The adventures of a homeschooling family

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

Thursday, November 27, 2014


Any time we have a break from school, the kids complain about how boring it is and how we never do anything.

So, last night, we alleviated the problem and announced that we were going to a hockey game. Not surprisingly, they complained.  "We don't like hockey, we don't want to go!"  And so on.

After some persuading, they all hopped in the car and we went to the designated place at the designated time. We had 2 family packs,8 tickets, so we were able to bring Emma's friend with us.

I don't think we got the usual seats for a family pack, as they were behind the net, about 8 rows up.
Once we were there, they were pretty happy.  They had no idea what hockey was, due to a serious lapse on our part.
Included with the tickets were hotdogs and sodas, and even a team hat.
Adam has entered the "strange smile for pictures" phase. Laura and Howard look amazing. 
Annie was Sarah's buddy. And, incidentally, she was the only one who was warm enough, thanks to her jacket, which you can't see, because it's camouflaged.

Turns out, the kids loved hockey.  They picked players to cheer for. They loved all the fighting.  Laura loved that after they fought, they had to go to time out. I was so proud, when after a fight, she informed me that it was a 4 on 4, and two guys were in the penalty box.

Someone gave Adam a puck. Emma and her friend got team posters, Sarah and Laura got hats, trading cards and a team picture. 

Everyone stayed awake and actually watched the whole time. 
Overall, I'd say it was a successful outing, even though the local team got their butts kicked pretty good.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


This summer, while adding rock to our path behind the house, Howard and I asked ourselves, "Would  it be feasible to add on to our house, so we don't have to move into a bigger house?" Well, we found a contractor, and an architect, and by the end of August, we were on our way to a 4th bedroom and a bigger master bedroom.

We had to take out all of the rock we had just put in.  Emma didn't really wear that to work in.  She and Annie were messing around, and this is my only "before" picture.
Once the concrete slab was poured, it was a stage where much silliness was played out. 
The first framing went up in one day
Then we decided to add a sidewalk around the addition

And since it was our sidewalk, we wrote our names in it.
Then the roof and siding.  It was all very exciting.
From the other side of the house
Looking in thru the window of Annie and Emma's new room.
The new hallway leading to Annie and Emma's room.  Love the Frankenstein drywall.
Finally, some drywall in the master bedroom.
Another view from inside the room.
The girls closet. It's actually pretty big.  It's the biggest closet of all the kids rooms.
We did the painting ourselves.  Emma picked the color.  It's called Aqua Chintz. Once the carpet was in and we passed final inspection, the girls moved in right away. It has since been totally teen-ified, with posters and other cool stuff. It is also filled with clothes and other messes, so no pictures at this time.

Our room took a little longer, but it's at a point where we are happy with it.

We have actual walking space in front of our bed now.
We think a cozy chair would look great where that floor cushion is.  We just haven't found the one of our dreams.
We painted our bed and side tables, I reclaimed the two beach pillows I made when the girls room was beach themed.

We are totally loving all the new space.  We also have a sweet walk-in closet, but it is currently the hiding place for Christmas gifts, so no pics right now.

We have plans for wall art, but, well, life with 5 kids, homeschool and the holiday season is happening.  This is the most we have ever done with master bedroom decor, so I am pretty happy with it.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Giants World Series Parade

On Halloween, the Giants had a parade to cebrate their World Series victory.  Howard took Annie and Sarah.  They woke up at 5am to get to the Bart station in Pleasonton. Sarah was so excited!  She watched most of the games this season, and all of the post season. When they won, she was ecstatic. When they lost, she cried and cried. She has been such a faithful little fan.

They got a good spot at the beginning of the parade.  The people near them let Sarah and Annie go to the front.  Sarah was given a shirt, a hat, an orange towel, a sign and oodles of candy.  
And at one point, Jon Miller pointed straight at her. 
She also got to see Ishikawa, which made her day.  She is kinda like Elf, and just likes saying his name because it's fun.
They made it home from the parade just in time to trick or treat.  Toward the end of the night, she ditched her costume and went as a Giants fan.