My birthday marks the end of February, and therefore the end of summer. Some years I'm lucky to have super sunny weather and others I remember it absolutely bucketing down with rain. This year I am fortunate that it was sunny. As much as I don't mind a rainy birthday, I'll admit I'm glad it was fine this year because it marked my first birthday without my mum. My third brother has his birthday seven days after me, so as of yesterday we've all had our "first" birthdays without mum. We reflect on the significance of that, but we don't dwell on it. We celebrate and don't mourn. Our mourning will come this month when the 18th marks the first anniversary since mum's death, and then again when we hold the unveiling. Pretty sucky huh?! (not the most polite description of it, but that's what popped in my head, and really, it does suck ...)
Here are the banners the kids made for my 45th birthday. Yep, 45!! I'm not ashamed to admit my age. Doesn't bother me, because I look and feel younger. Having kids later in life makes me feel younger still. I love each and every one of them and I love each and every banner the three big kids made.
The two banners with planes were made by tama 2. I was hoping that maybe I was getting a surprise flight somewhere, yeah right!!! lol. The top banner is by tamāhine 1...
Tama 1 drew the night sky with fireworks. Tama 2 had me flying in the daytime in the first banner, and then in the dark on the next, so I figure I was flying out NZ day time and arriving in some foreign country at night. Wouldn't that be exciting? ... one can always dream can't one?
Funnily enough, I've been talking about buying a new coffee machine later this year, and obviously tama 1 overheard me!!! Check out the machine he made me for my birthday ... I absolutely love it ...
Off the topic of my birthday now ...
The last two Monday evenings (yes, on my birthday even) tama 1, tamāhine 1, tama 2 and myself have tagged along to St John's.
Cadets ... well, the jury's still out on that one.
I had tama 1 and tamāhine 1 participate with both the Penguins and (junior) Cadets. We finished at Penguins on a major high, but then I (nota bene: not the kids) felt extremely deflated following (junior) Cadets.
We went back for a second trial last night, minus the (junior) Cadets. I chose to leave tama 1 behind because I wasn't keen to have a repeat of last week's (junior) Cadets. At the completion of another fun Penguins class, I had a nice kōrero whakakata with the Penguins leader. Suffice it to say we might give the (junior) Cadets another crack.
Last week the kids friend was awarded the mascot, Primo, to take home for the week. This week, guess what?! Tamāhine 1 has the honours!! As we headed home I had her ring ahead (because I'm very conscious I'm not allowed to talk on a mobile while driving!!! What a good citizen I am!!) to let whaiāipo know our ETA. Well, that entire 25-30 minute drive home I spent listening to tamāhine 1 talk to tama 1 about the class!!! As we hopped out of the car she hid Primo behind her back and then the shouts of glee from herself and tama 1 as she revealed what she had !!!! OMG !!!! Priceless.
Today, in between school work and sports, tama 1 made a uniform for Primo ...
I didn't think they'd be quite so buzzed about a toy penguin, but hey! I was wrong!
After some class work today the three big kids went outside to play soccer. It wasn't so much the fact that they went out to play sport that I took the photo, but more the fact they were ecstatic about their brand new shoes. Their first pair of brand new sneakers ... no hand-me-downs, but brand spanking new. CHEAP but NEW.
The hardcase thing about the shoes is that I actually brought them because I had hoped to start the three of them at Chapman College on Biak Street in Rotorua. We spend our days with bare feet or sandals, but I can't have them trudge along to somewhere like this without decent shoes eh?! lol
Latin is rocking along for tama 1. Tama 1 works on his own for the best part of it and then I try to get up to speed later. We review together, discuss and then tackle exercises and reading together. At the moment we no sooner seem to understand one grammar point when we quickly forget it because we learn a new one. Up until today we felt comfortable understanding nominative, genitive, accusative and vocative declensions but now we're struggling with ablative and dative. We'll need to do some serious swat to get those sorted. Trying to look at each word and breaking it down into its correct form is jolly hard work. However, it's important to me that the children become fluent in Latin. You've heard me rabbit on about wanting to get back to Greek at some point too, but it's a case of finding a course that I can "click" with. So the goal this
There's loads I could write about Latin and Mythology but that'll have to wait for another time. I've already noticed I have five drafted blog posts from last month so they're so stale and outdated now that I'll simply have to bin them!!! I don't know how other homeschoolers keep up with blogging!!! You're all wicked!!! Me, I'm struggling to keep up with what our family does let alone record it all.
Tama 1 continues to love Youngzine. He now has two badges. I'm amazed at how addicted he is to it. I won't ask him to give that up for Lent though!!
Here's a little sample of their handwriting:
Probably a few things I've forgotten to mention. Hei aha. Oh, one thing: no news on house yet. We're still here. Keep praying for us or keep your fingers crossed. We remain positive....
Thanks for dropping by
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