The adventures of a homeschooling family

Howard and Rachel
Annie, Emma, Sarah, Laura and Adam

Friday, July 3, 2015

This super hot week

So this week, the forecast was for heat, heat and more heat. 

Laura and Adam began Monday with crazy dress up.

It was off to Rubio's for lunch. 
They insisted on eating outside, but it worked out. 
We dropped Annie and Emma off at their music school to help with redecorating. The younger 3 kids and I went to the park, but it was super hot. So we headed to the batting cages instead. That was also hot, but very satisfying to smack the ball.
Tuesday we headed to the Children's Museum. The favorite spots ended up being the store, the dress up spot and the painting area. 
Laura liked being a doctor. She also manned the cash register at the store.
Once Adam discovered this particular set, he didn't want to take it off.
After the museum, we headed to baseball practice, which was just discussing the word of the week, which was health. Because of the heat index, there was no actual practicing. Then we headed to Chili's. 
Wednesday we have no pictures of. We retreated to the air-conditioned goodness of the mall. We wandered, had some See's samples, bought some fan t-shirts, then saw Cinderella. It was surprisingly better than I expected. 

Thursday we headed to Six Flags. Sarah and Emma earned free tickets, so at least  there was that. Annie and Emma headed off alone to ride the big coasters. Sarah and Laura went on this deceptive ride as their first ride alone. It seemed like a simple kid ride, but whoa, it was spinny!!
Then they went on this teacup ride. Then Sarah went again. And then they were dizzy and needed to rest for a while. 
Adam went and played at the big playground, and Sarah found her favorite animal of all. 
Emma is a fan of pretty much all animals. 
We finally found a ride the whole family could go on, a water ride! We went three times, took a bathroom break, then went a couple more times. Ride success!
The downside to the water ride? Soaked shoes and soggy jeans. The older two thought maybe they would dry off on big coasters. Howard took the middle two on a mid size coaster. I took Adam to finish the Adam size rides.

We left Six Flags, took off our wet shoes, and drove to Mary's Pizza Shack. No one wanted to put on their shoes to go in, but it was worth it. For half the price of the mediocre lunch we had at the park, we had a delicious dinner made fresh. It redeemed our food day, that's for sure. 

Today, Friday, we just hung out. Emma and Laura were too wiped out to go to swim practice. We did get two new air pistols, and and spent some time shooting cans in the backyard. We also bought strawberries, blackberries and cucumbers from a farm stand, and of course, fireworks. Resting up for a long day of doing nothing but swim, shoot and setting off fireworks. 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015


Sometimes, when we are around our kids all the time, we don't really notice them growing and changing. Today Adam put on his 10th Doctor overcoat that I made for his 4th birthday. Alas, the sleeves are too short. His custom Fez doesn't fit on his head. His blue suit was donated months ago and his high top converse are a reminder of his smaller self. 
I know he is still tiny compared to other boys his age, but he is growing, slowly. 
Now that he has a Tardis, I think his wardrobe needs some updating. 

Friday, May 29, 2015

Last Day!

Today is the last day of school!

Sarah and Laura really buckled down and finished science and math earlier this week. That just leaves spelling and writing for Sarah over the summer, which is good to keep up anyway.

Emma has been working hard on math, but it's harder to do 4 lessons a day when the lessons are longer and the work is harder. Even so, she has been doing great, and understanding the work, which is what's important. Science is still the bane of her school life. 

Annie has been cranking out algebra 2, and is now caught up. She has been doing so much Spanish that she sometimes answers us in Spanish! She has been reading British Literature like crazy, and rewriting her Jane Eyre paper because it's not to her liking. 

Even though they all have something to work on over the summer, I am so proud of them all. They have all put in a lot of time and effort this year. They have had some wonderful projects, some total duds and some work they just had to slog through. 

Sarah and Laura were so excited today that they got up early, put up streamers and made pancakes! Hooray for the relaxed life of summer!

Emma also managed to finish all of her Junior journeys for Girl Scouts, which should get her the Summit award. Additionally, she earned her Bronze award for service. 

Sarah was able to complete her second Brownie journey, and in the last 3 weeks earned activity/skill/legacy badges for: snacks, senses, hiking, Girl Scout way, pets, dancing, My Best Day and I think one more. She did so much work and learned so much these last 5 months in Brownies.

Laura earned most of her Daisy petals. She is excited to bridge up to Brownies and is already planning her badges.

Tonight, they will all three bridge up to the next level. Emma will be a Cadette, Sarah will be a Junior and Laura will be a Brownie. There are big changes for them next year. Emma and Sarah will have a new leader, who says she will definitely consider kayaking!!! Laura knows about all the badges available and wants to get started right away. 

Onward to summer adventures!