Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Wow, that was a long dry spell! Kelli just posted at her blog about not blogging also, writers block she said. Or is that bloggers block? She mentioned that just because her blog was quiet didn't mean her life had been quiet; ditto!

It seems like we've had a real good balance of busy/fun to quiet/chillax. We have had plenty going on but plenty of down time to wander around in our pajamas.

Kev is busy with his usual activities; swimming, youth court, teen political talk, model UN, etc. He keeps himself pretty busy and all I can say is thank goodness he is driving himself now. I thought it a privilege to take him to all his wonderful activities but driving taxi took up a tremendous amount of time so I'm thankful for the relief.

Tristan and Calista are thankful also, as they were tired of either being in the car or at home waiting for me to get home. They started a homeschool open swimming session once a week. Calista is also doing swim lessons three days a week for the next few weeks. She has decided to join swim team and the coach is encouraging her to learn the techniques of the strokes before she starts. So she is hoping to be on the team within the next couple of months after she gets the strokes down.

Kev, Calista, and I are continuing with our guitar lessons and having so much fun with it! Martin is talking about maybe taking up bass guitar and with Tristan playing drums we might just have a family band coming up:) We've been going to the weekly concerts at Make-A-Scene. Our guitar teacher and good friend, Josh Fryfogle, owns a music venue for local (and some non-local) musicians. He holds weekly concerts that are great fun.

I'm starting two new yoga classes come January; one is a teen/parent partner yoga class - encouraging trust and harmony in that particular relationship, and a kids yoga class for 8-12 year olds. I'm really looking forward to it, especially the partner class. I'm also looking forward to some advanced training workshops that are coming up after the holidays.

Our family vehicle finally bit the dust, for good, here last week. We have a Windstar that has gone through 4 transmissions in the last three years and it gave up again. We aren't going to put any more money into it so we are sharing Martin's car and the Cadillac that my grandparents gave us. Two days after Kev got his license one of his friends backed into him in another friends driveway so that has to go in the shop this next week to get fixed, which takes us down to one car. It's a little inconvenient, especially the days Martin is commuting into Anchorage, but we will manage until there is enough cash to buy a new car. Next summer we will be enjoying our bicycles more than usual.

On the plus side, our year-long remodel project in the basement is finally coming to a close and if everything goes right the kids should be in their new bedrooms before the holidays. Yay!! It's been a slow project, as Martin only has so many hours in a day, but we are at the end of it now. The kids have a pretty nice setup down there to hang out in, just keeping our eyes open for a decent priced sectional on Craigslist and it will be complete.

We've also been planning a Winter Solstice party for all of our friends. We aren't big on all the commercial holidays and Christmas seems to get worse every year, with all the consumerism, so we are making our own holiday traditions. Getting back to good old pagan traditions, the roots of which Christmas actually grew from. If most Christians new what they were celebrating they would be horrified but then again most religions wouldn't exist if people knew how to think for themselves. Anyway, we are having a party into the night with LOTS of candles and a big ole bonfire. I may even try to talk Josh into some great live music:)

Hope everyone is enjoying life as joyfully as we are!!



Heather's Moving Castle said...
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Heather's Moving Castle said...

Good to see what you're up to! Lots of cool stuff as usual. I have been bundling up and going outside with the kids. And I am getting brave and going ice skating today and it is cold and windy! But probably not to you. LOL.

I'd love to hear more about your Christmas. Do you do a tree?

Smiles, Heather

P.S. I had to fix a typo. LOL.

Deanne said...

The parent-teen partner yoga class sounds wonderful. What a great idea!
Good to hear from you and your corner of the world again. ;)

Snavleys said...

We do a tree:) I love how pretty trees are and growing up we weren't allowed a tree - religion again. People do the stupidest things in the name of religion. We actually do a fairly traditional Christmas but instead of going all crazy with the gifts we keep simplifying every year. This year we decided, as a family, to get a Wii and some games and only buy gifts that will fit in a stocking. I was amazed at how open the kids were to it. They all agreed without hesitation. We have a place here, Valley Winery, where you make your own wine. So I started a batch of wine and that is what everyone else is going to get - a bottle of delic homemade wine. I just find it humorous, as I'm out and about, how stressed out people get about Christmas shopping etc. I have no stress at Christmast time because I don't make a big deal out of it. And the kids get gifts and wonderful memories all throughout the year so they don't put as much emphasis on Christmas either.

Ren said...

Hey, the tree has some extreme pagan roots too (pun intended):

The Christians during Constantines rule were trying to convert Pagans so they left their celebrations intact and just added a Christian reason to celebrate. Hence all the mix of Pagan/Christian influences today. Funny eh?

Wish I could be there for it! The Lovejoys are having a solstice party too...that I'll miss. Hurray for retail right? argh

alisha said...

Hey thanks for the informative post, Swimming classes should be something that a person takes up when young. Well I guess an adult can also take up swimming lessons. Never too young to try!

Snavleys said...

Yes, the Christmas tree is about as pagan as you can get! Thus the reason the two by twos are against them.

Karen said...

We're opting out of X-mas as usual, too. Not sure where we'll be, but we'll bring in the light no matter where we are!

cat said...

so good to hear how the flow of your life is going..:) we too are starting solstice celebrations for the first time this year and are really excited about it. we are having a big party on the eve of the solstice..:)

happy holidays and happy life to you all!! peace!