This current class (The Principalship) is nearing completion. Today there were three projects due. Tomorrow there is one. Thursday there are two and my 50 minute lecture.
Tonight we fellowshipped for almost two hours with the Dr. Farmer family who just got into town. Dr. Farmer and Dr. Saldivar will be taking off on Saturday for a full-week of hiking in the Grand Canyon.
Even though we are away, there are still things going on with the family. On Saturday morning we spent 2-3 hours downtown Greenville visiting the Children’s Garden and the must-visit Mast General Store. Also…
Lincoln has been crawling since the last few days at home and is now moving more ably and quickly. He has been able to go from belly to sitting. He enjoys sitting at our sliding glass door and looking out at Harry–the squirrel who visits a couple of times per day–and the geese who walk back and forth all day munching the grass. We especially like Slowpoke (named by Karsten), the goose with a bum right leg who limps behind the pack.
Haddon is always the same. He’s a happy guy. He’s been coloring and playing with play-doh. He likes putting tractors and cars in nice neat rows. He’s been doing lots of reading (they are currently working on a biography of Adoniram Judson), taking walks in the hot SC sun, and eating lots of grapes.
Karsten has been learning how to write. He’s working on the capital “K” right now. Tonight I also spent about 5 minutes teaching him how to read a clock. After 5 minutes, he’s applied what he has learned about 1 o’clock and 2 o’clock to the rest of the hours. He has enjoyed eating strawberries and bananas and doing play-doh and watching the geese and watching Harry and Slowpoke and eating basketti [spaghetti] and doing his workbooks [matching skills and opposites] and learning to color in the lines and to use scissors [he recited this list to me].
For those of you who don’t know I teach a new vocab word to the boys every week or two. We’ve covered words such as arduous, pusillanimous, and egregious [yes, they are only 4 and 2] and the word for this week is vigilant. Their definition for vigilant is “always watching” [they have simple definitiions for each of the words]. They have been learning that there are lots of things we should be vigilant regarding: how we walk on the stairs, how we walk in the yard where the geese roam, but especially watching out for the Devil…who is like a roaring lion…who tries to make people sin [their words].
Chrissy just read The Time of Your Life which she found very helpful and God-honoring. Now she is reading Treasuring God in Our Traditions which she is finding to be a must read book for all parents.
We are looking forward to the weekend. If God keeps the weather clear, we will be leaving after my final exam on Friday morning for a weekend in Charleston (our only real family vacation of the year). Spurgeon spoke highly of the healthful benefits of a stiff ocean breeze in the face. We look forward to a nice hotel reserved in our name, a quiet span of beach, beautiful, historic downtown Charleston, and perhaps the USS Yorktown (aircraft carrier) tour.
But there are miles to plow before we go. I’m off to do my late night habit.
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