Catching up

I keep telling myself that I’m going to post to this blog more. I really do neglect it terribly, and if anyone is still reading it I apologize for the lack of attention. Tim and I are both on Facebook on an almost daily basis so you can definitely keep up with us there.

Our server got hacked a while back and I’ve been putting off going through the blog to make sure everything still worked. I finally did it tonight and I think I’ve got everything back in order. The hacker destroyed our newsletter archive, but I’ve got it put back together now. The latest edition (which just went out today) is even there. You can click on “Newsletters” in the drop-down menus at the top of the page to find it.

We’ve been homeschooling again this year, and things have been going pretty well. Bethany’s in 3rd grade and Ellie and Micah are in 1st. Our mornings are kept very busy with things like parts of speech, diagramming sentences and learning about ancient civilizations. Tim teaches math and science, for which I am so thankful. It’s really worked out well. The girls seem to like it for the most part, although we do get occasional complaints of “I wish I were back in public school!” When I remind them that they wouldn’t be able to spend most of the afternoon playing if that were the case, they usually change their minds and are back on board with homeschooling. We’re involved with a local co-op that meets Friday mornings and we have a lot of fun with that.

I’ve been spending a lot of time on a new project: putting my grandpa’s record collection into digital form. If you’re interested in 1940s music and radio programs or vintage audio gear, make sure to check out my blog, Grandpa’s iPod.

We’ve been freezing through the cold spell that “gripped the south,” as they say in the weather reports. Today it was finally back to about normal. Houses down here just aren’t made to keep out the cold. Even with the thermostat set at 71 (unheard of for us back in Michigan!) the first floor of our house must have been well below 65 degrees for days and days.  The girls were amazed to even see ice on the ground a few mornings. I think we’re going to be in for a rude awakening when we visit Michigan in February!

Which reminds me, we’d love to see as many people as we can while we’re up there. We haven’t nailed the exact dates down yet, but we should arrive somewhere around the 12th of February and probably will stay until around the end of the month. We’ll be in touch!