Friday, October 30, 2015

Weekly Wrap-up ~ Field Trips Aren't Just for Kids


It was another abnormal and fun week in our homeschool. For the biggest homebody family in the world, we have been anywhere but home the past few weeks.

Bothwell Lodge


We had a school day on Sunday when we tagged along with Dawson on a field trip. For Dawson's college History Before 1877 class he had to tour a historic site. He chose a place we have wanted to visit for several years: Bothwell Lodge in Sedalia, Missouri.


Bothwell Lodge is a mansion that was built by John Homer Bothwell between the years of 1897 and 1928. Mr. Bothwell, in Dawson's opinion, was the Gatsby of Missouri in the late 1800's. And I think he was right. He was an eccentric guy who created a retreat for himself, some family members, and about 30 of his closest friends. It was always a party at Bothwell Lodge. The furniture in the lodge all belonged to Mr. Bothwell, and his personal library contains an exquisite collection of first edition books. I cannot even imagine the valuation of his library.


The little kids and I approached the lodge from the perspective of Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, since we are currently reading that book. We imagined that this was the country home that the children were sent to in the evacuation of World War II. It would have been very similar.

Midweek Schooling


Because of our long day on Sunday and the crazy previous couple of weeks, we took Monday as a Life Skills day. I did laundry and cleaned house, and the kids and I organized their bedroom. Tuesday and Wednesday we spent a lot of time reading and then reviewing some complicated math concepts. We want to be sure that we completely understand the concept of subtracting mixed and improper fractions. This has been difficult, but after this week I am confident we are ready to continue to the next concept.


I want to pause here to express, which I have done before, how grateful I am for the opportunity to homeschool my children. I cringe at the thought of my kids sitting in a classroom where they have had one day to master a difficult math concept and then being forced to move on whether or not they have it mastered. We took three weeks on this one fraction concept because I wanted to make sure the kids really had it before we moved onto another concept. In public school, they would not have that luxury.

Wednesday afternoon Eli had speech therapy. I am seeing a breakthrough with him where he is actually starting to recognize that he might stutter and using his techniques to help him through those instances. I am so proud of his progress!

The Victory Garden


We also hosted our weekly enrichment class on Wednesday. This week we read a couple of chapters out of The Victory Garden and then discussed propaganda posters created to entice American citizens to do their part in the war effort, such as collecting scrap metal and bacon grease, purchasing war bonds, and making personal gardens. Then I grouped the kids into girls and boys and had them work to create their own propaganda poster. The boys went right to work and completed their poster. I was very impressed with how they worked together to come up with their concept and then got right to work on it. They finished it very quickly and did a great job!


The girls took quite a bit more time coming up with their ideas and each started on their portion of the poster. They didn't get it completed so are going to come an extra hour early next week to get it done. I was really happy with the kids' interest level this week.

Warm Springs Ranch - Clydesdales


Yesterday we took another field trip. (This will be our last field trip for a while. Whew!) Kyndal has been wanting to tour the breeding facility of the Budweiser Clydesdale horses. And we are getting ready to move onto the third book in the Chronicles of Narnia series: The Horse and His Boy. Our Further Up and Further In study based on the series suggested that we go on a field trip to a horse farm, so this was the perfect opportunity to do it. (Plus it was a nice birthday gift for Kyndal.)


We had a great day! We learned so much about the horses and the process of breeding them and getting them ready for hitching training. We saw Andrew who is in the Budweiser commercials, Duke who is a very large and very sweet retired hitching horse, and a few of the babies, including Moose who was named after Mike Moustakas from the Kansas City Royals.



Go Royals! Take the Crown!


Today and the Weekend


This evening we have family photos (if it doesn't rain ... please don't rain). We haven't had a formal portrait of our family taken since 2008.


So today the kids are working on their Minecraft and Roller Coaster Tycoon classwork, watching some Brain Games and doing some more reading. We will be finishing the day early today for our photos. I've got chicken in the crockpot for BBQ chicken sandwiches when we get home and then we will be settling in for Game 3 of the World Series.

Of course tomorrow is Halloween and we are ready with our costumes. Brynne is being a Pokemon trainer, Eli is going to be James Bond, and I'm even going to dress up a little bit this year.

Next week, God willing, we will be home each and every day. We are going to do a full at-home school week hitting all of our subjects. As much fun as we have had the past few weeks, I am really looking forward to a week actually HOMEschooling.


