Well I know you are all probably thinking how tacky it is to celebrate your blog anniversary and then promptly stop posting, but allergies have been blowing in like gangbusters and just getting the basics done was all I seemed to have the energy for. I noticed on lots of other blogs they are celebrating the fall festivals and what-have-you, but it's still too hot to attend any outdoor events around here. It's still in the high 90's with no relief in sight, so I assure you, we've been inside. The only thing Ike has done for us is blow in lots of debris so that breathing clear clean air is no longer something we can take for granted. Oh, well.
Despite all that, school went very good this week. Baby Boy is working just as hard as ever:
- We finished our first literature book, Cameron Townsend. It's a true story about a man who dedicates his life to having the New Testament of the Bible translated into every language. We usually don't do a lot of religious reading, but I thought this book was important because it showed how one person can make a difference in the world if he puts his mind to it and it also is an incredible story of determination and perseverance. Those are the kind of qualities that will take you far no matter what religious preference you are, even if you have no religious preference at all.
- We completed the first chapter and test of our algebra 2 curriculum. It was mostly review from algebra 1. Baby Boy did excellent, only missing one question. I'm so glad to see that even though we took a year off between algebra 1 and 2 to do geometry, he hasn't forgotten everything. Frankly, I was extremely worried about that.
- We are loving our History of US series for U. S. history, although we did ditch our first reader, Peace Child. I don't know what to say about this book, except neither of us liked it. I know I'm not supposed to model to Baby Boy that it's all right to quit something when it gets unpleasant, but I was just. plain. done. with this book. It has some pretty graphic descriptions of ritualistic killings and cannibalism, which didn't really bother Baby Boy or myself too much, to be honest, but may disturb more sensitive readers. The writing style is just not pleasant and very hard to keep up with. I don't recommend it at all.
- Chemistry is by far Baby Boy's favorite subject. My head is swimming with conversion methods and factors as we convert liquid and regular (I don't know what word to use, ask Baby Boy) units from our measuring system to the metric system. Baby Boy really has a knack for it. Shoot! I have to go online and use a conversion calculator to check his work. So sad when the student is so much smarter than the teacher. We also did a lab experiment on volume, mass and density. I have some photos . . . see . . .
- By far the most interesting subject is driver's education. We aren't using a set curriculum, just going it alone with a little help from some online tools provided by the Department of Public Safety. I gotta tell you, I've been driving for a while, and I really didn't know there were so many rules! I usually just try to stay away from cops, but now I'm learning all over again how it's really supposed to be done, LOL.
In other news, we had a small little dinner celebration because these two people . . .
. . . our daughter and her significant other-boyfriend-common law husband-baby's daddy-or whatever have finally started getting their act together and starting to really (as in not lying about) put some money together to put a deposit on their very own apartment. Mom #2 and I are both excited and nervous for them, but it's always best for parents to be in their own space with their own children. Especially since their current living arrangements usually have them separated from the baby for various reasons.
Let's all hope, pray, chant, send good vibes, or whatever your personal preference is that this really happens for these kids. For all of our sake.
Speaking of the baby, she has gotten so big! She eats like nobody's business. I'll close out with a picture of her, why not, who doesn't love baby pictures? We were wearing our matching green ensembles that day, because we love each other so very very much, LOL.
I think that's all I have to say about this past week. I'll try not to let it get away from me for so long for next time, but as you know, no promises. ;-)
I hope everyone had a great week as well, and a wonderful relaxing weekend planned!
Until next time . . .