We have had the opportunity to see some beautiful parts of Pennsylvania, though. Right now, we're outside of Hershey, Pennsylvania. Rod had the day off Saturday, so we went to the Hershey Amusement Park. The three younger kids and I stayed for about four hours, riding rides and walking around. Unfortunately, it was cold and drizzling rain, so we left earlier than Rod, Mikaela and Eli. They stayed until closing (10 pm!) riding roller coasters over and over. They had a blast!
They thought it was fun to "meet" the candy-bars!
Another thing I'm getting tired of is eating out. We eat out all the time! I didn't realize I would miss cooking this much. I can't wait to get into a kitchen again! I have so many meals planned in my head to cook!
A nice breakfast at a nice hotel.
We are also ready to get back to schoolwork. The kids even miss it, although they won't readily admit it. Our routine has been thrown upside down these past three or four weeks. I've been printing, planning, and organizing for our new school year. We are going to be using a family curriculum for the older three (more on this later!). We will still be very Charlotte Mason inspired, as this lifestyle works for us. Silas and Titus will continue to use My Father's World. My kids have really missed schooling together, and honestly, I have missed it, too. It keeps things much more simple. Mikaela, being in 9th grade, will have a much heavier reading load than Eli and Mercie, but we will all be on the same page, spending more of our days together.
Mikaela and Eli at Hershey Park
Mikaela is in 9th grade, so I'm trying to get all of her classes and credits lined up. So far, this is what it's going to be:
- American History (1 credit)
- General Science (1 credit)
- English (1 Credit) - this will consist of daily grammar and writing lessons
- Algebra 1 (1 Credit)
- Home-Economics (1 Credit) - she does this daily
- Typing (1/2 Credit) - daily, but only about 20 minutes
- Spanish (1/2 Credit) - daily using Rosetta Stone
- P.E. and Health (1/2 Credit) - P.E. will be daily, with a weekly health lesson for her
- Fine Arts (1/2 Credit) - this will be done twice weekly as a family
Mercie was too small for the big rides, and almost too big for the little rides. She still had a blast with her little brothers!
Rod and I celebrated our anniversary on the 13th. We went out to dinner alone while a family friend (who works for Rod) sat with the kids at the motel. Mikaela does baby-sit for us, but I was uncomfortable with the area we were in. There were lots of people at the motel that made me uneasy, so I felt better with our friend being there! He took the kids to dinner, and Rod and I got to eat alone - a rarity! I also went to Wal-Mart and got my anniversary/mother's day present - a new wireless printer!
I can't wait to begin posting again about our actual schoolwork. How have you been?