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We’re moving!

I wanted to make you all aware so no one puts anything in the mail.  We just saw the place yesterday and put a deposit down.  It’s a three bedroom condo that is over 1700 sq ft, much more room than we have here.  Plus a nice place outside for the kids to run and play.  I will make sure to get you all the new address soon.  We will be moving in two weeks, so it’s going to get crazy around here.  The great thing is that we will be closer to the church and all of our friends!  Another post is coming, but this news just couldn’t wait:)


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Summer is ….

bringing a lot of change to the Mace household.  It’s not big change, but change nonetheless.  N has changed positions within the company, which has made him salaried now.  Big plus for us is the vacation time available now and the flexibility he has.  The negative side is that he will travel more, though we will be able to go with him every once in a while.  N is also helping the pastor at the church with getting small groups kicked off.  Our church will be doing a church wide small group study together to build more small groups.  We have a few already, one of which we lead.  We minister to young adults and young married couples.  We have a really great group that God has blessed us with.  We all mesh well together with our different personalities.  I believe we have reached a point where we are starting to get a little deeper with each other.  You know how it is when you get a group of people together who don’t know each other that well, it takes a little time before people feel safe and trust those around them.  It’s so good!  We really look forward to it every week.  N is also on the worship team playing his guitar.  Can I just say, I love watching him play!  We are also on a rotation schedule to teach the 5th/6th grade class.  So far we only taught one class.  We found out that this bunch doesn’t like balloons being popped.  The majority were freaking out about it when they found out it was part of the game.  Who knew?!  But I believe it went well, or at least the food did!

B is finishing up a few things in 5th grade.  We never finished in June, kind of got summer fever and just went with it.  It’s not a lot, only takes an hour to go through.  But he is officially a 6th grader now and with it brings a lot of change.  He is in a new class at the church and is now able to be a part of the youth group.  I have been hesitant on this because, well…. because I am his mom and he is growing up way too fast.  I know you all understand this and went through (perhaps still experience?) this.  I am not ready, and as I said in a earlier blog, I should have one more year, but I don’t.  This is one of the pitfalls of having a smart kid, they hit milestones earlier, which is almost as if I have lost a year.  Really, he should be in 5th grade, allowing me one more year to prepare myself for all this stuff.  *Sigh*  His friends are there and he has gone once and really enjoyed it.  Once we move, he will be going more regularly.  Also, B will be continuing with TK for the forseeable future, as long as he continues to do his school work.  He really does enjoy it and is already looking forward to testing for the next belt.

This year is going to be really exciting when it comes to what we are studying.  Our books arrived the other day and B couldn’t wait to break them open and see what we will be learning.  I thought he was going to read through one of the books we are using for science.  This year we are studying zoology 2: Animals of the water and zoology 3: Land Animals.  We will have touched on every order of animal when we finish!  Math brings decimals and percentages with a little geometry thrown in.  The book we use is a mastery approach, with a slight spiral to it.  This just means B will master the subject and constantly have review of what he learned in earlier books as well as this one.  We are trying a new writing program this year.  Honestly, probably should have gotten it this year, but I wasn’t sure on it.  It’s by one of the authors who wrote the grammar books we used and liked.   History will cover 33 AD to 1456 AD where we will cover lots of stuff that quite frankly escapes at this time of night.  B will also be learning to type as well.  As for art and music, the library is going to come in handy as we read books about famous artists and composers.  As the year goes along, I will try to update you with what we are learning.

Gav has started learning to read!!!  So very exciting:)  It kind of came upon us recently when I had borrowed Bob books from the library.  If you don’t know what those are, they are just books to help little ones read with each story focusing on a few sounds.  They gradually get harder and harder.  He was reading one while I was at my chiropractor appt., and I really thought he was making the words up.  When we got home and sat down with him to read the book, I saw that he was actually reading one of the stories.  I can’t tell you how amazing that was!  It will be a slow process though, as I am already seeing that Gav gets frustrated easily.   We are homeschooling him as well, though we did consider putting him into public school.  For now, it suits us and our lifestyle.  I have a few books that will mostly focus on writing, which he can do, with more of an emphasis on writing on lines and cutting with scissors.  Mostly we will read books and hopefully have a reader by the end of the year.  My boys are just growing up too fast.

