As part of Thomas’ programming class this year for school he is doing Lego Robotics. He is first completing the assignments and then he is leading our robotics club in the same lesson. Here I am introducing what we are going to do and everyone is so excited to get started.
Discussing the designs, the pros and cons to each design option.
Figuring out which pieces would be the best to add to the agreed upon design concept.
Even Elianna is part of the club.
They are finally able to start assembling to robot.
Oh, the possibilities.
Thomas did a great job leading and the the kidlets did a great job at listening to his directions and encouragement.
The final product. They had to write a program and build a robot that would go a specific distance from start to finish, in a straight line.
I would insert the video they made, but I am not that talented right now.
Abigail and I at the top of the circle just after riding uphill.
I told the kidlets all I wanted for Mother’s Day 2013 was for my bike to be repaired (and a little peace and quiet). Finally in October, after Sean was done with a majority of his thesis, he got the bike out and they repaired it for me. It had been a bit neglected, but it did not need that much work. This bike, it is an old bike. It was my Mom’s bike and she bought it from someone else, used, when I was still in high school. It is a good bike and I like it. It is a bike I used to ride to take Thomas to the park when we lived in Wisconsin. Now we walk to the park. One day we will ride again, maybe.
Yes, they can all lap me, but they were shocked that I could keep up with them and pass them, with just one gear. I told them they were lazy because they had multiple gears.
Although Olivia can ride her bike now, she still enjoys the scooter.
Miriam is quite a good biker now.
The race officials, making sure everyone is following the rules.
Rule number 1. Mom wins.
Elianna’ turn to ride with me. She was not nearly as scared as she looks.
Olivia riding her bike.
I have to admit, it was a bit harder than I remember balancing her in the seat. It is defiantly a skill that needs bit of practice. She seemed to enjoy herself while on the bike.
Watch out neighborhood, we are on patrol .
Levi did not get a ride because he was down for a nap. He will, soon.
So many thoughts are swirling through my head as I sit down to write this post. It has been a long time since I have written a Thankful Thursday post. It is not that I have not had a lot to be thankful for, but rather all those things for which I am thankful have kept me quite busy. I have so many things to be thankful for, let me just list a few:
Our house sold/closed in December 2013.
The same day, Sean graduated with his Master’s in Applied Geography.
Piano players are improving with just about every practice.
Our house is warm on cold days and comfortable on warm days.
It snowed a few times this winter but has not been cold.
We took a trip to Washington DC.
Family devotions are encouraging and convicting, all at the same time.
We are blessed with a pastor who holds the Word of God as the final authority for living and that he is committed to rightly diving the Word of God and then teaching it properly to the people God has allowed him to shepherd.
I am thankful for my dear friends who love me and encourage me to walk daily with God, to put off sin and put on righteousness. I am thankful that they don’t let me continue in my sin and are willing to lovingly walk beside me through hard times. Those friends are few and far between and I am thankful for you ladies.
I am thankful for those around me who spur me on to love and good works by walking with God. Your continual walking in God’s Word and letting it change you and grow you into the women and men that God wants you to be encourages me to keep on keeping on.
I am so thankful that God has chosen to give us hard situations to walk through from time to time. Those times that God allows me to grow and be stretched have been amazing. I have a new perspective on what it means to walk by faith and put my trust fully in Him, the One who created me to be conformed to His image.
There is so much more for which I am thankful, but I will save those for another post.
Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
Who wants to guess what Levi fell onto? I look at this picture and just giggle. I do not even remember what happened, but when I realized it would leave a mark, I felt horrible and I giggled all at that same time. That boy still loves his Legos.
Miriam working hard on her school work at piano lessons.
Olivia and I have nice beards.
Caleb and Elianna glued to the TV.
Olivia, I don’t really suck my thumb.
Nathan up to no good or planning a coup, I am not sure which it is.
Abigail practicing piano.
Levi loves football.
Bethany enjoying life.
Levi and Mom.
Thomas and Sean are still part of the family. I am unsure why there are no pictures of them where, but I’ll find them for another post on another day. I’ll make sure to let them know you missed them.
Krispy Kreme offered a free dozen doughnuts to anyone who dressed up like a pirate. If you just talked like a pirate, you got a free doughnut. Who has 22 thumbs and loves free doughnuts? This family. It started out that just a few of us were going to dress up, then another one wanted to join in and another and another. By the time we were ready to go we had 6 children dressed up as pirates.
Nathan, Eianna, Abigail, Bethany, Olivia, Thomas, Miriam, Caleb, and Levi in the stroller.
We had so much fun. We enjoyed our pirate’s bounty.
6 Dozen, you counted right, 6 dozen. Had we planned better, we would have all dressed up and dropped off a few dozen at the local fire station. Instead we gave away some in our neighborhood.
Caleb brought Doc Brown along instead of a bird on his shoulder.
Elianna realizing she was born into a crazy family.
Thomas trying to hook more doughnuts.
It is hard to learn how to use an eye patch. “Watch what ye are doing, matey.”
I have a balloon.
I am so thankful for companies that offer these fun opportunities for free things. I enjoy seeing the kidlets get creative when pulling their costumes together. We have already discussed how we can make next year bigger and better.
