Saturday, September 28, 2013

September Update

Well, September is almost over, so I guess I should update since my last post.  We left for our timeshare on Saturday, August 24.  But we spent the week before leaving shopping for a minivan or car.  We were so torn as to which we should get.  Finally on Thursday, we bit the bullet and bought a used Prius.  We figure it will save us a fortune in gas over time.  It was hard to choose moving from our big conversion van to a small car, though. 

Anyway, we always have such a great, relaxing week at Suntide, not doing much but swimming and reading, etc.  This year was no different.  It was so strange only having four of us there, though. 

The girls enjoyed meeting up with their friends, the Bratolli girls and the Beatty kids.  Carys always makes new friends as well. 

The Beattys live in Manhattan.  Mikaela is a year behind Chase in school, but they always have a good time together. 

Nolan is a couple of years older than Carys, but this year she decided that they're going to get married.  Oh boy!

 Dennis is from Maryland and is one of Carys' new friends.

 Nolan, Mikaela, Chase and Carys

The Beattys took the kids to St. Armand's circle for ice cream on the last night.  There you can buy a $6 ice cream cone (it's probably more than that - we avoid St. Armand's personally).

 We got back home on  Saturday of Labor Day weekend.  Though Greg was off during the day on Monday, we did school since we had to take the following Monday off.  I hate 4-day weeks.  It messes up my Sonlight schedule!

Anyway, on Friday, September 6, we left Ocala, went to Orlando to pick up Landon, and headed to Raleigh - all 5 of us in the Prius!  It wasn't bad, but I think we'll be renting a minivan to go any further, like Illinois to visit my parents. :) 

We arrived late Friday night and got up early Saturday morning to attend the wedding rehearsal of Erin Miskiewicz and Jeremy Phillips.  I was the wedding coordinator, Greg was the handyman extraordinaire and Landon was the MC for the reception.  We rehearsed, had some time off that afternoon, and attended the rehearsal dinner that evening.  The next morning, we headed to the venue to set everything up.  We planned to go back to the hotel to check out and dress.  Well, there was more to do than there was time, so the girls and I went back and checked out and brought Greg's clothes to him.  After the wedding and reception, we drove to Savannah that night and then back to Orlando Monday morning.  Landon needed to be at his Quantum Mechanics II class by 11:30.  Then we drove back home as Greg had to work that evening.  EXHAUSTING!  But we wouldn't have missed it for the world!

We've spent the rest of this month doing school and running to various doctor and dentist appointments, just regular check-ups.  Funny how time flies just doing those normal things.  I wish I had some wedding pictures to post, but we were too busy working to take any.  I hope to get some from Kim soon. :)

Monday, August 19, 2013

Interesting School Stats

 Click on the graphic below to see the whole thing.

 Homeschooled: How American Homeschoolers Measure Up

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

August Update

I am so conflicted as to whether or not to keep up with this blog for several reasons.

1) I don't have anything important to say.
2) I am on Facebook.
3) I'm not very good at keeping up with it.
4) I've had a lot of trouble posting pictures the last few posts.

However, for now, I'm going to try to give a picture by picture update of what's been going on in our family since my lost post in March.  Hold on to your hats!

In March we went to Wonderworks with two other families with high school kids from our homeschool group.

On May 5, Chase turned 15.  How did that happen?

On May 3, we celebrated Gerren's graduation, and....

...on May 13, he left Ocala for Air Force basic training in San Antonio, TX.

On June 30, Greg turned 50.

Then, on July 6, we left Florida and spent a couple days in IL with my parents on our way to....

....Texas for Gerren's graduation from BMT.  Thursday morning we cheered as he ran by....

...during the Airman's Run.

Later that morning, Carys tapped him out after the Coin Ceremony.

We had a lot of catching up to do during base liberty that day.

On Friday morning we watched them Pass in Review on the parade grounds and graduate!

Greg tapped Gerren out this time.

Gerren had town pass the rest of Friday.  We ate at Dough Pizzeria Napoletano and watched Netflix movies in our hotel room.  He had town pass all day Saturday, and we ate that day at another Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives recommended place, El Bohio.  On Sunday, he had only base liberty.  So we met at the BX and had breakfast at Burger King.  We went to chapel on base at 11:00am, then had lunch at Manchu Wok which was in the food court of one of the bigger BX's at Lackland.  There are many!  Gerren had to be back by 4pm, and we headed home.  It was a VERY LONG drive!

We took pictures Sunday afternoon.

On Sunday, July 28, we got together at our house with Greg's cousin Bob and his family while they were in town for a few days. Rebekah held up pictures of AJ and Gerren who were both out of town. :)

Monday, July 29, the girls and I began our rolling start into the school year with all our Sonlight stuff.  Chase was doing Math and some Life Management along with reading a few books all summer.  Carys continued her reading and math on a light schedule all summer, so we just added to it.  The first week went pretty well.

