Aug. 9th, 2011

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I have signed the girls up for the Orthodox Christian coop. And signed myself up to help coordinate service projects during one of the Friday meetings. I've been thinking a lot about service and how I needed to get the girls out more, helping others, and this seemed like an answer to a prayer I had not really even prayed yet. Those two Fridays every month will be full days. Morning liturgy or akathist, lunch, and three hours of classes. Art, Chemistry, and an intro to Russian language and culture. Russian is not something I would have chosen for my girls and I realize they are unlikely to learn much language, but if we are going to be part of this OCA parish for the foreseeable future, an understanding of some Russian culture and a few phrases of the Russian language will not be a bad thing to have. On the second Friday of the month there will also be a time for the kids to do presentations for the group and on the fourth Friday of the month we will do the service projects. I'm excited and happy and at peace with this decision. I think it is the right one.

Maria's soccer season is getting off to a slow start with all the heat. The first practice was canceled because of the heat and the second was miserable. Tomorrow will be the third and I'm so hoping it will be cooler and more pleasant. She also starts the soccer academy soon. Lots of soccer going on, as we are also periodically attending Sporting KC games with my dad who has season tickets. That is really a lot more fun than I thought it would be. If only the stadium didn't feel like a boiling cauldron.

Zoe is working out with a new gymnastics team tomorrow. The rec team I originally signed her up with was not a good fit. She did an evaluation with this new gym last week and will do a trial workout with the team tomorrow. I like their cautious approach. I hope she likes it and keeps going as she is fairly good at it. I tried to keep her going to the rec gym as long as I could because it was so cheap, but she was miserable and it was either get her to a new gym or quit gymnastics altogether. She still may quit, as I'm not sure all her issues are just with the coach or the club. Some of them are just the nature of the sport.

Luci is doing well with Brain Balance. She had her second progress report and is steadily moving ahead levels in sensory motor stuff, most of it almost up to age appropriate levels now. Academically she has made some HUGE strides. At her last progress report, she had not moved in math at all, and she jumped ahead two grade levels this time. So she is working at second grade level now in most everything. Since she is just starting third grade, that is definitely something to cheer about. I see the progress more and more since we started homeschooling back up too. Her reading progress is just nothing short of phenomenal. I'm so proud of her hard work and so impressed with the Brain Balance staff and program. I just HAVE to get the nutritional testing done now!! ACK! She will also be starting Karate in September. Should be fun and she is chomping at the bit to get started.

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