Middle Boy turned seven last week. His birthday arrived too quickly…he’s more little boy than baby now. He may be a big boy now but he still wanted his birthday cake to look like his lovey, Mr. Lion. After painting the walls on Friday night his daddy worked another hour or so decorating the cake with Mr. Lion’s image.
Just before the party began our next box of curriculum arrived from Beautiful Feet Books. We tore into the box and looked at all the books for History of Science and Westward Expansion. Then we reluctantly put the box away as family and friends arrived to celebrate with Middle Boy. Most of the children were fellow homeschoolers and they enjoyed a fun game of Nerf wars downstairs. The one lone public school kid did not join in to play with the others. Hmm, interesting…I’ll keep that in mind the next time someone throws that “unsocialized” label at me. I’ll admit that as soon as everyone left I curled up on the couch with all the books while my husband taught the crew to fly the new remote-controlled helicopter from Grandma. Middle Boy enjoyed a great day!
Most of this week we spent at Mrs. Cuddle-me’s house working through another See The Light Art Project. This time the crew is working on a watercolor inspired by Winslow Homer. We spent a good portion of Tuesday morning at the doctor’s office for Middle Boy’s well check-up. Since we are studying Greek and Latin root words we amused ourselves looking at all the signs in the medical office trying to figure out the meaning of words like sphygmomanometer (not an easy word to spell), biohazard, stethoscope, and such words. That counts as a learning field trip…right?
Sparkles enjoyed an evening out with friends this week…all by herself with no brothers. The time out to play with another girl just did wonders for her attitude. She is looking forward to another afternoon out in the near future. I think she has had the hardest time with
switching to homeschooling since she is much more social than the boys. Sometimes, I feel sorry for her that she got stuck with me as her mom…I’m perfectly happy as a home-body. I would love to have some good garden land somewhere, keep a few animals and have no neighbors in view.
Today we will be finishing up our art project over at Mrs. Cuddle-me’s and celebrating one of her boy’s birthday too. We have a fun day ahead of us!
Last night I posted my first blog giveaway! If you feel so inclined please read my review of the film and leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Kirk Cameron’s Unstoppable. I’ve never hosted a giveaway before and I am a little nervous and kinda excited about it. This is a small blog so your chances should be pretty good!
January 31, 2014 at 11:17 am
They grow up too quick!
The one non-homeschooler not playing reminds me of when my children were all under eight. We had gone to a birthday party and when we arrived all of the children had separated themselves by age and weren’t really playing together. The moms were sitting there chatting and this woman just totally went off on homschoolers and how unsocial they were and how they would forever have problems fitting in to society. Realize that she had never actually MET any homeschoolers; this was over twelve years ago and it was still picking up popularity. The mom who was throwing the party just grinned and waited for me to open my mouth. So after this idiot … I mean mom … finished going on and on and on, and most of the other moms (who had also never met homeschoolers) had agreed with her, I told her I thought that everything she said was very interesting. Then I asked her who her kids were. She told me. Then I pointed to my boys, 8, 6, 4, and 2. The conversation went like this:
Me: “Do you see those four boys over there?” as I pointed them out to her. “Those are mine.”
Her: “Oh, yes! They were just wonderful coming in here not knowing anyone and getting everyone to play together instead of in little groups. None of the other kids were even interested in trying.”
Me: “Pretty good social skills, huh?”
Her: “I wish my children had them.”
Me: “They’re all homeschooled.” Dramatic pause. “Excuse me.” Then I got up and walked over to my boys to hug them.
Sure wish I had had a camera for the look on her face and women around her!
January 31, 2014 at 2:05 pm
January 31, 2014 at 3:56 pm
Happy birthday to your son! We love See the Light too – I’m planning to do the drawing series next year for school. Congrats on your first giveaway!
February 2, 2014 at 7:59 am
Thank you! I plan to redo Art Projects with them during the high school years. They are a bit young for it but I couldn’t pass on the fun to try them out. I was thinking of using the Art Class in a couple of years or so. I just got the Bible Stories set and we will start the Easter one soon. Middle Boy said thank you for the birthday blessing and he hopes; “She’ll have a fun birthday too and get a remote controlled helicopter!”