Week #33 Zoorassic Park
I’ve probably taken my kids to the zoo (Hogle Zoo) close to a dozen times over the years, but we have never gone in the evening. We were invited to a private event at the zoo and we got to enjoy the place without the crowds in the pleasant evening hours. The animals were more active, it was easy to see everything we wanted to, and we even had a private tour. Really cool! They also had a special exhibit called “Zoorassic Park” where they had dinosaurs around the zoo with informational displays. What a wonderful evening!
Week #34 Camping
I’ll just come out and admit that when it comes to camping, I’m pretty much a baby! lol It’s not that I don’t love the outdoors… I really do. I love nature, I just don’t want to sleep in it. I’m more of a cabin type of camper. And by cabin, I really mean a house with a comfy bed, a shower, and bathroom facilities. Oh, and internet would be nice as well.
I’m a leader in a large group of young women and the big activity of the year is girls camp. I knew I was going to have to get over the camping thing and go. I wanted to go, especially since my daughter was one of those young ladies. She loves to camp. She is a good camper.
One of my biggest worries about the camp is the fact that I snore. Yes, Scrapbook Lady snores, but remember that it’s a cute and dainty snore. I was worried that if I shared a tent with the other leaders that they would come to despise me by the end of the trip. I strongly considered sleeping in my car, but then there was an extra little tent and everyone agreed that it would be fine for me to have my own tent. Suddenly, camping felt a lot better for me. I didn’t have to worry so much and my only real problem was the dozens of trips I would have to make to the outhouse. Yes, I have issues… but we aren’t going to go into that now. lol!
Turns out that I’m an pretty OK camper after all. I had a ton of fun with the girls and leaders. I helped the girls make a treasure box. I hiked, I slept in a tent, I roasted marshmallows. I went without internet for 3 solid days. Go me! I also became somewhat of a legend when I showed them how I “bust a move” around the campfire one night. The girls thought it was hilarious and they especially laughed when I told them that’s how I punish my kids. Seriously, if I ever wanted to embarrass my kids, I would just dance in public. They are mortified when I do that. I really can’t understand why.
I’ve been camping before in my life, but I have only slept in a tent a handful of times and I certainly have never slept in a tent all by myself. Check me out!
Week #35 Homeschooling 2 High School Students
This might have been the hardest NEW52 I’ve tackled yet. My daughter is now a freshman and my son is a senior. Week #35 was the beginning of a new school year where I will be coaching them both through the rigorous online virtual academy high school program. It’s a lot of work. They each have 6 classes. I spent a lot of time planning for this year and I was able to arrange for them to have 1 class together (Fine Arts) all year and 1 class together this fall (PE). That means that I only have 10 (11 next semester) classes to keep track of instead of 12. It’s still incredibly overwhelming. They are both writing essays, doing science labs, and working on math well beyond my own level. Thank goodness we have a math tutor! I’m still considering getting one more tutor for my daughter, but for now I’m handling it. I’m grateful for smart kids who want to learn. I’m also grateful for individual laptops and a nice big work table from IKEA.
Only 1 more day of New52 posts and then I’ll be caught up!