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She had her first violin lesson today.  Ms. Jenna is young, sweet, and soft spoken . . . perfect for Madie.  In fact, she gave Madie some theory homework tonight and Madie already finished the homework!!  Madie learned all about the parts of her violin.  I think I learned a lot too!  Eventhough Madie wasn’t feeling her best today, she was all smiles during the lesson.  I am so proud of her!  The violin was certainly not my suggestion.  In fact, I worked hard to persuade her otherwise.  But she was not to be persuaded.  She really wanted that violin.

The downside of today . . . we have to buy/rent a different violin.  The two violins that Santa gave to Madie are too big.  Plus the smallest one is poorly made.  The finger board is at a bad angle the pegs fit poorly in the holes so the violin will be difficult to tune.  Essentially our basic violin would work best as a decoration on the wall.  Dang.  We were unable to avoid what we were dreading to do.  Dad spent an hour  stringing and tuning the violin only for us to be told today that it was all wrong.  Ms. Jenna had to spend 20 minutes of our lesson time fixing the violin.

In the end, Madie was still all smiles.  She was just happy to get started.  She will actually get to try to play the violin next week, but only with her left hand.  No bow yet.  Soon enough she will get to do more.  I just hope that she sticks with it.  And not just because she looks lovely with a violin in her hand!

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January is suppose to be the slow-down recuperate-from-the-holidays month.  It hasn’t quite turned out that way!  We’ve . . .

  • put away the holiday decorations
  • found new homes for all of the new toys
  • visited doctors
  • planned the next six months of Madie’s troop
  • planned the next six months of Ainsley’s troop
  • researched and set up violin lessons
  • visited Austin to see mom get her award!!
  • made the trip educational since we were missing school
  • sold Girl Scout cookies
  • sold more Girl Scout cookies
  • dealt with other issues (not all bad) regarding Girl Scout cookies
  • organized Madie’s closet
  • started small group meetings back up (there is planning involved but the great outcome outweighs the work)
  • organized, registered and purchased almost $1000 worth of tickets and events for two girl scout troops
  • taught Sunday School
  • worked (and still playing catchup from changing to a new program)
  • stressed over church life (again not all bad but just a lot of sad)
  • reinvigorated the children to like school again
  • started gearing up for huge state tests for 4th grade
  • loved on children
  • supported husband
  • attempted to clean office
  • finally convinced husband to fix brand new car that has not worked right since we bought it!  (he even cleaned it up for me!!)
  • volunteered in three different classrooms three days a week
  • went shopping
  • planned menus
  • cleaned house
  • made breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day
  • convinced Ainsley that she needs to go to school
  • convinced Ben that homework is not as hard as he thinks it is
  • convinced Madie to go outside to play more and to read less
  • signed up Ben and Ainsley for gymnastics once a week
  • signed Ainsley up for art classes
  • remind husband the he is truly gifted in the doing the Lord’s work (eventhough right now his ministry seems to consist more in dealing with budgets, reports, and calendars . . . which are important but probably not part of the job description that Jesus used when recruiting his disciples)
  • worked some more.
  • tried to set a new bed time of before midnight.
  • ran errands, errands, and more errands.
  • was a single mom all week while Daddy was at the Theological Conference and then spent a few extra days doing sermon prep for the next few weeks

January has not been slow enough.  Starting next week, we have afterschool activities every day after school and events almost every weekend.  And soon enough Lent will start, then Easter comes, and school will end and the children will be home for the summer.  We are already planning our beach vacation for the summer  . . . in January.  I am stressed thinking about everything.  Chris comes home today and we have survived.  He is coming home and then the kids and I are taking 30 other girls and their families to see Annie tonight.  Then tomorrow we are taking another 25 girls and family members to see the Harlem Globetrotters.  On Sunday we go to church and then I spend all day prepping ourselves and the house for a week of busyness.  My blood pressure is high and Ainsley has a mysterious rash, but I told her the rash had to wait until next week because I don’t have time to take her to the doctor.  But geez . . . my lunch break is over and I need to get back to work!  So back to the grindstone!!

 

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Obviously they are not thrilled about being pious on Christmas, but the day of the Lord’ birth landed on a Sunday.  So off we went!!  Daddy decided at the last minute that it was ok for the kids to wear their pajamas.  So the younger two did.  The eldest decided to change he clothes.  It was nice being with our church family that morning.  The kids were anxious to get back home to open  more presents.  They only got to open their stockings before we left!

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We went to Friendswood for our final Christmas party.  We hung out with the Grace side of the family.  The kids enjoyed their cousins again.  It is nice to see all of our family over a two day period.  I was tuckered after this Christmas though.  I think my Christmas joy had about run out!  But being with family through it all makes it worth it!

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All he wants to do is fly!  He made his Aunt Katherine’s Day!!!

 

As the other kids opened their presents, we heard the back door open.  Gordon was trying to go outside so he could practice his flying!  It was great!  Uncle Chris helped him out by lifting him up so he could take off.

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The kids played with the packing noodles!  They are the dissolvable kind.  Way cool!  Then Ben tried to help his cousin on the playset!  Very sweet of him!

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Chris’ side of the family came over the day after Christmas.  They even brought dinner with them!  That was nice!  It was a good day.  The kids were still happy to keep playing with their Christmas toys and they enjoyed hanging out with family.  We even got to test out the snowman milk container that Ainsley made for everyone!  They really turned out cute!!!

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