A World without walls
everyday life while homeschooling overseas
I really need to do better about just writing even when I don't have pictures prepared for posts. When I post, I usually 'back post', mostly because I like to have the posts up on or at least near the day it happened for records' sake. However, I don't always get a chance to update due to busyness (kids, church, kids, church, kids, reading, kids, cooking, kids, cleaning...you know how it goes) or lack of internet capability. Since this is my journal and my means of family history, however, when I wait to backpost, I sometimes lose some of the small funnies that happen.
So, here I am without my pictures ready, but today was such a nice day! So, I thought I would do a 'day in the life' sort of thing and chronicle everything we did today.
We started out with the kids sleeping in until SEVEN!!! WOW!! It was so nice! And they got up, turned on their Saturday morning cartoons, and let us enjoy the 'off' time! :) We got to Skype with Devin's parents, then off we went to the embassy for a brunch buffet!
Now, we're not big on eating out. I usually can't eat half the stuff on the menu, and the kids don't tend to eat much, either (but not because they can't...just because...), so we just stay home as it's easier, cheaper, and healthier all around. However, this buffet had all sorts of yummy foods that were actually edible and it was SO nice to go somewhere the kids were familiar with (a lot less squirmyness and acting up) and eat a great deal without having to prepare it OR clean it up! Hooray! We enjoyed the omelet bar, ham, bacon, sausage, fruit salad...the kids had mostly carbs since they don't get them at home (muffins, biscuits, cinnamon rolls, french toast, pancakes, brownies, lucky charms!!, etc.), and we all left pretty stuffed! We stopped off at the embassy gift shop (the kid's favorite place to shop, I think) and Josh got himself a bead kit! He was so cute about it--he told me how he really loved doing beading, but Claire never shared her beads--which is true--she doesn't--she guards them with her life and never really uses them--and he wanted to make some beaded things! I'm ok with that.! And he got some wrapping paper for himself because he just loves to give people gifts and is always frustrated that he can't wrap them! What a kid! THEN he got me a big bar of 75% dark chocolate! So sweet! (Yes, I don't really eat it, but once in a while...and when it's a gift from your sweet little boy who loves you...well, how can you say no to that??????) Andrew bought gum and shared it with everyone very generously. What a great group of kids I have! :) Proud mom? Yes.
After our buffet and shopping spree, we ended up heading to a park since it was a GORGEOUS day! We found a new park that's SUPER awesome (I'm constantly surprised at the amount of super awesome parks here when everyone told me there were NONE...I've found 5 so far that are just incredible!) so we went and enjoyed 1/2 of sun and play time--until Peter and Andrew had to go #2 and the park bathrooms were locked. Doh!
We ran home and the kids turned on a movie while Devin and I goofed around...Devin looked at travel stuff and I played the piano (I have a goal to learn 2-3 new pieces per week, so we'll see. Right now I'm learning a Chopin prelude, an arrangement of a hymn for prelude purposes, and an arrangement for an Easter hymn for a quartet to sing in church. Good times.)
After our downtime, I decided we needed MORE sunshine. So, we loaded the bikes in the car and went BACK to the park! The kids had a great time riding around the park and dodging the huge masses of people (it was pretty crowded...like I said, it was a gorgeous day). Devin and I enjoyed sitting in the sun and chatting and occasionally walking around the park when the kids wanted to show us something cool they'd found.
We stayed a few hours, then everyone was hungry and begging to go out to eat. Well, we did that already, so instead, we went to a grocery store and picked out many various and exotic fruits (strawberries, pineapple, plums, pears, blood oranges, kiwis, apples, navel oranges), some freshly ground hamburger, and some buns so we could go home, grill some burgers, and make a 'whiz-bang' fruit salad! Mmmmm...now THAT is my kind of dinner! (we had a little adventure on the way to the grocery store...we got half way there and realized that Peter wasn't in the car. Apparently, Devin went to the car with Andrew and sent Josh to get Peter. I thought Devin had put Peter in the back already when I got there with Claire. Josh saw Peter, but didn't know we were actually leaving, he thought he was just checking up on Peter, so he didn't tell him to come...but how he didn't realize we were leaving once we loaded the bikes in the car is beyond me!! So, we turned back around, they dropped me off and I sprinted off to find Peter. Luckily, he was having a great time climbing in some plants and playing on some stairs with his bike. He hadn't realized that we had left. We felt very blessed. That's the first time I've ever 'forgotten' one of my kids. Hopefully it's the last.)
We had a great dinner, the kids got dressed in their pj's after and we read lots of stories (Devin read some picture books to Peter and I'm reading 'Gentle Ben' to the kids aloud after that). After the two littles fell asleep, Josh and Claire jumped out of bed, and the four of us played a rousing game of 'Forbidden Island' (if you've never played it, you should. It's a fun cooperative game) before we sent them off to dreamland.
After Josh and Claire were sent to bed, I spent a good hour planning what to do for tomorrow's classes. It's always good for me to do this as I get lots of good ideas and get really excited for the next day. This helps me wake up and enjoy the day much better than just 'winging it'! I may or may not get to everything that I have planned, but at least it's planned and it should be really fun!
Life is never dull at our house. Not one little bit.
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