Wrapping up a decade...

It is after 11:00 pm December 31, which means 2019 is almost finished, and I still haven't written our annual letter. I started a few times earlier this month, but at that time, the end of the year still seemed so far away. There were a lot of things that were different for our family this year, but for the most part, different ended up being good!

Tyson and Jori began their home school adventure in January 2019 and wrapped up their last two courses the second week of December. Overall, the year went well, but it had its challenges. The curriculum we were using wasn't the best fit for us and that made for some added stress. However, we learned from these challenges and I am hopeful that the curriculum we chose for 2020 will be a big improvement. It was a big change having the kids around all the time. I am someone who needs my space and solitude and there were many times that I'd send the kids out with Darin to run errands just so I'd have some time alone.

While being …

We're back!

And just like that, our time in the US is finished and we are back home! Here is a quick recap of our time away:

Darin flew out to Germany at the end of May and a few days later the kids and I headed to Oregon. We saw one nephew graduate from high school and another get married. We also got to help out behind the scenes with a graduation open house and rehearsal dinner, which were a lot more work than I had remembered! The kids went swimming with their papa, out for smoothies with their cousins and shopping with their aunties. They rode bike around the neighborhood and hung out at a local park. Family dinners were plentiful, with different groups of people around different tables almost every night.

Next stop was Michigan, where the kids and I met up with Darin who had been from Germany to Honduras while we were with my family. It was SOOOOO good to see my main man again. If you know both Darin and me, you are aware that one of us can be kind of high strung while the other one of us i…

It's the Final Countdown!

It is Monday morning. This time next week we will be a few hours away from landing in Atlanta. Yesterday after church, we stopped and bought snacks for the journey and once we were home the kids started packing their carry-on bags.

Darin is running around today and tomorrow and will hopefully be home on Wednesday, which is the day he flies out. Tomorrow the kids do their final assignments for grades and I can finish up their term 2 reports. I am trying to motivate them to work on their research papers, which will be completed after we return home, but they are more interested in updating Tyson's YouTube channel.

We now have three pieces of luggage fully packed and another one that just needs some clothes tucked into it. Darin has also started laying all of his stuff out in his office. It looks and feels chaotic, but I know it will all get finished before we go.

Last week we had a visit with Miss Amo, which was a treat. Tyson and Jori wanted her to watch a movie with them, and Dari…

Winding Down

In less than two weeks, we will be on our way to the US of A; or rather 3 of us will be on our way to the states and Darin will already be in Germany. We have started packing (2 suitcases are full!) and are working our way through the food in our fridge and freezer. This week we have Amo coming for one last sleepover before we go and on the weekend we plan to have a little party with her whole family to hang out and eat KFC!

Tyson and Jori have a list of assignments they need to complete by next Thursday and they are both planning to work ahead so that they can have most of next week off. Last week we had the #TooCoolforSchool Art Fair with our fellow homeschooling friends, which was our last "fun" event until we get back in July and I have recovered from jet lag. It is crazy that we are almost half way finished with our school year; probably closer to two-thirds of the way finished as we've been grinding through a lot of the subjects.

Getting ready to head out on such a…

What to pack.

It's Thursday. A cool, cloudy, breezy day. We have been enjoying the cooler weather this week and the rain! Tys and Jori are pretty much finished with school for the week. Tomorrow is ice skating, which Tyson has already decided to opt out of. He can't keep his feet from blistering, so the experience isn't much fun for him. Darin has some errands to run, so maybe he'll choose to go with him instead. That is, assuming we will be able to get to the rink tomorrow. National elections are next month and there have been protests in different parts of the country, and today they came our way. I think the protest was something to do with taxis and a lack of service delivery in the community. We could see smoke from burning tires and all the schools were closed, but there wasn't any action on our side of the highway. Who knows what tomorrow or the weeks leading up to (or after) the election will bring.
Darin and Jori are picking up food donations since the Take Action drive…

Let's Fly!

It's April already and the weather has been cool enough to start bringing down the temperature inside our house. Hooray. I have come to really enjoy this time of year, our "fall". I am a jeans and sweatshirt kind of girl and this is the time of year when these items can be worn daily in the house, but when you step outside the sun reminds you that summer is still not totally over.

Just over a week ago, Darin and I made what for us was a rash decision. We were talking about an overseas work trip that was coming up for Darin and trying to figure out if he could extend it without causing me and the kids to go insane, when we decided "Hey, why not have Jonna and the kids go to Oregon while Darin travels and then he can join us to continue our US holiday to Michigan and Minnesota". So, that is what we did. Instead of journeying across the ocean in 2020, we've moved our plans up by a year. Tickets have been purchased and we will be stateside in June! The kids and…

School Projects

The kids have been busy doing school projects the past few weeks. Overall, it was a good experience, and nicer than taking tests! 
For science, they had to choose a natural disaster and make a news story about it. The three parts can be found here, here, and here.
They also wrote a newspaper for history. This was their first experience with writing a newspaper and learning about Lewis and Clark. Check out their newspaper here
Grades for term one are finished and klaar. Tomorrow we start term 2 with a bang...Shakespeare, here we come.