A World without walls
everyday life while homeschooling overseas
When we add-on, collect, and hoarde, we stop looking outside of ourselves. We become afraid to leave...afraid to lose our stuff...afraid to look around and try new things. It's good to start over--to rebuild--to start from scratch again. This is how I keep my foundation strong: take away the building and all the stuff every once in awhile so I can actually check my foundation and fix it up and restore it if it needs help.
While living the foreign service life is HARD, it's also very rewarding and rich--full of experiences that are unforgettable and life-changing. While there are times that I hate it--hate bidding (GAH!!!), hate moving and packing and unpacking, hate being so far from family all the time--it's these difficulties that have made me stronger and made me who I am. I am a better person because of it. I know who I am. My foundation is constantly checked and rechecked. Hard things are good.
This year's embassy Easter Bunny was brought to you by Claire!!! :) She was the sweetest Easter Bunny and the kids all gave her hugs and followed her around! I think she posed for more photos that day than she has in her entire life! Ah, the price of fame...
Today is our official first day of Spring Break. Andrew and Claire finished up the finals for their hardest online classes on Saturday. I'm SO glad those are done! It'll be nice to have no more complaints and tears about them! Josh finished up before he left and has now had a full week at work! I LOVE it when he's called, as his face is just glowing with happiness! He told me on Tuesday night that he had learned more in 2 DAYS than he had in the past YEAR! So proud! I do hope his enthusiasm continues and that he learns more and more every day and overcomes hardships and learns who he is and all he can do! And for me, I get to learn to let go and let him fly and know that he is in God's hands. It's a good lesson for me. Devin arrived in DC late last night and so we're on the home stretch! Just one more week until he gets home! HOORAY! I'm so lazy when he's not here! It's funny, because he's hardly home when he IS here--I suppose it's just knowing that he'll come home at the end of the day and that gives me incentive to accomplish more during the day. I'm looking forward to one more week of binge watching Gilmore Girls with Claire and not having to force them all to do math and English. *Sigh of happiness*
May the 4th Be With You! Happy Star Wars Day! (Don't choke!)
The boys dressed up in their uniforms and Andrew played a Star Wars march on his iPad as they marched through the house to celebrate! Then they built LEGO sets and played with them and we finished off by watching Episode 7. Good times were had by all.
The stake put on a seminary program and had each ward/branch put on a skit from a certain section of the D&C. It was LOOOOOONG and I still don't understand why everyone loves to put on LOOOOOOONG skits that are, quite frankly, slightly boring. Everyone did basically the same thing: The kids would wander on and off the stage while some narrator would drone on and on in a flat tone of voice. Not sure how that's supposed to inspire these kids to want to read more. It made me want to go home and watch a good movie. Then, after THREE AND A HALF HOURS of this, they told us that now they're going to play fun games and rotate through the church, then eat some food and have a party! Andrew, Claire, and I left. I'm glad we did, too. We got there at 3:30pm. We left at 7pm. The activity ended at almost 10pm. No. Way. Maybe I'm evil not wanting to spend my entire Saturday afternoon at an activity that I was told would only be TOPS 2 hours long. My time is precious and I'd rather spend it with my kids--especially since they had to finish up their finals! Good times.
Giant Easter eggs and squeaky chicks...Can't get much better than that! Even though we're missing Josh and Devin, we still had a nice Easter...
This was absolutely hilarious! Apparently, these lovely indigenous ladies have found a niche in the world of tourism: WWF-style wrestling! The embassy arranged for our trip up, and I'm glad we went. It was rather silly and we laughed at both the wrestlers and the audience below us. Gotta love ladies in giant fluffy skirts flipping each other over and throwing each other out of the ring! :D
We got our taste of being outside and climbing REAL rocks! SO much fun! the kids did awesome! They even got to do some repelling!
It must be standardized testing time again...
A tradition my kids actually look forward to, since they get piles of gummy bears and treats to help them through the test!
Who Am I?
As a Stay At Home Mom of 4 wonderful children, I have the amazing opportunity not only to home school them, but to do so in many different places! I am married to the most amazingly wonderful (and handsome) man in the whole world! Together, we seek out, every day, that Joy in the Journey that makes life exciting!
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