Yep, life got in the way again. I always have such big plans for blogging, but then life gets in the way. Since I started using the internet on my phone and my Gal_axy tab, I’m not on my laptop as much lately. I saw a great organized update on GFF’s blog, so I’m going to copy it.
We celebrated Olivia’s 5th birthday with family on her actual birthday last Monday, and she had a party with family and friends last Sunday afternoon.
I can’t believe my baby is 5. I just can’t believe it. Every time she has a birthday, she instantly looks bigger to me, and this birthday was no exception. I looked at her last night and she danced around my parents’ house doing cartwheels and twirls and I couldn’t believe how big she seemed.
She had a Cabbage Patch party. Luckily, I was able to pick up all the decor at Cabbage Patch Babyland in February. She loved her cake!
Look at the details on the baby’s feet. I love our local bakery!
We rented a moon bounce and it was a big hit! They brought us the wrong one (sports), but Olivia didn’t care. Besides, it was new (clean!) and very strong, so the parents could jump too, and some did!
We had in until lunch time the next day and the kids and I jumped in the morning again before heading to our Amazing Mondays homeschooling group, where we again celebrated Olivia’s birthday with another little boy who also turned 5 yesterday. I’ve known I wanted to homeschool for a while, but there were always little things I wondered about and didn’t want my kids to miss out on, but I’ve found that is absolutely not the case. Far from it. We ran around crazy Sunday night finishing a project for Olivia to present and then I baked cupcakes to take to the group. I can’t emphasize enough how awesome groups like this are. I really love having time to hang out with my friends (Tricia and Sheri!!) I also love that Olivia knows and interacts with kids of different ages. In real life, we work with people of all ages.
This is perhaps the area of my life with the most significance these days. God has opened my eyes in the last 6 months or so. We’ve begun learning about and celebrating the God’s Appointed times (Biblical Holidays) as a family. I’ve also gotten involved with a few amazing bible studies: my women’s one that meets every month or so on Friday nights. It’s great girl time and I love it! The first time we complained about our husbands a lot. The second time, we decided to only talk about positive things in our marriage. I was a bit disappointed, but after spending two hours thinking about all the good things in my marriage and talking about how I met my husband, I went home feeling a renewed love for him! The other bible study is on Tuesday nights and it’s at a Messianic church. We’re still attending our Methodist church though. We’ve been attending a Messianic temple on Saturdays and our Methodist church on Sundays. This is a big thing for us because we’re very involved in our own church. I am in charge of the children’s ministry at our church and James is the technology coordinator. We aren’t sure where God wants us, so we’re two timing our church and celebrating the biblical holidays with the Messianic church. You can read about the feasts here. Interesting stuff!
For example, the fact we celebrate Easter is quite strange and has nothing to do with anything Judeo-Christian. Jesus was crucified on Passover. He was the Passover lamb, fulfilling the prophecy of the spring feast. He also fulfilled all the other spring feasts, perfectly. The Last Supper was Jesus’ Passover Seder with his disciples, where we mentions again celebrating Passover with us when He returns. It would seem to me that if Jesus celebrated the feasts, and is going to celebrate them with us when he returns, that we are supposed to keep them in his absence. Some believe that post-Jesus, we as Christians don’t have to celebrate the Biblical Feasts. But at the time when many believe the Feasts ceased to be celebrated, Jesus’ disciples were still celebrated them. The early Christians celebrated them too, up until Constantine abolished them. Many also think of them as Jewish feasts. They aren’t. No where in the bible does it say Jewish feasts. They are GOD’s feasts, and the bible says to keep them. Interesting stuff, huh? I organized a church Easter egg hunt yesterday and we’re going to dye eggs, but I’ve been thinking about all this a lot. Easter comes from Ishtar, who was hatched from an egg laid by the God Tammuz. It’s hard to grasp that we wouldn’t celebrate Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection at its rightful time: Passover. So we will be celebrated that too. We’re preparing for our first seder on Tuesday night with my bible study group. Pictures to come, for sure!
I have been blessed with so many new and rekindled friendships over the last year. I remember moving here and feeling so lonely. I also remember making friends here and then being the first to have a baby and feeling lonely again. Living in a military town, friends come and go a lot here, but in the last year, I have such amazing group of girls to hang out with, and they have great kids. There are many weeks we have more playdate offers than days of the week. I am so blessed. Last week, for example, my friend L and I took a road trip to a 4H meeting for homeschooled kids. We got lost and giggled on the phone as I followed her around the boonies. When we did finally find it, we were the only women wearing pants and who had hair shorter than butt length. There were kids who looked like they hadn’t bathed in ages. As L whispered during the meeting, causing me to burst out laughing, many of them probably didn’t have running water. haha. We just felt a bit akward there, my with my pierced nose and L with her big hoop earrings. Needless to say, they were so welcoming. We nust felt a little out of place, and it was too far to drive. We didn’t realize just how far away their meeting place was.
Homeschooling is going great! I have so much fun with it! We’re going on a big archeological dig on Wednesday, assuming I feel ok since I’m have a cyst removed from my neck on Tueday. Ouch! Anyway, the dig should be fun. We’re excited! We also have a bunch of fun Passover/Easter projects and lessons planned for the week. We’ve been kind of unschooling this year, but next year will be more structured I think. I love how I have so many amazing friends here who are homeschooling and my friends who aren’t are so supportive and encouraging.
I have had such a travel bug lately, but we can’t afford to go anywhere by air, so we’re driving to Canada this July! Woo-hoooooo! We’re taking the kids to Niagara Falls and maybe to Montreal (undecided about it). The kids passports and our renewed passports should be here soon. Olivia is so excited to get a passport. James helped her make one for her doll, too. She’s determined to have the border patrol stamp it. I hope he will. They can be pretty serious folks!
Liam weaned a few weeks ago. It’s been hard for me because I don’t know that we’ll have anymore. We went more than 2.5 years, which is awesome, but it’s been sad for me. I am so thankful though that we made it that far and that he chose his own time to wean. I’ll admit, since weaning him, I find myself really wanting another baby! Is it really so hard to go from 2 to 3? We have a minivan. We have 4 bedrooms. We have clothes for both genders. But I haven’t lost the weight I wanted and it’s another child to pay for. hmmmm…. thoughts??
–James is taking me to see Yanni next week. Are you laughing? I think can hear you laughing!! What’s wrong with Yanni? He’s awesome. He plays my “cooking dinner” music! We are so excited to have a BIG night out. My mom is staying here and putting the kids to bed. We should be home by 1:00 am. I haven’t been out that late since last sunner when A and I went to a bar in her minivan. hahaha.
Food!! Can’t forget food. I love healthy food. I am trying harder to “eat the rainbow”!
Asian slaw salad
baked black bean empanadas
Vegan carrot raisin muffins
Off to eat dinner. Have lots of activities to plan for this week of Passover/Easter, too!