It’s been a crazy week or so around here! But there has been much fun had by all! The highlight of the last couple of weeks? CHOIR TOUR with Emily!
Emily has been in the school district’s Honour Choir for a few years now and this was her final year. Every year the choir goes on tour to a different area of the province to participate in performing arts festivals, sing with and to other elementary school choirs, and participate in learning workshops with different choir directors. It’s always a highlight of the year for the kids and parents who get to go with. This year we went to Squamish, BC and it was so much fun! We stayed in a FANTASTIC hotel – all suites with full kitchens. I had 4 amazing girls in my room/under my supervision who made my job so very easy! I was able to get away with a couple other parents to Whistler while the kids were doing a workshop on Thursday morning, spent a few hours touring around Horseshoe Bay on Friday (enjoyed some fantastic fish and chips at a place overlooking the ocean) and enjoyed Science World. I gotta tell ya – traveling with 52 kids between 10 and 13 years of age can be crazy but this year we had a great group of kids and it was a lot of fun! I’m a little sad that this is the last time I get to do this with them but it also means new things for Emily which is exciting and the natural progression of life that needs to happen! (SEE BELOW FOR PICS FROM OUR TRIP!)
In other news, Isaac is working his butt off on his project for Heritage Fair, the annual history event that kids grades 5 to 8 participate in. He’s chosen a subject that totally interests him: The Avro Arrow Planes…You’ll have to ask him what they were and how it impacts Canadian history. I for one have been so impressed with his organization, focus and level of work put into this project. Isaac is often taking shortcuts and doing just what is required to get by when it comes to homework but this project is showing me a side of him that I am just loving! When he is totally engaged with a subject and is given room to explore it as his brain sees it, he does AMAZING work! I’ve known for years that he’s a really smart kid but he’s struggled in a traditional school environment partly due to his tendency to turn off when subjects or methods don’t interest him. It’s so great to see him succeeding in this! I’m excited to see the finished project and hear how he does when it comes time to present. Even if he doesn’t get chosen to go to the provincial level fair I am so proud of him!! He’s such a great kid! (And this only solidifies my desire to partially homeschool him through highschool…we’ll see how he does next fall before we make that final decision).
Liam is growing and changing and developing more and more every day! It’s so much fun to watch his personality take shape! Such an easy-going kid! He came with Emily and I on tour this last week and was an ANGEL!! So very charming and pleasant with everyone! He won the hearts of parents and students alike…not to mention a few strangers he decided needed to be friends! Today we laughed a lot at his antics as he relished being in his own environment and surrounded by his familiar things – he was one very happy boy today! Happy yet somewhat clingy as he didn’t get a lot of momma snuggles the last few days – hours spent driving around and then being passed around meant things were a little disrupted! He is definitely showing a very determined side to his personality and I am thinking one of those special backpacks with a “leash” to connect him to us might be in our future – I wore him most of the times we were out and about walking around but he also likes to walk and does NOT like to hold hands!!
Well, that’s the update on the kids. Sorta. A snapshot, at least, into what life is around here these days. It’s going to be a busy, full week here as we prepare for family arriving for Easter weekend. I’m ready – lists are being done up, plans put into place and as long as I can execute them efficiently, we’ll be in good shape by Friday! 🙂 Wish me luck!