First thing: Thank you, Kristen, for choosing me for HSB Blogger of the Week! I do hope my techie-wannabe posts are helpful; I don't do the greatest job at explaining things. Hey, maybe that should be a new category here... Techie Gems. Make that Techie Wannabe Gems. :D
Next thing: While many of you are hitting the books again, I have yet to order curriculum for the coming year! As much as I try to ignore the public school schedule, I find that I can't ignore it completely. School starts here on August 9th, and we will still be on summer vacation. We have been on summer vacation since April, I think. (May? I don't remember when we called it quits with the 2009-2010 school year.) Oh yeah, and this was the year we were not going to break for the whole summer, but carry on with math and Bedell curriculum. Hahahahaha!
Thing three: Before we start the new school year we must learn some real life stuff, like calculating mileage, reading a map, being a good guest, how to love on newborn babies, climbing a lighthouse, how to tell if a motel has bedbugs, and how to pack six people and all their belongings into a minivan for ...a vacation. I was going to say how long we'll be gone, but there might be someone out there looking in blogland for a place to rob, and I don't want them to know much time they have to empty the house out. (Now that I think about it, maybe I should say how long we'll be gone...) Not that we have anything worth stealing. The big dilemma here is which stuffed animals to leave behind. While wise mothers would set the limit at ONE doll or furry fake, we have agreed on two per child, and I have a feeling there will be a few stowaways. "Kitty" and "Matthew" will certainly have their feelings hurt if they are not included!
Today is my packing day. The clothes are all washed, floors are swept and mopped, and my lists are made. I am working really hard to have most everything done by tonight, so that on the Lord's day we can all sit here quietly anticipating the thrills of the next x number of days. :) We leave Monday bright and early. Here's what we look forward to:
meeting the PlainJanes! Yippee!
riding an alpine slide
visiting some national parks
seeing family, including a brand new cousin
visiting some like-minded churches along our route
camping in a real live tent and sleeping in a real live barn
Minnesota History Museum
being with old friends and making new ones
miles and miles of gorgeous GREEN scenery
riding a horse
seeing the presidents' faces at Mt. Rushmore
playing in an orchestra
visiting a harbor and seeing all the BIG ships!
School can wait! This IS school.
I don't want to hear, "Are we there yet?" more than a dozen times. :D
Where there's a computer, there's a way to keep in touch. I'll maybe leave an update or two.