Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Another day.

Yesterday, my son had day two of college and then we had board game night last night.  Apparently the second day went pretty well.  When we talked to him about it last night, he said that the one class he was worried about, college algebra, turned out not to be as difficult as he was expecting and that he was actually bored because the material that they covered in the first class, he has known since he was 9 years old.  He did say that according to the syllabus, by the end of the semester, they will be covering stuff that he knows, but could use a refresher on.  It crossed my mind that he should take a CLEP test for college algebra and take something else in place of it while drop/add is still open, but I don't think he's going to.  We didn't know if he'd talk in his classes.  He talks a lot at home, but has usually been pretty reserved out in public.  This has changed though and he's feeling confident and has spoken out and answered questions in all of his classes.  :-)  It makes me happy and I feel that he's really going to represent homeschooling well.

Board game meetup in our new venue didn't go as well.  It's loud and distracting and I think my son, who is kind of the board game leader, was a bit too distracted by his other friends who hang out there and so some of the kids didn't have as much fun.  I asked the venue and they are going to give us our own room from now on so we can concentrate on what we're doing and also so we can make a lot of noise when we want to, so the other group can concentrate on what they're doing.  :-)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

First day down.

Youngest son came home happy and excited about school.  He had a good day even though he had a lot of tasks to do, drop and add a class, meet with the accessibility coordinator and get his photo ID made.  He remembered to do all of it and was quite pleased with himself for getting it all done.  (I was too!)   He really enjoyed his history class and the writing class wasn't too bad, at least so far.  The professors seemed to be engaging and entertaining to him.  He tried to introduce himself to all of the people in the drop/add line, to get a conversation going so that the line didn't seem so long, but he wasn't really successful; only one person said "hi" back and then the conversation pretty much ended.  Oh well, maybe next time.  The reason he was in the drop add line was so that he could move some classes around so that he could get into choir, which meets as a class on Thursdays.  He had another class at that time, but was able to switch that one and get choir.  He loves to sing and has a very nice bass voice, so he will enjoy that, I think.  

So that's the school report.  Good first day for our second homeschooler to enter college.  

Monday, August 14, 2017

He's on his way!

Youngest son started college today.  I'll let you know how it goes later.  He's taking Algebra 1, World History, The Freshman Experience and Writing 1.   It should be a relatively easy course load for him, but of course, I worry that his learning disabilities will cause him difficulty.  I do think he will ask for help though.  The learning disabilities/accessibility coordinator there at the college is very nice.  We've spoken with him several times and he says that if my son has any problem doing something he is asked to do in class, to come to him and he will help him find a way to meet the requirements of the class.  It was fun taking him to get his hair cut and buy him new clothes and a backpack.  He hasn't had a backpack since he left school in first grade.   He's going to a community college that is about 20 miles from our house and my biggest, biggest worry is his driving.  He's refused to drive much with me in the passenger seat because I am annoying ( I own that!) and therefore he has not had enough driving practice to feel really confident, so therefore I am not really confident.  Nevertheless, I let him go.  I'm still waiting, right now, on the text to let me know he's arrived.  He's not the only one being brave today!

Tuesday, August 08, 2017


It seems to me like it's been a busy week, but really, for me, it's just in reaction to everyone else's changes.  My son and his wife started their jobs and I started dog-sitting their puppy.  My daughter is back to work.  My youngest son starts college NEXT week!   As the unemployed support person for everyone (read, mom and housewife. puppy-sitter, chief cook and bottle washer), I am cooking meals, cleaning up, buying supplies, keeping the car gassed up and various other tasks that make what they are doing go smoother for them.  It's been kind of exhausting, really, because I am not the best of housewives and not the best of cooks, but I've been doing the best that I can.  These are all good changes and I'm happy about it all, it's just, you know, change.

Have a great week!
My granddogs, Cosmo and Remus. 

Some of my art. 


My daughter made cinnamon rolls the other night. 

Cosmo sitting on Freckles.  

I love taking pics of the sky while I'm driving, or in this case, sitting at a redlight.


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