August 24th is our “Official First Day of School” this year. C19’s classes at the college don’t start until Tuesday, so we’re taking this Monday to continue our tradition of doing something really fun and unusual for our first day back to school.
When we started homeschooling C, way back in the stone age 1998, we kicked off our first “First Day of (Home)School” by going to the Kentucky State Fair. C was starting fourth grade, and this whole homeschooling adventure was new and scary to all of us. I was quitting my full-time job to become a stay-at-home-mom (eeek!) which I’d never done before. It would have been exciting except that by quitting I was effectively cutting our rather small income in half. (All you homeschoolers know exactly what I mean. *lol*)
So we decided to kick things off with a big bang and our very first day of homeschool was having a blast at the fair. It became a tradition, and every year I have to think of something totally new to do. It’s getting to be more and more of a challenge. 🙂 This year we combined several activities into one big day. It’s a bit hard to find things that will keep both a young adult and a young child entertained at the same time.
We kicked off our day this year by getting Dunkin Donuts for breakfast. THAT was DH’s idea, he is our donut freak. *lol* After we were hyped up on all that sugar, we decided to walk it off by looking at the beautiful sculptures at the Texas Sculpture Garden. It was already in the upper 90’s, so we only saw about half of the art pieces. However, G5 has been BEGGING to go back ever since. Gotta love a kid who digs art. *grin!*
Next was two games of bowling at Strikz. Since it was the first day back for public schools we had the place all to ourselves. I kept my lifelong record of always getting the least pins of anybody (lol!) while C19 and G5 battled for second place. Three out of four of use used bumper guards. Real bowling isn’t as easy as it is on the Wii. 🙂
Finally we ended our day by getting a yummy meal at the Rainforest Cafe. Unfortunately, G5 was alarmed by the noise of both the animals and the thunderstorms. He never really did calm down and was anxious the whole time. It was fun day overall, and it’s a family tradition I look forward to each year.
This year C19 is starting her second year at our local community college, and G5 is starting Kindergarten at home. It’s sort of a bittersweet time for me because one child is spreading her wings in preparation to fly away, while my baby is…well….no longer my baby. 😦 But it’s exciting too, because C19 is growing up into a charming, delightful, courageous and intelligent young woman. And G5 is just starting to test out his fledgling wings. Every year is a new adventure. *smile*