15 April Saturday

Last weekend Max found some kids to play with at the playground: Caroline, Avery, Hudson and Ethan.

Today he made a sign on our big whiteboard that said “Come play with my Legos” and Kaden, Gavin and Noah came to play. They were all closer to Jack’s age, and they rode their bikes a lot with Jack and played Legos with Max. It was awesome! I talked to their mom and dad, and they said after they went to the beach they’d have smores and we could come over for that. Wonderful! I offered to make some popcorn to share.

After it got dark they said the boys were showering. Then we saw them start a fire. I made the boys supper and then made Max clean up all his Legos while we waited for them to come get us. We waited and waited. Later we could see someone else sitting at their fire. I finally figured that they had changed their minds…it seemed so awkward…Max really wanted to go over there, but I didn’t feel right about us just bringing over our chairs, we needed to wait till they came and got us. Finally we gave up and I sent Jack to shower and get in his pj’s. When he was out and drying off one of the boys came and got us! We had such a good time out there chatting and eating. I’m glad we waited them out! But boy were my boys tired when we got back home!

16 April Sunday

I did some research and found Cerritos Baptist Church to go to this morning. I figured the boys would both sit in service with me, but when we got there a lady asked what ages/grades the boys were, and said there was an Easter egg hunt…so I sent both boys into the 5th grade class so Max could keep an eye on Jack. Afterwards Max said he really liked this church and wants to go back next week…I’m not sure if it was the church or just the egg hunt that he really liked.

I enjoyed the service. There was a group of about 6 women who Hula danced to the special songs….that was new to me, but enjoyable. It didn’t seem hokey or put on. I wouldn’t have chose that type of worship if I’d had my choice, but I’m surprised at how much I liked it. I love the broadening of horizons that’s happening on this road trip for all of us!!

I saw a grocery store on the way to church, so we stopped for some bread on the way back. Apparently H Mart is a Korean grocery store! I love looking at new foods…and love tasting them more! This store had tons of free samples so we tried Korean pears, chips, ginger/honey tea, etc! Again, I bought way too many foods, but they didn’t have the french bread that I came in for! Heh.

A strange thing has happened to me lately…it’s been fairly easy to deny myself extra food. I’ve always loved to eat. The taste of food is so wonderful! I’ve known for many years how to lose weight, and at times I’ve done really well with my weight. These last few years I’ve kept my weight at a reasonable place all year, but from Thanksgiving till my birthday I’ve let myself eat whatever I wanted. Lately I’ve been thinking I should eat whatever I want, just a smaller amount. But that’s sooooo hard!! Amazingly these last 2 or 3 days it’s been much easier to just stop eating! I’m so thankful, but I don’t know why it’s changed. I’ve not been so tempted. I’ve stopped eating between meals, and stopped nibbling while I am making the boys’ meals. I hope I can keep this up long term. I’m making sure that everything I eat is something I really want to eat, and I remind myself I’m not eating till I’m full, but until I’m not hungry. Hopefully I can make this a habit that sticks…but with our traveling and with the other people I live with it will be tough.

During lunch I boiled some eggs to dye, then took a nap with Jack. After we awoke we dyed them together.

Max put up a new board with all the stuff he likes…the actual wording was: Come play with me! I have Legos and I like Undertale, Minecraft, role playing, Lost, Dr. Who, Pokemon, Scratch. I’m a Christian, my name is Max. This cracks me up! I’m so proud of him. Later that day out of the blue he told me he’d met a lady named Lynn. I’d allowed him to take Jack to the laundry room to look at magazines (they have a large stack of free ones there) and she was in there. She asked if he was homeschooled and when he said yes she said his mom was so smart to not put him in PS. Ha! She asked if he was a Christian and he said yes. I asked if that’s why he put that on his sign and he said no. He put it on there because he didn’t want people to talk to him about evolution and other stuff like that! Great. So he’s not trying to be a witness, just trying to shut people up. Huh, may have to work on that. :-)

17 April Monday

I had 5 phone calls to make, and got them all done before lunch! I made reservations for all the camping places, and also for the pirate show we’re going to see next week.

After school Jack and I went to ITT to buy the pirate tickets and also tickets to Legoland for next week. Before I left I actually meal planned for the week so we also went to the grocery store. I allowed Max to go outside after he finished school, but before I got back. This is major first. I feel a little safer because we’re on a base, and the store I was going to was a 5 minute drive off base. I’ll have to talk to Tj to see what he thinks. I told Max to text me when he went outside so I could keep tabs on him.

