We’ve had a great couple of weeks here in Georgia. The weather has been slightly cooler and the humidity has been really low. If you’ve ever been to the South then you know what a blessing that can be in the month of August. Our neighbor decided to homeschool one of her four children. She loves the idea of Unschooling, so we’ve had them hang out with us everyday to have fun and learn how Unschooling works. Also, I apologize in advance. Our son seemed to have an aversion to wearing shirts most of this week.
Archives for August 2015
On Saturday my husband and I took our children to the Booth Western Museum’s 12th birthday celebration. The museum is located in Cartersville, Georgia. It is dedicated to all things western as you can tell from the enormous statue at the entrance of the cowboy on the bucking bronco. The Zoo Atlanta Mobile was out front giving a presentation about Pandas for this occasion. Our son, Gabriel, found it fascinating, but our daughter, Jade, thought the blades of grass were more interesting.
On Friday I took our son, Gabriel, on a hike with a group of other homeschoolers. This hike was led by a Ranger and was going to cover the native edible plants in our area.
This time of year many children are headed back to school! If you are in Public or Private school you are getting your new schedules, supplies, and getting to know your teacher. If you are a Homeschooler you are possibly getting back into a routine and starting on your new curriculum or maybe you school year round. But, if you are an Unschooler, like us, maybe your days look a little different.
Here is Mom wearing no makeup. She’s stressed from a play date gone horribly wrong. She has the beginnings of a headache. She has holes and spills on her shirt and pants. She has diaper cream in her hair. She loses her temper. She questions her abilities as a mother. She has doubts and fears.
My son, Gabriel, began his Advancement Taekwondo Camp on Monday. He was gone Monday through Friday. So, my days were filled with my daughter, Jade. We went outside to play daily. I love that Jade wanted to dress herself each day. I adore her sense of style!
The children, my husband and I had the most wonderful vacation at my sister and brother-in-law’s farm. There was plenty to do and see. Our daughter, Jade, was old enough this year to help feed and water the cows. Something she looked forward to every morning.
The last few days of our vacation my Mom, aka Nana Dinosaur to the kids, came up from South Carolina to visit. While she was visiting we decided to go hike Viking Mountain. During my first year of college, many years ago, my Mom, sisters, and step father lived on this mountain. They only stayed up there about 6 months so I never got to visit them there. Mom wanted to go and revisit it. Viking Mountain is part of the Cherokee National Forest and is one of the tallest mountains in East Tennessee.
While on our vacation we decided to take the children and visit my step father who lives near my sister and brother-in-law. On his land is a picturesque pond and dock. After visiting for a while, he took the children onto the pond in his little boat. He first paddled our daughter, Jade, around and then he took our son, Gabriel, and let him do the paddling. The children had a grand time on the pond. My step fathers dog Lou-Lou, and Gabriel watched from the dock as the juvenile cranes were taking their first flights from nearby trees. It was very exciting!
My sister discovered the Backyard Terrors Dinosaur Park online and suggested we take the family. Family being my two sisters, Uncle Joe, our two children, my husband and myself. It is located in Bluff City, Tennessee. The park founder began it when he wanted a life size dinosaur. He couldn’t afford one, so he built one himself. There are now 19 life size dinosaurs with more coming soon. Admission is free although donations are accepted. We decided to make this even more fun with pictures that say, without words, “Oh my gosh! It’s a dinosaur!” Our daughter, Jade, was totally unfazed by all of the teeth.