Whew! Skidding into Friday this week. I swear, May is as busy as December for a family of school-age kids.
We had something every night this week. Monday, Scout Court of Honor. Tuesday, Chorus Concert (so J had to miss lacrosse playoffs.) Wednesday, the boys had church and the girls got to play with their ponies while Bill and I had a appointment we had to keep. Thursday, Band Concert. Friday, M is off to Chorus Festival but the rest of us are taking a pass. It may be a pizza-at-the-farm kind of night. Saturday, M is off to Six Flags as part of the Chorus Festival, and Bill is chaperoning that. J has a lacrosse tournament. Whew.
I've spent a couple of weeks cleaning like a madwoman, getting mulch and pine straw for the yard, and having the house pressure-washed, all in preparation for a bridal shower this weekend, too. Sadly, we just decided to cancel it. As busy as we are, it is also college-graduation weekend for so many people around here and no one could come! But everything really needed to be done. I should plan one of these at least twice a year.
Oh, P is also off to the Perimeter Track Meet today. She is fast. PTM is a regional meet for elementary-age kids in private schools. She is on the bus on this rainy morning to run the 200- and 400-meter races. Looks like the skies will be clearing. Fingers crossed for fleet feet.
Our butterflies hatched, but I forgot to get a picture. After a day the girls released them. We started with five caterpillars, grew four chrysalises, and hatched three butterflies. That is pretty good.
We are deep into Rome this week. I love love love our history curriculum, Story of the World. We learned about gladiators this week. The text--an ELEMENTARY text--quotes Seneca discussing the gladiators: "The show was even better to watch when this [the gladiators committing suicide rather than kill their opponent] happened--because the men in the audience learned that it is more decent to die than to kill." I cannot tell you how much I will miss this next year.
D and I also continued reading Harry Potter out loud (mostly, sometimes she reads ahead). She completed her copywork of the poem "All Things Bright and Beautiful," and we bound it into a little book. We are this close to finishing her math book, too.
I believe I am the last person in North America to discover Downton Abbey. I thought I'd stream it while I was sewing, but I may have to rethink that because I am much slower while I try to watch!
Bill started moving some things into his big new warehouse--very exciting for us. I wish he weren't moving the company farther from home, but the facility is amazing and a huge step for him. I need to take some pictures of the new place!
I just saw that I mentioned my diet last week. I've eaten sugar twice in about two weeks. I am finding that I do not miss it at all. Yes, I'm shocked.
I don't like my blog layout. I think I will be changing it soon. Don't get disoriented.
Last night at the band concert, the director said that today is the last day for the seniors at our school. Wow. I look at my 7th grader and know that he will be there sooner than I want. It was a good reminder to savor our time together.
I am ready to slow down, too. I haven't ridden my horse in a week and I miss him! I'm ready to move ahead and start really competing, but time eludes me. I think in one more week we will slow down. Maybe.