Last weekend we celebrated Joshua’s 21st with some friends with a casual potluck. The weather had changed, which meant it was cool enough to have a fire happening – a fire always sets a great atmosphere. It was a no fuss, no fanfare 21st. We celebrated his 18th with speeches and sentiment so 21 was really, just another birthday.
Mothers Day was all I asked for –my kids loved on me. When they asked, I had said all I wanted was time to scrapbook and not having to cook and of course, chocolate is always nice!! And that is how our day went. Josh caught up with some friends he had met online though connected to a seminar he’d been to. Naomi had her first practice for the next drama production which is a variety show. She’s in a short skit.
We had a great study morning on Monday. In particular we discussed why we were studying what we were studying in our Bible study, and the kids and I all made a commitment to pushing that a bit harder so it didn’t drag out for so long. They had some ideas on what other studies they would like to do and I’d like to look into that for when we are done. After this discussion we read for longer than we usually do, leaving the notebooking for the rest of the week. This worked out well since I was on Jury Duty for the week, which meant this was the only lesson we had together afterall. In fact, this model worked so well, I think we’ll try again for a big reading and talking day on Monday, leaving notebooking as independent work Tuesday and Wednesday.
I then spent time with Naomi talking about study options once homeschooling is finished. She started to see that there may be a career with art whereas before she was thinking that had to be a hobby on the side. She spent a good part of the morning going through Open University of Australia’s website, looking at what a Batchelor of Arts (Fine Art and Visual Culture) would look like. She walked back into the room with a grin all over her face pretty excited. No decisions made but options are opening up to her (especially to her understanding).
Naomi and Daniel maintained their study routine for the whole week. I had a little time with them in the morning before I left where I could help them with any glitches from the day before, and ensure they knew what was ahead of them for the day. Being in a situation where you have no choice but to be absent has helped everyone see what really is possible if everyone is committed and focused.
This week was the first week where we’ve changed the cooking roster for the evening meal leaving everyone cooking at least one meal for the week (more on that change next week). If this week is any gauge it is a good change – everyone was keen to be learning something as they cooked, not just getting a meal on the table. Daniel cooked Spaghetti Bolognaise, Naomi baked fish and Hot Potato Salad, Jessica Roast Chicken and Sticky Sweet Potato, Joshua Beef Stroganoff.
This week was the start of the Ord River Muster, a local 10 day festival. Jessica is the minutes-secretary for the organising committee and we look forward to a few of the events to come. One of the events was a painting class – too good of an opportunity for Nomi to miss. She came home happy and hands covered in paint. She was a bit cautious to start with as she struggles to do art the way someone else tells her to (I struggle with deciding is this artistic ability or an unteachable heart). But she says she quickly got over that and enjoyed his teaching style and all he had to offer. From what I can gather one of the biggest lessons was mixing her own colours. The artist/instructor suspected she’d done this all before – which was a great compliment as she is self-taught. She has another 2 lessons with him again next week.
Jury duty was interesting. I have deferred and excused myself from Jury duty for many years because it is inconvenient – but I do wish I hadn’t. It was good to see the workings of our law system and though aspects seem annoying and frustrating, and a waste of public moneys, bottom line is that I believe it is the best justice process. But of course, it was much easier rearranging my home and all our activities with older kids.
Friday was a nice social day – Nomi studied in the morning, though Daniel had a dentist appointment and since I caught up with a friend while in town, Daniel spent that extra time in the Library. We then went to a friends 7th birthday party. Later on Peter and Josh had some father/son time and went to a local rugby game, while the rest of us blobbed out at home!