Today was a simply gorgeous day! I thought I would be able to sleep in as I was low on rest this week, but I woke up early, answered a few text messages, started worrying about Sarah getting ready for play practice, and next thing you know, I was fully awake.

Sarah’s carpool ride fell through, so Tim was gracious and took Sarah to her play practice while I went for a prayer walk by the water w/Kirstin.

Gorgeous blue water behind us.

Gorgeous blue water behind us.

Seriously, I think we live in one of the prettiest places on earth! If spring is this beautiful, I can’t imagine what kind of a summer we are going to have. I think Sarah and I should buy some hanging flower baskets tomorrow for the front porch. Something pink and purple and white that says SPRING all over it!

David and Sarah both had long play rehearsals today. Their plays open next week (can you say “open” if it’s just one weekend?). David is playing Lysander in a Midsummer Night’s Dream and Sarah has two small parts in Alice in Wonderland. Our homeschool co-op has a fantastic drama department for both the younger students (Limelight) and the older ones (Center Stage). The two directors are good friends and have worked together for years. This is David’s first year in Center Stage – what a beginning, Shakespeare right off the bat! He’ll do great. I can’t wait to see both productions next weekend.

The rest of the day was spent accordingly:

Surprising David with a cell phone (Tim bought me a new phone as an early Mother’s Day present so David gets my old one)
Taking apart/destroying the side deck (rotting wood w/old and broken hot tub)
Trying to back up old phone
Trying to sync new phone
Copying a gazillion pictures and other files onto the computer from old phone
Activating new phone

(It really shouldn’t take so long to start up a new phone. I guess the more complex the technology, the more complicated the process.)

Sweet chat with Rachel, my beautiful college girl, who will be home in less than a MONTH!!
Helping edit a math project
Reviewing French w/David for a chapter test
Laundry and dishes (always)
A long Skype chat with Joshua, who may or may not come home this summer.

Tim was supposed to blog tonight, but he was too sleepy and left me to ramble here cheerfully. Always glad to oblige. David posed for a last minute picture for me.


Project 365 – Day 108

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Teacher Appreciation

I FEEL appreciated!!

I FEEL appreciated!!

Today was the last day of our co-op classes. The highly anticipated student government elections went fantastic!! I’ll post pictures tomorrow. David’s campaign was successful and he won the position of Treasurer for next year.

Congratulations, David!!!!

It was an emotional day at co-op as one of my closest friends is facing the transition of her youngest to private high school next year. SOB! We have homeschooled together for many years and I have LOVED sharing this journey with her. This was her last day at co-op. I’m pretty much in denial over what it will be like next year without her there at co-op.

In the meantime some of the students from my class spoiled me with little Teacher Appreciation Gifts! Tim was wiped out from a long day and bad allergies, so I offered to post a picture of my special treats for the Project 365 Blog.

Does that mean he writes tomorrow or I write again? Hmmmm. We’ll see.

Project 365 – Day 107

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Sunshine and Voting Booths

I haven’t been getting much sleep these days. It’s been a full week with Daniel’s Chick-Fil-A dedication dinner on Monday, a homeschool Board meeting on Tuesday, Daniel’s birthday (I never get tired of watching his “NO WAY!” video about the new car – hee hee), and then a busy day of election prep.

Coffee always makes the work more pleasant.

The necessary tools for our work (including coffee).

Tomorrow we have our Student Government elections – I promise I will take a bunch of pictures and post the results!! The kids are giving speeches in the morning, setting up the voting area during second period and voting at lunch. Exciting!

All of which means I had to figure out some sort of voting booth to use. If I had planned ahead, I could have ordered this cardboard voting booth for only $17.

Maybe we'll get these for next year!

Maybe we’ll get these for next year!

But that would have required planning ahead, which is not my greatest strength. Plus, I’m sure the shipping costs would have been prohibitive.

Thankfully I have wonderful friends who are talented and creative. Krystal and Marion came over (one bringing me coffee – yes, I have the best friends EVER!!) and helped me plan out how we could transform some tri-fold display boards into mock voting booths.

Later in the afternoon, another sweet friend invited me to come and work outside on her patio IN THE SUNSHINE! Ahhhh. Not only did Michelle let me fix myself a big mug of coffee, but she proceeded to help me glue/tape paper onto the six display boards.

Coffee and Friends - perfect together!

Coffee and Friends – perfect together!

We used an entire can of spray adhesive, a roll of double-sided table, and nearly a whole container of glue trying to fix up these display boards. Meanwhile the kids decided it was summer and proceeded to have a massive squirt gun war complete with hoses. We are all enjoying these sunny, warm days.

This was BEFORE they got soaking wet fighting the boys!

This was BEFORE they got soaking wet fighting the boys!

And tomorrow we vote! Stay tuned!

Project 365 – Day 106

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Excellent Eighteen

Today, we celebrated Daniel’s birthday. It is hard to believe that my middle boy is legally an adult. I suppose it is about time I made my peace with it, since he has towered over me these last several years.

We bought Daniel an older black VW Jetta Wagon (2003) to celebrate this momentous occasion. He was rather surprised, as you can imagine. After the little Honda was rear-ended and totaled (not Daniel’s fault), I had promised Daniel a share of the insurance money toward a replacement car, with the understanding that he would save a matching amount. But as his birthday approached, Kathy and I determined to surprise him with a car of his own.

Daniel was quick to embrace his surprise birthday gift.

Daniel was quick to embrace his surprise birthday gift.

We’ve had the car for more than a week, craftily parked at our friends’ house. I ran around replacing one of the tires and getting the radio antenna fixed. Then this morning we wrote a birthday message on the car and parked it in the driveway.

Kathy sent Daniel out with some recycling — his reaction was priceless.

We are so proud of Daniel. He is making good choices, being faithful in attendance to his classes at Clover Park Technical College, pursuing his relationship with the Lord and cheerfully helping around the house.

And now he has his own wheels. No more waking up at the crack of dawn to drop me off at the train station. No more sharing a van with Kathy.

Happy Birthday, Daniel!

Project 365, Day 105

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