2015-2016 Hours Logged - 253 1/2 hours out of 1,000 required hours (81 1/2 hours outside home)
Plus 167 Summer Hours

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We are linking up with Kris at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers and Mary at Homegrown Learners.





Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Wednesday Hodgepodge


Are you comfortable with silence? If you're home alone, do you like silence or do you need regular background noise? Do you seek out times and places to be silent? What's your favorite place to find silence/be silent?

LOVE silence! I can sit in my house all day without anything turned on and my mom and I have been known to drive the 14 hours to Florida, and back, and never turn on the radio. It's not that I enjoy silence, it's that I need silence! I retreat to my bedroom several times a day for it. It would be my favorite place to go, but there is nothing better than a silent drive. Even my kids know and can expect silence on car rides.

October 28th is National Chocolate Day. Can't let that go by without a mention now, can we? Will you celebrate? How? Let's say you can have one of the following this very minute ... a cup of hot chocolate, a strawberry dipped in chocolate, a bowl of plain chocolate ice cream or a slice of chocolate pie ... what's your pleasure?

Why not celebrate?? I've got a box of Almond Joy instant chocolate pudding in the cabinet. I think I'll make it today! I'll make the kids some candy chocolate chip cookies while I'm at it. My most favorite chocolate thing to have, if I have a choice, is dark chocolate covered raisins/cranberries/blueberries/acai/whatever. But off of this list it would be a piece of chocolate pie.

How do you feel about blue jeans? Favorite thing in the world or nope, don't own a single pair? How often do you wear blue jeans in a typical week? Do you own a blue jean jacket?

Also LOVE blue jeans! I own several pair. In fact, I can't seem to get myself to get rid of any of them. I need to! If I'm not wearing my homeschooling uniform (yoga pants, workout top, cardigan), I am wearing jeans. I wear jeans with hoodies, nice shirts, sweaters, tennis shoes, boots, flats, it doesn't matter. I cut the sleeves out of my blue jean jacket a couple of years ago, and still have it. And I have a white denim jacket. But, I don't have an actual blue jean denim jacket anymore.

Are you superstitious? If so, in what way?

I am not really superstitious, but my mother ingrained a few things in me that I still follow today, like whatever door you walk out of in your house you have to walk back in the same door (don't go out the back door and then back in through the front door, etc.), you get seven year's bad luck if you walk under a ladder, and bad things happen in threes.

If you had to come up with a costume using only things you have on hand right now, what could you come up with?

I could come up with multiple costumes. I have kept remnants of so many past costumes that I could put together. Just yesterday Kyndal made a deer antler headband that she is going to pair with brown leggings, a tan top, a fur vest, and brown boots. We could have put that together without buying the few things we did. I could also make two previous costumes I made for the kids several years ago ... an attack dog trainer costume and a spa girl costume. Really all I need is a hot glue gun.

What scares you a little? What do you do when you feel scared?

I am really only scared of two things ... snakes and sharks. So, I stay away from situations where I might encounter either. When I feel scared my blood runs cold, I get short of breath, and I freeze in my spot.

Perhaps today will be the day I ...

get back outside and go for a run. I've been off my schedule, but, purposefully scheduled a 5K for Thanksgiving morning so that I keep it up. It's easy to not get up and run when it's cold in the morning.

Insert your own random thought here.

Let's go Royals!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Tuesday Coffee Chat




It's back! Well, Leslie has had her Tuesday Coffee Chat prompts up and running for over a month now, but I am just now getting back on board.

My kids went to the midnight release of Halo 5 last night, and it's a rainy morning, so I am letting them sleep in a bit today. This gives me a great excuse to sit in bed with my coffee and my dogs and ponder today's question ...

The long work day is done, you arrive home and the first thing you do ..... ?

Oh, this is an easy one.

I am just imagining our typical Wednesdays. We do schoolwork all day, then drive 30 minutes to Eli's speech therapy in the afternoon, drive home and drop Brynne off at softball pitching practice for an hour, run home to get ready for our hosted enrichment class, pick Brynne up from pitching and pick up one of the kids for class, come home and host class for an hour and a half.

Then when the last kid walks out the door to go to his/her own home ....

I go straight to my bedroom and put on my pjs. 


