Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Growing Up

This is our last official year as N.Y. State homeschoolers. Although Josie and Lia are both completing 10th grade this year, JoAnn has reached the magic age where she does not need to be reported. This is an ease to my mind (one less thing to do!) It also is a reminder that my children are growing up. Es is living with Emma's family, and we here are now five. We are considering downsizing our car when the time comes to replace trusty Hannah Joe Montana.

This is changing some of our thought patterns. It is exciting but a little sad too as we move into a new stage of our life.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Busy Saturday

We (as in Diana and Josie and Lia and I) went to the Central New York Pagan Pride Festival this weekend in Longbranch Park. It was the same as usual. I was pleasantly surprised that the workshops were better than they sounded in the descriptions. I think some presenters might need to hire a copywriter, and I happen to know an excellent one! I made a super delicious salad thing with turkey and celery and apples and grapes and walnuts and salt and mayonnaise, but it had a lot of calories so I had to sort of limit my eating the rest of the day.

After the Pagan Fest, we met some people we hadn't met in the outerweb yet for a potluck, which was actually really nice because the hostess really made a whole meal, and we just brought snacks and dessert. There was one other guest and the family that lived there.  They had two sons (maybe 10 and 11 or so) and a daughter (maybe 4). Josie and Lia played Magic the Gathering with the boys and really seemed to have fun. There was good music and games, not so much conversation, but we are the kind of family who needs to meet with people many times before the conversation flows.