Yeah, that’s my boy!

7Jul2008 Filed under: blah-blah-blog

Zach’s standardized test scores came in the mail while we were in Florida. I know I shouldn’t, but I still tend to doubt myself a bit in regard to my ability to homeschool the kids. I have so much of myself invested in doing this…if they don’t succeed, then as their teacher, I have failed too, know what I mean? So I’m always on pins and needles waiting for test results.

It was a huge relief to see that Zach did really well!!!

It’s kind of hard to explain the way this particular test is structured, but the summary is that he scored average to high in all categories, and shocked the heck out of me by ranking in the 90th national percentile in math!

I’m really proud of him and SO relieved to see proof that he’s doing well. :-D

Home again, home again, jiggety-jig

7Jul2008 Filed under: blah-blah-blog

We are back from a relaxing week in Florida. I attempted to post there from Donnie’s laptop, but every time I tried, the whole site ended up going wonky. More tomorrow…and maybe some photos. For now, I’m going to bed…these kids have just about killed me! :lol:

Gotta love those pop-up thunderstorms

28Jun2008 Filed under: blah-blah-blog

Zach remembered this afternoon that Eli’s been wanting his Hot Wheels rug back in his room. One of the cats ralphed on it months ago, and I just forgot about it, folded up out on the carport.  :oops:   

It was sunny, so we put it on the back patio, hosed it down, and began scrubbing it with big sponges soaked in soapy water. Then it was like the lights went out and it started raining…huge blobs of rain! We kept scrubbing away, though, laughing about how wet we were getting.

As soon as it started, it stopped, but it’s still rumbling thunder. The wet rug is draped across the fence, so I hope we get a little more sunshine before the day is done. If not, I guess he’ll get to enjoy a dry rug sometime tomorrow. :lol:

What lurks beneath the bed

26Jun2008 Filed under: blah-blah-blog

When Eli gets home this weekend, he’s in for a surprise.

We’ve been redoing his bedroom, hanging the Star Wars curtains he begged for (but was convinced he’d never get), painting a ceiling fan black to go with the Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker fan pulls that came with the curtains, installing a Star Wars light switch cover. He’s going to flip out when he sees it all!

We also decided it would be a good time to put in a different bed. My grandfather had a cool c.1941 metal army bed that we repainted and put in Eli’s room. Besides the sentimentality of this piece, we love it because the bottom of the mattress sits a good foot or so above the floor. And he is not getting a dust ruffle as he had before. Why, you might ask?

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