8:30 am ~ We were finally ready to face the day and got our morning chores done. Since our washer has been broken for about six weeks now, we made plans to go to a neighbor's home to do a load of wash. Thanks to the generosity of neighbors, my mother and a cheap nearby laundromat, we have not suffered too badly during this season. If nothing goes wrong in the next week or so, we hope to have the money to replace the water pump in the washer.
9:00 am ~ We did a load of laundry at our neighbor's house while I read a chapter from Mary Poppins to the children (Literature). We also did our math work (Math), while at the neighbors waiting on the washer.
This is one of my favorite stories. I bought the mug as my souvenir from Disney World.
10:00 am ~ We returned home. The kids and I set up our science experiment. We are trying to grow stalagmites and stalactites (Science). The kids did a cavern crossword puzzle and worked on a second draft of their reports about our Monday field trip (Language Arts and Science). (I'll tell about Monday's field trip to a cave in a later blog.) They also did an Explode the Code page (Language Arts).
11:00 am ~ We arrived at a doctor appointment for Little Red Ridinghood. She broke her pinky finger last week. This is her first medical experience beyond the normal check-up. She also broke my 21 year record of being a Mother without any broken bones! Who would have guessed the first broken bone would come from my calmest child, who fell off a chair?
Here she is getting another x-ray to make sure everything is healing. She had to have her nail removed, and it is very painful.
12:30 pm ~ We got back home again. We had lunch and had a one hour break. I checked email and blogs. The kids played on the Wii and played chess. Chess has become the new addiction around our home. The kids are playing several games every day. Timothy is busy teaching the girls all of the rules. Tom Sawyer has been playing with Timothy for about two years.
2:00 pm ~ While Timothy was making grain-free dog food for Boomer (yes, we even have a dog with food allergies), the kids and I opened up a very special package from Salt Lake City, Utah. It was one of our Flat Stanleys!!! The kids were so excited to see him return. The family that hosted him did an awesome job!!! They sent back a really cool book with tons of pictures of his adventures. The kids were really overjoyed and the timing is perfect. Their Grandfather will be visiting from Salt Lake City in just 10 days. I was most awestruck by the thought of a five story library with a floor just for the children's section. Oh, Stephanie, I could spend days in a place like that! We did a page for Utah in our States Notebook (Geography).
3:15 pm ~ We had to hurry out of the house to make it to the new weekly library program geared toward 6 to 12 year olds. It was designed for homeschoolers but is open to the public. Since it starts just a few minutes after most schools let out, it was mostly attended by homeschoolers. I must say, I was really impressed with this program! I think we will try to get to it as many times as we can. The theme this week was Bubbles. They heard bubble poetry (Literature), saw a bubble demostration, learned the science behind bubbles (Science), made bubble art (Art) and played with bubbles for a long time.
5:00 pm ~ We returned home to make dinner and get Timothy off to his fencing class. The kids spent the evening making creations out of cardboard with Daddy and playing with the neighborhood kids on the trampoline.
The end of another fantastic day.