1. One day last week Agent A kept saying over and over what sounded like, I can't find my butt. I need my butt on. Help me put my butt on. Took me a looooong while to figure out the word he was looking for was belt, and not even a real belt, one from one of those puzzles that teaches you how to buckle, snap, zip, etc.
2. In the car on the way to the gym, Agent E started asking a million questions about going to school vs. homeschooling: Would she have to go every day? (Well, Monday through Friday, yes, unless there's a holiday.) Would it be like the preschool class she remembers? (Um, no.) Would she have homework? (Probably.) Would she take a bus or would Momma drive? (Eh . . . not sure.) If she took the bus, what time does the bus get to our house? (Well, it doesn't stop in front of our house, we'd have to leave the house at 7:30 and walk a block or two to meet it.) 7:30? You mean 7:30 a.m.? In the morning? (long pause) Yeah; that's too early.
3. Anyone else spring cleaning? I'm sort of on this decluttering and cleaning mission . . . so far, so good. The other day I cleared some books off my bookshelf that I've been dragging around with me move to move for like 15 years and finally decided I should just let go. I was quite proud of myself, because I usually have a hard time letting go of books. (Other stuff, not so much.) Then later that same day I came home with ten books from the YMCA's used book sale. In my defense, they were all for Agent E, not for me. Which brings me to #4 . . .
4. Do you find yourself encouraging your children to read the same books (or types of books) you read at the same ages? Or are there some that you "missed" the first time around but now find yourself seeking out for your own children? Two of the books I came home from the Y with were Anne of Green Gables and Little Women. Never. read. either. (Is that awful?) Agent E, however, read (and loved) both of them.
5. I should clarify . . . the books Agent E is reading are watered-down versions of these stories. They are hardback books, about 175 pages, with lots of black and white drawings. So, the basic story modified for younger readers. They are both from from this series of Great Classics for Children. I honestly have no idea what age/grade level the original works are intended for. (Anyone want to help me out with this? Agent E is 6 and reading well, definitely above a first grade level. And, she can have a conversation about the characters and the plot, so I know she's really "getting" it.)
6. Spoiler alert, if you happen to be the other person on the planet besides me who hasn't read Anne of Green Gables: I asked Eva what she thought of it. The first thing she told me was, well, I liked it, and I like Anne, she does lots of fun things on the farm, but the ending is sad when Matthew dies. (Note to self: Do not ask Agent E what she thinks of a book you haven't read yet.)
7. So, I asked this question on my Facebook page earlier this week, but I'm going to ask it again here: Do you, Dear Reader of This Blog, also have your own blog? If so, leave a link in the comments and I will check it out.