I keep whittling down my expectations of this year. I have marked on my calendar that June 18 will be our "last day of school". This week I looked at our attendence calendar and realized that our 180 days will be done sooner than that. Usually I don't pay too much attention to "just" getting in 180 days. Instead, I like to keep working until natural breaks. If that goes over 180 days, so be it. But this year, I think I will be happy just to make 180. We're stopping at the end of May and taking off June and July. I'm not quite sure I understand the level of burnout this year, considering that I didn't have any babies, I wasn't pregnant, and we didn't move. Of course, I started the year wheezing, Chipmunk started walking (and climbing), and the twins were 3. I guess that might make a fair case for burnout.
In any case, I'm trying to muster the strength to recover from our trip and Andy's heavy travel schedule, which will last until the end of May... add in 15 turkeys coming in two weeks, and 52 chickens after that, plus the garden... that's why we're winding down. Here's what we did accomplish last week:
- I got some softball and T-ball equipment to replenish our stores. The little boys have enjoyed playing catch, and Katydid has found a new interest in softball... and a new frustration when she can't get her brothers to play with her. The library had a display on baseball, so she checked out Mighty Jackie: The Strike-Out Queen. Not only is this a true story about a girl who strikes out Babe Ruth, but she also played for the Chattanooga Look-Outs, a city in which we recently spent some time.
- The boys are all interested in dinosaurs... mammoths... prehistoric fish. The little boys are enthralled with Chased By Dinosaurs and Gareth has been reading The Book of Life: An Illustrated History of the Evolution of Life on Earth, Second Edition. (You know... I link books sometimes so I can pull up actual titles and authors when I write my quarterly reports for the school district. But sometimes the actual titles come out sounding a bit ridiculous.And I'm not really trying to make money at this. Just so you know.) We got a very cool book out of the library called Prehistoric Actual Size, which I'm hoping to use as a springboard for some outside measuring activities with the little boys this week.
- We started reading about Romans: Augustus Caesar's World and In Search of a Homeland: The Story of the Aeneid.
- Katydid started working on a Blurb book of her photography. But we ran into a snag: the resolution of our photos isn't good enough for the layouts she was attempting. So now I need to figure out how to resize the photos. This means I need time to fool around with software without 5 or more people asking for things at the same time. Wish me luck.
A few pictures from the week:
We celebrated Katydid's birthday with carrot cake cupcakes from the farm store...
Watermelon seedlings are growing...
I've started paying kids $.01 a weed to pull zillions of weeds in the garden. (Actually, I think this would be a challenging problem: estimate the number of weeds in the garden. How much money could you make if you pulled all of them? Are Mommy and Daddy banking on the assumption that you'll lose interest before you get that far?) Pip and Pop have been very interested in earning pennies, and will accept no dimes, nickels, or quarters. These are not weeds, by the way. These are peas.