Sharp-up, Nobody Head!
I’ve been a naughty un-blogger. I don’t know what’s happened to me, but I’ve been swept up by my life in the present, for a change. It’s a good thing for me, since I tend to have the problem of always planning and looking at what’s ahead. It’s been my resolution since last year to live in the now, and I think I’ve been doing that pretty well. I just wish I had more time and energy left at the end of my long days to write about the now, record the cute things our kids are up to, and collect my thoughts enough to organize them into coherent statements. Oh, and it doesn’t help that my camera is out of commission right now!
I had to title this post one of Finley’s hysterical recent sayings. She has had quite the problem with bad words and name calling lately, thanks to Disney’s wholesome movies (ahem). Words like “you idiots!” and “shut-up!” have invaded our home. She knows they’ll land her in timeout with her most prized possession in timeout too, so she’s devised some crafty little ways to scam the system. I’d expect nothing less from Travis’ daughter. “SHARP-UP” is her substitute for “shut-up,” obviously, and “nobody head” is in place of actual name calling! I don’t know how people discipline straight-faced sometimes.
I haven’t had a chance to write about derm residency much, but I really love my program. I wish I had more time to live, read, study, reflect, but at least I love the action that my life is packed with right now. Dermatology is a blast, and definitely the right field for me, though of course I struggle with some aspects. I am still searching for the elusive balance, but somehow I think it’ll be a few more years until I come close to anything resembling my definition of that word. My program has lots of really fun people and below are some pictures of us at one of our theme parties (the 2nd years are big on theme parties…can’t wait for prom, and I promised Fin we’d host a prince/princess party). The pics below are from the 80’s Prep Croquet party. There were a lot of pastel polos with popped collars!
No idea what this pose is all about. Apparently boys just need to reach down and make sure it’s still there every once in awhile. He swore he didn’t have to pee, and he didn’t.
Travis thought it would be cool to give Shane a Mr. T mohawk for the party. Would have been cute if we’d finished shaving his hair right afterwards as planned. As it turns out, he’s still sort of sporting a hawk just because we haven’t gotten around to haircuts since that day. At least he thinks it’s neat.
On another note, we have had a flurry of visitors here, which has been great. At the same time, we really haven’t settled into our home yet; every weekend we have another great excuse to put off fully moving in. One of these months…
What we did start this past week, however, was school. I haven’t blogged about his (or anything) yet, but we hired a teacher and started our own little private / homeschool. The kids named it The Sunshine School, so we’ll probably have to change the name in about January, but that’s what they call it for now! It is a crazy arrangement we lucked out in finding, and I’ll definitely blog more in depth about it at some point, but we’re really excited. Our kids’ teacher, Karen, was last a 1st grade teacher in Texas and she and her husband have similar parenting and educational philosophies to ours. They also have 2 daughters – their oldest is a 6 (one year older than Jack), and their youngest is just 1 month older than Finley (~7 months younger than Shane). Jack and O~ are at roughly the same reading and math level, and C~ fits nicely in with Shane and Finley. So altogether they make a great little class and adding 2 girls to the mix rounds things out a little. We are using a few well-known homeschool curriculums, such as math-u-see and five-in-a-row, but we are doing a lot of improvising and tailoring. Essentially, we merged the things we liked about a few different educational philosophies, namely, the Waldorf school + Nature preschool = The Sunshine School. I’ll blog more about it in a dedicated post. Here are some pics Karen took from week 1:
Making nature observations in their field journals with little flower pens they each made:
Anyway, hope you all are well. I’m so out of touch with the blogging world and would love to here how my friends out there are doing. Please drop a comment if you still read, especially if you have news in your life. I have been a selfish un-blogger since I don’t blog or have time to read other people’s blogs. But it’s not because I’m not interested!