Monday, May 14, 2007

Happy Mother's Day

It's been a busy weekend, as usual. Saturday we started the day off with a t-ball game. I love Cameron's coach. The first thing he said when Cam ran up to him was, "Hey, how are you feeling? We missed you last game!" It's always nice to be missed.

From there we rushed off to a creamery tour at the Redwood Hill Farm. We got to sample goat's milk yogurt and cheeses and then see how they were made. They even let us pack and salt cheese curd into molds. It was fun. Next we headed off from the creamery to the goat farm where we got to see the dairy's kids (the goat type, not the human type, lol), some of which were only a few days old! Cameron and Cassia also got to milk a goat! They both mastered the technique the first try. A thirty-something man took his turn and when he was done Cameron called out nice and loud, "Wow, that guy too forEVER to do it!" The guy's girlfriend was ROFL. She kept saying, "Ha ha! That little kid showed you up!" Greyson wanted to give it a try too but we were sure he would use a different technique - latching on. ;) (How's that for a bizarre visual that you really didn't need in your head?)

Sunday I was told to go shopping. On Mother's Day, I don't argue with that one. ;) I went to Target and spent a ton of money. I don't get to do that nearly enough so it was a nice treat. On the flip side, it's also a really good thing that I don't get to do that often! I came home to this...

They've made me a Mother's Day painting every year since I've been a mother - except last year. And boy, they didn't hear the end of it all year. Luckily, I think they really outdid themselves this time.

My mom came over for dinner later in the evening. They each made her a small painting too. Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture of those, but Cassia's was a gold background with a red patch, a purple patch, and a little bit of green dotted here and there. Cameron's looked like a red sky behind a yellow hill outlined in green. They were both really lovely. Then DH went to bed early, lol, and I stayed up watching Funny Face. Great musical. I can't wait to watch it with Cassia. I think she'll really love it. I have wonderful memories of watching Gigi with my step-mother when I was a kid. I think Funny Face could be that movie for Cassia and me.

Monday DH works from home so it still feels like the weekend to me. I did laundry and unburied that place on my kitchen counter that refuses to stay clean. The kids played LEGOs and did dot-to-dots. DH was kind of giving me "the look" because it's been a while since we've done any actual bookwork, but you know, they didn't even *ask* to watch tv today. They're engaged in creative things not just sitting and growing stagnant (unless they're sick and overdosing on Star Wars movies, lol) so I don't care.

I did finally decide that our new school year will start, officially, July 1st. That is the beginning of the new 4-H year so it seems like an appropriate place to start and stop. So that is 6 weeks from now and I would like to get some things wrapped up before then. Like math. Like the next 4 or 5 sections (50ish lessons) of phonics, even though I wouldn't be devastated if that didn't happen until September. I'm also not opposed to skipping some lessons and combining others. I'll probably have to do that AND set a September deadline. I really need to sit down and take a long look at that book. I'd like to get through Drawing with Children before our new year too, but everything else will just continue from where we are. Anyway, all that means that I'm going to need to get this school machine moving again. We're in desperate need of a new routine anyway so it will be a good time to just add seatwork in as a part of the day. Get up. Eat breakfast. Do math. Get dressed & make bed. Do language arts. Straighten up the house. We'll see if Maria's good example will rub off on me.


~Mary~ 4boys4me said...

ROFL at the image of Greyson "milking" the goat!

Meesh said...

Yeah, I'm not so sure I needed that imagery!!! ROLF

I love the artwork- so cool, what a great tradition. how big is th canvas?

Jenny said...

14" x 18" A couple of the earlier ones are 12" x 16". It is a great tradition and something I will be able to treasure my entire life. :)