A World without walls
everyday life while homeschooling overseas
AND another week flies by. Seriously, what is this? I get to the end of my day, and I think, "What did I do today?" Honestly, it feels like I'm perfecting the art of running around in circles and accomplishing pretty much nothing. I know I DO do things, but it just seems to impossible to me that I'll ever get everything on my list accomplished. I suppose we all feel that way. I often think it would be nice to have more hours in the day, but if we did, well, I'd just have more things to do and still not get them done. :)
This past weekend was FULL of all sorts of fun! Friday was a good day, since it was Good friday. :) We lazed about in the morning, then in the afternoon, we headed down to a new restaurant a friend just opened, "Steve and Lauri's Restaurant". We had pork and chicken, and fried rice, which Josh said was the BEST fried rice he's ever had! (He even said that two days later when he warmed up some of the leftovers we had taken home! So you know it must have been good!)
Then there was Saturday. We had a district Relief Society activity that day, which was really fun! Lots of lovely ladies there. I got to do a little presentation on how to be physically fit (and why). Our branch did a little skit of the 10 Virgins which was fun, too, since I got to dress up in my lovely blue ball gown. :) I admit I skipped out a little early--mostly because the activity was running REALLY long and I needed to get home to my family, plus they were eating food I couldn't eat. To avoid awkward questions, sometimes it's just better to just leave. :)
That evening, though, was the BEST! There is a US Navy ship that just docked here at Colombo Port, and they had their band do a free concert in a nearby park. WOW!!!!!!!! It was probably the best concert I've ever been to! I had NO idea what we were going to be seeing. I sort of just expecting a big band playing Sousa marches. That's fine and good, but does get a little old, so we wanted to go to show support, show the kids a US band, get out of the house, do something a little different, then come home and go to bed. The concert started at 6pm. We got there as the big US Navy band was playing Stars and Stripes Forever. It was loud and good and fun! Then, they switched out...and in comes a traditional dance group. It was so fun! Well, this started a whole series of switches between different bands and all different traditional dance groups! The Sri Lankan army and navy bands played, along with the US Navy band, plus LOTS of different traditional dance/drum/music groups! So awesome! There was a drum band that was INCREDIBLE!!!!!! And the Kandyan dancers were AMAZING!!! And there was a group that danced with fiery torches...and the two guys in the middle had masks on that were covered with flames!! They danced and twirled and did flips!! And then there was the 7th Fleet Band who played JAZZ music and it was SO tight! HA! Even Peter and Claire loved it!!!!!! (That's saying something!) It was SO much fun and I'm SO glad we went!
This brings us, of course, to Sunday. Easter! I woke up super early and helped out the Easter Bunny (a few treats and some books--we're trying to lighten the amount of things the kids get on holidays so we can focus more on the meanings of the day, and on family/friend time instead). Then I went back to bed, since Claire had mentioned the kids wanted to do something before I woke up. Well, around 6am, I heard someone coming in and out of the room and some noises in the house. When I got up, I found notes all over..."Give us Easter!" "We want Easter!" "We want to stay home!" >:( Wow. I wasn't expecting that one. I was sort of hoping for happy faces and special Easter cards. I admit that I was a little heartbroken...and very glad that we are going to bare minimum 'gifts'. We had a long talk at breakfast about what Easter is all about--Resurrection Sabbath! It's not about staying home to do nothing, it's about remembering the Savior. And that Easter falls on Sunday EVERY year, so it's not like going to church on Easter is anything new. Ah well. It all turned out wonderfully, though. Before church, 5 people were baptized! It was really wonderful! Sacrament meeting was short, my temple prep class was awkward (there was a angry person in class, and it sure made it hard to teach and to learn...), Relief society was lovely, after church, like EVERYONE brought cake, so the kids were happy, then we came home! The kids and I watched The Testaments and ate popcorn. Then we all ate dinner--turkey, veggies, and mashed potatoes! After dinner, we did the Resurrection Eggs (the 12 plastic eggs with scriptures and symbols of the Savior's death and resurrection...Josh and Claire hid them, and Andrew and Peter had to find them...then we all read them while Peter and Claire fought over who would read them.) We watched 'Rise of the Guardians' (because the Easter Bunny is there) while Devin and Josh went home teaching, played MilleBourne, then headed to bed. I think it turned out to be a pretty great day! Yes, I think I gave the kids what they asked for: We had Easter. He lives. He loves us--each and every one--and He knows of our trials and hardships and works to make our burdens light. I love Him!
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