What does this new season bring me?  Nothing but change!  My boys are getting older, we are moving into a bigger place nearer to church and friends, and handling N’s new work schedule that is anything but normal.  I wouldn’t change any of it for the world.  God is doing some great works in our family and hopefully, through us as well.  More change will be coming, of that I am sure.  We are happier here than anywhere else we have lived.  We are all making friends, which hasn’t been the norm for us, and we all enjoy where we live.  It’s definitely a wonderful life!



What happened to July?

Summer continues to be beautiful here, and unseasonably warm.  According to the locals (yep I just said that) it’s not usually this warm.  Thankfully fans have really helped and it cools down at night.  Even better is that the temperature is at least bearable.  We had a few days where it was sweltering.  It was nothing compared to Ohio weather though, which was a blessing.

We visited the farmer’s market here a few weeks ago.  It was the biggest one I have been to yet.  B was able to have a conversation with a local beekeeper and we learned quite a bit about the new ways they are trying to save hives without the use of antibiotics, which kills not only the virus but the beehive as well.  Seems to me that it defeats the purpose to use antibiotics to kill a virus that kills bees, when the antibiotic kills them too.  We also tasted several flavors of honey and really enjoyed that.  And of course, we just had to get the boys a honey stick.  The boys also tried sugar snap peas, snacking on them throughout the day.  These were huge and very sweet.  We ate lots of yummy food and listened to several musicians, even saw a juggling act.  Nate has worked the last few Saturdays, so we’ve yet to go back, but plan to soon.

The 4th of July was a very full day.  We went to see a parade with a group of friends in the morning, which the boys seemed to enjoy for the most part.  After that we came home for an hour to prepare to go to a cookout.  Boy was that fun.  We got to hang out with friends, the kids played outside the whole time, ate great food, and finished the day with smore’s.  We didn’t see any fireworks.  Gav tends to melt down after 9:30, sometimes earlier.  Gav was asleep within minutes of laying down.  Maybe next year.    This was the second time our family got together with the other two, and we have had a great time both times.

B has started a new class at church.  He is now with 5th and 6th graders, which is crazy (there was no 5th/6th grade class prior to this, it was 1st-6th for worship then split into class)  Now 5th/6th graders worship with the adults and then head into their own class.  I am still trying to wrap my head around the fact that he will be entering 6th grade.  It means he is able to attend the youth group.  I am not ready for this.  It’s too soon, and technically it is.  I should have another year, but I don’t.  Meanwhile he is super excited about this.  For him it means a lot of fun times ahead and great friendships being forged.

Allergies continue to plague us.  We haven’t found anything that brings relief as of yet, but hopefully that will end soon.


UPDATE:  This was as far as I got before allergies took their tolls on us making us feel ill.  Humidifiers were pulled out, first for the boys and then for me.  Nate seemed immune to the allergy problem, which was probably for the best.  I ended up with what I think might have been a sinus infection.  My face hurt for a few day, but with the humidifier and pain pills, that went away.  At the same time I had an ear infection, and that again went away on it’s own once my face didn’t feel congested.  Of course, once I was feeling a smidgen better, I had to rearrange the furniture and hurt myself.  That put me down for a bit.  I couldn’t drive for a week, at least because I couldn’t move my head very much.  I headed to a chiropractor once I realized it wasn’t going to get better on it’s own, and kicked myself for not going sooner.  Though in my defense, I thought I pulled a muscle and it would heal itself.  Needless to say, we had a very uneventful July.  It just wasn’t our month.  Thankfully, things are looking better and we are all doing great!  B is back in TK and as soon as the fall schedule comes out, Gav will be doing swimming again.  Look for more coming soon.  The writing bug has hit!


Going Dark

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted.  July was just not our month, with sickness and injury taking it all up.  A post will be coming in a week.  Until then, we are shutting off all electronics for a week.  My phone will work, but it will be used for emergencies only.  We are using this week to reestablish a routine in order to prepare for homeschooling this year, to play lots of games together, and to finish out our summer reading.  Lots of posts will be coming, as I have some drafts I have been working on.  See you in a week!


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