One measly month????
That’s how much time is left of summer vacation. Makes this geeky homeschool mom want to cry into her Palm Pilot. Now don’t get me wrong. I love homeschooling. It has allowed me to spend nine years of quality time with my children that non-homeschooling moms probably never even knew they missed. It has allowed me to learn about bunches of stuff I missed the first time around. And it has strengthened my belief in child-led learning.
But who are we kidding here? As much as I love homeschooling, I REALLY love summer break. And since my oldest will technically be of “working age” next summer, who knows if this might be the last one my boys and I will share together just “hanging.” And we’ve done lots of that so far. We’ve hung out at the pool. We’ve hung out at the mall. We’ve hung out at the library, the bookstore, the parks, the ice cream parlor, and the coffee shop. We’ve hung out pretty much every place in town that doesn’t have a ‘NO LOITERING’ placard overtly visible.
We’ve talked about lots of cool subjects together. There just isn’t anything better than having philosophical discussions with your tween and teen over sherbet Push-Ups. Lazy summer days seem to somehow loosen our tongues and create discourses on everything from why people get tattoos to what it will be like in the afterlife. We’ve been known to even start a conversation in the morning, take it up again after lunch, and run it in the ground before bedtime.
We’ve also found incredibly creative ways to avoid work. I had at least seventeen house projects scheduled for this summer, and do you know how many we actually accomplished?? Give yourself a pat on the back if you guessed: ZIPPO! I’ve kept up with the laundry and dishes (mostly), and kept the floors from being overtaken by mutant dust bunnies and the bathroom from being overtaken by mutant mold creatures (mostly), but other than that, this has been “the little house that time forgot.”
Our summer has been filled with plenty of Topsy-Techiness, as well. Uber has discovered he doesn’t have two left feet at his new favorite game “Step Mania.” H-T has been the official YouTube tester of every sci-fi-related clip – – and, for the record: Yes, they are ALL working!! I have had loads of fun with R-T’s new Windows Media Center PC, and have learned how to control the computer remote from the comfort of my king size bed. You’d be amazed what you can find to watch on the computer when you have no satellite service. Even R-T has become comfortable with his new ‘puter, and has been blogging away on it.
All in all, it has been a terrific summer vacation so far. I can’t believe there is only one month left!!
Well, I could try to think positively. You know, cup-half-full, and all that. Maybe I could look at it as: “Cool. We’ve got a WHOLE month of summer vacation left!!!” Unfortunately, when they were giving out the positive-thinking genes in heaven, I was distracted by the blinking lights on St. Peter’s celestial cell phone.
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