Thursday, August 21, 2008

Oops, I forgot to take pictures.

Public schools in our area started up again this week, and it was difficult not to feel the push toward organized activity and study. Nonetheless, this is what the first week of school looked like in our house...

My oldest was up before 7, as usual, and got to say goodbye to his Daddy. The rest of us dragged ourselves out of bed around 8. Ate breakfast out on the patio, which we haven't done in a few weeks because it's been too hot, and I've been waking up too late. Let the chickens out for a while and watered the garden.

Took a quick shower, then left to go to coffee with my mom and my sister, who's been visiting from Tuscon this week. It's a little weird being in a public place with kids on "the first day of school." We met friends at the library next, and that wasn't so awkward. One mom of littles asked if our kids were homeschooled and actually smiled when I said yes.

Read "Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone" in the afternoon. Had neighbor kids over to play. Went out to dinner for my mom's birthday.

My parents and sister Brook headed up to San Francisco to meet my sister Lindsay for the premiere of their film at the WestWave Dance Festival. I wish I could have been there to celebrate the moment with them and see Lindsay's company perform, but, it wasn't to be.

Instead, we ran errands, planned fall field trips, and read more Harry Potter.


More laundry. Played Candyland with the boys. Baked cookies for our camping trip. Set out a craft. Neighbor kids came over to play while I made Ratatouille for the first time.

Met up with fellow homeschoolers for a "Not Back to School" pool party. Swimming and ice cream sundaes on a Thursday morning -- how could you not want to homeschool?

Then we rushed through Trader Joe's before heading home, so I could make a gluten-free chocolate cake to celebrate my mother's birthday again tonight. My parents, Brook, and her new boyfriend, the Rock Star, got back from San Fran just in time for dinner.

The Rock Star was cute, and sweet with the boys, who made him climb trees, play ping pong, hunt for walruses and jump on the trampoline -- on two hours of sleep and nine hours of jet lag, poor thing. He must really like my sister.

Tomorrow I pack, clean, water the garden, and try to get the car loaded before Scott gets home so we can leave for the beach asap.


Heather said...

I love the idea of a "Not back to school" party. Most of my kids' friends are too far away or too busy "doing school" to do such a thing. :(

Tami said...

Sounds like fun there! You're right... we do have some things in common. Thanks for the comment... we'll keep in touch!


Jennifer said...

I love to hear how you are doing the school thing. With school starting for all three of my kids, I am hearing the clanging bells of doom for me! Ack, and working in all of their classrooms. I am so intrigued with homeschooling, it's sounding better and better all the time (especially the part about a leisurely breakfast). Been meaning to dive into your Harry Potter unit, that sounds like fun! JenK

Crunchy Christian Mom said...

Heather, you don't have to have a crowd to have a party! :) Another tradition we've followed is to sit on our front steps eating pancakes (or sundaes!) and waving to the schoolbuses as they pass. 'Course, you do have to wake up early enough for that one. ;)

Lift Up Your Hearts said...

Your week sounds a lot like mine. I LOVE homeschooling. And I must know more about Brook's new love!!

Crystal said...

The ratatouille looks awesome. I've actually thought about making some (I saw the film recently!). Anyways, off the subject here, but I remember you saying you looked into unschooling. Right now we're leaning more towards Charlotte Mason ala Ambleside Online. My DH is dearly opposed to unschooling when I try to explain it to him (which I'm not great at, because I'm still trying to wrap my mind around it). Was your hubby on board right away with unschooling? Did you have some reservations that you had to overcome with it?

princessmama said...

I love homeschooling:) We went to a local firestation this morning with two of my sis-in-laws. We had seven kids between us ages 71/2 to 4 months. It was a blast:) The firefighters asked what school we were from and we said homeschool(technically only half true as my brothers kids are in private school). Afterward one of the firefighters came out to the parking lot to ask what curriculum we use because he and his wife are looking into different schools for their 3-year-old daughter and they're curious about homeschooling. My answer was a brilliant "Uh...We don't really have a set curriculum." I did tell him about a set of phonics games we use but, sheesh! I could've done a lot better than that! I'm not real handy at 'public' speaking:( I just posted some pics of our day yesterday, we had such fun just hangin' out. The kiddos are learning all the time though. Saturday we are headed to a hands-on science museum an hour from home. Just the thing for my scientist oldest:) Thanks for your blog, I love reading it...

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