Yep, after a long day my body needs my comfy pjs, robe, and slippers. I have arthritis and any regular clothes at the end of a busy day are screaming to get off of me. My body is so achy and tired and needs to be comfortable. The second I put on my pjs, robe, and slippers, I can feel myself relax. My achy legs and back almost take an audible sigh of relief.

On those busy Wednesdays, what do I do next?

I immediately fix a cup of chai tea. Then I serve my kids whatever easy dinner I have prepared for that evening. We eat and I clean up, which takes just a few minutes because we just had an easy dinner. Then .... I hit the couch. I watch Survivor then Criminal Minds then Law and Order: SVU. And then I go to bed and read.

This is pretty much every Wednesday.

And if we have had a really busy day on a different day of the week doing something else, like a field trip or sporting event, I do much of the same but just watch different shows at night.

How about you? What do you do first thing after a busy day? Join Leslie at Ink Interrupted to share.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Pumpkins


This past Saturday night was pumpkin carving night. We had appetizers for dinner, snacked on caramel apples, and got to carving.




It was such a mess.


But several hours later we had these. Yum.


We finished up our costumes today and are ready for some trick-or-treating on Saturday. Hopefully the rain has moved through by evening.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Weekly Wrap-up ~ Experiences


Before I launch into what we did inside our home in the way of schooling this week, let me tell you about the amazing educational experiences outside our home ...

Renaissance Faire


I posted on Monday about our trip to the Renaissance Festival for Dawson's 19th birthday. Eli and Brynne watched a video about the Renaissance Era on Friday to get ready for that "field trip". If you have ever been to the festival then you know what an educational experience it is. Plus the clothes are super cool.



Dr. Ben Carson - A More Perfect Union


The highlight of our week happened on Thursday when we had the opportunity to meet Dr. Ben Carson. I have been a huge supporter of Dr. Carson for a couple of years and thought many times that a man like him should run for president. I am so glad that he is because he, in my opinion, is exactly what our country needs at this time if we have a hope and a prayer of getting us moving back in a positive direction.

Dr. Carson has released a new book called A More Perfect Union, and he is currently on a book signing tour. We had the good fortune of attending his book signing. I made the kids t-shirts to wear with his motto of Heal-Inspire-Revive.


We drove to Springfield, Missouri, about two hours from our house and got in line with over 1,000 people for an opportunity to meet him and receive an autograph in his book. We were well-prepared with our lawn chairs, snacks, books, and electronics to keep us occupied for our 3 1/2 hour wait.


They ushered him in and then raced us through the line, but Eli and Kyndal each grabbed an opportunity to shake his hand. He looked at Eli's t-shirt, smiled at him, shook his hand, and said, "How are you, young man?" Eli was overwhelmed with excitement. Kyndal was able to get in a handshake, as well, and wish Dr. Carson the best of luck in his campaign. Brynne and I got lost in the shuffle, and I felt bad for her that she didn't get to shake his hand, too. I also didn't get any photos. It was rather chaotic. And then we were moved out. But it was so worth the trip! We honestly didn't know if we would even get a chance to see him because of the crowds we had heard were in attendance at the events, so we were thrilled with the contact we did have.

This was an experience that my kids will never forget. Did they meet the next President of the United States? We are hoping so!

The Miracle Worker


We popped up Friday morning and drove two hours the other direction to Kansas City to attend the play The Miracle Worker at the Coterie Theatre. We finished reading the play by William Gibson this week and have really been looking forward to seeing the production.


The play was excellent! We love the Coterie Theatre because it is really small and engaging.

Had to stop and take a photo in front of the KC Royals blue
fountain and banner (in the background). Our Royals are going
back to the World Series!

After the show we stopped and had lunch at Fritz's, one of our favorite restaurants. The food is greasy galore, but it's delivered by a train! So fun!


We're not done with field trips yet! We have one scheduled this afternoon and another one on Thursday. Last year we didn't hardly go anywhere. This year we just can't seem to get enough of the experiences available to us!


