To Dallas and Back

So I told you I was taking Katie to Dallas, but I never told you how it went. You can imagine. It was loads of fun. First stop: Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor in Denton.

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It poured rain on us almost the entire way to Dallas which made me extremely edgy, so once we reached our hotel, we flopped on the beds and crashed for a couple of hours. Katie enjoyed having free reign of the remote control and I dozed. It’s what I do.

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I then decided we had enough time to squeeze in the ear piercing experience before our nighttime activity. We headed to Claire’s, in spite of our warning before from the guy who knows all.

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Then Medieval Times!

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Totally overpriced, but absolutely fun. Right up Katie’s alley. I can’t ever see going back with the entire family (too expensive), but perfect memories for this one right here. She bought herself this sword and had the unicorn painted on her cheek. Lovely.

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We spent the evening cheering for the yellow knight. He threw a purple flower at Katie during one of this flower throwing stints. The grandpa of two boys sitting next to us bought flags for each of his grandsons and for Katie as well. She was surprised and thrilled and had most of the cast sign it after the show.

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The next morning we went to IKEA. On a Saturday (first timers). Then we went to the Dallas Museum of Nature and Science.

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I’m not trying to be mean or anything, but the museum was L.A.M.E. Guess we’ve been spoiled by living in St. Louis and even in Oklahoma City. And we’ve had a few trips to the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. This one was pretty bad. They had about 1 room of exhibits. Boo on that. Moving on then, we enjoyed walking outside the museum a little bit:

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Then back to the hotel to prepare for our evening at American Girl.

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I must say, I was at a bit of a disadvantage having been to the Chicago location three times previous already. The Dallas dining experience doesn’t even come close to comparing, but it was cheaper too, so there’s that. Still, I had to readjust my expectations in a hurry because even though it wasn’t as awesome as the one in Chicago, THIS was Katie’s experience and I didn’t want to cloud it for her with my own personal judgments. (Like when would I ever do that?)

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We had some time to spare while waiting for Katie’s Molly to get her ears pierced and her hair combed back into as near-normal as possible. It wasn’t possible to get it back to new again, but it was a good try. We really enjoyed checking out this chair back massager and floor foot massager. Man, would I love to own a set like that!

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The next day we headed back home. It was her actual birthday, as well as Craig’s, and we wanted to spend part of it at home before heading to church.

All in all, a good trip with a great companion. I love my job.

This week is a bit on the weighty side

Head/chest cold last weekend, spilling over into the week.

An uncle I didn't know very well. He died on Monday.

My 3rd grader who has a learning delay. I'm struggling with the spelling program we have to use.

A Valentine's Day party I had very little heart for.

Fast fingers, quick to spout off what I'm really thinking about just about everything. Sometimes being a writer is a bad thing.

Parenting that should be put into time out.

Leaving for the funeral tomorrow.

Wondering just a bit if this week is what chronic depression feels like.

A heavy emotional weight.

And I'm so very tired.

Education Redefined

Picture 21Many of you know we’re part of a very unique educational experience here in Oklahoma City – Veritas Classical Academy – which, as I like to think of it, combines the best of both worlds in the realm of education. I’ve always had the heart of a homeschooler, but recognized two years ago I didn’t exactly have the drive of one. What I mean by that is that while I loved homeschooling my kids, I wasn’t doing that great of a job of it with all four of my kids at the same time. With Veritas, I have the assurance and accountability that none of my kids are getting dropped in any area, while at the same time, I get to teach them at home half the time as well. It’s been working really well for us this year.

Next month we’re hosting our first annual fundraising banquet and the theme of the banquet is Constructing the Vision: Education Redefined. I’m excited that Susan Wise Bauer is headlining our event as the main speaker and Michael Card will be performing that evening as well. All of our girls already know Michael Card, so they are looking forward to seeing him again. All of our girls have gone through a variety of Susan’s educational resources, so when I mentioned she was coming, K10 asked if she could bring last year’s Writing with Ease book and have her sign it. I think that’s both sweet and hysterical. And…if I can find last year’s Writing with Ease book, I’ll definitely let her bring it that night! There are no guarantees I will be able to find it…*cough*

Anyway, I’m on the banquet planning team and my main job is to make sure we have table decor. After initially flipping out because I don’t really see table decor as one of my spiritual gifts, I remembered that it is one of the spiritual gifts of my friend Kirsten. I told her the theme of the banquet and pretty much begged her to come up with a centerpiece idea. In keeping with the “constructing the vision” theme, she came up with the vase you see below with nails glued all around. I added the blue ribbon and I think they. are. perfect.

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We’re getting together this weekend to make 55 of these babies. So much fun, right? Pray I don’t burn my thumbs off on Saturday.

Also, I remembered the Michael Miller Whimsy line in royal blue and yellow and spent a lot of time hunting down various pieces from that collection with which to make table toppers. I’ve been a cutting and sewing fool for the past week. I think they look pretty snazzy and am excited to see them all on the tables at the banquet.

I’m looking forward to the evening. If you are in the area on Thursday, March 8, I’d love to encourage you to snag some tickets and come. Not only will you be supporting a worthy cause (our awesome school), but you will be both inspired and encouraged by two dynamic people as well.

I’m just going to come out and say it – this it totally worth your time and your money.

See you there!

Weekend Adventure

Katie (9-almost-10) and I are leaving soon for Dallas. This will be my third time to take a weekend trip with one of our girls who either is, just turned, or is about to turn 10. I took Maddie (then 10) to Chicago. Twenty months later, I took Chloe (then C10) to Chicago also. As we don’t live so close to Chicago anymore, the logical conclusion for this trip (some 17 months after the last one) boiled down to Dallas. So off we go.

My original idea was to take the girls to their first Broadway show during this trip and I did that with Maddie. But there wasn’t a show playing the weekend I took Chloe, so we went to a Cub’s game instead. As it turns out, there really isn’t anything I want to take K to on this trip to Dallas, so we’re head to Medieval Times.

You know what’s funny? Though it wasn’t intentional, each of these places are directly in keeping with each of their personalities. It happened by accident, but what a happy accident!

It’s raining outside. We have to drop Millie off at a friend’s house on our way out of town, but off we go.

We’re really looking forward to it!