Chase a very intense load this year.  She is a sophomore.  She will be finishing Geometry by December, and starting Algebra II, so that her junior year she'll be ready to start pre-calculus.  She's taking 1 credit of church history, 1/2 credit of World Geography.  Her church history is Sonlight 200, and we're using the Adventuring Through the Bible book (along with some books she's used in the last two years) to make a 1 credit Introduction to the Bible course.  She's finishing up driver's ed (the book and DVD work anyway).  She continues Aerospace Education which is just her CAP work for each promotion.  English II consists of Sonlight 200 literature and vocabulary.  We'll also be using Brave Writer's Help for High School writing supplement once we get everything else going.  She's also taking Chemistry.  She gets up at 7:30 and works straight through, pretty much until 5pm.  I remind her, though, that she doesn't have homework after that.  :)

Landon is home for two weeks while the campus is pretty much closed down between Summer B and the Fall semester.  Gerren is in tech school at Lackland AFB training as a security forces specialist.  He will be stationed at Whiteman AFB near Knob Noster, MO, after that.  We hope he'll be able to come home and work for two weeks in the Recruiter Assistance Program prior to that.

I warned you to hold on to your hats, huh?


Saturday, April 6, 2013

Gerren's 18th Birthday

 I need to catch up on this blog.  Two of my friends have daughters getting married this weekend, and it is making me weepy to think of how quickly the time has passed.  I'm not sure I'll make it through Erin Miskiewicz's wedding in September!

Gerren turned 18 on March 10, 2013.  He will be leaving to join the Air Force on May 13!  He asked for new earbuds, so we got him some and a USB charger.

He's wondering WHY he's getting a USB charger!

The charger was to help charge his new Kindle.


I think he likes it!
A beautiful card from Carys

Dinner after church at Grace Japanese Steakhouse

Singing "Happy Birthday" over free fried cheesecake

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Landon's 20th Birthday

It's hard to believe that Landon, my very first baby, turned 20 this year.  We celebrated his birthday a day late, since he was coming home for spring break on March 1 anyway.  It was hard to choose a gift for him this year, since he's able to buy almost anything for himself.

We started with dinner at Ayuttaya Thai, a place we'd always wanted to try but never have.  It was awesome.  Landon really loved it an can't wait to go back.

When we got home again, Landon opened his gifts.  Carys made him a card as she does for everyone.

He also had his Valentine candy to open, since I didn't mail it this year!

 He asked for an Amazon gift card which we provided. :)  Then it was time to open his main gift.

He has loved the Marshall Cavendish World War II encyclopedias since he was 11 or 12.  The librarians at the Beverly Hills library used to crack up when he checked them out repeatedly.  Unfortunately, the Marion County library does not let you check these out.  Landon tried over his Christmas break, so we bought him a used set.

Of course, he requested strawberry shortcake, which I make on my homemade angel food cake.  Carys insisted on a picture of the cake!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Mary Feik

 Our Civil Air Patrol squadron's annual awards night was held on Thursday, February 7.  They had an incredible guest speaker, Mary Feik.  Mrs. Feik is the only person who had a CAP achievement named after her who is still living.

She spoke for over an hour telling us her incredible story.
The lights were down for her slide show, so the pictures are dark.
Mrs. Feik's speech was so long that all the awards were presented together.  Chase won Cadet of the Year.

Mrs. Feik signed a Mary Feik award for every cadet that had earned one from our squadrons and nearby squadrons.  She also spoke personally to each one of them.

Chase and Gerren hold their awards up in this photo.
 Greg, Chase, Mrs. Feik, and Gerren (aka Captain Meahl, Sergeant Meahl, Colonel Feik, and Lieutenant Meahl)

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day

 We had a big Valentine's Day this year.  Last year we had waffles, so now it's a tradition according to Carys.  I made waffles, needless to say.

I was set up the night before as you can see here.  We also had hot chocolate - a recipe from Crockin' Girls that I was wanting to try.  It was too rich for everyone's liking.

Each child got their own personal heart of candy and a little bag with Combos and red licorice in it.


 Carys' heart had puppies on it.  She loved it!


 Greg gave me tulips - my favorite flower - although he can only ever find them potted for Valentine's Day.  I prefer cut flowers, but these are second best.  He also gave me a package of cherry licorice (I don't like strawberry) and a bag of Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate Sea Salt and Caramel!

 I had found another recipe from Crockin' Girls for chocolate dipped marshmallows that the girls put together.  These were a hit!  Melting the almond bark in the crockpot was very easy. 

Finally, Chase and I received a Valentine's Day gift from Landon via Amazon.  It was a box of Twinings tea bags.  We loved them!  Twinings has by far the best Earl Grey tea of any I've tried.


It was a pretty terrific Valentine's Day all in all!