This is the last week of the public school year! I can hardly wait to have Hayden home with me again every day. Finally, I can take ALL of the kids to do fun things this summer. I really haven’t been able to do any kind of field trips with the kids this school year, because I was beholden to Hayden’s school schedule and the need to take him and pick him up every day. It’s been worth it, though…he’s had a fabulous time this year!
On Monday, the kids and I were invited to join the staff and students of Green Run Collegiate School for the year-end picnic. It was also an educational field trip for Hayden’s Design Technology class, as they had designed usable boats out of empty plastic water bottles. This was going to the their opportunity to put them in the water and see if they would float with people on them! To the students’ amazement, they worked great, and they took turns with their teams racing them at the park at Sandbridge.
They had a wonderful time, and I had great conversations with some of Hayden’s teachers and the principal during the picnic. His math teacher told me she thinks the school was a perfect fit for Hayden and that she really appreciated how genuine a person he is. She told me that Hayden stands apart from the other students in positive ways and that she could tell he’d been homeschooled. That was such a nice thing to say! It was years in the making!
Holden really loved getting to hang out with Hayden during the school day, and Hayden made sure Holden had a front row view of the action! We had so much fun. Hayden is looking forward to another year of adventure at GRC.
We had a lot of rain the rest of the week that kept us from making out to Ocean Breeze Water Park, despite the fact that Hayden had half days at school the remainder of the week. So mid-week, I suggested that we head for AMF Lynnhaven Lanes for some summer bowling fun!
They let kids bowl free all summer, up to 3 games per day. We just have to pay for shoe rental for the 2 kids who don’t have their own shoes. I paid $40 for an adult summer pass, so off we went to try it out. We had so much fun! We played all 3 games in about an hour and a half. Hayden and I were on one lane together, and Haylee and Holden were on the next one with bumpers up on their lane to prevent gutter balls.
Believe it or not, Holden creamed all of us on the first game! LOL. Yes, we’re that pathetic that a 6-year old boy can chuck a ball down the lane and still leave the rest of us in the dust! Of course, he was ecstatic about that.
I won the second round with the high score of the day of 118, much to Hayden’s chagrin. And Hayden won the third round, beating me by ONE POINT! He was happy about that, for sure. Haylee was bummed that she failed to beat any of us, but she still had a great time. I can see us bowling quite a bit this summer, but almost $9 for 2 shoe rentals was a bit steep. I’m going to have to step up my search for shoes for them, too!
On Friday, our local Chick-Fil-A stores were offering free chicken sandwiches for teachers and students with their school i.d. cards, and homeschoolers were included! So after school was finally over, we headed out from 2-4 PM and managed to hit 5 different locations.
We had quite a haul by the time we got home! We had enough bags full of chicken sandwiches to last the 5 of us for 4 meals from Friday through Sunday! Thank you, Chick-Fil-A! You rock!
On Saturday, we headed over to Newport News to join friends from church for their youngest daughter’s birthday pool party.
It’s always nice to spend the day with good friends! The kids had such a good time that they didn’t want to leave when the party was over, but we had to go because we had plans to meet a very special friend of mine, Yolonda Wright, for dinner.
Yolonda moved to Florida with her husband and two homeschooled kids about two years ago. We’ve kept in touch regularly on Facebook, of course, but I hadn’t seen her in person in all this time. She made a huge dinner reservation for all of her friends to meet up with her at Salsa’s restaurant in Newport News while she was here.
It was so nice to see her again, and we had a great chat and caught up on things. She looked fabulous, as you can see, and she’s enjoying living in Florida.
So that was our busy week! The kids and I are taking our break the rest of this month so we can enjoy some time off with Hayden and also devote some extra time to some review products I’m working on right now. We have some really good things in the works!
Have a great week!