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September 14 Update

Checking in for a really quick "hello" -- I have been working on Frederick's birthday post (Sept. 3) for over a week now.  Just no time to sit and edit photos, upload, and write without interruption (even now as I type Thomas is talking to me about a math problem and I'm trying to keep Margaret on track -- she's sitting next to me). . .so. . .such is the season of life I am in right now :)
Today is Tom's 39th birthday.  Now's he's my age!!!  Sunday, when his parents were here, we opened birthday gifts.  This is a good picture of him and the kids. . .of course there's always someone not looking at the camera :)

We are buried in school work right this minute. . .today is the last "hot" day according to the radio -- a high of 88 with a high temperature of 71 tomorrow.  Guess fall is on it's way. . .I'm going to miss the hot, hot weather of summer!  It's hard to stay in on these beautiful days but no rest for the weary around here. . .we've had grandparents in town the last two weekends and celebrated three birthdays (Frederick, Mammaw, and Tom) so we have some catch-up to do.  Gotta love the flexible schooling, though, to enjoy our families :)

We hope to leave the house in about an hour to do some testing at the kids' school, go get Tom for his birthday lunch, then back home to finish up our work for the day and get our Community Bible Study homework done for tomorrow.  In addition, I need to work on the co-op class I teach Thursday afternoons (kitchen). . .I'm hoping to do veggie pizza with the older classes and veggie dips with the younger class.  Still need to get that stuff together.  Church tonight. . .the older kids are going to see a program by the Skit Guys and then we'll be home to start all over again tomorrow.

A few additional highlights:
* Saturday after Frederick's soccer team started off their season with a W, Frederick was kicking the soccer ball around with Thomas and some U15 girls. . .he was playing goalie and stopped one of the girl's kicks. . .spraining his wrist/arm badly.  He's in a brace right now. . .the swelling is going down slowly but he has hardly completed any school work this week (of course this was his right arm).  Math seems to be the easiest since it's the subject with the least writing.
* Thomas started painting the purple bathroom yesterday.  I wonder how long that will stay torn up?  Last week he re-arranged his and Frederick's bedroom. . .it still looks like a tornado hit it!  I'm having a hard time staying on top of everything. 
* In this season of life we are trying to find balance.  School work needs to get done, Community Bible Study is a priority, we have soccer games (4 scheduled this weekend alone!) and Sunday School plus my job one day a week at the YMCA (and includes a Sunday meeting this week).  There is Wednesday night church, Margaret's floor gymnastics and she and Frederick have started tennis lessons once a week.  I teach a co-op class and play tennis 3-4 times a week (!!!!).  Life is crazy.  Life is good.  Life is full.  We are blessed.

So, Family, this is all I can manage at this point.  I've been working on this for 1.5 hours while fielding questions from the kids, grading self-tests, answering texts from Tom, and trying to keep the kids on track.  The boys have each completed two subjects. . .Marie has spent the last two hours writing a report on George Washington (and enjoying it!!) and Margaret is plugging away at her math worksheets. . .so glad Wednesdays are "off" and we don't have anywhere to go or anything to do. . .except today we have a BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION -- yea!!!

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