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7/5/15 back to school, weather changes and senior events…

written 1/23/14 – Beth is so glad to be back at school. She loves seeing all of her friends. The kids were on break for Christmas which was at least two weeks long. Then they were off for the bad weather. Then they had finals week where they only had school for half days that week. Then they were off for Martin Luther King Jr. day on Monday, the teachers had an in-service day on Tuesday and the kids had a two hour delay on Wednesday. She is glad that there aren’t any more vacations planned soon. It is tough to be a very social person with all of this vacation.

It was about two degrees today. It has been cold for a while. When I was young it stayed cold and snowy all winter. Lately it has been back and forth between cold and warm. When the temperatures changes a lot between cold and warm we end up with a lot of ice on the roads. This year we have had a lot of cold weather. The steady cold weather does mean that we don’t have the ice on the roads.

Maggie applied for her two scholarships today. They are due at school by tomorrow. She needed her grade point average to finish applying for them.

Here are some pictures: 1231 1232 12331235 1237

 

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4/9/15 family reunions…

written 1/19/14 – It would be fun to have a family reunion. The last one that we had on my moms side not including funerals was when William was young before the girls were born. We met for a weekend in Kentucky. It was so nice to see everyone. We had time to relax together and really catch up. It had been planned in advance so a lot of people could get the time off for it. When I was young we used to get to see some of the relatives every year. We would go to my grandparents house each summer and a lot of times one of the other cousins families would be there too. We all grew up together. When the chance came up to go to the family reunion we went. It was so good to be able to catch up with some of the relatives.
My dads side of the family had reunions every year for years. They always met at the same park on the same day. They chose a weekend that has a Monday as a national holiday. They get together on the Sunday. Then the people from out of town can drive on Saturday and Monday. No one needs to miss work to be at the reunion. My dad’s aunt always set it up. When she passed away we stopped having reunions.
I like to take the kids to the reunions. They get to see the people that we have on our family tree that we are building on the dining room wall, and they can get to know them. 11810 We also go to the local cemeteries and see the graves of our relatives that have passed away. We tell the kids their relationship to them. They can see the houses and other sites from our families hometown. We are not from the town that we live in so it is nice to go back home and reconnect.
My kids aren’t thrilled that we go to the cemeteries or that we point out the same houses every time that we are there. But…it does give them a sense of their history and links them to our family. We do go on vacations that they think are fun too.
When I  was young we moved a lot. Going to see our grandparents at the same house, on the same street, with the furniture in the same spots was our…or my…home. It was always familiar. We could move and we still had a familiar place to go back to. I didn’t mind moving, maybe because having an extended family made it easier.
Here are some pictures: 1152painting 1 1155 11510

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12/5/14 tent..

written 4/6/13 – We got a tent. It should sleep four. We bought it from Craig’s List. The girls went with me to buy it.  The tent was never used outside. The family had put it together in their living room and then moved and left it with relatives. We brought it home and started to put it together. The directions said to put it together at home before trying to put it together at a campsite. It is a four person, summer tent. We put it up in the living room. The directions were in the carrying bag, and we took turns reading them. There were four poles, each one held together by a bungee cord inside the poles. There were also some extra pole pieces. The first two poles went in easily. We could figure out where they should be placed, the last two poles took more time put on the tent. The tent has a rain cover. It took a long time to figure which way the cover went. We kept flipping it over and turning it around. The confusion is that the tent has two doors and the cover has one door. When we got it together, the door on the cover was not matched with either door on the tent. It is OK. We can still get into the tent, it just made it confusing putting it together. We had the cat in the tent for a while. She is not sure if she likes the tent.
We will need a bigger tent. A four person tent will hold four people, but there is no room for any gear. We can look for a six or eight person tent.
We had diner in the tent and set up the VCR outside of the tent to watch movies. We want to go camping as soon as it is warmer at night. The kids are excited about camping. We have the tent still set up in the living room. We will need to take it down on Sunday… since we have school the next day.
We are not sure which campsite to try first.

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11/29/14 school and the basement…

written 3/10/13 – We need to sign William up for school for this summer. He never says how things are going, but he smiles a lot, so things must be OK. Maggie had spring break last week. Her dream for break was to go to the library and get a lot of movies and books.  She went to grandmas each day. They took Beth to school each day. Maggie had a great time.

The kids helped me clean out some of the basement. We combined boxes and sorted out things for Goodwill. The basement looks a lot better. We still have a long way to go, but this is an improvement. When I am not cleaning out the basement, I think, we should be able to get rid of a lot of things, but then when we are actually sorting, it is more difficult to do.

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8/25/14 summer vacation…

written 2/8/12 – I like going on vacation with my kids. There was one summer when the kids were young, we couldn’t afford to go any where. What we did was to get a map of our town. We found our street on it, where their grade school was, where the church was and we looked at which streets we drove down to get to each place. We also looked at which way was north and south. Then we looked at where some of the playgrounds were in town. We found playgrounds in parks and at schools. Each Saturday we would get out the map and figure out which parks we had already been to and where we should go to next. We went to different parks all summer. We kept the map in a spot where the kids could get to it. Sometimes on Saturday morning they would get the map out and look over it. They would try to remember which parks we had gone to and decide where we should go to next. One would say “We have been to that one already, don’t you remember, it had all of the swings.” or” it had the best slide.” In the end we were taking containers of water with us. I thought about taking packed lunches and making a full day out of the trip, but we never knew if there would be a bathroom at each play area, so I never promised a full day. By the time that it got cold out we had other activities to do on Saturdays. We had seen a lot of play areas, but there were a lot of ones that we didn’t have time to get to. When we were out and driving around town in the summer and we spotted a playground, we would try to remember if we had already gone to that one or if we should try to go to it next. There was usually a lot of debate. If the playground only had a slide and a few swings then it never made the list of possible choices. This was the best, cheapest and longest summer vacation that we ever went on.

 

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