Cherished Time Together

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Brendan and I spent two days at Colonial Williamsburg on the 14th and 15th…yep, I took my 16 1/2 year old on a field trip 🙂 !

I knew that Brendan would be studying Colonial times this year and kept going back and forth in my mind…

Was it a bad idea to make him miss his “regular” schoolwork?  Would he even want to go?  What if we don’t go and I miss out on that special one-to-one time with my oldest?  Was it worth the extra cost?

 YES!!! YES!!! YES!!!

It was soooooo worth it!

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We laughed together, learned some cool things, went out to eat, spent time talking, did a little shopping at the outlets (Brendan was a good sport), and just enjoyed being together.

This is probably one of the last official “field trips” that I’ll take with my oldest son (*sniff, sniff). I knew that I’d regret not doing it, but that I’d never regret just going for it – and I’m so glad that I did!  And I ‘m thankful that Brendan humored his mom and went along for the ride!

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Cherish each and every day that you have with your children!

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Coming later this week: a post about our AMAZING time at Liberty University for “College For a Weekend” 🙂

WHAT? Two Weeks in a Row!

My goal is to post once a week this year….and I’ve met my goal twice so far – woot, woot!

  It’s so much fun to look back at old blog posts and see how much the boys have grown, the fun activities that we’ve done, and how far they’ve come since we started homeschooling five years ago!

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This week Ryan and I have been reading some amazing allegories from a book called Kingdom Tales.  What’s an allegory you may ask 🙂 :

al·le·go·ry
ˈaləˌɡôrē/
noun
noun: allegory; plural noun: allegories
  1. a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.

Don’t worry if you needed to refresh your memory – I did too 🙂 !

I didn’t read Kingdom Tales with the boys back in 2011 because they were so young and it was a bit over their heads, but Ryan and I are really enjoying it so far. It’s been fun trying to find the hidden meanings.

We’ve also been studying the ins and outs of maps, ecosystems, and biomes.  We started Language Arts this week and will add General Science to Ryan’s load next week.  Then he’ll be up to full speed for the year!

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Brendan started classes at Arete on Tuesday (Chemistry and Spanish 3) and had fun seeing all of his buddies.  So far, so good with MFW’s U.S. History to 1877! This week, he is learning about the early explorers and said that it was “actually pretty interesting”  – LOL!

For the next 12 weeks, I have the privilege of teaching Brendan a lesson every Friday from Thinking Like a Christian (helping students to develop and understand a Biblical worldview in response to the culture that we live in). We got to sit on the screened porch this morning since it was so beautiful outside.  I love fall!!!

Here are a few of our activities from last week:

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Learning how our worldview impacts every part of our lives:

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An activity demonstrating that the Bible is as current as today’s newspaper!  It relates to ALL areas of life.

I hope that you all enjoy your Labor Day weekend!

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