At Home


Believe it or not we actually put in a pretty full week of schooling at home, as well. In grammar we have moved onto IEW's Fix-it Grammar, Robin Hood. We completed three lessons. This was our review week in spelling so have been going back over the last five week's of words. Math has gotten a little more complicated with subtracting mixed fractions. With several steps to be taken, I made some extra practice problems each day and we continued to work on that concept. I think we will put in one more week of the same before we move on. In writing the kids prepared outlines for a personal narrative. That went very well. (We are using JacKris Publishing's Soaring with Spelling and Winning with Writing); As I stated above we finished The Miracle Worker, and each day we read passages out of McGuffey's Fourth Eclectic Reader. Of course we watched CNN Student News every day.

The Chronicles of Narnia - The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe - Further Up and Further In

This week we read six chapters of the book. The topic that we worked on was logic. In the book, the professor wonders if children are even taught logic in school anymore. (That was in the 1940's.) No, most kids are not taught logic in school. I can't say that we have been too good at incorporating it in our schooling, either. So I printed them off some logic puzzles to do. They had some difficulties with it. I want my kids to be forward thinkers ... problem solvers. But their brains need to be trained for that. This is something I think we should try to incorporate more of into their daily clipboard lessons.



WWII

We mostly caught up on some reading this week. The Spine for the WWII study is World War II for Kids by Richard Panchyk. We read about the Battle of Britain, the lend lease, and how to extinguish an incendiary bomb. (We also did a little demonstration. No actual bombs were used in the activity.) Our last activity was to do a photo analysis of family members returning to their bombed neighborhoods. The spirits of the British people could not be crushed.



The Victory Garden

I do not think I could be a public school teacher. I have such a passion for teaching, and my two either humor me often or have a passion for learning because they seem to usually be pretty into whatever we are doing.

It is frustrating for me to prepare a lesson about something I find interesting to be met with blank stares and a bored attitude. This is some of what is happening in our enrichment class we are hosting. We read a couple of chapters of our book (one that I think is very good, by the way), do a couple of fun activities, play some games, and have related snacks. I am not sure what else can be done to engage the kids.

This week we learned about some of the jobs those on the homefront were doing for the war effort: acting as spotters, red cross volunteering, farming, and women working in factories. We played a game I picked up at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans called Squadron Scramble. The boys seemed to enjoy the card game. The girls seemed to want to be doing anything but playing it. I thought it was fun and challenging! Maybe I'm just more lame than I think I am.


We also ate some sweet potato fries from our harvest a couple of weeks ago. Now that got some positive responses!


2015-2016 Hours Logged - 230 hours and 55 minutes out of 1,000 required hours (68 1/2 hours outside home)
Plus 167 Summer Hours

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We are linking up with Kris at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers and Mary at Homegrown Learners.





Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Wednesday Hodgepodge



October 21, 2015, is Back to the Future Day. Did you see the movie? The sequels? In the second film, Doc takes Marty into the future to prevent Mary's future son from making a mistake. They leave 1985 and land on a 'skyway' on October 21st, 2015. So tell us, what were you doing in the fall of 1985?

Oh, yes, I have seen the movies and made sure my kids have seen them, too. In fact, we just might watch one of them today if we can find the time. I can remember the fall of 1985 as if it were yesterday. I was a freshman in high school. It was Homecoming time. I can remember candidate poster parties, band parades, dancing on the pompon squad at half-time of football games, and most specifically "snagging" the boyfriend I wanted. He was a senior. I remember us going to play in a parade, and I had laryngitis. He flirted with me all day. After we got home I was standing in my living room with my friend and he drove by my house. I screamed and fell to the floor. He asked me to "go with him" shortly after that, and we went to Homecoming together. Oh, young love. (We ended up dating until the summer before my senior year of high school.)

If time travel were possible, would you want to go to the future? The past?

The future? No. The past? Oh yes. There are so many time periods I would love to visit. Now that would be some awesome homeschooling!

We're not flying cars, but some of the technology imagined in the 80's film has indeed come to pass in real life 2015: flat screen TVs on the wall, tablets, fingerprint recognition, video conferencing, online banking, 3D movies, motion controlled video games, drone cameras, and smart glasses (Google glass). Do you worry technology is growing at a rate so fast we'll soon be unable to keep up with its demands? Do you think the Internet does more harm than good?

You could drop me in the middle of Ma and Pa Ingalls's homestead and I would be happy. A part of me fights technology. But then the other part makes me keep up with it somewhat so I do not end up being some gripey old woman who fights the changing of the times. I would like to be the cool great grandma who regularly communicates with her grandkids in whatever way they communicate.

