Tuesday, April 13, 2010

HOME school

This morning we rode in with Micah when he went to work so Julianna and I could have a little outing/fieldtrip to Nature Tales at Dorothy Pecaut. We had an hour or so before we needed to head to the nature center so we did some school at Starbucks...After all, I had gone to the trouble drinking all of the coffee in my Starbucks whole bean bag at home and so why shouldn't I redeem the coupon at the top?

At the park today, they learned about rabbits, made a craft, and took a hike. We also ran into some old friends. Jules spent the day under the alias of, "Sherry" (her first practical joke).

A friend had recommended these little programs at the Pecaut center to us and I would encourage you to check them out too! This fun filled morning cost us all of a children's hot cocoa: $1.20.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Home Preschool

Here are our projects we did learning about the second part of the fifth day of creation: "let birds fly."

We cleaned out the chicken coop---big job after 5 months of winter. Taking advantage of the situation? Maybe, but she really helped me a lot.

We cleaned out our birdhouse and found out what a bird nest is made of...we even found a tiny egg that had fell under the nest and was never hatched.

We made our own nests out of chocolate, chinese noodles, and Peeps...not extremely tasty but lovable just the same.

We have also adopted some new chicks to observe and take care of-- 4 beautiful Buff Orphingtons (so calm and gentle).

"Look at the birds of the air, they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet their Heavenly Father feeds them." Matthew 6:26a

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

On Saturday afternoon (after I drug him to Hinton to pick up hay for the rest of the winter) Micah told me to be dressed and ready in 2 hours. I said, "Should I put on my snow pants?" He replied with, "Well, I'm wearing a suit so...whatever you think."

He had my parents keep Julianna and he drove us to Sioux City where these were waiting for me on a table for two at one of my favorite Italian restaurants--Luciano's.

I love that I can plant these bulbs this spring and enjoy their beautiful blooms again in just a couple of months.

I ordered pesto, which tasted like summer. And I looked at this man across the table, who looks like forever love.
We had some time before his next surprise so the best way to spend this is obviously over a cup of sweet nectar.

Finally, he drove me around to confuse me and we ended up at the Orpheum for Italian music from the symphony and their guests Quarteto Gelato. Since I couldn't take a picture of the performance I took a picture of us.

At the symphony we saw some old friends and met some Russian adoptees who overheard us talking about our Dossier. It appears that once you adopt, it becomes a way of life, which is ok with me. These sisters were from a family of 6 and are shortly going to be joined by 3 other adoptees from Russia. Praise God that he is moving in his peoples' hearts to care for the orphaned in this specific way! The man sitting behind us overheard our conversation with these girls and said, "God bless your adoption" on our way out. We feel anxious to make our adoption reality and are encouraged by every step closer we get to traveling. To catch up on our adoption process follow our other blog at: www.gitlinadoption.blogspot.org.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Temporary Insanity

"Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour. "

- John Boswell

This past week it seems that everyone and everything has gone stir-crazy, has contracted seasonal affected disorder, temporary insanity, and general agitation. Complaints about the weather and daydreams about spring find a place in every conversation. Our bird squawks on the hour and our cat has begun howling in the morning to have me open the door only so he can sniff the air and turn back around-- as there is no sign of a dove with an olive branch in the freezing air.

"Cabin fever is an idiomatic term for a claustrophobic reaction that takes place when a person or group is isolated and/or shut in, in a small space, with nothing to do, for an extended period. Symptoms include restlessness, irritability, forgetfulness, laughter, and excessive sleeping, distrust of anyone they are with, and an urge to go outside even in the (less miserable) rain, snow or dark."

As this ailment may be common for the average midwest person come February--don't count me in.

I love the winter.
I love branches heavy with snow.
I love how clean and pure everything looks.
I love sweaters, socks, and scarves.
I love being trapped in my house.
I love hot baths, hot fire places, and Grandma's quilt on the bed.
I love having all responsiblities cancelled due to the weather as an excuse to sit with a book and a cup of coffee.
I love pretending that I live in the Arctic Circle.
I love long evenings and nights.
I love actually watching the movies we pay for with Netflix.
I love how my heart beats fast and my hands grip the door handle when we drive in a blizzard.

I am embracing this season with all that I have and taking advantage of the solitude it can bring. So, embark on your own sentimental journey and embrace every idle hour. Summer heat and activity will find us soon enough.