Spring Break Adventures

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHi and Happy Monday!!  Last week we were on Spring Break and what fun we had!

This picture is from a Homeschool Convention that we attended at the end of the week.  My husband’s family business is educational consulting.  His dad started this ministry many years ago.  Right across from our booth was the Lego Education booth and Ian was so “in his element.”  He loved it!

The ladies at this booth were so nice and great with the kids, including Ian.  They had workshops which he attended each day to build stories with Lego elements. They had teams of kids work on the story in three parts and then share their ideas.  It was fun to see their creativity and minds at work.  It was also nice to see the kids working together in a project.  Most of them hadn’t met each other before.

We met some really nice people at this convention.   We saw large families with very well-behaved kids.  The largest was one with 12 kids who had written books on sibling relations.  We saw another family with four girls — all wearing matching outfits.

And, we saw some people just starting in homeschooling and some who have been at it a while. The variety of people was fascinating — some Menonite families, some others with just a few children, and we also saw a few people we’d seen last year.

Last March I wrote about another convention that we’d attended.  That was posted on March 18 and the link is at the bottom of this posting, if you’d like to read that as well.

One of the Duggar family members was there with his wife and kids.  He spoke during a session and had a booth with a time for people to meet him and have him sign a book or other item.  That had a very long line.

We had some time on the first day to walk around the very large and lovely Opryland Hotel.  We went to a shop selling moonshine jelly, some funny aprons and magnets, and Moon Pies.  We also saw the river, lovely plants, and some statues of standing horses.

While we were at dinner on Friday night, one of Ian’s front teeth came out.  This was his third tooth to lose.  He was thrilled that the tooth fairy came to visit.  “I wonder how she found me Mommy? She must have snuck into our hotel room,” he said.  “Yes, she did Ian,” I told him.

The next morning he tried drinking milk through a straw through the new space in his mouth.  It was fun to see.  Now, his second top middle tooth is loose.  Should be soon on that one too.

We came back on Sunday morning and had a nice drive and lazy afternoon.  It was great and Ian was very ready to go back to school.  I drove him this morning and he was ready to see his teacher and all of his friends.

The first half of the week, we had fun at home and relaxed.  There was time to play, color and draw, and read together.  Each day, Ian would talk about how many days were left of his break.  It was fun to spend all day with him again.

This morning we are back to our normal routine.  It was good and is a lovely day.  Hope you have a great one! I wonder what new adventures there will be this week?  It should be fun to find out!!

Last year’s blog on the convention is located at https://patticates247.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/convention-adventure/.

Busy Couple of Days

busyFrom Thursday to Sunday, I was pretty much off the grid as far as a computer goes and out of town so I missed out on a few fun events.

I was at a homeschool convention that I will write more about in a day or so.  It was a great experience but made for some very busy and long days.  Busy, busy, busy!

On Thursday, we drove for 5 hours to the convention location and then worked a few hours that night at our booth.  My son and I traveled together and ate lunch along the way.  After helping with the booth, we ate dinner with Kirk at the hotel where the convention was being held.

That day I missed writing my posting on Thursday Tunes, which I recently started.  This week I will be writing about the movie, “Rock of Ages.”  Please check back with me to read this blog.

I also missed a Girls Night Out with some friends from high school and the chance to say goodbye to a friend who is moving to another state.  I hated to miss this but hope to be able to go the next time we get together.

On Friday, we were at the convention for most of the day and met some amazing and fun people!  It was great seeing all of the families and I must admit, I love to people watch and meet new people so it was a good day.

I did, however, miss writing my Five Minute Friday posting.  I will probably write that tomorrow.  The word is SONG so that will be fun!  I just have to not think about it until I write tomorrow, which may be a challenge.

Friday also was the birthday of one of my dearest and oldest (pun intended) friends.  Actually she is 6 months younger than me.  Happy late birthday to you Dawn! I hope that you had a fabulous day!!  I have some fabulous memories of the two of us celebrating our birthdays through the years.

Saturday, we had another busy day at the convention and met some more new people.  Many new contacts were made and that was great!  That night we went to a Ruby Tuesday for dinner.  Needless to say, Ian was pretty tired and went right to sleep once we returned to our hotel.

While at this convention, we missed my Aunt Beth’s birthday party.  Her birthday was on Saturday.  I hated to miss this since we always have fun with my family get-togethers.  But, we couldn’t make it.  Hopefully I will see her again soon!

Then Sunday morning, we were woken up at 4:30 a.m. by a very loud thunderstorm.  That was not fun, but thankfully Ian slept through it.  We had breakfast, packed up, and headed back home.

At around lunch time, we had to get off the interstate because of a thunderstorm.  The rain was so heavy that I couldn’t see past the hood of my car.  Scary to say the least!  Thankfully, I was only 1 mile from an exit where we had lunch.  Thank you Lord for watching out for us!

As I told Ian, it was like driving through a cotton ball.  He totally got that!  On the way home we stopped at our library and grocery store.  When we got home, we were tired and had to unload the car.   Then it was time to relax.  Ahhh!

Sunday was also my friend Dawn’s son, Kendrick’s birthday.  Happy Birthday to you Kendrick!  Hope you had a fabulous day.

I felt really bad that I missed so much, but this weekend was important for my husband’s family business.  I guess sometimes in life you do have to miss things that you want to do.

All in all, we did have a good time with where we were and made the best of it.