Friday, January 19, 2018

Finally, ready to start 2018!

2018 began and we were off and running.


I had planned to run the 10K race at Disney's Marathon Weekend three days after the New Year, and Damien decided to train along with me.  He was excited to find out that he was old enough to run in the 5K, but disappointed it was sold out.  We made pie-in-the-sky plans for 2019's Marathon Weekend, but then Santa did some magicking, combined his powers with Disney magic, and brought Damien a 5K bib along with "Disney bounding" Peter Pan running clothes and a costume for after. We had a fantastic time -- I'll tell more about our races in another post, but I'll share a few pictures now!


Got his bib and ready to run! 

Running through Epcot before sunrise - about a mile left on the course

Showing Pluto (and Goofy) our medals!

I am so happy to finally be getting back to a routine. We aren't quite there yet, but I'm working on it.  We originally planned to start back to school on January 9th, but Christmas break was extended by illness.  (It's bad when Mom gets sick and has to wave the white flag!)  Thankfully,  by this past Monday we seemed to be on the mend, and we're back to school this week.

Jude doesn't know it yet, but this writing exercise will be turned into a blog post soon. He's writing about how to make brownies, his favorite dessert. He has a couple more revisions - and a baking session - to go. 

Damien made paper dolls dressed in Ancient Egyptian clothes.  I foresee a video featuring them...

Matthew discovered that silk, wool, and cat fur can create electric charges, but bubble wrap does a better job than any of them.  He has a stack of science labs to catch up on - we're saving them for weekends.  This weekend we're looking at Dogfish scales and cracking open a couple of chemistry experiments that got shelved. 

My main goal for this week was to get things organized. Last fall was absolutely crazy, so it was time to check and make sure everyone had what they needed. All three of the boys needed some new curriculum things, so my credit card and I got to work.  I also ordered some new bookshelves because we've outgrown the shelves we had.  They should be here in a few days and we'll see just how assembler-friendly Ikea furniture is!

Another Crew year is starting up, and we have our first assignment - we're reviewing Wulf the Saxon from Heirloom Audio.  I'm hoping to get back into the swing of things with a new Blog Party I've been invited to join, called "Homeschool Highlights."  My plan is to share what we've been doing, and see if I can't kick a hole in the Writer's Block I've been wrestling with.  Here's to 2018!

Homeschool Coffee Break

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