Hither and Yon

Well, we have almost survived the length of a two-week stint without Dad home. It’s the longest we’ve been apart since we married, and definitely the longest the kids have gone without him.  In some ways, it’s been easier than when he left when they were littler.  The older boys help a good bit more now and the little ones come along for the ride.  We’ve even had a dog here for the last week, since some friends of ours were out of town and they needed a sitter.

We started school this week (dang!  STILL haven’t taken a picture!), and it’s going really well so far.  This year’s history covers a broad swath, from the Middle Ages to early Colonial America.  I am really glad to be out of Ancients.  Ancient history just does not excite me.  It brings about memories of my freshman year World History book with an Egyptian head on the cover.  So dry.  So boring.  I know, I know — bad for a teacher, but there it is.  We all have our preferences.  For their part, the boys are eating up the information about knights and castles, and they even like the stuff about how barbarians didn’t bathe and they ate their meat raw.  Plague and pestilence for the win.

Friday is our lighter school day, where we wrap up loose ends and finish up the details of the week.  Today we were done before 11.  I know that won’t always be the case, but it was nice for today.  And then we finished up our work with a bang, by watching this video and laughing ’til we cried:

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