Tuesday, April 15, 2008

All Sorts of Things

have been happening here! We got an unexpected visit from our friend, Fr. Joe. We met him when he was here in the states (for a few years) preparing to set up a university in Nigeria, but we haven't seen him since he baptized Choclo (nearly three years ago).

When we first met, Leena was about 7 months old and she positively refused to smile at him. He took this as a challenge! Within 2 months, she cried if we tried to take her away from her best friend, Fr Joe. Still, I was surprised that Choclo and Oob both went immediately crazy for Fr Joe. We had a lovely evening and we hope he visits again soon!

We had the scouts Blue and Gold dinner and the boys won an award for their Olympic stadium cake. I thought I had a picture of it, but I can't find it!

We've been outside gardening and organizing and playing and hiking and digging and just messing around.

We had another lovely visit to the Arboretum, this time to the Asian gardens where we noticed how lovely all the little leaves are when they first emerge. Quite as pretty as flowers and we had fun sketching them.

I've been doing quite a bit of spring cleaning and organizing, kicked off, no doubt, by Elizabeth Foss' post. I've thought a lot about it, and I just disagree with her statement that large families are either very organized or very disorganized. This after walking around for a week thinking, "I plan out my meals a week in advance, I know where all the homeschool materials are: we're very organized." Followed 10 minutes later by, "This closet is messy, there are toys under the bunk beds: we're very disorganized." I ended up siding with Jane Bennet from Pride and Prejudice (speaking to her sister, Elizabeth). "Lizzy, you do not make allowances for differences in situation and temper." I think we're reasonably organized with room for improvement as time and circumstances allow, and I think that's a fine place to be. I also think that the Emperor and I are not temperamentally suited to having every closet hung with herbal scented ironing.


Queen of Carrots said...

I'm glad to know you think there can be a middle ground, because I don't think it's possible for me to ever run an extremely organized house, but I don't want to descend into total chaos either! I think having a small house helps me, at least. Things have to be done or we don't have room to walk or work.

Eric and Wendy said...

Me, too! I used to be very disorganized and I've gotten more organized with each kid in self defense!