Weekly Report 9/13-9/17 – A Week in the Car

We had our first week with all our classes and all I can say is that I am tired! Seriously, what was I thinking?

Monday – Swim lessons at our place. Luckily this might be our last week because the weather is cooling down (and yes I am talking about California cool, which is high 60’s, low 70’s, and yes I know we are wimps out here!). The kids did math, language arts, and history. Everyone practiced their music.

We also spent sometime listening about Bach with this wonderful series by Vox. The CDs are very affordable; we picked up a few of them and are currently learning about all the composers.

Tuesday – Tru has drum lessons with a wonderful group in Garden Grove. This is about 20 minutes away from us, so it takes about 2 hours out of our day. The lessons are also about five minutes from Disneyland. Five minutes, and we have passes! It is impossible to overlook this fact, and I know that most Tuesdays this year we will be at Disneyland. How sad for us! The kids listened to another CD on Mozart.

Wednesdays – We had an early day Wednesday. The kids had to take some beginning of the year tests for their charter school. We were up and out the door at 7:30 (it was amazing that we accomplished that!), and our first stop? Starbucks. Yes I am that kind of mom.

After that the kids took their tests, and I had our first meeting with our ES. From there we had to drive to homeschool choir. Decca and Autry had their first meeting, then we got a half hour break for lunch. This was followed with Decca’s piano lesson and Autry’s voice lesson. We got home at 2:30.

I thought we were in for the day, and that we were done driving around. Then I realized that this was the last day to pay for Peter Pan tickets through our school, and I really wanted to see this play. What to do? I threw the kids in the car and drove to Long Beach in rush hour traffic. Not fun, but we were able to pay for our tickets. I am looking forward to seeing the play.

Thursday – Most of our day was open, so we did get some work done. Thursday afternoon Autry had her first class at South Coast Rep. The boys and I had to stay for the first forty minutes for a parents meeting, and by the time we got out they were starving. There was no time to run home before Autry had to be picked up, so we grabbed some dinner at South Coast Plaza. A nice, uneventful dinner, and then our check came. I looked in my purse for my wallet, and I realized, to my horror, that I had no wallet or money or anything to pay for this dinner.

I thought back to my childhood, and how mortified my brothers and I would be in this situation.

My older brothers before I came along.

Harold and I would be under the table hiding in embarrassment, and Jesse would probably be making some joke about it, while Sam would be the only one trying to help mom. I thought my kids would be equally embarrassed, but they were more panicked, especially Tru. He didn’t know what we would do.

Thank goodness I have a little charm left in me. I used it, and the waiter didn’t care about us not being able to pay at all. He joked that he might need the boys to do some dishes, which the boys didn’t think was funny. In the end we just left with a promise to pay the bill later.

That night the kids did math and language arts, and then they started making a funny video on the life of Mozart. Decca played Mozart, and Tru was his father.

Friday – I registered the twins for a day of classes at this wonderful homeschool campus. They started their day with a science lab, then Tru went to an engineering Lego class. We then had an hour lunch break. Autry ended the day with a drama class. The class is using Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! as a basis for their play. I think Autry is going to enjoy working in this class.

We got home at 4:00. It was a long day, actually a long week. I was ready to do nothing, but Decca decided to work on his Egyptian pyramid kit that we had picked up from our ES.  I was surprised how nice this kit was, as I usually am not impressed with kits such as this. The boys worked on it for over an hour, and Decca kept going on about how he is a famous adventurer who discovered this pyramid. Tru was a famous archeologist that he hired to excavate it. Autry was working in her new workbook all night while this was going on. They all had fun, and it was a nice way to end the week.

Saturday and Sunday – What, work on the weekend? I have to make up our missed work somewhere, and this is the beauty of homeschool. We aren’t on a set schedule, and the kids can do their work whenever it is necessary. Luckily the kids have no trouble working for a few hours on the weekend, even if that means Saxon math.

Saturday school is done in pajamas.

And that is our week in review.