1. Autumn? Huh? What do you mean it’s the last weekend of September?!?!? (and could someone inform the weather? It was over 90 degrees here today.)
2. We’re studying ancient Greece for history right now. To watch the documentaries, which use a lot of art, vases, etc. for illustrations, you’d think the Greeks hardly ever wore clothes (the reenactment ones are better on that particular point). So, I was changing Empress into her diaper and nightgown the other night, and she looks in the mirror (while naked) and declares, “Hey! I look Greek!”
3. The Fall Homeschooler Experience ends this weekend at Williamsburg (it used to be “homeschoolers’ week”, but they figured out they could get an awful lot of business at a slow time of year, so they made it two weeks). It’s a long day, but we had fun. Mary did a lovely photo essay of the outing. (Yes, that’s me, with my face showing… sort of. Behind the really huge sunglasses. No, I’m not fashionable; I lost my favorites and broke my car set and had to have new ones… and they were all huge.)
Yes, Mary and I both have almost the same shot, because the kids were all in the same spot, still in costume, and smiling at the same time… briefly. 🙂
4. Given the unseasonably hot weather, I haven’t been in the garden as often as I should have. The lettuce still isn’t planted, although the squash and okra are coming up nicely. Wandering through one day, I checked on the white pomegranate tree to discover that the one full-sized fruit had split. Eeek! That isn’t the end of the world for a pomegranate, but you don’t want to leave it out like that too long.
And now we know: white-blooming pomegranates do make white fruits all the way through.
5. Mary and I have been starting Chinese with our kids. They don’t seem to pay much attention, but I know mine are absorbing things okay so far. When they’re older, they’ll all probably be signed up for the local Chinese school (not the one run by adoptive parents, but by the local Chinese community), but, for now, this is a start.
I got these at the Nick Jr. site, colored them to cover the basic colors, and mounted them on cardstock. There’s also a cool site where you cursor over a color circle; when you click, it says and shows the name of the color in Chinese characters and pinyin.
I also made flashcards from a website with colors (patch of color on one side, printed chinese and pinyin on the other). Last week, we had the kids pull a color card and a number card. Then, we told them, “I want you to find chi things that are hong se.” And, after some discussion, they ran around looking for seven things that were red.
So far, so good!
6. It was a momentous day today: while cleaning out drawers, I realized that Crash still had posession of the famed “Happiness is being Slovak” t-shirt. I convinced him (and it took some convincing!) that it was time to pass it on. After being duly impressed with the importance of the occassion, Empress wore the shirt for the first time today.
7. Maybe I’m just weird (my kids think the blimp-like bunnies are just strange), but this scene from a Wubbzy music video is just a random bit of happiness. Not sure what that says about me…
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