First and foremost, I would like to talk this morning about the State Department Weekly Blog RoundUp!
Today is Friday, and that means that Valdysses at the blog You Can't Get There From Here has posted this week's Blog RoundUp on his own blog. In fact, it's been over a month since the RoundUp has gone State-Blogger-Wide, and tons of wonderful, hilarious, talented bloggers have hosted the RoundUp on their own sites.
I can't TELL you guys what a treat it has been to have this picked up and hosted far and wide across the State blogosphere. Each person brings their own voice and their own ideas to the project every week, and it's just an incredible treat!
So please, State Bloggers, take a moment to visit the RoundUp's calendar and sign up for a time to host the RoundUp! (You can even sign up for a slot as early as next week! Hint, hint!) Any and all State bloggers are welcome... whether you're a brand new applicant or a seasoned veteran... whether you've hosted the RoundUp before or not... all are welcome! Please sign up!
In personal news this morning, this previously-melted-down, homeschooling-for-ten-years, Type-A-control-freak-mother is off to register her baby (my youngest, Zachary, pictured above) in public school (for this upcoming fall) this morning. I have an appointment to register my older son, Matthew, on Tuesday. We'll see where this takes us. We'll see if I actually get into Chinese at FSI with James. We'll see if I can even cut it if I DO get there.
(I've heard that spouses often... um... choose to pursue other endeavors rather than finish those super long, super-hard language classes. And that those super-hard, super-long language classes are sometimes a something-that-rhymes-with-WITCH (Worldwide Available).)
Possibly leaving behind homeschooling forever...makes me cry. I've devoted my entire life to it for ten years. I've hung out with Stunning, Famous Homeschool Glitterati... I've written for Awesome Homeschooling Magazines... I've interacted with International Educational Giants to try to make them more homeschool friendly. I tend to believe that I can speak intelligently about every form of homeschooling curriculum out there (yes, seriously), and I want to vomit at the idea of putting my boys into a spiral math program. (Seriously. Spiral math programs are Satan.)
So I'll keep you posted on how this works out. I may chicken out at the last minute. I'm allowed to do that, you know.
In the meantime, we're still tutoring with our (LOVE HER LOVE HER LOVE HER) Chinese tutor that I snagged from FSI's Mandarin Chinese Instructor rolls. In fact, we recently went to her home for a couple of sessions of Chinese, and her beautiful outdoor flower garden called to my camera:
There is so much beauty in the world.