Your favorite dish prepared in a slow-cooker? Your favorite fast food?

My favorite slow-cooker dish is Crockpot Dressing. It is SO good, and I am SO excited that Thanksgiving will be here soon and we will be eating it! My favorite fast food is the McRib from McDonald's. It is also SO good, and I am also SO glad that it is almost the seasonal time for them to be available.

No time like the present, down time, face time, pressed for time, in the nick of time, make time, mark time, or just in time ... which timely saying most relates to your life right now?

This time of year we definitely have to make time for family special events. It is just our craziest, busiest time of year. We have birthdays every month, holidays, sports, fall activities, etc. I find myself just wanting to have a weekend at home doing absolutely nothing! But, our family enjoys traditional outings, and we just have to make time for them. Believe me, once January hits we will be spending a lot of time at home.

Tell us about a place you went as a child or younger person that's no longer there or is now something else. How does that make you feel?

Rosie's Roller Rink. I went there every Sunday at 1:30 p.m. It closed down after a few years and then housed the town ambulance. I'm not sure what is there now. I wish it was still open so that my kids could go skate there. So many fun and dorky memories.

Describe your comfort zone.

I'm pretty comfortable everywhere, except in cliquish situations. I hate them, so I stay away from them.

Insert your own random thought here.

I love fall television! Some of my favorites right now are How to Get Away with Murder, Quantico, Criminal Minds, Law and Order: SVU, and Survivor. I will say that I have been having some wacky dreams lately, though. I wonder why.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Ye Happiest of Birthdays


On Sunday Dawson turned 19 years old. (Crazy talk.)


Each of the kids gets to pick something fun to do for their birthday. Last year Dawson chose Incredible Pizza. This year it was the Renaissance Festival.


The last day of the festival was on Sunday so the whole family, plus a few friends from Oklahoma, loaded up for a trip to Kansas City.

It's always a lot of fun to people watch at the festival. We had a great time picking out our favorite outfits. In fact, we decided that if we ever go back we are totally coming in costume. Why not?

Eli and Brynne hung out with Dawson and his friends, so Rick and I got a rare afternoon doing adult things with Kyndal and Collin. We utilized our time by throwing sharp objects at targets.


This is what was going on with Dawson's group.


Once we hooked back up Eli and Brynne shot some arrows.



We finished out our day enjoying the "joust to the death" (there was even blood! awesome!) and enjoying the music of Pictus (absolutely amazing! we even purchased their cd.).



On the way home we stopped for dinner at Panera, which was yum.

Dawson's request for a home-cooked birthday dinner was my dad's chicken enchiladas. So he made them and came over for dinner last night. We topped off the dinner with some root beer floats.

He had a great birthday!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Weekly Wrap-up ~ WWII and the Navy, Plus Post-Vacation Schooling


When we left you last week, we had just returned to Pensacola after a fun-filled trip to Atlanta, Georgia. Rick travelled back to Pensacola with us to spend our last couple of days of vacation, and we had a lot planned!

We continued to accumulate school hours with some fantastic field trips!

On Sunday we drove in the other direction to Mobile, Alabama, to tour the USS Alabama.


We have driven by this WWII battleship many times over the past few years, but it is either in the wee hours of the morning or late at night. As we are focusing our history lessons on WWII this year, this was the perfect opportunity for us to tour it. And what a fantastic tour!



(In fact, we had plans for a second field trip that day but spent so much time at the Alabama that we didn't have time for it. Plus we were dying to fit in lunch at Felix's Fish Camp Grill, which did not disappoint!)


Before we left the memorial site, we also climbed aboard the USS Drum submarine. Pretty cool.


We only had one day left to show off all of our favorite spots in Pensacola to Rick. So on Monday we went to our beloved National Naval Aviation Museum. We visit this museum every time we go to Florida. The kids love it. It's amazing how we always find something new to see because each time we are viewing it from a different perspective. This time we approached it from a WWII perspective, so we really focused on all of the comparisons of the American, German, and Japanese aircrafts. We also paid particular attention to the War on the Homefront exhibit.


After the museum we drove by the lighthouse and then planned to go to the beach on Pensacola Island, but Rick and the kids decided that they would rather spend their time on the rope swing down on the bay which is one block from my parents' house. They had a lot of fun and it was a really nice way to finish our trip.


