You may have noticed that I haven’t been writing much lately. I apologize! I am continuing to heal from the chemotherapy (for new readers, the short story is I had an ovarian cancer tumor removed and a summer/fall of chemo). I am really feeling better each month as my body heals from everything. But I haven’t done much on the blog in the past few weeks. I haven’t forgotten it, though, or you!
So, since it’s spring break (yay!) and I have a moment to share with you, I wanted to update you on some happenings in our lives for the past couple of months.
Our weekend getaway
We don’t have a LEGO store near us (well, yes, we can shop for LEGO at Walmart/Target but we don’t have the full-blown experience of an actual LEGO store). But earlier this month, we went on an overnight trip to a bigger city that does! And of course we had to visit a mall that has a LEGO store. We wandered around happily there for (seriously) about an hour, then my son spent some birthday money on some new sets.
I even got to do a little girly shopping at a cute boutique! Even though it’s definitely still winter-ish here, I picked up this top for spring and summer. I love empire waists in both dresses and shirts and I fell in love with this one. Can’t wait to wear it with some jeans or shorts.
We also took our son to Dave & Buster’s. I have to admit; I am not the huge gamer in the family. So there wasn’t a lot that I did while we were there besides Skee-Ball. The guys played Star Wars games, racing games, etc. But! I happened to discover a Donkey Kong game! That was my favorite game to play in college. So I got to play a few rounds on that. Sadly my skills have hugely declined over the years. But it was fun. 🙂
Homeschool in high school looks a lot different than it did during our elementary years. We’re focusing on making sure that Jackson gets the courses completed for his high school transcript that he needs for college applications. So this year we’re working on history, literature, grammar, foreign language, math, biology/lab, Bible, and some computer programming.
I am SO thankful that Jackson has been able to take his high school biology and lab from Bridgeway Academy. His teacher is fantastic, we’re using the Apologia biology textbook and I love that he gets to interact online with fellow students. We have gotten to the portion of the textbook that focuses on the animal kingdom (from microscopic on up).
And that means…dissection.
I have to tell you that my high school biology course (also in 10th grade, in public school in a great school system) did ONE dissection. Jackson has already done THREE. And there are at least 4 more to go; perch, cow eye, frog, fetal pig. (I wish I could tell you that the last two didn’t horrify me…but they do. But I’m not telling Jackson! I’ll just be there standing by supportively while he does the dissecting while keeping my opinions to myself.) He has already dissected the earthworm, the crayfish, and the grasshopper. We are learning a LOT.
Here’s a picture of some of the tools from his dissection kit. Check back in May for pictures of the actual dissections!
Jackson and I also participate in our local homeschool coop. He takes a drama class and I teach an art class for elementary students. It has been a good semester. There have been some different types of challenges for me as a teacher but some wonderful experiences as well.
I was planning to share with you about what I’m eating these days; about my new drawing adventure; and about a neat blogging event I got to attend last week. But I think that this post is already long enough. So perhaps I’ll get to mention those a little later! 🙂
I hope you are all having a wonderful spring break/end of March. Thank you for reading!