Friday, February 20, 2009

February 20, 2009: Keeping busy

It's been almost three weeks since I last posted, and everything is pretty much the same. We're enjoying the fruit, I'm enjoying the Greek yogurt, none of like any of the sweet stuff we've tried yet, it's been raining a lot (apparently more than it has for several years--makes us feel right at home!), I've started going to a Greek-speaking playgroup with Katie and Helen, I haven't gotten lost for a couple of weeks now...what else is there to report?

The one exciting piece of news is that we have found a house! We signed the rental agreement last week, have met with the owner's representative several times to negotiate what needs to be done in the house, and will hopefully get the keys next week. However, we can't really move in until our shipment from Germany comes, which is difficult to plan. Good news in that, though--our shipment finally did leave Germany on Tuesday, February 17th, a mere seven weeks after they picked it up. Now that it is actually on a ship and moving, the target date of February 28th shouldn't be too far off from reality.

Homeschooling-wise, I haven't been keeping any records for the last two months, but last night I sat down and wrote down everything "officially academic" that we had done, and I was quite surprised: I didn't think that even a whole week's worth had been accomplished, but Marie and Jacob had actually done three to four weeks' worth of Sonlight and an impressive amount of German and math, too for not having had anything at all organized. However, we haven't done science nor Spanish a single time, and Lukas hasn't done a whole lot of anything.

All have done plenty of learning, though! Sorting, packing, cleaning, spending time with friends, and finally saying goodbye took up the end of December and first half of January, and since arriving here, new experiences, new social contacts (I lived in Germany too long to use the word "friend" carelessly, but I do see a lot of potential!), looking at houses, learning about blunt-nosed vipers, playing in the Mediterranean, exploring side-streets and parks, different playgrounds, seeing lemons and blossoms on the same tree, picking oranges from the tree in the garden of the house we'll be moving into. And spending a lot of time together, which has been stressful at times, but in the last week I've been encouraged by some of the new cooperation I'm seeing among the children!

But now I need to get dressed and get the day going.

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