Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The List

I have some big plans for this next year.

Wait, I always have big plans :)

The idea I would like to talk about right now though is Emma's education.

For those of you who do not know, Jared, Emma, and I have decided that unschooling Emma is the best choice for all of us (a story for another day).

Anyway, this year she is technically old enough to be considered school age. For some reason, that makes me want to start acquiring all kinds of educational type items.

Don't get me wrong, we have spent the last 5 years buying educational type toys, books, games, movies, etc, but now I want to be more organized and focused about it.

You can blame this blog for it :) I find her inventory list and the photos of how she organizes it very inspiring. I need to start scavenging for bookshelves...

The List:

Books
Encyclopedias
Maps
Biographies
Places
Cultures
Workbooks (all subjects, multiple grade levels)


Equipment
Microscope
Magnifying Glass
Projector
Human Torso
Science kits (anything and everything)
Balance Scale

So basically as I am writing this post I am going crazy on Amazon making a wish list. Did you know you can get a thingy (technical term) for your toolbar that allows you to add anything from any site to your Amazon wish list.

So, for now I am going to back away from the computer (I currently have 81 items in my wish list, and that was being selective).

That being said, feel free to check out my wish list. If you are feeling super generous and wish to purchase something in the name of education, we will love you forever for it :)

(edited 24Jan11- We started a blog specifially to track our unschooling journey. Emma is even a contibuting author! Mama is Emma's Mama. Feel free to stop by!)

Monday, November 29, 2010

Hello Everyone!

Just another update from NH.

For those that may have missed it, Emma and I are in NH. We got here at the end of September, and we are having a blast! We have visited the beach (which was cold, but empty so a lot of fun!), done a ton of crafts, played everyday with cousins, ran around in circles, went hiking, visited family, and way more stuff.

We are, however, excited about heading home. We miss all our family and friends back in Iowa.

2 weeks.

Plenty of time for lots more playing with the cousins (and hanging out with my sis).

We leave NH on Friday the 10th. We spend one night on the train, and Gramma picks us up on Saturday night. Emma and I will spend most of the week at Gramma and Boppa's house while Jared concentrates on his finals. His last final is on Thursday, so once he is done with that, he will pack the dog up then join us.

We can't wait.

Aside from just being excited to see Jared, we plan to celebrate an early Christmas with Gramma and Boppa.

We will head home on Sunday, unpack, clean up the house, and snuggle with each other. On Monday, Emma has a Dr. appointment, Tuesday is her birthday (which means a movie, her choice of restaurant for lunch, and a trip to Toys R Us), and Wednesday will be another lazy day with some packing thrown in. Thursday, Jared, Emma and I will pick up a rental car, Gramma will head down to pick up Emma and we will finish packing. Friday Emma, Gramma, and Icky will head back to Gramma's while Jared and I will head for AZ.

Why AZ? Last year, Jared, Emma, and I made a Quick Trip to the Desert to visit our friends and attend the Voodoo New Years Party. Oh, and it is warm there.

Everyone had a blast. Jared and I had so much fun that we have been talking all year about going back again this New Years.

Emma, apparently, did not have as much fun as us (or she just REALLY misses Gramma). When I mentioned the trip to Emma, the first thing she asked was, "Can I stay with Gramma while you and Da go?"

"Um, I guess if it is ok with Da and Gramma."

Jared was a little hesitant. We had a really great time last year, and the thought of not having Emma with us made both Jared and I a little sad. But as soon as I realized that this would be our first vacation -just the two of us- I was sort of excited. I mean, I love my kid, she is the best, but every parent needs a little bit of a break every 5 years or so.

Some of you might be saying, "Doesn't Emma go to her Gramma's pretty often?"

Yes, Emma does go to Gramma's a lot, but when you are child free in your own home, that just means more time to work on the to-do list.

Gramma, of course, was super excited at the thought of having Emma for almost 2 weeks. This will be Emma's longest stay without us. And me with out her.

I think we can make it. Tears may be involved at some point, but I will just blow my nose, give her a call, and I will be fine.

So, we are all really excited. Emma gets to spend Christmas with Gramma and Boppa (who tend to celebrate Christmas with more enthusiasm then Jared and I do), Jared and I finally get a honeymoon (2 nights in Vegas baby!) after 6 1/2 years of marriage, and we all get to relax, recharge, and have a good time.

Want to know what the the best part will be though?

Everyone finally being back home. Together.