I have always loved California poppies, and this spring a hill near our home was covered in them. It is amazing how green California hills get after a single rainfall. We still need rain, but April has been a mostly-kind month for my family – even if I got attacked by yet another respiratory bug this week. My fingers are crossed that the rest of the family will be as immune to this bug as they were to the last bug I caught.
Setting Goals for May 2015
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I knew I needed to keep April goals simple, and doing so paid off. The kids and I had a wonderful visit with my brother and his family; two-year-old Anna still asks to “go to Uncle J’s house all day today” pretty much every day. I finished my photography website – last night, because I had it down as a goal. That is why I set these goals! The kids and I spent a fair bit of time outside, but maybe not as much as I would have liked. I finished up this cute doll for my niece. I made some homemade cards, but need to send them off! If there was another handmade gift in the works, I have apparently forgotten what it was.
The kids’ music practicing is going really well, thanks to my mom teaching the kids piano (Johnny and Emma) and violin (Lily) over the internet! She then emails them detailed practice sheets, and they are pretty good about checking off their practicing every day. It is so neat to see them learning! We started the lessons over Google Hangout, and then switched to Skype because we had less of a lag with Skype.
What was April like in your home?
Here are my goals for May
I am absolutely thrilled that Emma’s teacher has decided not to give her students homework for the rest of the year – in keeping with research that shows that children do not benefit from homework. Johnny has a very reasonable ten minutes of reading per day, and Lily’s teacher has never assigned homework. With more time to relax and play together, I am really looking forward to May! Here are a few things I want to be sure to enjoy:
- A visit with Mike’s sister. This will be her first time visiting us in California. The kids are so excited to see their aunt! Character trait: thankful
- Watching our silkworms grow. We had eight, and one didn’t make it. I’m hoping the remaining seven manage to stay alive. So far, so good. Character trait: curious
- Find a meaningful way to tell school teachers thank you before the end of the year. Character trait: thankful and kind
- Organize my desk. Character trait: helpful