Remember about how I was worrying about not having enough homeschool field trips over the summer?
Mwa ha ha ha ha!
As usual, as soon as September hit, we were overwhelmed with field trip opportunities - so many that we've had to turn down quite a few just to keep from absolute overload.
From now on, I am going to remember that summer is our "slow season" with regard to field trips - and that's okay. It will help balance against the insanity of September through December.
Here are a few of our recent outings:
Our field trip to a local Mexican restaurant. The children colored, learned words in Spanish, got a tour of the back of the house operations, and enjoyed some burritos that they rolled themselves.
In one of our homeschool groups, each member is responsible for planning one field trip per year. This year I planned a field trip to one of our local airports. It was fun (though nervewracking - I do not like being in charge of an event) and went well.
Speaking of home education, I am thrilled that I have figured out our curriculum choices for next year!
And I kept those choices for a whole 24 hours before changing them!
Seriously, I'm pretty sure that our decisions are made (as far as they can be). Believe it or not, curriculum ordering time is only a few short months away - and I'm thankful that (most of) the angst is over.
That is, until I throw everything to the winds and decide to start from scratch.
Stay tuned for that.
This year we almost missed the pumpkin patch, but thankfully remembered before it was too late. The children always love this one!
Our church took a day this past month to visit Canyon Lake. The children had a wonderful time! They spent almost the entire day in the water at the shoreline, and also had a chance to go boating and tubing for the first time.
My husband also got to try wakeboarding, which he found much more challenging than waterskiing! He didn't quite make it up on the board, but he hopes to try again some time. We didn't get any pictures of that adventure.
When we got home, we were so tired that we fell asleep, each and every one of us, by 8:30 p.m.
We hope to go back soon!
We also attended our local library's annual "Star Wars Day" - the 9yo had a marvelous time.
Yes! Merry Christmas!
Apparently our idea of letting the boys decorate early for Christmas last year set a standard, because they're never going to let us forget it.
It's okay by me. Maybe this way we could put our Christmas decorations away in January, as opposed to, say, April. (Once we actually got to May.)
The one thing that I didn't like was having such a short time with our fall decorations. Fall is my favorite season, and by the time I remembered to put up my two fall decorations, it was only three weeks till Christmas decorating day!
Next year, autumn starts on September 1st - even if it is still 110F outside!
Ending with a few random pictures!
Our little lady is pulling to stand and doing a bit of cruising. Now she's to the "let go and go boom" stage. Walking is just around the corner, as is her first birthday!
The 3yo goofing for the camera - he is a complete ham.
One of his nicknames is "Accessory Man" - he has not yet seen a costume, boot, hat, glove, etc. that he didn't immediately love. Combine that with his other nickname, "Worker Man," and you've got a child who spends his life piling on the extras, clothing-wise.
As a final note, I am happy to report that our family survived the Great Phoenix Earthquake. This earthquake was so strong that it almost woke me up. Boy, howdy. These desert earthquakes are really somethin'.
(This was actually the first earthquake that any member of our family has actually felt since moving to Arizona from California thirteen years ago. Ahhh. It felt just like home. :)
Dear readers, I hope that each of you is having a wonderful week! Love to you all!