Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Now I'm off to do some laundry and this cold weather is making me want to work on some sewing projects. I love cold weather!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
We then made our way to Shark's Cove (you should have seen how big Ethan's eyes got when I told him that's where we were going) to do a little bit of swimming and exploring. They have great tide pools which make it so kid friendly...if it weren't for all the rocks everywhere. This is why water shoes were invented. Jason took the boys out to go explore the "cave" on the other side while I hung back and watched the fish swim around my feet.
I also had fun taking shadow silhouette shots of my prego belly.Then we spent the rest of the time collecting cool rocks and shells before we packed up for lunch.Our next stop was historic Halewia Town (a.k.a tourist trap) and had burgers at the Kua Aina...the best avocado/cheese burgers around.
You can't go to the North Shore without stopping to get a Shave Ice, so we of course had to stop and get one of those too. Ethan thought it was great after I explained to him it was kind of like eating snow. (side-story: the other day I made a comment about how I love Hawaii and Ethan said "yeah, except there isn't snow in Hawaii")
And to top off our road trip adventure we stopped at a road side stand to get some fresh pineapple, which we snacked on all the way home...since it was only about 45 minutes away. Yes, this is the road side stand we bought it from but....it's fairly normal to stop at a run-down truck (or shack) on the side of the road, here in lovely paradise, to get a bite to eat....such as this "shrimp out of a truck". So see it's not so weird.I forgot how fun road trips were.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Birthday is over. Back to normal life. Not sure why but I woke up this morning with the urge to clean...not just the basic cleaning, but bring out the old toothbrush and clean baseboards, screens, fan blades, grout, etc. Well 3 1/2 hours (and lots of sweat) later my house doesn't look that much different but I know that the dust bunnies are swept, soap scum is scrubbed away and dirty baseboards are clean (plus clean bathrooms, carpets vacuumed and floors mopped). This is when I'm thankful for my small Hawaii house.
Ethan and Jude even joined in the "fun". They got out their little mop and broom to clean off the front lanai. Such big helpers.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
Pardon for sin, and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide
Strength for today, and bright hope for tomorrow
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside.
Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord unto me.
Friday, September 19, 2008
"All free men, regardless of the work they will eventually pursue, need a measure of knowledge, understanding and wisdom which will enable them to lead virtuous lives. Therefore, classical ed neglects, for a time, strictly utilitarian, job-specific skills in favor of cultivating a mastery of language, perspicuity of thought and purity of life."
She goes on to say:
"The goal, then, of Classical Education is not for its students to achieve high SAT scores, be accepted at an Ivy League school, obtain a particular job, reach a certain level of financial gain, or to be labeled as successful, but rather to acquire wisdom which will enable its possessor to live well in every capacity of life - his home, his workplace, his neighborhod, his community, and his world."
In part 2B she also covers the goal of Christian Classical Education, to "live well", by saying:
"It means to manifest honesty, integrity, faithfulness, sobriety, respect, determination, compassion, charity, patience, generosity and selflessness....In order to last, true virtue must be rooted in Christianity. Unless firmly grounded and held in place by a system of belief, it will be blown about by every new wind, or blown away like chaff."
Lori did a good job clearly explaining Classical Education (and is continuing to) on her blog. So if you're curious, do read it. I get asked a lot about what Classical Education is and I don't feel like I explain it well...as I'm still learning about what it fully entails.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
- Our baby girl weighs about 1.5 lbs and is about 13 inches long (according to estimates). I definitely feel her moving around...she is quite the acrobat now. My pregnancy continues to go well and all is healthy and growing...other than the sore hips, weird muscle pains, etc.
- Jason has hit the realization of how time consuming it is to be a headmaster/teacher/student in seminary. He's fighting a cold right now but continues to really enjoy his job...especially the teaching part of it. Seminary has been a challenge lately as he is taking his Greek course. But somehow he gets it all done and still manages to get sleep and spend time with the fam.
- We are now re-licensed as of yesterday to continue with fostering. I don't know how much we will actually be able to foster in the coming year (with new baby and all) but it's easier to get re-licensed now instead of having to go through the whole process again in a year or two. Ethan keeps asking when the children are coming over to live with us. It's so interesting to see what questions come out of a 5 year old when they're learning about the reality of life and how every child doesn't have parents that can or do take care of them.
- I'm feeling a bit homesick with Fall coming...it happens to be my favorite season. It doesn't help that stores have all of their red/orange/yellow decorations, linens, etc. It of course is still hot here...stinkin' hot actually and not Fall-like at all.
- I'm already sick of all the political bashing, celebrity stupidity on politics and the liberal media....November 4th can't come soon enough. I just can't even watch another news program or read another Internet article. So I am sticking to watching forums and town hall meetings only. I know who I'm voting for (that's an easy choice) and that's all that matters.
- I found a great baby sling wrap for our baby girl. Moby slings...check it out. Can't wait to use mine in a few months.
- Ethan continues to love learning. This homeschooling thing has really been fun (although some days I wish I could nap instead of teach...but you can't always have what you want all the time). I'm learning more and more about the benefits (for boys especially) on this way of schooling and learning at this stage, that it makes it all worth the stress and chaos it can bring. We'll take each year and see if we'll continue with homeschooling, but I am thankful that this year we are able to homeschool...and that I got to experience, with Ethan, the firsts of learning that Kindergarten brings.
- I picked up crocheting again. I made a little baby beany hat for the hospital and might try a few other things. It's nice to sit down in the evenings and relax with my yarn and crochet hook....anything where I can sit and put my feet up is relaxing, actually.
- Ethan is in the other room right now belting out our bug song from Science..."head, thorax, abdomen, abdomen; head, thorax, abdomen, abdomen; eyes, antennas, mouth and palps; head, thorax, abdomen, abdomen" (to the tune of head, shoulders, knees & toes, knees & toes) and Jude is shhhing him....which of course causes Ethan to sing louder. Ah, brotherly love.
Okay I don't need to bore you anymore. Congratulations for reading through my ramblings to the end.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
See all of the flowers on it. Very promising!
We also planted some basil (once again), eggplant and golden zucchini (yellow squash). Now I realize that squash plants like lots of room so hopefully they'll enjoy growing up along the railing for space. We'll see. But zucchini and squash are so expensive here that I hope I can just grow my own.
Our neighbor gave us a sprig of her spearmint (which is the only variety that seems to grow well in Hawaii...Kentucky something variety) and our faithful aloe plant that has lasted through the many plant killings over the last few years.
The boys picked out two flowers each and we planted them in this flower pot here. Quite a variety but they enjoy watering them.
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
The birds were a bit timid before they started chowing down at the feeder...checking out the surroundings before they swooped in. Their coloring is so interesting to me. But I think their experience was good and they will be back.
Sorry that my blog has turned a bit nature-y (is that a word?). It's what we're up to lately with school. Coming soon are pictures of our plants...yes, I like to torture myself and think that I have this amazing green thumb...and once again kill off some perfectly good plants. But this time I think will be different. I am actually remembering to water them. Stay tuned.
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Friday, September 05, 2008
As you can see Ethan enjoys the fluffiness of the new rug. He makes rug angels and hand prints. My favorite feature (besides the fluffy part...who knew shag was back) is that it is multi-colored, which hides stains. So if you ever want to come and enjoy sitting on our new fluffy, multi-colored, shag carpet with us, feel free to stop by.
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Sometimes I think Maxine should run for president. She was right on with this one!