I've enjoyed reading about what you've all been up to. I can't believe the month is half over!
Dd's gymnastics takes up a lot of our time, and at the end of June I decided we needed a break. So, I arranged for her take a couple weeks off so we could all slow down. Yeah right! It's been crazier than ever.
Ds's band has been getting gigs all over town, and even got asked to open for a band near Liverpool (about an hour from home). Because of ds's age, dh and I haven't been comfortable just letting him go off to hang out in bars all night, so we've spent a lot of time driving and organizing things to make sure he is safe. We're exhausted!
We are huge Goo Goo Dolls fans, and a whole gang of us met up to see them in Manchester last week. It was my niece's 16th b'day, which became the b'day of her life when we arrived at the venue very early and met the band! They are the sweetest, most down-to-earth rock stars you could ever hope to meet. They happily signed stuff and posed for pictures. Dh was working and was going to meet us at the venue at show time, so I got him on the phone and passed it to Robby (bass player) who chatted w/ dh for a minute or so. Ds had made a cd of some of his band's music "just in case", and he very nervously handed it to John (singer/guitarist) and asked him if he'd listen to it. John said he would, and asked ds the band's name then wrote it on the disc. The kids were so, so excited, and... o.k., I was pretty thrilled too.
Last night I decided that we really *must* slow down, so I went to bed very early in hopes of having a relaxing, organized morning. The dog had other plans, and dashed upstairs to greet me by peeing on my bedroom carpet.
: Ds kindly cleaned it up, then dd ran screaming out of the bathroom because she'd seen a spider. It kept disapearing into a crack whenever I tried to pick it up, so I had to stand there while dd got undressed and into the shower to make sure it didn't leap up and attack her.
Everything's calm at the moment, phew! In a couple hours, dd and I are going to an art workshop at the gallery in town with a bunch of home ed friends. Ds is hanging out at home for some much-needed chilling out. Dd has said she wants to do some science experiements, so we found one that involves making candy that resembles different types of vocanic rock. We're going to invite some friends over for a science day as soon as I can get the materials together.
After our hectic couple of weeks, I'm wondering how on earth people cope with sticking to schedules and lessons. It is so much easier to just go with the flow!