A World without walls
everyday life while homeschooling overseas
I realized that I give my kids computer and iPad app time every day. Yes, it's for school apps, typing, and critical thinking games, but still. Why don't I get computer time? I suppose it's because normally during that time I'm prepping for dinner, reading a book, running someone to somewhere, or doing something inane. Why can't I take a minute during their computer time and do my computer time, too? Huh. This could be the start of something good.
Today, it's raining in Jordan. Hooray! My only concern is that when it rains in Jordan, we usually have really iffy power. If we have more than a few lights on, our breaker tends to trip regularly. Hopefully that doesn't happen. On a normal laptop, it wouldn't be a problem, since it has a backup battery. However, this laptop is SO OLD that the battery doesn't function anymore, so if it's unplugged, or if the power bumps out, the computer just shuts off...then it takes FOREVER to boot up.
Devin and I have been having this conversation quite a bit lately. Our computers are old. Very old. Isn't it a shame to have old computers (and not even computers--they're laptops) when you're an IT guy? We're hopefully going to have that remedied here in the near future. Devin was discussing it with a co-worker the other day. He asked the co-worker what brand/type of computer he (the co-worker) would buy if he were in the market. "I'd build my own!" was the reply. Well, that but the flea in Devin's ear, so he's now researching parts, and hopefully within the next month or so, we will have an actual desktop computer that is, in Devin's own words, "Wicked Fast!" Hooray for wicked fast computers! :) Love that man!
In other news, Josh is growing like the proverbial weed. He literally grows about a centimeter every 2 weeks. He is now just about 1 cm shorter than I am. I took him to get shoes the other day, since his shoes were falling apart, and he tried on some men's size 7, only to tell me they felt too small. What??!? He thought size 8 was perfect. I did the 'toe test', and his toes go all the way to the tip top of the size 8s...so they won't last too long, either. When did his feet grow to be more than an inch bigger than mine? Where have I been?
We're enjoying our country studies and learning all sorts of things about all sorts of countries. We are slowly (oh so slowly) whittling down a long list to just a few choice countries that we plan to bid on. And no, I'm not going to list them here. When our bids are in (circa August), I'll list the top 10-15, and then everyone can guess all they want to. Until then, it's our little secret. It's been fascinating, though, as the kids and I have studied these places, to see their preferences and ideas. They're being very mature about it and looking at things with not only a critical eye, but with an eye to the future. I'm very impressed with their thoroughness and their impartial look at all of these countries. It's a neat experience.
I'm sure everyone is wondering about the picture up at the top... We had a church activity for Valentine's day. It was originally an adult only social. We had a dinner and played some games and planned to have a dance at the end. There was a little wedge placed in our evening's plans, though, when the most WONDERFUL lady in the world, who was watching ALL of the kids in the branch, let us know that our 2 hours were up and the kids knew it! Ha! So, after our dinner and game time, Devin went and picked up all the kids, and they joined us for the dance portion of our evening. :) It turned out to be the BEST ACTIVITY EVER!! We all had SO much fun! The dads danced with their daughters and it was SO funny! Honestly, I really think it was the best activity I've ever attended. I'm sad that more people didn't come--it was so fantastic and fun for everyone. I love this branch here SO much. We are so very blessed to have a branch full of the most amazingly wonderful people! I'm grateful for that.
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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