So, way back in September, I had this brilliant idea that we should get rid of the rust on our wagon and repaint it. I had heard of others doing this, so I thought we could do it too. We went to The Home Depot and bought a can of spraypaint. We bought blue because it is Caleb’s favorite color.
Here Nathan is taking apart the wheels and the handle. The underside does not look horrible, but wait until you see the inside of the wagon.
Yes, it was fall and the leaves were beautiful colors. Bethany is showing off her lovely red leaf.
Scraping the inside of the wagon, there was a lot of rust. We had to do a lot more scraping than I had anticipated. No comments about the holes in the knees, I threw those away after this project. hahaha
Levi was supervising.
Thomas was the general contractor over the entire project.
All working hard.
We are finally getting through all the rust and seeing some metal . Yes, it was that bad.
When there was a bit of arguing over who was going to sand next, laps were run.
And run some more.
We decided since the underside was still in great shape we were going to keep it red. We taped it off.
Then we sprayed the lip on the underside.
After it was dry, we flipped it over and realized we used too much pain on that part. Oh well, lesson learned.
Taking turns applying the spraypaint.
Yep, maybe a bit too far away. I think we sprayed the lawn, too.
That is better.
Nathan getting the nooks and crannies.
Thomas finishing up.
Caleb was not a fan of spray paint, but he tried, with some help.
Here is where I show you the beautiful completed wagon.
Oh wait they did not show up? Why is that? O, because it is sitting in pieces in the camper. I think we decided we really needed to buy another can of spray paint and paint the entire thing, but I don’t even remember for sure. All I know is that we need to finish it up and then I can cut out vinyl and put it on the new wagon. That is on the list of projects to get done this month. I’ll let you know when it gets completed.
Surely, we are not the only ones who have incomplete projects lying around. I may be one of the few to admit it for all to see.
Sometimes we just need to play with Legos and create things. The Lego Magazine often has building contests and the kidlets always want to enter. Here are some they made in September. They have yet to win a price, but it is not about winning and losing (yeah, right) but how much fun they had constructing their creations.
Guess who made this.
Well, whatdaya know, it is Bethany.
Around the table, Mom is reading a newspaper or maybe she is teaching school.
Way back, one September Saturday, when Sean was working, the girls and Caleb worked on a Kiwi Crate. Bethany took charge of the festivities and Abigail, Miriam and Olivia helped Caleb and Elianna assemble their lanterns.
Caleb working hard to punch out starts from his paper that is going to act as a window.
Elianna tired from a hard days work.
Miriam helping Caleb to understand the directions.
Abigail helping Elianna out. Elianna is enjoying the stickers that came with the project more than the actual construction.
“Abigail, that goes there!” Elianna
Construction of the lanterns is complete, let’s go outside.
As the day turned to night, we went outside and walked around the circle and we were safe because we had our lanterns. I just love this picture. What a sweet day we had, sweet memories, too.
The lights can be seen well from this angle.
The Kiwi Crates have been fun for us to work on as a family. Well, truth be told, I do very little, Bethany is in charge and she excels in leading that rowdy bunch of kidlets to get the project complete. She is kind and patient and tender with them when they need some extra help and encouragement.
I cannot believe it has been three months since I posted last. Things here have been quite busy. We are more than halfway through our school year, and just finished our testing for this year. Yes, we do our testing early in the year. I won’t get into why I hate testing, but it is nice to have it over for the year.
Since I last wrote consistently, we have had 5 birthdays, I have attended one birth, no not mine, Sean gradated from his Master’s program, we had Christmas, went to DC and so much more. I am going work on getting caught up, but it will likely take awhile. I am on a bit of a new schedule that puts priority on time in God’s Word every day, exercise, the kidlets schooling, music education, decluttering our house.
Oh, maybe the biggest news that I don’t think I have shared is that we sold our house in Iowa. WE are thankful to not be homeowners. We look forward to the day we can buy again, but for now, we are enjoying renting and letting our landlord pay for repairs.
Here are a few pictures from the last 4 months.
All the kidlets and adults got new cups
They loved those cups, they have all been dropped and broken. I have since bought higher quality cups but have not decorated them yet.
Sean and the boys fixed up my bike and I rode with the cul de sac.
Levi burned his hands severely on the outside of the hot oven. I love our doctor’s office, they are simply the best ever. If we ever move, I will be sad to leave their care. I will share more when I share about the night.
Sean’s thesis presentation.
Levi getting used to not being able to use his fingers as individual fingers.
Raking and playing in the leaves.
We sold our house, Sean graduated (he did not walk, at the last minute because that is the day we were closing on the house and things were still up in the air and we were still signing papers at 1:45 for a 4:00, central time, closing), we played cards.
Who knows the game?
We played outside
I was able to attend/help at the birth of a dear friend, on my 22nd birthday.
Grandma and Grandpa came down for a visit and to celebrate Sean’s graduation.
Some of us got sick.
We took a family trip to Washington DC because Sean had an in person assessment/interview. We went to the Air and Space Museum by Dulles.
We stayed in DC in a rental house.
So, I was going to add more photos, but Flickr is not cooperating. I’ll need to do that another day.
So, for now, adios. I promise, I’ll be back sooner than 3 months.