Sunday, January 13, 2019

June Part I

We did SO MUCH in June.  Just reviewing the pictures is making me tired.  We started on June 1 with a trip to the Seattle temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and national donut day.  We also made a trip to our neighborhood park, and watched a broadcasted program to commemorate a revelation extending the priesthood to all worthy male members of our church, regardless of race.  It was really beautiful.  
Near the end of last school year, Todd and I made the decision to put the kids in public school.  It wasn't an easy decision, and I'm still rethinking it daily, but Jared tested into an accelerated program, which sounded like it would be just what he needed to challenge him academically and socially.  The other kids had been asking to try public school for a long time.  Since homeschooling has always been a lifestyle choice for us as much as an educational one, it made sense for us to try public school for all of them if we were going to do it for one of them.  The last year of homeschooling was really, really hard.  As much as I love homeschooling, our kids each needed some space from each other.  After a lot of prayer, we decided to go ahead with public school. 
We had a lot of preparing to do.  I started with a hundred pages of paperwork for the schools, and then I hung this groovy coat rack that I got for $2 at a thrift store.  It matches our home decor perfectly, and it is strong enough to hold all of the backpacks and coats.  It's a little bit ridiculous that we lived her for six years before we had a place where the kids could reach to hang their own jackets.  This coat rack is a game changer. 
Benjamin built a painting machine out of legos.  It is so much fun to watch kids learn and create things on their own.  He built this using a picture in a library book as a guide.  Who says you need to read fluently to be able to learn from books?
B let me trim the sides of his hair, as long as the top was still long enough to be styled.  The kid loves his hair. 
We went to the Klondike Gold Rush Museum in Seattle with the Carvers.  It's always free, although it's downtown, so parking is tres cher. Since the museum is run by the National Park Service, the kids got to do a scavenger hunt in the museum as part of the junior ranger program.  This was our first introduction to the junior ranger program, and we love it.  We couldn't wait to go to another national park or monument to get another junior ranger badge. 
And, because a museum field trip isn't exhausting enough, we stopped at North Rose Hill Woodlands Park on the way home. 
Todd and Eloise left on June 8 to go to Arizona for our niece, McKenzie's, baptism.  While they were gone, the boys and I decided to party by checking out the Bellevue Aquatic Center.  It was okay.  Sammy is getting very brave in the water.  Jared passed the swim test so he could go down the water slide. 
The boys had wanted to put up the tent in the back yard for the weekend, but it got miserably rainy, so we put up the tent downstairs instead, and then everyone ended up in their own beds because they were too silly together and no one could sleep. 
Jared tried out for city swim team.  First the kids have to demonstrate strokes the length of the pool, and then, if they are capable, they get entered into a lottery for spaces on the team.  Jared wasn't quite strong enough this year, but there is always next summer.  I wish our swim season was longer.  On June 9 it was not even 60 degrees out.  All of the skinny little swimmers were shivering as they waited for their turn in the water. 
We went to Olive Garden for lunch to celebrate Jared being brave enough to try for swim team.  Sammy and B introduced us to that little known Italian side dish: french fries.  Spaghetti with fries. Mmmmmmm. (*Gag*)
When we got out of the church, the boys all forgot that Todd and Eloise were gone, and they were afraid we were leaving Eloise.  Even without Daddy and Eloise, the Sunday walk must go on.   Sammy almost had the pedal bike figured out.  He is good at balancing, so I just gave him a lot of boosts and we moved along pretty well. 
And that is just the first week and a half of June.

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