Happy Birthday S13

S12 is now S13. She celebrated her birthday with a “fandom” party, with her theme including elements from several of her favorite games. Undertale, Pokemon, Yandere Simulator, Five Nights at Freddy’s, Overwatch, and Stardew Valley were all represented. There was even a little nod to Minecraft.



Dance Technique 2-27-16

This morning the girls both attended jazz dance technique class at the Stage Door. They are working on their number for the studio’s recital in June.

In the afternoon, S11 attended a birthday party for M14, a friend from co-op. He invited several other friends from co-op, mostly those in the chess club. We got him a chess t-shirt that had a graphic of the pieces with the tag line, “Choose Your Weapon!” It was fun to see the kids interact. The youngest was V10, with a range of ages in between her and M14. Both boys and girls were invited, which was very refreshing. I appreciate that homeschooling allows kids to be friends with a range of ages well before high school (and life) begins.



Superbowl XLVIII

Today we hosted some friends for our annual Superbowl party.

As nerdy homeschoolers, who turn even lowbrow sporting events into “learning opportunities”, we have fun with the Superbowl every year.  We decipher the roman numerals, then the kids find the teams’ cities on a map.  They also help plan food and decorate.  This year was extra fun because the Seahawks are from Seattle, where my brother lives.  The kids have been there twice and felt a bit of kinship towards that team.

While I got the food ready, the girls decorated our family room.  Later, I found and took pictures of some of the signs.  This one was O8, apparently hedging her bets:

O8 Superbowl sign

The reason this sign is important, however, is because O8 does not really care to write.  I usually have to have a very good reason (like invitations or thank-you cards) to get her to do it.  This sign is one of the first occasions where she chose to write.  She also found out how to spell Seahawks and Broncos on her own.  Usually she will ask me to help her to the point where I do everything except move the pen.

Helping make pepperoni rolls: