Sunday, June 28, 2015
Thursday, June 25, 2015
This year has flown by and I just can't seem to keep caught up. Since March, I have written one blog post, but I think it is best to keep that blog post unpublished for awhile. Instead I decided to just go slowly through and see if we can catch up to our "now" by the end of summer. So here it is-
Part Une- Paris:
The kids and Rob really didn't want to go to Paris, but Emma decided she really needed to see it before going back to the states, so we fit it into our Spring break trip. Our trip there started out great. We stopped at Verdun and lit a candle at the memorial there.
We also wandered around the pock marked landscape. Think of a teenagers face who is suffering with severe acne- that is Verdun. You look at the landscape 100 years after World War 1 and it's still so scarred and full of holes that you wonder how anyone survived!
Then we stopped at Reims and saw the Norte Dame Cathedral where all the kings of France have had their coronations.
It was amazing! Joan of Arc brought Charles the VII here to be crowned.
After all those stops we got to Paris rather late. We stayed in a wonderful tiny Parisian apartment in a great neighborhood. Unfortunately it was such a hopping neighborhood it took Rob 2 hours to find a parking spot. We were so worried about the car the entire time we were there. Besides a little keying on the gas tank, it came away OK, however and without parking tickets! We kept it where it was after getting it parked and metro-ed everywhere.
We saw Notre Dame (We actually liked the Reims one better.)
Although the Paris one does have an amazing rose window in blues.
We all put our feet on point zero- we were there!
I kissed Rob on the Lock Bridge
We continued our tradition and had French Fries in France!
We saw the Eiffel Tower and climbed up over 700 steps to the second platform.
Poor Max was crying most of the way, because he is so afraid of heights, but he kept going. I took him inside the stores and museum parts to get him inside away from the wind. That helped a lot.
We also subjected them to the Louvre.
Yep- had to be done.
And we saw her- over about 200 heads, but we still saw dear old Mona Lisa.
We also walked the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe. Along the way we ate yummy macaroons
- our favorite were the lemon, and rode this amazing slide at a car shop.
The Arc De Triomphe circle is still as crazy as ever. You can sit there for hours being amused and amazed that there aren't more accidents.
It's something like 11 entrances and exits all converging and diverging around that remarkable monument. These Parisians are crazy!- so Asterix would say. We found his amusement park-
too bad it was opening up a few days after we were there. The kids love Asterix and Obelix. We saw it as we made our way to....
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Life has become a whirlwind. Spring sports have started and my children decided to pick up something new. Samuel, instead of going out for Track and definitely earning that varsity letter as a freshman, decided instead that he would try out for soccer. Um, What?? The last time he played soccer was when he was 12 (I thought it was 9, but he insists he played when he was 12, too.) He was the redheaded step-child at try-outs, with hand me down cleats from a friend (Emma's feet never got that big) and Emma's socks and shin guards. The first day he went without shin guards or soccer socks. I was amazed he made the team, as this is Europe and these guys play year round soccer, but he is extremely fast and extremely athletic. He only made JV and he isn't a starter, but he plays a fair amount of time and actually does really well.
The first day of try-outs, they all met at the main field and then walked away together. The track coaches saw him start to walk away and yelled at him to come back. He was supposed to be their hurdler! Well instead we sent one of our other family members to try out hurdles. Emma decided to run track this year. She wanted nothing to do with the soccer team here, despite them begging for players this year. I think they really burned some bridges when they allowed 9 captains to choose who would be on their team last year. Emma is not the only one who refuses to go out for the team again. She was originally going to try shot-put, but she said that all the fatties went there and so instead she is trying to run hurdles. She still doesn't have the timing down. She is able to get over the 300 meter ones now, but stumbles and stutters a lot. I told her to concentrate on 100 and 200 and try to get on a relay team, but she really wants to get those hurdles.
Besides sports (the little boys still haven't started), we had senior portraits done and are working on graduation announcements,
planning our spring break and end of year trips and getting ready for girls camp. Yep, Emma is going for one more year and so is Mom. I was called as the assistant camp director. Sometimes, I really like not being in charge! Do what I'm told and do it well and not worry about anything else!
I am trying to finish up Emma's quilt before she graduates. It's a queen, so it really won't work on her bed at College. It was meant for her bed here. The fact that I decided to try and hand sew it, is what is taking me so long. Now that it has been half hand sewn, I can't change and use the machine! I just have to buckle down and do it.
The other day Emma told me about all the times she has cried in public this year. Most of them involved in public speaking. She was fine with Model United Nations, but she can't tell about a board that she made about herself to her class. She said, "people scare me when they are all looking at me. I need to come with a note that says Emma shouldn't be made to speak for more than a minute in front of people." I told her I would pin it to her blouse when she leaves for college and to make sure that her new bishop gets it. Mostly I just try not to think about that time.
I have also been working a lot. It seems that no one has a substitute nurse and so I am getting calls from almost every school now. I do enjoy the school nursing. Last time I worked for a whole week. I brought my 5 pound weights and my pad and every 30 minutes or so I would go lift weights for a few minutes. I couldn't do it for long or I would start to sweat. Some days were crazier than other, however and I couldn't hardly get any weights in. It's a lot like the ER that way.
Rob has been busy with work and being sick.
Max got glasses (he is far-sighted, like his Daddy) and has been sick as well.
Now mom is sick. I think we are all on the mend now.
Joe, of course, never got sick. I told him that he has the constitution of a rock- rock's never get sick either! But he did stay home one day with me. We watched the solar eclipse together and then I took him to get a ride to the Merit Badge University. He earned a badge for climbing and for rifle. He said he almost got the badge on his first try. He was supposed to get 5 shots in one quadrant and he got 4. He got it on his second try after readjusting the sites!