Saturday, June 30, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Photo 1: The Beetle I found, captured in a Mason Jar. Note domino outside of jar for size comparison.
Photo 2: Photo found online after identifying this beetle.
Monday through Friday this week - we have swimming lessons from 9-10am and then again from 1130a-1230p.
Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week - we have swim team practice from 6-7p.
Monday afternoon we have to go to the Library to return our books and check out some more.
Tuesday at 8am our dog, Daisy, has an appointment with the groomer for a bath and a summer haircut.
Tuesday at 7p (to ??) we have our first Swim Meet.
Wednesday at 530p Cherub 6 has swimming lessons (private instruction).
And to top it all off, we have to get the house & yard in order and get packed for a trip to the lake.
Busy busy busy. I have not yet figured out how to COOK meals in the car, but I will have to figure out something as it seems we will be nearly living in the car this week. HA !!
that he is allowed to play in while we wait. Here (photo 2) he was practicing his kicking and arm strokes - and he practiced blowing bubbles in the water too.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
This evening they had their very first Swim Team practice from 6p-7p. They swam probably 15+ laps of the pool (mostly structured relays), and are now officially exhausted. The good news is that despite their fatigue, they all LOVED swim team practice and are looking forward to going again.
Practice is Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 6p-7p. This is quite a commitment, but who could deny them the opportunity to participate in something so beneficial physically ?? They will have 6 Swim Meets throughout the summer too.
So - this is yet another new adventure for us.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Our older 5 children already know how to swim, so their lessons focus on improving their swimming. They are learning to dive correctly, various floating methods, and several strokes. They are also learning breathing techniques and kicking styles.
Everyone passed Beginner levels 1-4 on the second day of class. They each worked hard and were very proud of this accomplishment. And then during the testing time, Cherub 1 and Cherub 2 moved from Beginner 5 into the Advanced Beginner level. Cherub 3, Cherub 4, and Cherub 5 were doing well but need to be a bit stronger before moving up.
So this is our daily agenda right now .... Cherub 1 and Cherub 2 go to their Advanced Beginner class from 9am-10am each day (M-F). And then Cherub 3, Cherub 4, and Cherub 5 go to their Beginner Level 5 class from 1130am-1230p each day (M-F). We go to the community school in between to play on the playground, so that is fun too ! This makes for a very LONG morning, but the effort has already been well worth it. Everyone is improving quite a bit, and we still have a week and a half of lessons left. Since we are around the water "a lot" in the summer monthes, swimming is essential in our family. And there is always room for improvement.
There was one very disappointed little boy (Cherub 6) when the Red Cross instructors said he was too tiny and too young - he is SOOOO close to swimming solo and he really wanted to take the class too. So we have arranged for private lessons for him with one of the lifeguards named Holly. She is very sweet, and we will go to her house two or three evenings a week (they have a pool). Tonight was his first lesson - Cherub 6 was grinning form ear to ear - he was so pleased to be there. He is a great listener and worked very hard, and we believe in just a few weeks he will be swimming like a fish WITHOUT SWIMMIES !!
The plan is that each of our children will go through the complete Red Cross course, which will take a few years. And then they will each take the Junior Lifesaving Class (lifeguard training) through UT or the YMCA. We think this is great training for them as children just for the skills and knowledge. It is also a great potential summer job if they so desire. And lastly, we feel this will also be well worth the effort when they are near the water, and eventually when they have children of their own someday.
So, if we do not blog for a while .... it is beacause we are very busy with swimming lessons. Or perhaps we are "practicing" at the City's pool.
Monday, June 18, 2007
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
"I am so grateful to the Lord that He gave me Ruth, and especially for these last few years we've had in the mountains together. We've rekindled the romance of our youth, and my love for her continued to grow deeper every day. I will miss her terribly, and look forward even more to the day I can join her in Heaven."
"Ruth is my soul mate and best friend, and I cannot imagine living a single day without her by my side," the 88-year-old Graham said. "I am more in love with her today than when we first met over 65 years ago as students at Wheaton College."
He is 88 years old, and she was 87. They have been married for 65 years. And the true love he spoke of, the dedication, the friendship, the romance, and their shared strong faith in God and in Heaven .... it is not often anymore we hear publicly such sentiments. These words Billy Graham said about his wife touched my heart deeply.
The president of IBM thought that computers were far too complex and would never sell, but with the invention of the microchip in 1971, all the processing power of those thousands of vacuum tubes could be crammed into a tiny space.
In 1975, an engineer named Ed Roberts was one of the first people to try to market a computer to ordinary people. It didn't sell very well. You had to know how to turn hundreds of little switches. But it was an inspiration to Stephen Wozniak – who went on to found Apple – and also to a young Harvard student named Bill Gates.
** Quoted directly from Writers Almanac daily email newsletter.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
The Fort site dates back to the Seven Years War (French & Indian War).
Apparently they do Living History weekends throughout the year, and also host several "presentations" nearly every day.
We explored a little on our own, and definately intend to return. This will make a nice addition to our American History and Local History studies too !!