Thursday, August 26, 2010

From the Road

We are in Atlanta this week. Business for Mike and schoolwork by the pool for the rest of us. Jonathan and I are in the hotel business center and while he's doing some virtual school work, I found a little time to catch up on blogs. I figured it wouldn't hurt to update mine as well.

We've gotten a few "homeschool comments" on this trip so far. Yesterday Jonathan was wearing his unsocialized homeschooler T-shirt, and a man at the Coca Cola Factory asked him about it. He was impressed that Jonathan was homeschooled and said that it was the best way to go. Then he went on to say that he and his wife would homeschool if they had the patience. Clearly, he hadn't been keeping too close of an eye on us or he'd have seen that we don't have an extraordinary amount of patience. Sometimes I think I no longer have even an ordinary amount of patience. Today at breakfast a hotel workier asked if they went to school. When I said that we homeschooled, she asked if they were in middle school (they were all sitting nearby). I told her one is in high school, one in middle school and one in elementary school her reply was, "Oh you must be really smart". {that's definitely debatable!}

Tomorrow we head to NC. Next week we'll be at our timeshare. We have a lot of plans to see old friends and my parents are coming up for part of the time, so like most weeks lately, I'm sure the time will fly! Time is flying too much lately! In those early years of parenting I remember looking so foward to the end of the day when Mike would get home. Now, I'm still happy when it is time for Mike to get home, but generally speaking, I'm no where near ready for the day to end. Likewise, in those days I looked forward to when the kids would be a little older so we could enjoy different things etc... Now they are old enough, and getting closer everyday to "too old". I want time to slow down!

Jonathan is on a card trick kick. He's finished his schoolwork for the day and is now learning new card tricks via youtube. Jake came into the business center a little while ago with a Junie B Jones book and a deck of cards. He sat down and read for about 3 minutes, then said "done" and "a dios" and headed to the front desk to borrow the basketball so he could go shoot hoops. Do you think we're a little comfotable in hotels? They may not ever have been in a classroom, but they can certainly tell you the ins and outs of a hotel breakfast, know all about opening doors with card keys, and are at ease asking the front desk workers for more towels, soap, or basketballs. Now Jake is back with UNO and Madi has been in here inquiring about how to use the hotel shower (yes, we have been here since Sunday, but she's been in the pool everyday). We've really set up shop around here. I just realized that they have a pencil sharpener in here, so now I'm going to send Jake to get some of our pencils that need to be sharpened.

Jake got his braces and palate expander last week and is doing fantastic with it! I think he's grown up in the past 7 days! (this is the good kind of grown up, not the one that I want to slow down) He looks so cute too! I'll put pictures on here eventually, but in the meantime, you can see some on facebook.


ann marie said...

As usual, the minute I click over to comment I forgot what I was going to comment on. Oh, time passing. It goes too quick. I can't say more on this topic as it may make me cry. Safe journeying!

Tiffany said...

Good to hear from you--sounds like you guys are having a great time and keeping busy. I'm jealous that you get to see Marissa next week!
I'm with AnnMarie--can't say anymore about time going too fast!

Melissa said...

Thanks for the catch-up!

Kristy said...

I read this blog after you left the house tonight... wow, your comments here echo our conversation. Time is flying TOO fast! I am trying to enjoy the present and take it day by day. You have such a wonderful family, and we really enjoyed our time with you! P.S. I have Rediscovering Catholicism on my desk to read right now, too!