Thursday, August 26, 2010

My Small Successes XXXIII

1. Last Friday, Kansas Dad and I buckled the kids into the van and drove to one of Kansas's natural history museums. We spent more than six hours driving (there and back), not including stops for meals (everyone) and second meals (Second Son only), and only two hours at the museum, including our time in the gift shop, but First Son was thrilled. He's still talking about it and planning our next trip. Kansas Dad and I think maybe we'll try to stay overnight and visit some of the other attractions; it was quite a bit of car-time for such a small museum. It's actually quite a good museum with excellent displays and amazing specimens, just very small.

2. On Sunday, we joined in our local homeschool groups back-to-school party, though Kansas Dad and I were both feeling a little stretched. It was worse for him since I just didn't bother trying to finish everything for our first day of school, but he couldn't really skimp on anything for his classes which started this week. We'll think of the first week as "half-days" if we don't finish everything.

3. Our first day of school was Monday! We've been moving along very well, despite Second Son's best efforts to demand I focus entirely on him.

Of course, I was hoping to have pictures to share but they're all still on the camera...I suppose we mustn't be too successful.

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  1. sounds like it was a good week, remember you have a newborn!
    so what museum did you go to?

  2. Sounds like a busy week. That was a lot of driving for the museum! It makes me realize that we really take living less than an hour from several museums for granted. I'll try to remember that others have to travel much further to take their kids to the museum the next time I complain about the 40 minute ride into Philadelphia.

  3. Great list! One of the blessings of homeschooling is that you can roll with the punches
    no attention span = PE outside in the backyard
    Mom's not ready yet = school starts next week
    house is a wreck = home ec class

    Keep up with the hard work!

  4. I love natural history museums :). I took them for granted when I lived close to them, but now I'd love to take my nieces there for a homeschooling excursion.

    Congrats on a great week!

  5. sounds successful to me. I try to keep my expectations low with a newborn :)

  6. Wow, we still haven't driven anywhere further than, let's see, I guess it was your house! :) We start school next Monday and I think Anthony will be my biggest challenge. Hey, I'm glad you made it to the picnic on Sunday! It was nice to meet Second Son!

  7. Erika, we went to the Sternberg Museum in Hays. It's really quite nice and worth the drive, though I don't think we'll make the trip very often.

    Karen, I love Philadelphia! I wish we could take the kids there...but it's pretty far from Kansas. We actually live closer to some museums, but I knew First Son in particular would love this one and I love all museums, even if I don't get to enjoy them in the same way I did before we had kids.

    growinggarcias, you're right! More than once last year, I let the kids into the kitchen to help me bake when I needed a break and definitely considered in educational!

    Farmer's City Wife, I know what you mean. We lived in New York City for four years and when I think of the museums we never bothered to see it almost makes me cry. But there are advantages to the country-side, too. Eventually we'll be going on some nature walks that will hopefully be more natural than Central Park.

    Janelle, I know. I hate to take on too many new things at once. So far we've made it through the first week of school without any lessons. I'm beginning to hope I haven't planned too much for the year.

    H of B, it was great to see you, too, and meet your husband! I'm glad we signed up for choir so we'll be seeing lots of our friends regularly, even if I fear getting all the kids out the door a little. I keep telling myself to just take one hour at a time with Second Son. I never know when he might take a nap in the swing just when I need a break. I can usually count on at least 30-60 minutes during the day, though not necessarily all at the same time.


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