Today we attended a Labor Day festival in the town where we used to live. We watched a parade, Aspen's very first. Her favorite part? The fire truck of course. She has loved fire trucks ever since she was about a year old and one drove past us in a grocery store parking lot. The driver spotted her looking at it and turned on the lights for her. She's been hooked ever since.
We spent a fortune on over-priced food and beverages, and savored every single delicious bite of chicken on a stick...
...funnel cakes, pumpkin fudge, and seasoned almonds. Aspen scarfed a corn dog, something she's recently acquired a taste for.
We saw tons of neat arts and crafts. Our favorite booth was an artist known as the Tin Can Man, who makes cool art out of, you guessed it, tin cans. My hubby liked the ships....
But being a total Trekkie (betcha didn't know that about me huh?), the starship was my favorite....
The real highlight of the day though, was Aspen taking her very first pony ride. I thought she would be nervous, but no. In fact, she was so comfortable on her first ride (and her second, and her third!) that the lady who owned the ponies called her a natural. I may have a second horse lover on my hands.
After the festival we went to the home school store over that way for Ashley's fall curriculum. I have to say, I was really disappointed. The owner, who was friendly and helpful on the phone a few days ago, was about as disinterested in helping us as she possibly could be. I won't bore you with the details. Suffice it to say I won't be shopping there again, ever.
We went with A Beka Biology and have decided to hold off a few weeks on Algebra. We have also decided, after using a placement test, that we are going back to Algebra I which Ashley originally had three years ago. We're planning to use Teaching Textbooks, so we will wait a few paydays until we can save the funds. She is really struggling in this area and so I feel like the investment will be worth it. In the meantime we can devote more time to US History and Biology.
We're planning to take it easy for the rest of the holiday weekend and maybe do our grocery shopping. On Monday we'll do a super clean of the house and then start school on Tuesday.
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