I am finding that I am taking much fewer pictures these days. Pictures tend to help me remember details of the month, but neither boy loves me to be snapping pictures all the time and I rarely have my phone by me. Anyway, this will be a quick summary of the past month and I hope I don’t forget too much. =D
I know you’ve been waiting in suspense about our next family read-aloud choice. We spent a whole evening paring down our list, but we happily settled on having Mike read The Wingfeather Saga to us. We love these books and have listened to them a few times, but Mike has never read them. We’re pretty excited to have him experience them for the first time.
We’ve made some fun memories with friends, both here in town and in the mountains at the cabin for the second year in a row. We really enjoy our time with these guys. We also recently started bouldering and rock climbing indoors as a family and with another family friend of ours. This has been lots of fun. I love that we are learning something new together and that we can encourage each other. It’s nice that we can all be challenging ourselves, but not have to be doing the exact same “problems” (that’s what a route can be called when bouldering). Anyway, learning new things and having fun together. =)
Homeschooling this year has been so much fun. It only took me about 9 years to feel like we had a handle on things. Haha. Anyway, it’s been a great year. Here are a few pictures from CC and at the house, including a piano lesson from home pic (due to the snow!). Micah started typing class online this semester and is loving it so much. He finished level 2 of spelling – a difficult challenge for him – and was rewarded *eventually* with Everbowl (one of his favorite sweet treat spots).
In February we spent one weekend up in Vail so that Mike and Micah could do some skiing. They had a great time and even enjoyed doing some swimming in the pool afterwards. E and I did some birding around town and also spent a good amount of time playing cards and reading (he played chess) at the library. It was a lovely weekend.
Other updates/pictures include Micah sewing some stuffed animals (a Christmas present from Salina), Micah drinking bone broth out of a massive jar and looking like a teenager, figuring out just how much time Mike spends working each week vs. how much time we get to be with him (all from a spirit of wanting more time with our fav guy), Superbowl Bingo from our church (middle school youth group + families) party, Micah going for runs and being left home alone (he likes to be prepared for intruders), the boys playing a duet for Grandpa and Grandma, and going out for lunch with Auntie Mel and Reggie on Sunday afternoon. E plays in church about twice a month these days and recently played the cajon for the first time for a few of the songs. He was pretty jazzed about that.