After nearly two years of homeschooling, we decided it was time to attend a homeschooling convention...meet some people, pick up a few ideas, and see what the fuss was about. Hubby ended up having to head to North Dakota, and the babysitters took off to see family in California, so Nana decided to fly in and spend the weekend with her grandsons. YAY!
We arrived at the convention center a day early, to get settled, set up, and ready to pick up Nana early the next morning. The room was enormous, and the view from the 32nd floor was amazing!
We drove around Dallas....ALL around Dallas, as poor Vera Mae (the GPS) could not seem to find our location. Everyone's frustration gave way to excitement when Nana's plane finally landed at the airport. We picked her up and scooted off!During the longest day of the convention, my mom walked with the boys over to the Perot Science & Nature Museum. As one of our ASTC member museums, it was a free day of fun!
If you've been following our journey, you know that we try to hit the member museums in cities that we visit. My son's math project this week was to calculate how much we had saved....the grand total being $437 in only four months!! Totally worth the $65 spent on the annual membership.
Just remember to lock up the lions, or they'll eat you!
When we returned from Dallas, there was a 'sunshine box' waiting!! My girlfriend and I send these boxes a few times each year...full of treats and goodies for both mom and the kids. We're utilizing the postal service, which to me is a lost art, and also it is full of little gifts that don't cost much (we mostly shop from our homes or local thrift stores), but they are from the heart. Not everything has to be electronics and expensive. The best things in life are just little thoughts from people that care about you. I encourage you to send find a partner and send sunshine boxes...you never know when one will arrive on the perfect day!
The Story of the Sunshine Box
A friend was missing the CA sunshine, so the box we sent her was full of paintings and drawings of sunshine, shells from the beach, and chocolate chip cookies and love, to cheer her up. We all drew suns all over the box. When she received it, she called me and had the kids sing "You Are My Sunshine" over the phone to me.
Really Helpful Resources :
- Ditty Bugs : 50 powerful memory rhymes that will lock in learning for your students.
- How to Get Your Child Off the Refrigerator and On to Learning
- Raising Real Men: Surviving, Teaching and Appreciating Boys
- Exploring Dallas with Children