Friday, November 21, 2008

Where have all the pictures gone?

Princess and I have been busy taking pictures the last
two days. Farmer Dad was off from work, and we drove down the shore
to visit Nana, went out to lunch, watched the boats on the water, we went to
our local library's first Homeschool Open House, walked around the duck filled
pond and had hot chocolate and cookies while we read in the sun. We took a long
drive with Farmer Dad passing many lovely farms and cute animals and such that Princess
busily captured with the camera from the backseat. We stopped off for another lunch out
and played air hockey. We visited with Great Aunt Adrienne and decorated cookies with cousin
Stephanie, ate dinner with Luis and Aunt Shell. Sometime during the visit as Princess was taking
pictures she hit a button on my camera..she wasn't sure which one, and although I got it working again,
one of us erased all the photos on the camera from the last two days! Including some cute shots of
Princess and her kitties snuggling on the couch in jammies, her excitement at receiving a special package
from our friend Nina, her updated Thankful Tree, some seed pod experiments and cookies we baked
together and a turkey craft. Oh well. I guess we remember all the fun we had anyway....but she looked
ever so cute in some of those, and her cookies were adorable.
The open house at the library went pretty well, although aimed more at the Moms than the kids, in
Princess's opinion. She was the only girl and all the other kids were older or younger, but she had fun.
We did meet some nice homeschoolers in our town, and one family has 4 boys, ages 13, 10 and 8 year old twins.
We were invited to get together with them to take part in some "fun activities" they do with their Dad
on Saturdays...crafting and cooking.Princess was pretty excited. The boys got her a bit excited to learn another language. They are all learning Latin, and then either Spanish or Japanese or French. Oh the possibilities! ;-)
We made casual plans to meet up again at the library, so we could talk more. The librarian (we were happy to see it was our "fave") was very enthusiastic about her outreach to the homeschooling community and willing to be
of more help should we need it. She is trying to line up a couple of long time homeschoolers that she knows
to come in and talk to us, and has great hopes of making this a regular program that will help us connect to one another. It was a very positive experience, although she didn't homeschool her children, she is very supportive of what we are doing and open to meeting our needs. We left with a stack of "animal" themed books in our bag.
She had a nice big selection of books in the conference room for the kids to look through, explained some of what the library has to offer, what will be coming soon, and handed out some leaflets about the computer offerings
the library's site offers and how to use it, and Princess really liked the hand out on the Dewey Decimal System.
She has the "code" now to find whatever she wants to in the library. There will be no holding her back.


8)(8 said...

It sounds like you have been busy. I am glad Princess enjoyed learning how to use the library.

Anonymous said...

You're lucky to have a librarian that is willing to advocate for homeschooling. I've always met with a bit of resistence here, in Indiana and in Cincinnati when I worked for the library.

Cute photo of P.

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My homeschool buddies and I are all posting pics of our "home schools" as part of our idea sharing.

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