Thursday, December 7, 2017

December update...

Our original Fall semester plan was to have off from school for a little in October. Neal and I had plans to go to Disneyland for our 20th wedding anniversary. I  took a week hoarded from working through the summer so the boys would have off from school. 

Then Aunt Jo and Uncle Brendan surprised us with a visit.  We had a phenomenal time touring with them during the end of October and the first half of November!  Here are a few pictures from our travels for now -- I'll share more details about what we did on our trip in the coming weeks.

We did sneak a little learning in.  Aunt Jo and Uncle Brendan each became Junior Rangers with us when we visited the National Parks, and Matthew got an aircraft pop quiz at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. 

Once we said goodbye, we had two weeks of daily appointments, with Thanksgiving sandwiched in there.   Now that we are finally back to a somewhat calm schedule where we can get some work accomplished, we're careening into Christmas.  For now, we're working on tying up loose ends. 

In the middle of it all, Matthew tested at Karate and has advanced to a purple belt.  Celia also had her fall concert with the Rowan Youth String Orchestra, where she was the first chair violin.

Luke is nearly done his first semester of college.  There were a few moments of panic trying to meet a deadline (what's college without a couple of almost all-nighters), but he made it to the post office with nearly an hour to spare! He's got a blog post percolating in his head about surviving the first semester; he plans to share that before the Spring semester begins. 

A new Homeschool Review Crew year is starting up, and I did finally decide to re-apply.  I got a "thick" acceptance email a couple of weeks ago, and am looking forward to new products to work with next year.  I decided that I really enjoyed writing, and being part of the Crew gives me that opportunity. I think the hardest part is going to be blogging between reviews -- I'm working on creating a list of things to share about.  Hopefully having prompts and photos already gathered will help with some of the writer's block I've been experiencing. 

I'm looking forward to having some semblance of routine after the New Year begins. It won't at be the very start of January though -- I'm currently training to run a 10K race during the first week of January.  Lucky for me, I've got a few trainers helping me.

Right now, we're playing "Tread water and plan for the next semester."  Tread with us!

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