I’m sitting here starting to write this post 2/3 of the way through May. This is primarily because while you are reading this, I’m going to be without internet access for a week, and hopefully have pre-scheduled in this post and it’s all done. Fingers crossed. So, how was the last official month of 8th grade?
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Week 1 of May
May started off with watching Midsummer Night’s Dream, that reminds me I need to go edit Julius Caesar for us to start reading through this week…. It’s my absolute Shakespeare play, so I was happy to finally finish reading/acting it out with the kids.
(Side point, I refer you to our previous acting out this scene)
I particularly liked our Bottom’s ears snack, which was full of buttery sugary goodness.
Next up, Batman made a super awesome chow mein meal complete with homemade noodles (from my Christmas present of noodle maker, YUM!).
We also had an event with our family gaming campaign where we finally got to play with the amazing wooden ship I got Jeff for his birthday. It’s super cool!
Finally we went to the Austin Aquarium for a fun-filled afternoon sitting and watching the fish, and of course the birds. I love just sitting in the birds encounter and watching them fly and eat the bird seed.
Week 2 of May
Week 2 of May brought us Mother’s Day where I got to watch all of my favorite movies: 1960s Batman, 10 Things I Hate About You, and Star Trek 6. The kids all made me super awesome presents: homemade cookies, a painting, and a small joke book that Superman wrote. It was lots of fun to read through.
I started the kids on a project for history, making a shaduf. I had this theory of going back and completing some of the projects I wanted to do but did not get done. We ran out of time for the day we started, so I need to circle back and try that again.
Princess, cut her foot on a stick, a very impressive cut that required 3 or 4 stitches on her toe, and so she spent the week sleeping downstairs because we didn’t want her climbing up into her loft bed. So I snuck this cute picture of the girl.
The picture in the middle is a silly selfie I took after I accidentally got a red marker all over my lips.
Oh, and we had something canceled, so we played some more Forbidden Fortress together, which made me quite happy.
Week 3 of May
This week consisted of lots of finishing up materials. We’re also working on reading To Kill a Mockingbird, so every couple of days we’re meeting and discussing the next 40 pages. It’s interesting to see the kids slowly growing in their ability to critique a book.
However, the picture worthy events, are not what you’re probably expecting:
- Superman got an impressive head wound that resulted in 9 stitches and every Mom in our homeschool group worried because of the sheer amount of blood covering him, and the pole he ran into vibrating from the force of him hitting it.
- Jeff and I saw “What We Left Behind” for a Fathom Event, and it was a lot of fun, though I did find Ira Steven Behr a bit too much, and would have preferred to hear more from the actors or other people. That may be because I’ve seen several videos of Deep Space 9 panels, and he tends to talk over the other people and take over the panel.
- The boys are both quite proud to be officially taller than me. Superman also officially weighs more than me, and he quite loves it.
- Princess had her Court of Awards for American Heritage Girls, she bridged over from Explorer to Pioneer, and got her level award. It was pretty spectacular.
- The boys participated in their first ever kung fu tournament, and between them got all of the possible awards to get in their different categories they competed in: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and bravery award. They were mightily amused by that.
Week 4 of May
This past week has been super busy, and it’s excaerbated by our getting ready to go on a mission trip.
- We had our To Kill a Mockingbird movie night, we loved the book and the Seven Sisters discussion guide, it led to a lot of great discussions, and I’m seeing a lot of growth in how they’re talking about the books we’re reading.
- Batman made a matzah ball soup from his World of Warcraft cookbook.
- We made our Bulgaria dinner, and everyone but me loved the meal. I’m not a big fan of potatoes, and the way it said to make the potatoes had them overcooked. Everyone agreed we’d make it again, but cook the potatoes less. Maybe then I’d like it… Oh, and I boiled over the syrup we were making when we baklava.
- Our co-op had field day, where miraculously not a single one of my kids got hurt.
- We finished up listening to the first two books of the Prydain Chronicles: The Book of Three, and The Black Cauldron. Oh, and we finished The Castle of Llyr yesterday while working on cleaning the downstairs.
- We played several rounds of Creation Rummy, and worked out some kinks I had in the game originally.
- Princess and I went to a mother-daughter tea party, and had a lot of fun with our tea dresses, which were Edwardian, rather than mid-Victorian.
- Oh, and we went to see Henry V last night, but my pictures of it are corrupted. If you’re in the Austin area, you should GO SEE IT. It’s an awesome production. I’ll see if I can get my picture up on Instagram later today (Friday, when I’m writing it).