|Calliope exploring the dynamics of a water balloon|
|I asked her to smile. (check out the boxes in the background-curriculum swap!)|
|Happy Hazel at play|
|Hazel takes Callie on an adventure!|
|Failed crowd shot. too many people spread out to far to really get a good picture of how well attended these things were.|
So anyway, these picnics were a great opportunity to reconnect with folks who we haven't seen in a while, to introduce new families, and chat about classes and events we may want to tackle during the coming year. Everyone gathers in the playground with tons of food and curriculum materials to swap and share, and it is great fun. We came away with a whole bunch of new books (oi, we have a book problem in our house - despite having given away a bunch at the picnics!), GLITTER (much to James' chagrin), paper for handwriting practice, anatomical models, puzzles, activity booklets, patterns, and even a couple new dresses for our ever-growing seven year old. Oh - and tap shoes.
Obviously we had great fun exploring all of our new materials...and then I got to post this to Facebook: "The dark side to homeschooling: Scored some glitter at the not-back-to-school picnic & swap this afternoon, which Cadence quickly paired with her knowledge of her father's disdain for the stuff and the fact that we have been discussing pranks lately to devise her very own: She glitter bombed his workstation. Her attempt at a good and harmless prank would have been successful had she thought to move the keyboard first."
|Last tax court softball game of the season!|
Also this week, we received a lovely gift from my friend Tim, who, learning of the major sunburns we brought home with us from our trip to California, mailed us an Aloe plant. The company that sent it included a second succulent as a bonus, but neither one was potted. So, we got to get our hands dirty (literally!) creating a new home for our newest living members of the household.
|Cleaning out the pot|
|Filling the pot 3/4 full of specially mixed soil|
|Finished happy(er) plants!|
THANK YOU SOO MUCH! To Tim for the generous gift, and of course to all the wonderful families that make up our homeschooling community. Some of the most giving folks you will ever meet-I am glad to be a part of it!