"Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."

Monday, April 21, 2008

Lego Guys

The boys have been on a big lego kick lately. Their legos have joined the matchbox cars in the daily free-for-all dumping of toys on the family room carpet. They informed me a few days ago that they needed more guys ("guys" meaning the men, women, helmets and hairdos, and various body parts that have become separated from their torsos over the years) On Friday, we watched a few auctions on Ebay, and are now the proud owners of 40 more guys - and various accessories - for the bargain price of $32. All three boys pitched in $15 collectively, and I paid the rest.

So what did our $32 buy? Fun, enjoyment, relaxation? Check, check, check. But more importantly, it bought a moment with my kids. Not just after they arrive in the mail either. As we searched the auctions together, read the descriptions, looked at the pictures, watched the prices go up, they knew in that moment that the most important thing in the world to me was them. They knew in that moment that nothing else mattered to me but their happiness.

When you boil it all down, homeschooling (and parenting, and life) isn't about the "big" stuff. It's about living and breathing in the moment. It's about meeting your kids exactly where they are, and really BEING there with them. It's about the lego guys.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Easter, derbies, and gallbladders

I made a slideshow of Easter pictures. Some of them were taken before we discovered Mike's car had been stolen from the driveway... some were afterwards, but before it was recovered... some were before my second gallbladder attack of the morning... and some were after all of the above. It was an eventful morning.

Last weekend was the boys' pinewood derby, and they both came home happy. Spencer's car got third place for his den, and earned him a spot in the finals. Paxton's won for "Coolest Design."

And finally, we are moving forward with my official gallbladder diagnosis and treatment. I had an abdominal ultrasound yesterday, so I would have results for when I meet with the surgeon. I have to say, ultrasounds are not nearly as exciting when you're not looking at a baby. It's good to be closer to a resolution though, as I'm in almost constant pain now. We will all be breathing big sighs of relief when this is all behind us.


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