Monday, September 16, 2013

Getting into a good groove... and some other randomness

 Well, fall (besides the weather aspect) is in full swing.  Fall is the season I miss my northern roots the most.  While everyone else is posting about fall colors, leaves crunching under their feet, and pulling out their jeans and sweaters, here in Texas, we anxiously await a day where the high is in the 80's instead of the 90's.

Back to my point... fall is here.  Our new school year has begun with a bang.  We're doing more school than we've ever done.  Graham and Asher are in 6th grade, Samuel is in 3rd, and Joseph is in 1st.  Nathan joins in on whatever he can learn through osmosis and will start kinder next fall.  All these grades are rather time consuming.  And so far we've finished our days later than ever, like pretty darn close to dinner time.  Or until it's time to pack up for baseball.  It's going to take a couple more weeks to find the perfect groove.  I've tweaked things every weekend in preparation for the next week. Classical Conversations has been wonderful, but there's a lot to explore.  And what I'm finding out is that the more you put into it, the more you'll get out of it.  How disappointing that success requires things like hard work and follow through!  

So here's a recap of the last couple of weeks.  These are phone pics.  I haven't uploaded pictures from my big camera since we got back from Minnesota.  But when I do I'll share them too.

After church at Torchy's.  Have you been?  It's a Wolfe family favorite.  I always get the Independent.  Chris gets the Fried Avocado.  And the queso is to die for... not your normal run-of-the-mill queso that's made from some kind of gross cheese product.

Yesterday Asher was the first batter Beckett ever pitched to.  A historic moment between two sweet friends.

We had a birthday to celebrate (Happy birthday, Leighsa!) so we HAD to make this cake and eat it all weekend long.  And don't worry, Nathan got a hair cut the very next day this pic was taken.

I had the realization that all of my example grammar sentences include a trip to Target.  

A morning break on the porch swing.

We just finished reading about the Berlin Wall, and I surprised the boys by showing them a real piece of it.  My Aunt Lianne served in Germany as a missionary all of her adult life, so she blessed us with this piece of German history.

An afternoon pick me up.  Long school days require iced coffee with whipped cream.

Legos everywhere these days.  It kind of gives me the hives but this is what they do while we do school.  I've decided it's better than some form of media.  And one day when the legos are pushed aside for something else, I'll miss it.

My sweet husband reading to his boys.

Laundry needing to be folded at the end of a long week.  At least it's all clean.  Oh, and notice that curtain I made which I still have yet to add lining to.

A trip to Ikea last weekend.  It was crazy town there, but we survived it thanks to the meatballs and cinnamon rolls.

My first time to set a real table in our new house.  I pulled out my mother-in-law's china for the special event.  I think it would have made her happy, knowing that I'm using it.

This one is called Mommy's vice.  I try to stay away from the artificial sweeteners but sometimes you just need a Diet Coke.

Turtle watching during the school day.  So Charlotte Mason of me. 

And last but not least, I finally unpacked the last box... a little over a year later.  
Congratulations to me.

Have a wonderful Monday!


Laura said...

Your laundry room intrigues me...I noticed the shelving on u do a family closet of sorts? And how does it work? Seems completely FANTASTIC to me!

Krista Sanders said...

I love all of these pictures... I'd really like to have a piece of that chocolate cake. The laundry you had to fold gives me the hives WAY over the Legos!!

TJ Wilson said...

Your posts always make me laugh. DC, laundry, J's crossed eyes... glad I got to see your china.