Sunday, August 11, 2013

When it rains, it pours.

I know, I know, total cliche, but definitely right on.

Last week, I had several meetings with the contractor regarding repair work.  For a few reasons, Adam and I are unhappy and now feel we're stuck between a rock and a hard place (I'm on top of it with cliches tonight!).  It has now brought on stress and tense conversations and we're just super frustrated.  What can you do?

On Saturday, we all got up and got ready for a Cub Scout hike down in Fayetteville.  I was looking forward to it because the trail has a pretty awesome nature center I was going to check out while the boys were hiking.  Yep, that's right, I was going to stay in the nature center and look at animals because there's NO WAY I'm hanging out on a trail in the woods while I'm  STILL COVERED in poison.  Anyway, we're on our way to pick up another Scout when we realized there was a problem with the van.  We pull into the gas station, Adam says "blah, blah, blah, caliper, blah, blah, brake fluid, blah."  To which I remind him that we just had the calipers replaced last the shop directly across the street.

We drive the van to the shop and the five of us in matching orange t-shirts spill into the lobby to wait.  And wait and wait and wait.

The van was finally done.  I'd spent the last three hours wondering how much this trip is going to cost us, because I remember how much it was last October, when the mechanic comes out to say it was replaced & repaired for free because the part was under warranty.  I nearly skipped to van with excitement!  The boys were hungry, grumpy, and done being good after spending so long sitting and staring at one another.  As a treat for their good behavior and patience, we headed to Sonic for lunch and ice cream.

And that's when we were rear-ended by an SUV, who was rear-ended by a large box truck.  And that is why I say....when it rains, it pours.  We're all fine as are all the other occupants of the vehicles behind us.  The van sustained a few thousand dollars worth of damage, but it's drivable.  We are taking it in for repairs on Wednesday, we have rental vehicle coverage, and our insurance company pays for the replacement of car seats.

What does any of this have to do with homeschooling?  Not a thing.  So...moving on.

I bought paint for the school room!  This has been high on my list of things to do for a long time.  I had decided on a specific color but forgot the swatch when I went to Home Depot.  Adisson helped me pick out a few other colors.  He was very excited when I chose one that he had selected.  It's a neat color because it looks different every time I see it.  I'm working on a Big Reveal blog post about the school room so I'll quit talking about the decorating now.  I have started painting and have about half of the room done.  I have to finish emptying the bookshelves to get the rest painted....which is about as much fun as it sounds.

Zander in his "painter clothes" helping me get the school room started!

While shuffling supplies from bookshelves to the hallway, I "found" a few things I want to be sure we use this year.  A few years ago, I bought a few science kits, one of which is magnets for kids.  Adisson really enjoyed the magnets and the different experiments we did so I want to use it with Zander.  I also want to be sure we use our microscope as often as we can.  Nothing makes you feel more scientific than when you're staring at something tiny through a microscope.

I did get started on printing out Zander's worksheets that I mentioned last week.  I still haven't decided how to organize the boys school binders.  In Maryland, we had to show our education monitor our homeschool portfolios.  We don't have to do that in North Carolina, but it was a really nice way to keep track of our school year.  I think I will put together something similar for each of the boys.

I have a ton of painting, decorating, and organizing left to do in our school room.  I'm really hoping I can get most, if not all, of it finished up this week.  That will leave me next week to do all the last minute stuff I need to do before we get started with our school year.  We'll have school for a few weeks before our beach vacation.  And I definitely need a beach vacation right about now.

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