What can I say, it’s been an awesome year, and a great year of being back to homeschooling. As you may (or may not) remember, the year started with the kids in school. Well, it’s ending the right way. Only Corde’s going back in the new year, and we’re not even sure for how long that’s going to be.
We did a lot of interesting things this year. The kids had their first martial arts classes. As much as I loved taking them to jujitsu, they didn’t exactly love it. We ended up quitting that, and the kids really seem happier for it. However, I won’t count it as a failure. They tried it. They didn’t love it. We moved on. I mean, I suppose we could have made it possible for Beekee and Luca to keep going, but with the frequency they wanted to stay home, it wouldn’t really be worth it for one or two days a month. On to better things, right?
We ended up doing some pretty cool things at the library this year. We went to a KEVA plank build day. We went for a couple of LEGO build days. Then there was the leadership program Beekee was a part of, where he got a citation from the state representative. They really made the most out of our library this year.
Corde made her first muffins this year, which she was super proud of. Since then she’s made cookies and brownies quite a few times. She even did really well at the culinary program at her school!
There was also that summer like day in February. I still can’t believe we were able to go out with shorts and short sleeves in February! They all thought it was kind of cool to be able to walk through snow in summer wear. I can’t blame them. When does that ever happen around here?
Corde had many looks this year, but the biggest change of all was getting her first pair of glasses. Thankfully, she loves them and thinks they make quite the statement. She’s lost (and found) them a couple of times, but she’s gotten pretty used to them. On top of that, she graduated middle school!
Luca had an oral surgery this year, which took most of his top teeth, but he was such a trooper through the whole thing. At first he was upset and wanted his baby teeth back, but then he got a Toothless (the dragon from How to Train Your Dragon) and that made it all better. Now he’s perfectly happy with his cute little smile!
For Independence Day we went to see the fireworks on the Charles River. This is becoming quite the family tradition. We’ve gone every year since we’ve moved up here, and we may even go in the next year too. The only down side was losing Sander’s DS in the river, but it could be worse. His DS and the game were replaced for his birthday and Christmas this year, so he’s got them back again.
One of the highlights of the year was the trip to Fort Warren with my dad and my sister. Not only was it the first time the kids were ever on a boat, but they really loved the old historic fort. I think their favorite part was getting to explore the darkened rooms with flashlights, but what kid wouldn’t love that?
We had not one, but two trips to the Children’s Museum this year too! Talk about fun! I don’t think this place will ever get old. I can see them wanting to come back as teens and hoping they can find any little kid they know that wants to go. I can’t blame them. There’s so much to do there!
I think one of the things the kids loved the most was the WWII reenactment. It was rainy and gross at the start, but it was great to see the tanks roll out. The mock battle was pretty good too. I think this is one thing the kids will be talking about for years. Who knows? Maybe we can wrangle enough people to go again!
After walking the Freedom Trail on a positively frigid day, we got to do something Sander and Luca had never done before, and we hope becomes a part of our winter traditions, skating at the Frog Pond. Okay, so we’ll probably go to the place closer to home, but it was definitely fun. We want to get the whole family to go next time.
Let’s not forget the epic gaming day on Christmas. We played so many games all week. I think we’d all forgotten how much fun family gaming night can be. We’ll definitely have to do that more often.
So that was our epic year. I hope yours has been a great one too. I’m not sure if we’re going to do this again every year, but for this year, at least, it was fun. Now it’s time to kick back in my nice warm house and enjoy the rest of the evening. It’s cold out there and we’re glad to be home, even if we don’t last until midnight.