Thank you for visiting my blog today. Originally it was started in 2006 as a way to chronicle our overseas adventure, but it has turned into a place where I share my heart after my husband's untimely death at the age of 40. You can read more about his brief, but fierce battle with a rare cancer on his caring bridge site: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/rob_murphy.
Okay, so I usually NEVER post without a picture... but this is just one of those moments..... We get up this morning and are sitting at the dining room table eating breakfast (Sarah, Noah, and me). I am sipping my coffee glancing around and notice the empty butter dish... and I am just waking up and thinking, ummmmm that is strange I could have sworn I washed the butter dish and put a fresh stick on there last night when I was cleaning up the kitchen.... Then it dawns on me. PHANTOM He ate the entire stick of butter - I was sure of it. About an hour later we had our conformation; luckily the "conformation" made it outside on the lawn and not all over the living room. Mischievous puppy.
**Micah update: On another note - thank you all who have been so faithfully praying for Micah. Lots of you also called to check in with me and it means so much to us. He is slowly improving. He is very weak, pale, and has lost about 3 pounds. He ate a little today and actually got up and played with his brother for a little while. By supper time he was spent and fell asleep by 7:00 PM. I am hoping he sleeps through the night again (last night was the first time since Friday) because that seemed to have worked wonders! We have been bleaching down everything, washing bedding, towels, and basically santizing anything that Micah even looked at so hopefully the rest of us will be able to fight off or avoid this nasty little virus.
Sarah participated in her first feis (pronounced fesch, an Irish Dance competition). She competed in 8 dances and placed in 6 of them! She placed high in her trophy dance and primary reel considering she has only been dancing for 5 months. Please see her blog for lots of details, pictures, and videos.
Noah's Cub Scout Blue and Gold banquet was Saturday night. Noah earned his Bear patch. The theme was Chinese New Year.
PERSONAL DATA - PRIVACY ACT OF 1974 (USC 552a) REPLY TO ATTN OF: PERSONNEL RELOCATIONS SUBJECT: DEROS - APPROVAL NOTIFICATION TO: SSG MURPHY, ROBERT J, 1. YOUR REQUEST TO EXTEND YOUR *DEROS HAS BEEN APPROVED. YOUR NEW DEROS IS **18 MAR 2010. THE DEROS CHANGE REASON WAS EK -- ***EXTEND - VOL 12 OR MORE MONTHS IN LONG TOUR AREA. CERTIFIED OFFICIAL RRALAP - 1 (CONCURRENT REQUEST: 2264107)
* Date Eligible for Return from Overseas ** When we will leave Germany ***Rob put in for this on purpose because he felt it was the BEST thing for our family right now.
Sarah has been working on a Science Project for the past couple of months. First, she did a research paper on local woodland birds, and then came up with a project to answer her question, "Can birds see color, and if so what color do they prefer?". She did a great job putting her whole project together and was excited to submit it to our local home-school group's academic fair (then about 2 months away).... until...... She set up her whole experiment in the yard. The experiment all hinged on birds from our area to come and sample the bird seed on different colored poster boards. We waited, and waited, and waited..... days went by. and 0 birds came. So then the day before the academic fair came and Sarah did NOT want to bring her project that she had worked so hard on. Until our dear friend Julie (a Dr. by trade, now staying home to home-school her 2 daughters) the coordinator of the academic fair talked to Sarah with some very encouraging remarks on how important it is to FAIL at experiments. If you succeeded at every experiment the first time it wouldn't take 5 years to earn a PhD, Julie reasoned. SO, Sarah got her display board together and off we went to the academic fair. We are so proud of Sarah and she earned an "A" on her project and her research paper. Here is her conclusion as written on her display board and some pictures of her at the fair:
"I am still not sure if birds can see color or not yet, but I think they do know I own a small black dog. I am going to do this experiment again very soon and change the variable just a little bit top see if it will work better. The experiment did not work and I am still wondering if birds can see color."
It can not already be February! WOW! WHERE does the time go? Nothing Earth shattering to report here - but lots of crazy little stuff that fills our days and keeps us on the go every afternoon! I thought I would write a "Days of the Week" post and fill you in on all we've been doing. Sundays: ALL CHURCH, ALL THE TIME! We love attending Trinity Reformed Church. We attend church in the morning, usually have something going on for lunch, and then "night church" held in our friend's home. It has taken us (ME) a while to plan for a day of worship and fellowship. In the winter it is a lot easier because we do not GO GO GO on Saturdays as much, and we usually stay around the house and catch up on all the un-done stuff then. Mondays: Monday is our slowest day, and it is nice to start the week this way. It is nice to start our school week on a day when we can finish school. The boys have a home-school gymnastics class that they attend on the Air Base. Sarah has NOTHING (I know, you're amazed!) Monday nights are Mom and Dad's date night, but Mom and Dad need to get better about keeping that commitment and not letting our one slow day become committed as well. Tuesday: Is co-op day. Our LARGE home school group sponsors a Co-op class on Tuesday afternoons. We meet at a church (fairly) close by and the kids attend classes taught by other home school Moms. This session Sarah is taking a "Breaking Strong holds: Answers in Genesis" class, and "No-Fear Shakespeare". Right now they are watching Henry IV. Noah is taking a "Kid's Write" class and a science class, "Flying creatures of the 5th day", below is a picture of Noah working on his glider homework with his Dad. Micah is in some fun pre K / Kindergarten classes. One of them (co-taught by ME) is all about messy crafts. Here is a picture of him PAINTING with pudding. Wednesday: Noah has cub scouts, Sarah has Irish Dance and Choir practice (every other week). On the weeks we do not have choir, our church shares a meal and a Bible study. Wednesdays are Loooong with all the driving around - it is especially a long afternoon for Micah who is in the car driving from pillar to post for 2 close to 3 hours. He bears it well, and that could just be that with his older siblings in activities he gets to sit in the car and play their Nintendo DS's (hand held gaming system) Thursday: Noah has piano lessons and Sarah has an Irish Dance class. This next weekend Sarah is competing in her first Irish Dance feis (pronounced fesch). She has been working hard and is terribly excited. Noah will be competing in a piano festival on March 1st. He is playing exceptionally well and has been practicing hard his 2 pieces for the big day. Friday: SWIMMING lessons! Friday is a fun day. We have swimming lessons, but usually stretch our time at the pool for hours and hours. There's usually a few other home schooling families there and we all visit and laugh to finish the school week. It has become our favorite day to look forward to. Miscellaneous things we have been up to: Sarah working on her Science project. She is trying to determine if birds can see color, and if so what color they prefer.Going to a Mall (YES A MALL!) about 45 minutes away (Manheim) with some friends on a day off. I found these GREAT shirts for the boys at H&M.