Monday, April 16, 2007

Getting Back To Business

One thing you should know about me is that I am the biggest homebody you may ever meet. I just like being home. Maybe it's because it's simply easier to stay home. With four children, 'running out' is not always an easy task. By the time everyone gets dressed, finds shoes and socks, uses the bathroom, pulls their hair back, oh wait... it's almost lunch time, we'd better eat first. Well, you get the point.

Anyway, ever since the first part of January our family has been everywhere BUT home. Our oldest daughter tried out for and got a part in her first community play, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. 80-some children and teens auditioned and only 30-some received parts, so we were all very proud of her... even if she was in the Witch's army! LOL!

Practices for the play were Monday-Thursday, 3:30-5:30 pm (or whenever they finished) from January until the end of March. They then performed the play, which lasted a bit over an hour, 10 times in less than a week!

While all these practices were going on, all four of our children were also involved in Upward Basketball and Cheerleading, which meant three practices and two games each week. Sometimes play practice and Upward practice overlapped each other. Needles to say, we had many late, quick-fix suppers those months.

Add in a few sicknesses here and there, two birthdays with parties and sleepovers the first two Fridays of April, out-of-town family who is looking to move here (so of course we had to show off all the 'cool' places our little town has), and well, we just haven't been very consistent with our school work lately. Learning has continued, because LIFE has continued. But Mr. Principal (a.k.a. Daddy) likes to see progress being made in certain areas.

Soooo... today it was back to the books. And you know what? It actually felt good. While we are an 'electic' kind of family when it comes to learning, using living books, games, movies, play, nature, life experiences, etc. for our 'real' learning, I guess I too like to see progress being made in things such as math and spelling.

With only one more month until the end of this school year, I'm thinking we'll just keep sailing right on through the summer months, making sure to take plenty of time for hikes, swimming, late-night star gazing, picnics, reading under the trees, and whatever else may strike our fancy... while still making some 'progress' in those other areas.

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