One month down…

I know it seems silly to write about anything OTHER than the winter storm that is about to paralyze America, but I decided to take this moment during the calm to distract you with other topics. Actually, I was driving home last night from a meeting during the prelude to Snowmageddon, and I decided I better stop mocking the weather reports. When the weather people say a blizzard is coming, I think they are serious.

But while we wait, here’s some other news.

Despite my very indecisive start, I’m quite happy that I have completed the first month of my New Year’s resolution!

I have taken a photo and blogged about it every day so far of 2011. (Click here to check it out.) It’s not meant to be one of those projects to capture a single gorgeous image for 365 days straight, although I totally admire the many people who are doing that. Instead, I’m just trying to remember one moment from each day of the year.

Here are a few of my observations about my endeavor:

1. When I think of our days as a whole, I often think we lead a fairly boring life. However, when I look back at each moment, I feel immensely blessed.

2. It can be a challenge to find something to photograph. We often do the same things every day or every week. (Do I really want to take a photo of my daughter’s gymnastics class EVERY Wednesday?) It forces me to look for one little thing that I would want to remember from each day.

3. It’s not a completely accurate account of our lives. Of course, I don’t take pictures of the kids arguing or someone lying on the couch with a fever and runny nose. Many days, the “highlight” of the day isn’t something I want to photograph either because it involves other people. I don’t want to make people worry they will “end up on the blog” or cause other people to feel left out if we got together with friends.

4. I’m still trying to decide if it was a good idea to post the photos on a totally separate blog. I like the fact that I’m not overwhelming my regular readers with every little detail of our lives. And yet, I feel like I’m omitting some fun stuff from this blog because I posted it over there. I’m still working through that one.

5. I’m glad that I decided to take my own challenge. I’m not putting a ton of pressure on myself, but it’s always in the back of my mind that I need to “find my photo of the day.”

So, today, I wanted to invite you to check out what we’ve been up to in January. (You can see the looooong list of links for January on the right-hand side of my other blog.) I don’t expect people to want to read about us in this much detail on a daily basis. But feel free to become a follower or subscribe, if you are interested.

Let me know what you think! And tell me how things are going with you. Have you been sticking to your new year’s goals so far this year?


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Our science project continues


Today we got back to work on our radish-growing project. It’s always exciting to look inside our orange-juice carton to see how our seeds have grown.

The kids have to plot the progress on a chart in their workbooks.

Today, we also made mini planters to grown some other radish seeds. And we are testing seeds in four different environments that mimic the following: underwater, a tropical rain forest, a regular moist environment and a desert.

You might wonder why ONE of our students is wearing his coat. All I can say is, this winter has been COLD! We keep our heat turned up, but it’s hard to stay warm these days!

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Top builder

Today was a crazy busy day, and yet, this is really the only photo I have to show for it! 
We have been doing a sermon series at church the past four weeks called, “Foundations,” and the whole series has a Lego theme. Each week, we have been bringing big bins of Lego, and the kids have had a building contest.
Today was the last week of the contest, and our pastor announced the winners. Matthew was the first-prize winner for the house he built! Here he is, anxiously waiting to hear the winner!
By the way, I did have objective judges who chose the winners each week, and I was NOT one of them. 🙂 
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