We have a couple of mini-vacations coming up. I can't wait! A nice, long 4 day weekend is what I need to re-charge sometimes. Next week, we are going to Busch Gardens, then staying 2 nights at the Great Wolf Lodge. It will just be the girls and me. Hubby is working in TX for a few weeks. It's ok, though. He doesn't really like theme parks. I am excited about the Great Wolf Lodge. It's been years since I have been there, and I have never stayed the night. Lily LOVES water parks, so this will be a perfect vacation for her. Gia will be happy-she gets to stay out of school for 2 days to go.
In June, I am going to Richmond for the HEAV homeschool conference. This will be my first conference, and I am super excited. There are so many workshops that I want to attend, I don't think I will be able to get to all of them. I will have to make a list, and put the ones I REALLY want to see at the top. The Duggars will be speaking at the conference, and I want to hear what they have to say about homeschooling. The exhibit hall will be full of curriculum, which will be good and bad. Good, because I am a visual person, and I need to see everything. Bad, because I have shiny object syndrome, and will want to buy it all!
I am very excited about starting Lily on her homeschool journey this Fall. She is already learning so much just from me running the preschool at home. We made a sensory bin the other day, and it was a huge hit! If you want to keep a child busy for a LONG time, just fill a box with rice or beans, and give them something to scoop with. Seriously. I have seen kids that will sit for hours with that.
We are also working on handwriting. That isn't going as well as I would like. Lily doesn't like to sit down with worksheets or workbooks. I found that she loves dry erase markers, though. I print out some worksheets and put them in a plastic report cover, and Voila! A dry erase worksheet. :) Worked like a charm. She will work on those for a few minutes, at least.