so 4th grade (!!) has turned out to be pretty eventful, so far. we are currently home from school for the 3rd day due to hurricane Irma. i feel overwhelmed how lucky we were, and i truly cannot imagine having been in the thick of it. jovie’s aunt LJ (and fam) were down in one of the hardest hit areas of FL. [they’re ok!] and to think how throttled the caribbean islands got. it’s awfully devastating and i keep reminding jovie how grateful she can feel.
we lost power for only 5 hours. some of our local schools are still without, thus the 3rd day at home. The Mr. left early monday morning, before Irma spent the day soaking us with rain & blowing some wind. jovie and i made the most of the day with videos & game playing. we played games with a lantern for part of the evening. i cannot even fathom what millions of others were facing. my thoughts go out to everyone affected by both of these massive & scary storms just in the past month!! plus earthquakes, tsunamis, fires & floods elsewhere. tragic!!
another eventful thing was the solar eclipse! i originally had planned on jetting to greenville to see 100% totality. but since we were in the 96% zone, lots of things added up where it just didn’t make sense afterall. they extended the school day, because it all occurred when dismissal would have happened. however, i brought jovie home early and the 2 of us sat in the backyard and ooh-ed & aahh-ed by ourselves. The Mr. got to watch the very start with us before he had to go to jury duty. luckily he got to witness the “full” thing when they took a break and went into the parking lot. it is quite surprising how dark 4% must be. it *did* look like dusk. but we were surprised it wasn’t a tad darker. still pretty flippin awesome, though.
(thanks to the lady on the tv who suggested a colander for a pinhole viewer since the one jovie made at school i couldn’t get to work at all!) of course. all this waiting for an eclipse- ya gotta read!!
meanwhile, jovie auditioned for – and made!- chorus & we have NEVER seen her so giddy/excited/proud. they only had slots for 60 kids and there is a waiting list. we’ve only been a few weeks (canceled this week b/c of Irma) and she’s really enjoying it!
she is totally enjoying and getting more confident in horseback riding! she wants to sign up for the next session.
she is no longer a ballerina. she was super observant & mature about that decision and realized that Modern may be more suited for her.
so, we have been keeping busy. she has realized that 4th grade (!!) is so…. BIG. she has 2 teachers now. new responsibilities. giant class of kids. and so far things are going well.
so, on to autumn & all the fun that brings. (the one good thing about Irma was the cold weather she brought the past several days!!)