We are halfway through our vacation and we are already looking at each other saying "I don't want to go home!" and "there isn't enough time up here to do everything we want to do!"
Next week up here is Samson's birthday. Usually if a birthday falls when we are up here, we celebrate, but don't open gifts till we get home. Gifts up here can get destroyed, very dirty and lost! Also its a headache transporting things back and forth. But for Samson we make an exception. We have his gifts and we will celebrate everything on the day of his birthday. Otherwise he won't get it and think he's having several birthdays!
He turns 17 next week. He's not a fan of alot of gifts so we bought him- 2 super hero coloring books, a truck with sound effects, and a small stuffed Viking football player. Just enough to carry in his back pack every where he goes outside! Samson is pretty much his adult height already, due to his heart condition. He is 5' tall and 100 pounds. Compared to his brother Gabriel, the same age, he is short. Gabriel is 5' 10" and 150 pounds. However Samson, not Gabriel, has a full beard! ;o)
We have had great weather this time, compared to the HOT we had up here last month. We had a nice rain after dinner tonight and storms missed us, but we heard them. It will be in the 70's for the rest of the week! I love it! The kids can't wait to walk in the mud in the morning!
I read constantly up here and have finished 3 books already! I read non-fiction wilderness adventures, mostly about Canada, Alaska, the Arctic and Minnesota. At home I never get time to read a whole book. The bad part is I stay up way too late reading, and if I can't sleep at 4 a.m. I read more! Then I need a nap by 8 a.m.!!
This vacation MA has been very easy to get along with. Some years up here, she'd rather be home and so after coming with us she'll refuse to eat outside or go for a walk. This year she's willing to do anything! I'm sad we won't be here in September when she loves collecting leaves. SP is happy up here as lomg as we feed her ice cream, pizza, brownies, cakes and pop!
We are already packed for Tom and Gabe's trip. Usually Tom packs very light. But with 3 boys it looks like they'll need 2 suitcases just for the boys instead of 1! Also Tom is taking a stroller~ a beautiful stroller donated to us from Stephanie! Thank you Steph!! :o) They really need a butler to come along to carry their bags!
We haven't had much luck with an agency willing to help us commit to a daughter at this time. We are now being told to wait. Our Home study agency is still helping us fill out our re-application and re-new our home study now, they are fine with us moving foreward and they've known us over 33 years!! But the agencies with the girls are asking us to wait any where from 1 month to 3,4 months or longer/ Or whenever they feel we are ready. We are a little frustrated. It takes 1 year minimum to bring a child home. That to us is a long wait, we weren't wanting to add several more months to that year.
I'm writing up little IEPs for Julius and Pauly. I haven't done one in a long time~ since Samson was 10!! It's alot of fun, but a little discouraging too. Where do you start when there is so much to teach them. They aren't enrolled in homeschool yet, but this will help me with ideas for Noah, Moses and Jacob who ARE enrolled in homeschool this year!! I'm using alot of Melissa and Doug items!
My boys are just too much fun!
Tomorrow the older kids are making Owl lap books. We bring their school work, PACES with us! We school year round with the kids who don't have special needs.