We drove home all day on Tuesday, dropping Rick off in Tulsa. All total we were in the car for 18 hours. But it was a really nice trip home, with a change in our route to take us through Louisiana past the cotton fields and even through Transylvania.

Wednesday we had to take a life skills day, aka go to the grocery store and unpack. We slept in late that morning since we had been awake for almost 20 hours the day/night before. Basically, I just gave the kids the day off.

On Thursday we got all caught up on CNN Student News for the week (it's so much more fun to watch it now that we have been there!!!). Brynne did last week's lessons for her Minecraft class on the Volcan de Paricutin and Eli worked on designing more roller coasters on Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 based on his lessons about centripetal force from the previous week before our vacation. They finished their school time reading out of their personal books. They got in about 4 hours of independent work.

Today was more of the same. Brynne completed her Minecraft lessons from this week learning about the Ice Towers of Mount Erebus. Eli did lessons on centripetal force relating to swings for his Amusement Park/RCT3 lessons. We watched the last episode of CNN Student News (I swear, I don't think we will ever miss an episode of it ever again!). And the kids did some more reading.

We just couldn't get back into regular school this week, but next week we will be back into a more regular routine hitting our basic subjects as well as our unit study topics. We have a field trip scheduled for Sunday (the Renaissance Faire!) and then two fantastic field trips scheduled for next Thursday (Dr. Ben Carson) and Friday (a play). We are having lots of fun this school year!

I was also made aware of FREE online classes through Universal Class available through the Tulsa City-County library system, of which we are members. Eli and Brynne have developed some scientific interests in opposite directions, which has both caused me concern and excitement in our teaching. This is the first time I have seen a necessity for them to not study the same subject matter. They have always learned the same things at the same time.

Eli has really been interested in astronomy and space exploration (he gets that from his daddy!) and Brynne has an uber love for all things animals, especially dogs. Although the Universal Class courses will be difficult for them as they are intended for persons over the age of 13 and even into adulthood, I have enrolled them each in an online, self-paced class. Eli will be taking Astronomy 101 and Brynne will be taking Dog Psychology 101. I have ordered them the recommended books from Amazon, so they won't start the courses until those books are received. And I have even opted for the graded courses, with actual assignments and exams. With a score over 70% they will receive a course completion certificate. Pretty cool for a transcript, huh? And FREE! I am very excited about this opportunity for them. Heck, I just might take a free class myself!


2015-2016 Hours Logged - 188 1/4 hours out of 1,000 required hours (45 hours outside home)
Plus 167 Summer 2015 Hours

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We are linking up with Kris at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers and Mary at Homegrown Learners.





Thursday, October 15, 2015

Weekly Wrap-up ~ Last Week, in Florida


We had a great week of school last week! We were in sunny Florida at Grandma and Papa's house. School, you say? Yes! There are many things that we do when we go there to vacation that we count as school hours.

Have you ever boogie boarded in the ocean? That's P.E. (and the sore bodies of both kids the next day proved that they had received a good workout). Have you ever driven through a new state or explored a new city with inquisitive kids? That's history and geography! And the field trips! Even eating at a historic restaurant counts as school.

We spent Sunday through Thursday in Pensacola relaxing, playing, and hitting the beach.


On Friday we drove from Pensacola to Atlanta to stay at the Omni Hotel at the CNN Center. Rick flew into Atlanta and met us to share in the rest of our vacation. Once we checked into the hotel we headed out the door to walk to dinner at The Varsity. It was about a mile-long walk, but downtown Atlanta is beautiful so we enjoyed our stroll! We walked through Centennial Park which was worth the trip in and of itself.


After dinner we walked through Georgia Tech campus, rode the SkyView, the kids played in the Olympic Rings fountain at Centennial Park, and we finished the night with a moonlight swim in the hotel pool.


On Saturday morning we had breakfast at Waffle House, and then went on a tour of CNN. That was the whole reason for the trip! The kids absolutely love CNN Student News and Carl Azuz and seeing the CNN headquarters was on their bucket list. We had a great day!


After the tour we made the 5 hour trip back to Pensacola. And that was the first half of our vacation. I'll share the rest of it at the end of the week.


2015-2016 Hours Logged - 166 1/4 hours out of 1,000 required hours (31 hours outside home)
Plus 167 Summer Hours

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We are linking up with Kris at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers and Mary at Homegrown Learners.