. However, a downpour cancelled everything outdoors and ended the day early. What a bummer!

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I love this photo. It appears that waiting around for class to begin is not their forte. They’ll be last minute arrivals I guess, slipping in as the professor is closing the door.

A lesson on density was particularly fascinating for them. In fact, they were one of the last ones to leave the class. I had to go in just to see where they were and hurry them on to their next class. (Golly, they really will be late to their classes.) Of course, I found them talking to the teachers and playing with the experiments. Yes, we were granted a bottle to take home with us for more mixing and settling observations. [Edit – I emptied that bottle and threw it away last night assuming we’d exceeded the interest of this density demonstration. However, I was wrong. Serious tears this morning. Michael successfully convinced me to let him create a new one. Second set of tears when he realized we only had gel food coloring. Okay. Put it on a toothpick and just drop your toothpick into the bottle and leave it. Cool! Incidentally, they learned that the heavy toothpick would carry the food coloring to the bottom just like the seltzer tablets did in class. No need for liquid food coloring or seltzer tablets to make this experiment work.]

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The last class was all about the Urban Bee Keeper Project. Our kids were enthralled and particularly interested in how a spoonful of raw honey everyday can help cure seasonal allergies. They are convinced Nate needs to start eating raw honey. Thankfully, Thursday afternoons you can purchase local raw honey on Tech Walk. We’ll see if the kids convince him to drive down on Thursdays to get his jar of raw honey.

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So I remember sitting in the hallways of our college buildings with Nate, but the scene never looked quite like this.

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These kids really are little mini-Nates. They love learning. They retain everything they hear and they are not shy when it comes to talking. (Okay, maybe Michael is from time to time.)

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I was on baby duty during one of the sessions and this lady comes to introduce herself certain we schooled our kids at home. They are new to homeschooling and were apparently impressed by a question Katie asked about the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 and then interjected some facts not previously presented. The girl likes to talk! I love that she gets excited about learning and knows things most 9-year-olds don’t usually encounter nor retain. It makes this schooling at home both fulfilling and exhausting at times. I’m especially thankful for her STEAM classes at the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center that have further strengthened her love of science. She claims she won’t be going to Georgia Tech as she’s going to culinary school so she can open a bakery. Michael wants to go to KState.

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This little girl will surely have a great time in college wherever she goes. Hold on world.

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I’ve promised myself that I’m not going to blink. They really won’t be heading to college soon, will they?

For now, I’m going to settle for finishing their science & history curriculum and preparing for the CRCT’s at the end of the month. Everything else is finished for both kids. I love our more relaxed spring schedules! Have a great week all!

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. mom permalink
    April 15, 2013 6:46 am

    What a fun time for all of you! I am so proud of how you keep it all together for all of them! They could not have a beter Mom and teacher!!! Love and miss you all so much!!! Mom/G Lissa

  2. mom permalink
    April 15, 2013 6:47 am

    better Mom 😉

  3. Rebecca Webster permalink
    April 15, 2013 7:28 am

    what an awesome day! brings back memories – especially the one of Nate holding Elizabeth in the hallway…. LOVE IT!

  4. Gerise Vignaroli permalink
    April 15, 2013 8:03 am

    Awesome photos and memories for sure!!! You are so blessed to have so many wonderful opportunities for your homeschooling family. I would have died and gone to Heaven with so many great things like that for our kids to have participated in back in the day. I agree with your momma…you’re family is very fortunate to have you as a mom and Nate as a great father!!!! Keep up the amazing work!!!
    Love you oodles..xoxox

  5. Auntie Sherry permalink
    April 16, 2013 4:10 am

    I have to agree with your Mama Lissa in that you are an AWESOME Mother, teacher, spiritual guide with more love to give than anyone I’ve ever seen or even read about. God knew what he was doing when he blessed you with a house full of children as you are always so patient & eager with each of them to make certain they get to experience all that life has to offer! You are a GREAT example for anyone blessed enough to be your friend or family member. I love you all dearly, Nate does an awesome job at being a Dad too! 🙂

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