New Beginnings

April 26th, 2014

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Spring.  The world is waking up from sleep.

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Time to go on adventures.

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Marvel at their beauty.

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Breath the fresh air.

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Spend time with friends.

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Celebrate.

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Enjoy life.

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Take a walk.

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Explore.

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Sit down amongst flowers.

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Bask in the warmth of the sun.

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Smile.

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Exude Joy.

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And Remember The One,

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Who made it all possible.

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Visiting the Big Island

March 16th, 2014

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Our long overdue family vacation finally took place, and it was worth the wait.

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As we anticipated, the girls adapted easily to island life, and would have been happy to stay there indefinitely.

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They enjoy playing in cold water, so of course they took to the warm water.  Every day.  Seven days in a row!

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Miah immediately figured out boogie boarding.  She barely stopped long enough to eat lunch before she was at it again.

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Ami had a grand time, too.  But she needed frequent breaks to warm up.

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 I was happy to stay cool under the umbrella.

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It was actually very pleasant.  Not as hot as Guam.

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Our hosts treated us well. Their home is lovely, and the landscaping beautiful.  It was a treat to have so much fresh fruit each day.  A perfect setting to commemorate Miah’s referral anniversary!  Seven years ago… Wow!

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We stopped to view a lava tunnel along the road while heading to the beach.

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We walked through one later when we were near Kilauea Volcano.

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We even saw some Nenes off the side of the road after viewing this sign.

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The volcano wasn’t as exciting as the girls anticipated, but the depictions of the goddess Pele intrigued them.

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I guess I didn’t get a picture of them plugging their noses from the sulfur smell.  Ami didn’t want me taking her picture.

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On the other hand, Miah had fun sticking her face in front of the camera.

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We saw several turtles (honu) at the black sand beach, and we also saw them while snorkeling.

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It was so nice to snorkel again after so many years.

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I’m glad the girls had the opportunity to try it.

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They should have lots of good memories from this trip.

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It was also a treat to watch the dolphins playing, and see whales breaching and spouting.

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Ami’s favorite treat was most likely the shaved ice.

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We all thought the sunsets were pretty spectacular.

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A great way to start and end our vacation.

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Winter Joys

January 29th, 2014

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We woke up to a world of white this morning.  The first measurable snow we’ve gotten this winter!

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As the teacher, I declared a snow day, and we shoveled and played for an hour before breakfast.  Then we went out and played some more!

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Even though we get to enjoy the snow while skiing, it’s nice to have some at home now, too.

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Joyful Holidays

December 12th, 2013

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Was it only a month ago that Miah had her piano recital?  I guess it’s been a busy month!  We are so proud of this girl.  She’s been playing piano for less than a year, and is just flying through the levels.  It is a pleasure to listen to her practice each morning, and now Ami is showing an interest as well.

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Two recitals in two days!  We are thankful for an awesome teacher.  Next week they’ll be playing for some Retirement Centers.  Yesterday their small choir sang at a Retirement Home also.  I’m so glad they love music, and are willing to share it with others.

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School has been fun, too.  Here Ami is writing with a homemade quill pen dipped in homemade berry ink, just like the Patriots once did!

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Ami had her annual visit with the cleft team at Children’s Hospital.  The mountain passes were clear this trip, but you can see it was still a long drive!  Her surgeon continues to be happy with her progress, speech, etc.  She will need a surgery in the spring to patch her perforated eardrum, though.  Thankfully her left eardrum healed, and she is hearing well with that ear.

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The girls look forward each week to art class and choir practice with some good friends.  The turkeys they worked on so diligently did not survive till Thanksgiving.

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I see a couple very proud cousins!

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Wish we could see you more often, Benson!

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Somebody made another contribution to L*cks of Love!  And she is SO happy to be rid of all the tangles!

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We had to go Christmas Tree hunting to find some snow.  Good thing Ami reminded Dad to throw in the sled!

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This was before our single digit temperatures, but the campfire still felt good!

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The Christmas Tree skirt is getting shorter…

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And shorter!

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We finally got some snow at our elevation.

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It wasn’t much, but it still brings joy!

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Speaking of joy, Ry’elle certainly brings joy to Miah and Ami when they see her each week.  I think they bring her joy, too.

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It must be Christmas time!  Cooks in the kitchen!

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Saying Hi to Lily the Camel.

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And visiting our local village of Bethlehem.  We are enjoying the Season!

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History Night

November 2nd, 2013

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Beatrix Potter meets Sacagawea.

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Thursday evening we culminated a project that we have been working on since school started.  Several homeschool families got together for a History Night, where our kids displayed and reported on an historical figure that they selected and studied.

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A much better alternative than other Halloween activities (in my opinion), and they still got to dress up, which is half the fun anyway.

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I interviewed the girls for their portion of the presentations.  All the kids did such a great job, it was a lot of fun, and everyone learned something new.

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Miah chose to be Sacagawea.  We read several books, and it fit in well with our study of Native Americans in school.

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You can see some of the items the girls have made as part of their curriculum.  The cradleboard holding “Pomp” was an added touch by Mom.

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Ami agreed to be Beatrix Potter.  It was interesting to find out more about the author of The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

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Ami was just happy to be able to carry around her bunny.

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