Sunset

What a day

We were in the middle of doing school when I got a call from Grandma Carberry. She was crying and moaning about how we never take her out and never see her, can I help her get home? Why can’t I please take her home (she means to Texas.) I tell her that this is home…is has been for 2 years now and that we are in the middle of school (tests and finals) and I can’t get out there right now. We did laundry and more school and left at 3:30 to go over to her house.

We sat in the sun room for an hour doing puzzles, but when we got ready to leave she started with the ‘why can’t you take me out?’ So I told her that her wheelchair is heavy and I can’t lift it by myself (which I can, but I probably shouldn’t), I told her that she has bathroom emergencies and I can’t help with that, I told her that it is a lot of trouble to make sure her oxygen is correct and get her in and out of the wheelchair and in and out of the car. She wasn’t buying it. You can’t please her, if we do take her out she starts crying or stating adamantly that she doesn’t want to go back to her house. If we stay there she gets irritated that we aren’t taking her out and gets rude and starts yelling/whining/moaning.

There, rant over.

Light it up!

A day of…almost nothing, we did try to go to the mall, but it was 120% full. So we ate and then went swimming. Our plans for the evening were to go to the Union station lighting.

We got downtown and headed to the station just in time for the songs and lighting.

The temperature was very mild, but the lights were pretty.

We hopped on the shuttle and went to eat at Lime, we had a great view of the mall from there.

Then we hopped back on the shuttle and looked at the Christkindl market and clock tower lights.

It would be more festive if it were colder….but the future forecast looks pretty mild.

Funny.

Tomorrow it’s a baby shower and shopping with the girls.

Finishing up

Tuesday and Wednesday we worked hard on school, we also went to play with friends. Bethany would call that a hang-out with her friend, but the other girls were definitely playing. We cleaned up around the house, but since it was just Grandma Carberry coming over we didn’t clean too well. We ordered most of the meal for Thanksgiving from King Soopers, we only wanted to make the sweet potatoes, pumpkin pies and bacon wrapped green beans. It’s going to be a low key weekend around here.

Fun Friday {cafe’ and MOA}

Some of this might not be fun, but here is what we’re up to in school: Hannah is reading a story about George Washington, working on vocabulary, predicate adjectives and simple predicates, multiplication and division and is reading about explorers for History. Grace is working on linear equations and graphing, reading short stories from O. Henry and the like, doing grammar, vocabulary and reading about South America for Social Studies. Bethany is working on kites, rhombi, and squares in Geometry, has a project for Music, is looking at the economy for Government, she only has one more item in English before the semester final and there isn’t much left to do in her other courses before finals.

For lunch we went to the cafe’ and they had jambalaya soup, so good. They did not have the meatball sandwich today, so Hannah had to choose something else to eat (she picked the turkey wrap.) All the food is good there and you get to help out someone else when you donate for your meal, so it’s a win-win. After that we went to the MOA to see the Mute Earth exhibit. The artist contemplated what sound the earth makes, what does rain sound like, how can you describe wind if you can’t hear it or feel it? So, here are some of the sculptures.

The girls liked the Forest room, they tried to sneak past the wires without moving them.

Most of the stuff that ends up here is abstract, but we thought this exhibit was very interesting.

Rewind {Ft. Lauderdale}

One thing that stinks about trying to arrange a flight after the cruise ship comes in is that you have two choices – make a mad dash from the ship and try to catch the early flight, or spend the whole day waiting on an evening flight. We decided to do the latter, but we got a hotel room near the beach. This way we had a place to eat lunch, shower, swim and rest. As soon as we got checked in we headed to the beach.

The water was pretty calm as we waded closer and closer to this pelican.

We found some shells and then headed back to the hotel pool.

The water there was nice and warm and we had a good time floating around until lunch. The restaurant attached to the hotel had an outdoor area and they were cool with you eating there with swimsuits on, so we did that. Then we went back to the room to change and watch TV. Pretty soon it was time to head to the airport, which was packed. We found some seats and waited for our flight. The flight was delayed because it needed to refuel, but I’d rather be on a plane that has enough fuel. I had finally managed to download some books onto my Nook before we left, so I had 2 books and 2 audio books ready for the flight. I think I fell asleep at some point. We arrived home at 1 am and after checking on Cutie, everyone went to bed.

When we woke up in the morning we went to pick up Maisy. Heather, the lady watching her, said that Maisy had started to chill by day two, which means that it only took Maisy 2 days to forget us. It took her about 4 seconds to recognize us when we came to pick her up. She looked at us and then finally a small spark went off in her brain and you could see her eyes light up – my people! My people have come back for me! She would not stop jumping up and licking us for the next few minutes. Crazy dog. Back at home Maisy ran around like a fruit loop, ran outside and chased her squirrel and then came in and made the cat hiss….all was right with the world. We spent the morning unpacking, doing laundry and figuring out dinner. So far we’ve only had a little bit of the room spinning (which we call cruise withdrawal), I suspect that it might take another day for us to start feeling that again, or maybe it’s true what people have said and the more you cruise the less likely you are to feel that after effect.

Now we’re ready for some snow!

The Cay

The best part of the trip, an island with nothing to do but swim.

New island

Today we’ll be on Grand Bahama island, looking forward to the beach and Grum ma’s house.

Happy Reformation Day!

“If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.”
― Martin Luther

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But seriously, without Martin Luther tacking his theses to the door that day, we’d have no Protestant reformation. The Bible would have taken longer to get into the people’s hands (I’m sure that it would have happened anyway, but his translation of the Bible into German set the stage for the common people to be able to read the scriptures themselves.) We’d still be talking Latin in church. We’d be held to tradition instead of what is Biblical. We’d think that it’s by good works rather than grace that we are able to attain salvation.

Did you know that he wrote hymns? Here is just one of them (and just the first verse.)

A mighty fortress is our God

A mighty fortress is our God,
a bulwark never failing;
our helper he amid the flood
of mortal ills prevaling.
For still our ancient foe
doth seek to work us woe;
his craft and power are great,
and armed with cruel hate,
on earth is not his equal.

The Reformation didn’t happen overnight, it didn’t happen without struggle and pain, it happened through perseverance and sacrifice.

“The heart overflows with gladness, and leaps and dances for the joy it has found in God. In this experience the Holy Spirit is active, and has taught us in the flash of a moment the deep secret of joy. You will have as much joy and laughter in life as you have faith in God.”
― Martin Luther

So, thank you Martin Luther for having the boldness to speak up and defend scripture.

“One thing, and only one thing, is necessary for Christian life, righteousness, and freedom. That one thing is the most holy Word of God, the gospel of Christ.”
― Martin Luther, On Christian Liberty

A schoolish day

Bethany did the rest of her math unit today. Why so much math? She was just doing everything else and put it off. But, now she’s through horrible triangle proofs. We did find some sites that really helped, here is one, here is another. She also finished up a musical presentation, I really like Moovly. Enjoy listening to and learning about Skillet.

Let’s see….tomorrow we have lunch out, laundry to do, school to finish and I’m listing out things that need to get packed.