The adventures of a homeschooling family

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

Thursday, September 18, 2014

End of summer

We had a crazy lead up to the first week of school. The weekend before was the party for my grandparents 65th anniversary.  That's right, 65!  It was on Saturday. We knew the younger kids wouldn't handle driving 6 hours and then being well behaved at a dinner.  So we decided to make a mini vacation out of it.  

We drove down on Thursday after Howard came home from work.  Then we spent all day Friday at Huntington Beach.  We told the kids this was going to be a Disneyland-free trip, so they were happy to spend Saturday shopping and walking around Downtown Disney.  Then we went back to the hotel and primped for the dinner.

It was wonderful to see so many relatives.  My grandparents are such a wonderful example of a loving couple.  I had so many aunts and uncles and cousins there, in addition to two of my brothers and my parents. Annie helped my dad take pictures. 

Annie and Emma had an experience.  I introduced them to one of my cousins, who was considerably more sober at that point of the evening. Somehow, later on, they were talking to him, along with their cousin Olivia.  It turns out that as my cousin drinks more, he gets talkative. Like, never stops. It was kind of funny, the looks on the girls faces and they were considering how to politely get away.  Finally, Howard took pity on them and rescued them.  

Pictures were taken, toasts were made, cake was eaten.  It was a fun night. 

That night, we told the kids that instead of driving home early the next day, we would be going to Disneyland for 1 day.  There would be no park hopper, no parades, no meeting of character.  Just pressing hard and going on ride after ride.

The kids were excited, to put it mildly.  We then had the best day ever, of all of our trips.  Adam was finally tall enough to go on Star Tours, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain and Big Thunder.  That meant less time waiting around, switch passes,etc.  We pushed hard all day and stayed until the park closed.  It was so awesome!
Sarah taking the required picture by the Main Street Native American.
Sarah braved Splash Mountain, with some reassurance. Laura was ecstatic, of course.
King Arthur's Carrousel
Laura ready to canoe around the Rivers of America.
We went on the canoes a record breaking 3 times.  

We went back to our hotel for one last sleep, then headed home on Monday.  Tuesday was spent doing laundry and light prep for school.  It was a very busy few days.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Mid summer, 2014

Event, heat, lane

Laura had her final meet on Saturday.  She had 3 events.  

She did rather well in her heats.  In her first relay ever, her team finished third. In freestyle, she finished second in her heat.  In backstroke, which isn't her favorite, she came in first!  It was a little worrisome, as she almost flipped over to check where she was, but the judges are merciful to the 6 and under group.  

This was the first meet Howard was able to attend, and as a bonus, Grandma and Grandpa were able to go, too.  Laura was happy that she did well and had her own groupies cheering her on. 

Later, Emma and Sarah's combined Girl  scout troops went bowling.
Emma has reached the "no paparazzi" point in her life and I was lucky to get this shot.
Sarah got a little silly. She was going for the Gimli look, having just watched The Lord of the Rings for the first time.

We've just been filling up our summer with the usual stuff: swim practice, watching rubbish, sibling fights, occasional walks,
Getting turned down when our phones try to connect to wifi
Trying out the recliners at Costco
Lots and lots of Fun Pops(generic Otter Pops from Walmart, they are way better)
Occasionally burning off energy in the backyard, dressed as a superhero.
And playing Legos.  All day long.
It's been great so far.  We have 30 days left and plan to use them well.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Mom and Emma time

On Monday and Tuesday, Emma and I attended the two night Doctor Who/Wings event.  
The first night was two episodes made into one movie.  We sat up close, drank icees and ate sweet tarts and sour patch kids (didn't have any jelly babies).  I sang along with the theme song.  We both wore our converse. It was fun seeing it on the big screen.  The plus side was that when we had to go to the bathroom, we have already seen the show so we didn't miss anything. It was also fun seeing other people wearing their Doctor Who swag.  We saw a Tardis skirt like Annie's, various T shirts, a hat and lots and lots of converse.  Emma couldn't find her Tardis shirt, so she settled on what she was wearing already that day.

The second night was Wings 3D.  It was a nature documentary.  Narrated by David Tennant. She found the other Doctor Who shirt before we went.  I don't normally go to the theater to see documentaries, but this was pretty good.  We sat in the row with the push-up arm rests, so Emma got cozy. I only dozed off once or twice.  Emma said it was very educational, and the shark part was kind of disturbing. 
It was nice getting out to do something with just Emma.  We finished off the evening with a trip to Target, for some medicine to counteract all the junk from the night before��.