Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
We have been enjoying some very fine spring weather the last few days, so the kids and I decided to do school outside yesterday! They loved it and it felt so good to be warm in the sunshine. On a sidenote: we went to the homeschool curriculum store earlier that day and picked up a new math book for Ava and on an impulse I bought a unit study on the Fruits of the Spirit. I was hoping that this would encourage more loving and less fighting, if you know what I mean. About five minutes after doing our first lesson on love, Ava went inside to get herself some more ice cubes and brought some for Jonah, too. She said she just thought he might like some. I rejoiced by praising her up and down, giving her some big slurpy kisses and all the while thinking "Thank you Jesus! It's sinking in!"
Sunday, April 19, 2009
We were given a Chevron trip to San Fran (thanks Will & Heather!), so Jon and I dropped Brynne off with a friend, hopped on a plane with the two older rugrats and did some major sightseeing. What a beautiful city! To say we had a great time is putting it mildly. The hotel was beautiful and grand (the kids just wanted to swim in the pool--forget the sightseeing!), the city is easy to navigate (we didn't have to rent a car), and the travelers were troopers (especially since we walked 5+ miles each day).
The kids and I studied the cable cars and the Golden Gate Bridge before we visited and they were very excited to see them in person!
To make the trek down the Crookedest Street. I have a vague memory from childhood of going down this street with my family. I am pretty sure my dad was driving the big van and pulling the trailer...
We made it to the bottom and decided not to climb back up, but to go on to the Coit Tower from there.
Outside the museum of natural history by a strange looking sphinx. I am sure there is some significance to the strange-head on this Sphinx that perhaps we ought to know, but heh, we're Americans.