Tori was gone most of the day. She babysat from 7:30 until 3:30 and then went to a friend's house at 5:30 and is spending the night there. She earned $25 and asked if she could take an extra horseback riding lesson next week. Working a job and using the money to further her education on something she loves - lots of lessons right there.
Brendan did his science yesterday. Today he was working on finishing up some lab reports and asked me to correct his study guide. His study guide was the neatest writing I have ever seen from him. He seems to really be making an effort this year. You know how many times I have asked him about this class? Not once.
Owen and Rachel played the geography game today but with their made-up rules. It resembled something more like Risk. They rolled the dice and whoever rolled a higher number got to take over a country. The game boards for this game are just pieces of the map with numbers on each country. But Owen knows most of the countries and is showing Rachel when they play. They also both worked on their sign language flash cards and then did some pages from their Michigan History worksheets from Pioneers.
We went to the library and checked out some books. Rachel bought a diary at the store and started writing journal entries in it. She is most excited that it has a lock so it's private. :) Owen knows that 48" is 4 ft. Brendan came up with a haiku to describe my feelings about coffee: "I love my coffee. The creamer makes it better. It wakes me each day." And then he came up with another one later about popsicles.
Tonight, Rachel read 3 books to me and we talked about the different words that she didn't understand. She really makes an effort to understand what she is reading.
I am still amazed that this is working.