Braces, blogging about teen children, writing, reading, worship, and the Arizona “beach”
- My oldest, Ethan, just had a lunch that consisted of refried beans with cheese melted on them, and a glass of milk. What the rest of us were eating (which included, among other things, baby carrots) didn’t work. Duh. I’ll have to get used to considering the Sore Mouth Factor when figuring out meals for him/us. He got bands placed between his molars this morning, in preparation for the first of his braces, which will be put on in about two weeks.
- Speaking of Ethan… A few years ago, I was wondering why I wasn’t getting more great parenting stories, ideas, and tips from those of my bloggy friends who have children a few years older than mine. “Why isn’t anyone writing about those tumultuous teen years??” Well, I figured it out. At nearly 14, my son is now a… sentient being. The smaller a child is, the more freely you can talk about personal issues: An 18 month old isn’t going to get her feelings hurt that you divulged mothering struggles to your friends. (Or strangers, as the case may be, in a blog.) Your 13 year old? Definitely. So, I’ve learned that I can say virtually nothing about my son online, because I want to honor his privacy. He’s wonderful, but you’ll just have to take my word for it. 😉
- And, where have I been the last month or so? Working hard on ghostwriting. More info on that, coming soon. 😀
- In my head, I keep composing a post on how vastly different I look with makeup vs. without it, and various thoughts on painting the barn when it needs painting. Maybe I’ll get around to it some day…
- I’ve been reading a lot! Lately, I’ve been working through Laurie R. King’s Mary Russell series, which is a curious mixture of historical fiction, literary mystery, Biblical scholarship, and feminism. Very interesting. When reading any series, I simply must go chronologically, so I’m on the 5th book in the series currently, O Jerusalem.
- I have a job! I mean, I’m re-employed! Or, something… I’m happy that, this week, I start leading small group worship again. There was some shifting in small groups, and I was out of a “job” for about six or seven weeks. It felt like a long time, but it was good to go to a small group and “just” be a participant.
- Homeschooling 101: You can take trips on a school day to just about anywhere and call it a field trip. 😉 I took my kids last Friday to the Santa Maria River. My mother-in-law came with, which was great; she’s a perfect road-trip partner. The kids did so well for the eight hours we were gone, other than the first three miles of the trip. After listening to about five minutes of continuous bickering, I risked my MIL’s esteem by pulling over to the side of the road to chew everyone out. Chewing out the kids, that is. Not her. On the way out*, we took a scenic route, partially by (well-maintained) dirt road, which is probably my favorite or second-favorite Arizona drive**. On the way back, we took all blacktops, which took two hours and saved us 30 minutes, even though, mileage-wise, it was slightly longer. The river is NW of Wickenburg, and when there’s adequate water, it’s about as close as we get to the beach, here in Arizona. The water does not run all the time, so I get USGS alerts for when the water is 10 cubic feet per second or greater. The pics below were when the water was at about 60 cfps. We played in an area just where the AZ 96 (my fave road in all of AZ) crosses the river, about 15 miles SE of Bagdad. The temps were in the high 70s, with a strong sun and cool breezes. It was perfect.
I have some better pics, too, but everything I post here needs to be 100% modest and fully-clad, so those are a no-go for the blogosphere. 🙂
*The route we took OUT was Carefree Hwy (AZ 74) west to US 60. US 60 northwest for only six miles to the point where it meets up with the US 93. US 93 NW to AZ 89. AZ 89 north-ish to Date Creek Road, which is 20+ miles of scenic and hilly dirt road. Then, AZ 96 west to the point where it crosses the Santa Maria. The route we took BACK was AZ 96 about 10 miles further west (bypassing, incidentally, my beloved Santa Maria River road, another extremely scenic dirt drive, because I was outvoted by my children). Then, traveled SW sixteen miles on two-lane hilly, beautiful, remote blacktop of the AZ 97. Then, SE on the US 93, which meets back up with the US 60, then back home.
**My all-time favorite Arizona drive is likely the long, ∩-shaped drive to get to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, which follows the high desert and Navajo Reservation along the US 89 and US 89A (at the point north of where it intersects with the US 160), along the stunning Echo Cliffs and Vermilion Cliffs, then climbs rapidly up to the Kaibab Plateau and the AZ 69, which goes south along verdant, alpine meadow lush with wildlife (deer and bison). Unparalleled, and remote enough to be sparsely populated, which is just how I like it.
Posted on March 16, 2011, in Arizona, Blogging, Books I'm Reading, Family, Homeschooling, Life in the Desert, Loving Nature!, The Kids, Travelling, Weather, Worship, Writing. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.