Thursday, August 19, 2010

homeschool, furniture

Our shipment arrived in the US of A!!! Yippee! "The shipment" is a well-used item in the idiolects of my older children. Especially V -- "When the shipment comes, I'll be so happy to play with my Barbies." Also M -- he reports that since he's had his first set of work done at the dentist, now he can have his new bionicle once the shipment gets here. (I don't like bionicles, but that's a discussion for some other time.) We've all been looking forward to it, and yet ... moving in, again. All will be chaos, again. I'll be happy to have kitchen scissors and trash cans and most of all a couch!

School starts Monday :) Good thing I've already got some things lined up for V's first week of homeschooling. Otherwise she'd be out of luck. My evenings will now be spent getting the living room painted before Tuesday, the big delivery day. Our first topic is Texas. So we're going to plant wildflower seeds, learn all that classic stuff like the state bird and song and the Texas pledge of allegiance. ("Honor the Texas flag; I pledge allegiance to thee, Texas, one state under God, one and indivisible.") What, your state doesn't have a pledge? Poor you. We might even bleach T-shirts with a Texas theme -- an idea I got from my little sis, just like the rainbow rice we made.

I'm still getting our schedule worked out. Personally, I really dislike having a lot of scheduled activities. A few are fine, too many make me faint. So right now I think we're going to have a preschool co-op on Wednesdays, a run to the gym a couple of times a week, and story time once a week. Sounds like a lot already, plus anything we do with M after school hours. Luckily I can combine the gym trip with the school run ... real American school. Supply lists and everything.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

long time no blog

Finally, a few photos. We stayed in an apartment for a couple of days before we left Prague. I had to take this picture of the kids in the cabinet really quick before Eliza fell out.
The kids were literally laying in the middle of the foot path at the Amsterdam airport. I also let them eat off the floor and scrub their backs with toilet brushes. Now, why do my kids always seem to get sick after a long plane flight ...
Best thing about our new house -- the ice cream maker attachment I bought for the KitchenAid. They are eating chocolate malt frozen custard.
This weekend we went to see my grandparents in Shreveport, along with Aunt Naomi. It was a fantastic visit. We had Poppi burgers, the kids played the organ, we chatted. E loved these little dolls that my sibs and I played with many years ago. There are three dolls and 2 beds -- because Gramma and Poppi have a daughter and twin boys. Poor guys have to share a bed.
M lost one of his front teeth just before we went to Shreveport, so the tooth fairy visited him there. The gap is really, really big. I need to get a good picture of it. He's showing off his tooth box the dentist gave him.