Later that afternoon there were 3 other kids here playing with Max! His sign worked wonders! Awesome! He misses his friends from Cabot a good bit, so I’m always happy for him to have other people to play with. After a while I heard the girl (Shae) asking someone (Blaze) to leave. When all the kids left to ride their bikes I asked Max what happened. He said he’d asked Shae to ask Blaze to leave because Blaze was throwing Legos around, and tearing up other people’s builds. He said he realized he shouldn’t have asked Shae to do that, but he really didn’t want to do it himself. I said did he see now how easily it was done; she was respectful when she asked him and he left after she asked him twice. I told him he should come to me next time, and then asked if he’d thanked Shae and he said he had. I really like Shae and her brother Zach, they’ve been here a lot today playing with both Max and Jack.

Our neighbor came over and asked if we could use a chicken breast and 3 sweet potatoes they were going to cook on their grill…and said if we ever wanted to throw something on their grill when they were using it they usually had room. How nice! And I’ve eaten my first sweet potato with salt on it…it was good! A few days ago I had savory sweet potatoes for the first time and loved them. I roasted them with s/p and thyme. We’ll be having that more often for sure.

I just heard Jack in the bathroom reciting to himself
Tree…storage
Ironing board…storage
Black ball…storage
Other home…storage
This life is awesome, but we do miss some things.

I folded Max’s clothes today. His two cabinets he has for clothes are pretty small and awkward. I kept having to refold his clothes, and I hate doing that! I quickly told him that I wouldn’t fold his clothes anymore if he wasn’t gonna keep them folded in the cabinets, so we’ve been just shoving his clothes in there. He’s fed up with it now, so I rolled all his shirts and folded his pants/shorts. We’ll see how long this lasts.

18 April Tuesday

Jack has been doing wonderful in math! I started him back on addition last week, and he’s asked to do the addition page again today.

After school we drove down to the private beach here on the base. I was told just drive down this road and if you don’t see a big ship you’re okay to go out to the beach. I drove down the road, stopped at the checkpoint where there wasn’t a person in the booth, and found some visitor parking, but I didn’t see a beach. We went into a couple of empty buildings to see if anyone was around to ask, and finally headed back to the truck. Before I got in the truck I saw an older couple driving past so I flagged them down and ask them about the beach. I just needed to follow the road, go right at the stop sign, and follow the road around a curve to the beach. It was pretty awesome to have a small little beach all to ourselves. The sand was warm which was unusual because the sand in San Diego had been cold the whole time. The beach was calmer because it was kind of a small inlet. There were rocks around the beach that help calm the waves. We stayed there for an hour and a half; I talked to Tj most of the time. He was driving out to Cabot to see John and John Paul and to have a burger and fries at David’s! Boy am I jealous! We came back home after that and the boys played with their friends for a long time while I made sausages with onions and bell peppers for supper.

19 April Wednesday

Monarch hasn’t been working well today, so we’ve been having lots of breaks. That’s more frustrating on the 8th to the last day of school than it would be on the 8th day of school. Even with all the stops and starts Max got all his school done.

I made a little fruit salad today to take to our neighbor who had brought us the chicken and sweet potatoes. The other day at H-Mart I bought us a fresh coconut with a straw for a treat, so today I used the last of the fresh coconut that I scooped out from it in the salad. I didn’t make it as sweet as I normally like it because she said she wasn’t really a sweets person. I also spent all morning reading the comments to the chocolate cake recipe that I’m planning on making next week. It’s making me so hungry for some of that!

In school I told Jack to get out four different colors. He got out blue, yellow, red, and yellow. I told him two of the colors were the same and asked him which ones they were. He pointed to the blue and yellow ones. I said what color is this one? He said blue. I said what color is this one? He said yellow. I said they’re not the same color, one is blue and one is yellow. Two of these colors are the same. Which ones are the same? He pointed to the red and the yellow. This went on for a few minutes before I finally switched the colors so that the two yellows were together. Then he could identify the same colors. Wow.

20 April Thursday

Just another regular day. It was nice. We did school (7 days left!) without incident. Monarch is back on track. I washed Jack’s comforter in the laundromat…the washer was big enough and laundry is free here. Jack and I put a blanket outside and read his book picnic-style. After a while an older dude came by and while he and I were chatting the boys got into a fight! Max had been burning stuff with a magnifying glass, and Jack wanted the glass. I don’t think we should ever let him have that one now or he may set our bus on fire! I hate it when my kids have a knock-down drag-out fight, especially in front of other people!

For supper I made thyme potatoes and spam sandwiches. The spam was good! Admittedly it was the kind with bacon in it, but we all liked it.

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