Saturday 8/31/13 race track…

We went to the race track last night. We had just watched the movie “Seabiscuit”. In this movie the jockeys are on the horses with saddles. At the race track by us the horses pull carts and the jockeys are in the carts. Cart is probably not the correct word. It took my kids awhile to get over the fact that the jockeys were in carts. We had just finished getting the kids school supplies, so we were late. They had already run two races. We sat outside at first. It was warmer that when William and I went. All of the picnic tables were taken so we stood at the railing. After a few races we went inside. We went over to where we could see the horses in the stalls and watched them for a while. Then we went upstairs for a while to watch. The front wall is all glass to watch the racing through. They also have TVs. We could see the names of the horses. We chose which horse we liked and talked about which horse had the coolest name. After a while the kids wanted to go back outside. We saw the last two races outside. Then we took Beth’s friend home. It was a long day but we had fun.

August 2013 Bible verse: “But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus – the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” Acts 20:24

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8/30/13 ice skating…

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We went ice skating yesterday. We haven’t gone in a long time. William went with us. That was nice. He is older and doesn’t go many places with us any more. We also took one of Beth’s friends. We had a full car. When we got there, there were only about five other people going in. As time went on more people showed up. Open skate is for an hour and fifty minutes. After skating in a circle for that long with the same people it becomes like a neighborhood. We begin to know which people are there as families or groups, which little kids can skate so fast around everyone. We become like a new neighborhood. There together in a small area, but all too new to have spoken and introduced ourselves. We exist together, but separate for a while…then open skate is over. We can’t say goodbye to them, we don’t know them…we all go back to our own lives. The next time that we go it will be a different neighborhood.

August 2013 Bible verse: “But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus – the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” Acts 20:24

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Thursday 8/29/13 art museum and chop sticks…

Last night we went to the Art Museum. I really thought that it closed at ten. We were there for a half hour before it closed. We wanted to go to the glass blowing area, but we didn’t make it over there. We saw a lot of the museum and took a lot of pictures.When we got back into the car Maggie said that she can’t use the Art Museum as a cultural event because we have been there before. She could use the glass blowing because she hasn’t turned it in as an event before. Maggie and I need to be sure that we are going to places that she can turn in. We had fun, but we really need to accomplish this goal. Tomorrow we are going to the horse races.

 

We haven’t been to the art museum in a while. I didn’t realize how much I missed it until we walked into the first gallery. We don’t know anything about art. But it is fun to go and see all of the pictures and statues. When the kids were little we used to go every Friday. The museum is free and they had a lot going on on Fridays. There was a kid table where the kids could do crafts. Many times there was a play, and musical groups were there. Sometimes they were groups from high schools and sometimes it was more like an orchestra. They also had tours. I didn’t take the kids on the tours, they were too young and would have been board. If I ever went alone I would go on the tour and then tell the kids the information the next time that we were there. We liked the plays the best. I didn’t realize how much the museum filled me up until we walked in. I took a lot of pictures.

 

Outside of our libraries, there are a lot of free local papers. They have lists of what is happening in the area. I picked up a copy of all of them yesterday. They have a lot of choices for cultural events and volunteering. We need to get this done soon. Maggie has been in school for a week and the homework will be starting up soon.

 

Last week we ate dinner with chop sticks. We don’t do this very often. It is fun now and then. We try to do this on nights when we are having stickey food, like something with cream soup on it. Stickey foods are easier for new chop stick users to pick up.

When the kids were little I had a list of skills that kids needed to learn . Eating with chop sticks was on the list. I used it as a guide in teaching my kids skills. I can’t find my list and I can’t find it on the internet. If anyone sees it on the internet, please let me know the link. I would love to go back and see if we have missed anything.

August 2013 Bible verse: “But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus – the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” Acts 20:24

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Wednesday 8/28/13 cats and school events…

We have two cats. Last year I was combing our cat Mandy and telling her how pretty she looked. She must have understood me. She started carrying the comb around in her mouth. She started taking all of the combs and putting them in her bed. Lately we have had to cut a few snarls out of her hair with the scissors. Now the scissors have disappeared. We wonder if she took them so that we won’t cut her hair any more.

Maggie needs to go to some cultural events for school. It is a requirement. She also needs a certain number of volunteer hours each year. The theory behind the volunteering and cultural events is that in life, just like in school, people are busy. They should still make time to go to local events and to volunteer. During Maggie’s first year at this school we did a few events and forgot about them. They never made onto the calendar. Before Christmas the kids got a reminder that half of their hours and events were due in a week. What a mess. Maggie had a lot of homework and didn’t have time for this. We could find events, but there were no volunteer hours. Most places don’t need help in the winter. It was a struggle. Now we write due dates on the calender and try to get everything done before the homework starts.

