Diary of a Homeschool Dad - Week 41
The school year has drawn to a close, and with it my official time as a homeschool dad is ending. Let's take a look at how the final week went down.
Sunday - When you live on the opposite side of a major city from your church, sometimes you're not inclined to travel back and forth multiple times in a day. We didn't have much of a choice this time, however, as our activities at church required us to spend the majority of the day on campus. After spending the morning having the usual service and Bible study, we stuck around for lunch and a Nerf war with our 5th graders, including Curly. The rain that soaked town all week forced us inside, but these soon-to-be middle school kids didn't let that dampen their enthusiasm as they took over the hallways of the west tower. Girly was supposed to have training in the evening to prepare her for the summer's Vacation Bible School, but the children's resident did us a huge favor and took the time to work with her individually. That meant that, after Girly's youth choir practice in the late afternoon, we were free to head back home and get ready for a big week.
Friday - I told Mrs. Geographist that this day represented a taste of summer, and if that's the case then my kids are going to need some motivation to get away from the electronics. It was such a soggy day outside that they were perfectly comfortable sitting around in front of various screens, so I had to persuade them to do some other things at points throughout the day (clean rooms, take their clean laundry upstairs, etc.). I spent most of the day getting work done, which honestly left very little time to do much that would warrant mention. If you've ever heard someone say "nothing to write home about", this day effectively represented that expression.
Saturday - There are certain times when I do not like having pets, and this particular day served as a perfect example. For some reason our turtle tank water filter doesn't appear to be cycling the water efficiently enough, and mosquitos began breeding there. Turtles can eat mosquito larvae but apparently ours wasn't hungry enough for that. So for several hours, my job was to 1) kill mosquitos, 2) get the turtle out of harm's way, 3) empty the tank to prepare for cleaning, and 4) do something about the smell of bug spray. Once that nonsense was finished, I was able to clean up and head out with Mrs. Geo. Several local retailers have dropped or reduced their mask rules, so that's where we go to shop. Our first stop was the home improvement store for some home essentials, more bug spray, some paint to touch up the walls on the old rental, and some new patio chairs. Afterwards we split up, with me going to the old house and her getting a few groceries. Once home, she left to go hang out with some friends for dinner and I took Girly over to her boyfriend's house for a few hours before cooking up some soup to feed the rest of us. And since I was there anyway, I went ahead and mixed up a batch of banana bread muffins just for fun! See what amazing skills I've developed since being around the house full time?
And so we've come to the end of the homeschool year. I'd be lying if I said I loved every moment, but overall we've had a really great time of it and I can't complain. Spending so much time with my youngest daughter has given us a really cool bond, and even being the one to drop off and pick up the older two each day has provided special moments. I hope every reader has enjoyed following along with our little journey. This blog will take a new direction in the coming weeks, and I invite you all to stick around and see what the future has to offer!