Quick Update

There is a magnetic calendar hanging next to my desk which we use everyday in school. It seems like as soon as we start a brand new month and clear off all the magnets it's full again in no time. The months have just been passing so quickly.

We are over halfway done with our school year and the new classroom is nearing completion. Soon we will be moving out into our lovely, sun-lit space. The children have been working diligently and learning a lot.

In a couple of weeks the kids are going to the circus with their grandparents, then Aunt Gwen's baby will be born, then Sunny will turn eight, then we will observe Passover which will begin the calendar of God's feasts for this year. There is a lot to look forward to and it doesn't look like life is going to slow down anytime soon.


Turning old

Scotty is another year older as of yesterday. If this keeps up it won't be long before he turns old! The kids and I kept asking and asking what we could get him as a gift, but since he never told us anything we just decided to skip a day of school and clean the house really, really well. He loved it and said it was the best thing we could've done and better than any gift we could have bought! That was great to hear. Now I would love to be the kind of super woman who everyday can teach school, entertain and potty train the little one, shop for and cook nutritious meals, and keep a lovely, clean house- with a smile on my face all the while. Not only does reality not allow time for all of those things, but I have never been a neat and tidy sort of girl :-( This gift was a sacrifice of love for sure, and I hate to admit, but we had our work cut out for us. This place was a mess. Not to mention that today we are trying to catch up on the school work we skipped yesterday which is never a fun, stress-free adventure. However, the clean house makes it better.

P.S. This weekend I will make him his favorite pineapple upside-down cake.


Potty training and a trampoline

That's what is going on around here. At two years and three months Eliana is about to master this potty training thing. We take a fairly laid back approach, talking about using the potty for a few months, thereby easing the trainee into the idea. Then, when the time is right (which is now) we put the little potty right out in the living room since that is where most of the action takes place at our house. The trainee goes bottomless for a week or two so that they can easily get on the potty when the urge hits them. So far Eli is doing well and earns a mini m&m each time she makes a deposit. However, she has a recent aversion to going number 2 and cries at the mention of it, even though it pays double m&m's. We have been through this before with our previous trainees. Pretty soon she will be pottying all by herself and even wearing big girl panties. (I hope!)

The other bit of excitement at our house is the new addition to our backyard. Our best friends are moving and giving us their trampoline! They bought it a couple of years ago and then their children suddenly turned into teenagers who are too big and too cool for it. This is great news to my children. The people whose backyard meets ours have one, so Micah and Sunny often see other kids jumping on it and having fun. This one has safety nets so even Eliana will be able to play. Good times are ahead!


100 inches of snow

We recently visited my Dad in Washington state and got to go sledding on Mt. Baker. It was amazingly beautiful. My dad, or Abba, as the kids call him.

Eliana's feet were cold and she wasn't so sure about all this snow.