So what has been keeping us busy in the meantime? Teaching the children, an amazing week in Alabama, and working on our garden. The kids have been doing great with their school work. For the most part, I have the three oldest now working on their own - without my having to sit right next to them and instructing them. Strange, I find myself having some free time during the day. Well, free time from teaching the older ones anyway. I'm still taking care of Lyric and doing things with her. That keeps me plenty busy since she is now 4 years old but really, really likes to stay busy!
As far as Alabama goes, I don't think I realized just how much I needed (and the family needed) a vacation! We really hadn't had one since we brought Lyric home in December 2010. To be honest, I was starting to get a bit stir crazy and was not being nearly as patient with the children as a mother should be - and that's being nice to me!
|Playing in the sand and collecting shells|
Since we have been back the children have been busy not only doing their school work, but preparing the garden as well. Last week they helped me turn the soil over in three raised beds in which we now have lettuce, spinach, onions and garlic planted. Not to be outdone - Kevin tilled the whole garden not once tonight but almost two times (once each way)! He would have kept going but it was getting way too dark. He did this with a very, very touchy and old rototiller, and I am so proud to have him as my husband!
Enjoy the pictures!
|Sweet little feet|
|Celebrated Carissa's 14th birthday! Laurel and I were on the beach at 6:30 am writing this in the sand!|
|Laurel kept sneaking up on this seagull - one gentle foot shuffle at a time. She got pretty close!|
|Searching for seashells - that's about as far in as they would go in the chilly water.|
|I took this while exploring Fort Morgan. The room was completely dark and we had to use our camera's flash to find our way around. I love the look on Carissa's face as I surprised her in the dark.|
|This is my favorite dolphin picture. It looks like the front dolphin is going to jump right out at you.|