Bits and Pieces

I haven’t blogged in a while, so I thought an update was in order.

First, we went to see Secondhand Lions tonight. Great fun family flick! If you have kids, and you choose to take them, there is some swearing of the “damn” and “hell” nature, but no other obsenities. There is also no sexual inuendo. The violence is of the “swashbuckling” nature, and it almost like a cartoon since it the story being told within the movie is so unbelievable (but you want to believe it very badly). This is a movie with a lot of heart. Robert Duvall and Michael Cain and the kid from The Sixth Sense (Haley Joel Osmand–something like that) were all excellent. We haven’t been inside a movie theater in some time, so it was especially fun for us.

Homeschooling: It is going pretty well. I am enjoying the curriculum probably more than Calvin. He is really interested in the history aspects of the curriculum and the literature has also drawn him in. One part of our curriculum is singing geography songs. That has been a lot of fun for me as I still know the states in alphabetical order from a song I learned in 5th grade. I have also appreciated the fact that my 7-year-old is getting exposure to the parts of the world at a young age. I don’t think I even saw geography in public school until 4th grade (although I may be just forgetful). Sitting down in the mornings to do math and English isn’t so fun, but we get through it. Also, Charis has been an angel so far, allowing us to accomplish a good bit. This is an answer to prayer.

I went on a women’s retreat with our presbytery last weekend. It was great to be in a beautiful location and to catch up with some friends without children pulling on my shirt or pantlegs. The speaker was good, and the time was well spent. Thanks Mark for giving me the time to do it.

5 thoughts on “Bits and Pieces”

  1. We hope to see ‘Secondhand Lions’ this weekend. We’ve heard nothing but good about it & Duvall is one of my favorite actors so I’m looking forward to it. I also want to see ‘Luther’ but I can wait for DVD I think.

    I’m glad you got to “retreat.” I don’t know about you, but the women’s retreats I’ve done have been exhausting! The temptation to stay up all night talking is just too much! I guess it’s a throw back to the days of slumber parties.

  2. I’ve also heard good things about Secondhand Lions. My problem is that once I heard the name of the movie, all I could think of was Between the Lions when I’d try to recall what I’d heard to tell John about it. (We’re so uninformed!)

    I do agree about the women’s retreat — it was very good, and not getting enough sleep was my only complaint.

  3. Our women’s retreat is in two weeks and I can’t wait. I’m on the committee which makes it a bit more stressful working up to it, but I think we’ll have a good time.

    What was the topic of the retreat?

    Sounds like homeschooling is going well, I’m so glad!

  4. We start with French and math in the morning. And… I do not like it. (I really, REALLY do not like it, but I won’t be too extreme). But our history and geography is so fun! I also like my philosophy.

    It really is amazing how many homeschoolers are blogging. 🙂

  5. First, Mark said there was one instance of sexual inuendo in the movie SL. It was minor, but I am sorry for saying there was none.

    The retreat was nice. But you are right; getting “away” can often be exhausting.

    I hope your retreat is good. I was also on the planning committee for ours, but I really didn’t have to do much once the actual retreat was in full swing.

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