August 2013 Bible verse: “But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus – the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” Acts 20:24

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Tuesday 8/27/13 school…

Beth starts school next week. She has gotten her school supplies together and has chosen an outfit. At her school the freshmen start school a few days before the other kids. Then they can meet each other and get used to the school. When the full student body comes in they have a week long project to do before classes start on the second week. The kids are put into groups. Each group has a freshman, sophomore, junior and senior. They need to build a working robot, set up a web page and do posters. The kids can get to know each other before classes start. This can be fun and frustrating. It depends on if all of the people in their group are willing to help.

Beth is not sure yet if she will need any more school supplies than she already has, so when we go shopping today she doesn’t want anything. We can go next week to fill in the gaps.

August 2013 Bible verse: “But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus – the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” Acts 20:24

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Monday 8/26/13 youth group and mission trip…

The youth group at church kicked off their new year so the first week the parents came to hear about the plans for the year. They talked about the topic for the next year, introduced some of the parents who go to the youth group. I guess they would be called advisers. There are some retreats coming up too. Next summer there are two mission trips. The girls went last year and really enjoyed it. They did a Bible study in the morning and went to play grounds in the afternoon to play with the local kids. The girls talked a lot when they got home about how the kids in this area for whatever reason don’t have a lot of adult interaction. The kids needed a lot of hugs and liked to be right next to the mission team. It made a big impression on the girls. We have started selling candy bars to pay for the trip. I am glad that the kids have a heart for missions.

August 2013 Bible verse: “But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus – the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” Acts 20:24

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Sunday 8/25/13 school…

On Maggie’s second day of school she saw a few people that she knew. She didn’t tell me about seeing her friends with relief, but with happiness. She feels very secure and comfortable at school.

We went to the bookstore for her books on the second day of school. She couldn’t wait until Friday, she had homework to do. When we go to the bookstore, we always have one of the staff help us find the books. It saves so much time, frustration and we get the correct books. The staff all had t-shirts that said “I speak textbook”. It was cute and they were easy to spot. Besides the books Maggie also needed a clicker, which looks like a small TV controller that the kids use instead of raising their hands. And she needed safety goggles for chemistry.

We were lucky. All of her books were in stock. A friend of hers was there. She needed a book that had to be ordered from Amazon and the teacher do not give them the ISBN number. So she will not have the book right away and they were not sure that they were ordering the correct book. When I went to school the students could only buy new or used books. Now they can rent books or buy online books. The prices are about $100 and up. Most books are $200 and higher.

Maggie went home and started her homework.

August 2013 Bible verse: “But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus – the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” Acts 20:24

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Friday 8/23/13 Maggies first day…

Maggie had her first day of school. Her face was all lit up when she got into the car. She had enjoyed the day. The first teacher let the kids out 10 minutes early so that they could get to their next class. Her first class is math. It is all on the computer, but the students must still go to class to get participation points. Maggies second class is guitar. Maggie is mostly structured. Guitar class is not structured. She said that the syllabus didn’t have the usual dates, the teachers said that they would fill it in as they went along. They talked the first day and didn’t play their guitars.
Maggie didn’t have any homework yet so she decided not to get any books that day. If it was possible, she wanted to go to the bookstore once and get everything. She didn’t see anyone that she knew on that day.
August 2013 Bible verse: “But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus – the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” Acts 20:24

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Thursday 8/22/13 getting ready for school…

The night before Maggie started school she spent a lot of time getting ready. She looked on the map of the campus to see which buildings her classes would be in. She found that on one day she has fifteen minutes to get all the way across the campus to the next class. We talked about the fastest way to get to this class. She packed her backpack and got her lunch ready. On Monday she has guitar class. We..ok I…spent a lot of time talking about not loosing the guitar. Please don’t leave it in a room or leave it with a friend while you go get something etc… Keep your hand on it all of the time. She decided to make a sheet out that says which classes are on which days and the times and buildings. Looking at all of the individual papers for each class was confusing. Maggie was ready to go.

August 2013 Bible verse: “But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus – the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” Acts 20:24

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Wednesday 8/21/13 school has started…

Maggie started school last week. They had speakers and looked at their schedules. Maggie had English, chemistry, math and astronomy. The school made a change and the astronomy needed a lab. Maggie couldn’t fit the available labs into her schedule. She called me to see if she could take guitar instead. I said ok, but pick some other classes as a back up in case the counselor says no to the guitar class. I kept thinking…Maggie keeps talking about the quibbage (spelling?) team at the school. Quibgage is the sport from the “Harry Potter” book where they fly around on broomsticks chasing balls around. I have this fear that she will sign for a quibbage class. About an hour later Maggie called back. She has the guitar class.

We need to find some baby pictures of Maggie for graduation. The schools like to have a slide show of the graduating classes baby pictures. It is good to have some notice this time. When William graduated we didn’t know that he needed baby pictures. William came home on a Monday and said that he needed pictures. We were in the middle of trying to move and a lot of the house was packed to make the house look bigger. I had no idea which boxes the pictures were in. I asked William if we had some time before the school needed the pictures. He said yes, they didn’t need to go in until Wednesday. We did find a lot of pictures that were not packed. Everything is so startling with the first child.

August 2013 Bible verse: “But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus – the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” Acts 20:24

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