You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t posted much, actually it’s only been two scheduled posts for this week that I’d managed to get written before heading off. I had these great plans of writing all of the posts I hadn’t had time to write earlier, and then we had terrible internet connection, and my computer decided it had way too many pictures and I deleted dozens of them, and quite honestly I was tired.
Because riding in the car with these three, while fun, can be tiring.
Over the past week or so we’ve driven through several states, and gotten pictures at a few welcome centers and state borders. Several just weren’t possible being over rivers or on narrow mountain hillsides. But, we’ve had fun with several small trips (which I’m sure to be writing about at some point).
We visited the Arkansas state capital, and the kids were suitably impressed with the architecture, and I was quite the proud Mom when they informed me the columns are “the second kind of column, the kind of fancy ones.” When we get back home I have a few pictures I want to print in a much bigger scale so we can figure out just who the figures are in them from mythology.
We went to the Parthenon, and I was quite please at how much Greek architecture and mythology they were able to tell me about as we wandered around outside it. Of course we also had a blast playing on the playscape, but we had to hurry off to meet:
Amber from over at Fantastic Five, it was so much fun getting to see her in real life and we talked for several hours until my kids were tired beyond belief and her daughter was trying to fall asleep on the chair. So I very reluctantly packed up all the kids, but I had to get a picture with her first, what kind of blogger would I be if I didn’t do that? So Princess obliged by taking 2 million pictures, and by 2 million I really mean 100 (that 100 is not an exaggeration, most of which were blurry).
The next morning we headed off again and went up to Kentucky (almost to our destination!), and stopped at Fort Boonesborough and wandered around there for 2 hours (long enough for my Mom to wonder what happened to us). But I spent a lot of time talking with the various workers there and asking them all kinds of questions. They were quite impressed with the kids’ knowledge and ability to pay attention, and probably amused by all my questions.
We stopped briefly at the Kentucky Horse Park for Princess to get a souvenir and promised her to come back sometime when we could come for a full day. Then Mom locked her keys in the car, so the kids got to watch the locksmith come and break into the car. They were suitably impressed.
We finally reached Cincinnati, Ohio, which I learned is right on the border of Kentucky, we were constantly switching back and forth between Kentucky and Ohio while there, and it’s right next to the river. The things you learn while driving.
I had a blast at Great Homeschool Conventions, if you ever get a chance you HAVE to go! Here’s the highlights (because I’m going to write out a more in-depth post once I’m home).
- I learned so much and am still processing it.
- I spent every bit of my curriculum budget, and still had more I wanted to get.
- I got to meet so many amazing people there, many of my friends from iHomeschool Network (you can see Marci from Homeschool Scientist, we got lunch together).
- I met Linda Hobar who writes Mystery of History, AND Steve Demme of Math-U-See.
- The kids were thrilled to meet the lady who voiced Rahab in their new Lego Jericho movie.
Meanwhile the kids were ostensibly back at the hotel with Mom working on school and swimming. Here’s the pictures they took for me:
Doesn’t look too much like school work. Well, I guess a little. IN reality here’s what they did:
From the general pruniness and chlorine smell of my kids, this might be a more accurate description of how they spent their time.