On August 26, Jared and Todd left for an overnight hike. We didn't tell Jared about it until the morning they were leaving, since he gets excited and can't sleep. He was beyond excited. He has been asking to go backpacking with Daddy for about two years.
The week of Eloise's first piano lesson was also the week when we had a live, interactive broadcast with scientists aboard the Joides Resolution research ship. It was docked in Singapore when had our broadcast. We opened it up to any of our home educated friends who were interested, and we ended up with 19 kids in our house to learn about the research they are doing in pulling up samples from the subduction zone of the tectonic plates in the Indian Ocean. It was pretty amazing.
Jared and Eloise want to learn how to type, but they have a tendency to click around at random when they are turned loose on a computer, changing settings willy-nilly. Since I don't often have the time to supervise individual computer time, we do some of our keyboarding practice on these old keyboards Todd has collected (he has a thing for the old, clicky ones), which I color coded with a marker so they can learn which finger types each key.