Spent last night at Cheri’s…..no one moved until 7:30 am – Mena and I got up and laid together on the couch. I finally took Summer out for her morning duties. It was wet but no longer raining. It was still overcast but I think later today the sun is suppose to shine. The temp is warmer again which is nice. We ate breakfast all at the front table then I started getting the school work out. We started with our journals and bible study. Cheri was getting ready for work and she joined in on some of our spiritual lesson. It was fun for the kids to hear some things like that from someone other than me. Cheri did well sharing some of her thoughts with them about our bible verse for the day. We got a slow start but once Cheri left around 10 – we really jumped into a serious school session. We got a lot done and I was proud of them. We had lunch and took Summer on a long walk to the Alligator pond. We saw the gator in the pond but from a far distance….we did see a turtle and that was the highlight of our walk. Summer wanted that turtle. It was hard to hold her back.
Franki did showcase some of her negative attitude today but she did pull herself out of it and recognize that she got difficult. She did talk about it later in the day and said she would keep working on it. I am trying my best to stay patient and not react…..but it truly takes all I have to stay focused on not freaking out on her. Proud of the process we are both working on but it is still very challenging at times. I keep visualizing our peaceful/joyful relationship as mother and daughter.
We went back to Cheri’s and got out some of her old magazines and worked on creating visualization boards. We had fun cutting things out of the magazines… pictures/ words and ideas that sparked interest of things we want and see in our futures. It was a very fun exercise to do with the kids. We put many the things we cut out in envelopes with our names on them and will work on gluing them on to paper. It was a fun art project and we had some fun conversations as the magazines sparked some fun conversations. It was a fun way to end our first week back at home/road school.
We also enjoyed talking to Wyatt Patrick, our sweet cousin who had surgery yesterday to pin a broken arm. It was really nice to hear his voice and his positive attitude on dealing with his injury. He was super glad he was done with surgery. We love you Wyatt and are so grateful your surgery went well, now let that arm heal.
Dawson enjoyed his work day in Cheri’s home office. So nice, great view, pool fountain noise with the window open. He was thankful for the space and the office chair and had a productive work day. I think we all just really enjoyed the space and the room - spreading out around the house and enjoyed the warm nice day.
When Matthew and Michael got home from school…..Q was so excited to see them. We all hung out a while and decided we should have a taco night dinner…so Dawson, Q, Michael and Mena – we all went to Publix to get the supplies needed to cook dinner. Michael was so cute, he and Q went all around the store with their own basket and got a few extra things that Michael wanted. It was fun to see them be so independent and grown up.
We then stopped to get Cheri a gift….yep, I bought her a pair of cheaters/ readers -glasses. I know she won’t go and get her own but yet when she uses mine it makes a huge difference for her. Now that she is also working so much on the computer and reading a lot of books….she will be so glad that she has them and it will help with her not getting as many headaches.
It will be fun to give her the gift when she gets home. We made up dinner in time for it to be done with Cheri getting home from work. When she walked in the “starving” kids were so excited and they were very ready to eat! Everyone except Matthew, who was fast asleep with his cat on the top bunk in his brothers room. Being a teenager – wow, I remember sleeping like that at times.
We tried to wake him up but didn’t have any luck. We enjoyed dinner together and lots of laughs. It was yummy. Fun evening of just hanging out with the Cheri and the boys.
I logged on to my pc to find the website for the traffic ticket my mom sent me via a photo of a ticket from Illinois that she found in our mailbox. Total bs – the camera roll….no turning on Red light…we were from out of town. It is on camera. I just logged on and donated $100.00 to Illinois. I don’t know how it might impact insurance as there is no way to prove who was actually driving but we did indeed turn right on a red light somewhere around Chicago clear back in October. Irritating but I will let it go….the money flows to us and through us and all in all we are safe and sound and secure …..so I must stay positive and keep it in perspective.
It is crazy to think we have been on the road almost 3 months. We are enjoying Florida. This is a great place to be for winter. It has been cooler and more cloudy this week than the week of the holidays. It’s ok because we need to hibernate a little bit this winter…..so at least on the rainy , cooler, cloudier days – it feels ok to just hang out together ….inside, enjoying each other’s company and hanging out as a family. We are finally enjoying each other a lot more at this point in our journey. It is more in alignment with the way I visualized it would be when I had this “great idea” of living on the RV.
We miss the Karleen’s as they left yesterday. Still hasn’t hit us that they have moved on and are heading back north over the next 2 weeks. They plan to be home by the 19th. Safe travels Karleen’s …..we will stay in touch.
Happy Friday everyone. Enjoy your weekend and let’s go Chief’s …… we will be cheering you on tomorrow! All is well with the Fercho’s in Florida…..Sun N Fun – Sarasota still. Stay warm everyone back at home.