Over winter break, we adopted a dog named Buster. His family had to move from their farm to a smaller property and couldn’t take him. They were immensely sad to lose him, and we are incredibly happy to have him! He seems to be a mix of Lab and Heeler; his personality is sweet, affectionate, and playful. He bonded well with Luna, our Border Collie. They live well together, often playing and even frolicking. Although he’s a big dog, he is loving & loyal; he’s my Clydesdale puppy! He cries when we leave for the day and waits at the gate to greet us when we get home!
When you live in a winter State, you don’t stop living because of a little snow. Our contribution to rocket science has continued despite flurries. Grandma added a new rocket to our space fleet. Over break we went out a few times to launch rockets. We had a range of weather from whiteout to sunny. We adhered reflective paper around the rocket so it would glimmer as it ascended/descended–that helped up spot the rocket and retrieve it (Thanks to my sister for the reflective paper!)
We spent time adding to our manly skills by changing the oil in the Jeep and learning to use a jigsaw. Kids at this age are open to new ideas and experiences, so we make sure he has a variety of experiences to draw from as he grows. Also, kids this age need to be kept busy with meaningful work: yard work, wood chopping, animal care, cooking & cleaning, and especially reading (complimented with academic conversation).
My sister sent an incredibly heavy package. It was a bank full of loose change. In our house we don’t call loose coins pocket change, we call coins Kiva money. Kive is a microloan effort that creates loans for people in developing countries. There was $80 in Kiva money in the coin bank and wee added to it for a round $100. We completed loans for four more people in Kenya, El Salvadore, Nigeria, and Kyrgyzstan.
No vacation is complete without a trip to the ER. A common winter injury, a trip to the hospital, and a few days indoors recovering (with mother’s love!). While they were in the ER, an ambulance driver saw our son sitting and waiting while he walked by–and came back with a brand new Hot Wheels! I think we’re going to be ok!