It's that time of the year again - the time when our kids don't go back to school. Which, in my eyes, is always worth a celebration! :)
Of course, just because we are against school does not mean we are against learning, so it's back to the books for us starting this Monday. I will have to do another post on this year's curriculum choices. This post is just about our party.
As always, I am continuing the German tradition of making a "Zuckertüte" for each of the kids. Technically, only those students starting 1st grade are supposed to get one, but in our home, the other kids also get one, albeit theirs are "consolation size".
No joke, I have sat up until 1 am every single night this week working on these. Thankfully, baby Stephen could not be a more perfect and easy baby. He goes to sleep for the night around 9 pm, at which point I lay him down and he never stirs or makes a peep until I get into bed beside him and feed him. While he sleeps, I first do my housework, and then work on stuff like this. With all the birthdays, as well as Christmas coming up, I don't see myself taking a break from the glue gun until early next spring. But it's all good, because I love crafts. If only there were more hours in a day!
Solomon asked me to decorate his with this horse.
Isaac is really into sleuthing right now, reading the Hardy Boys and other mystery stories, even fingerprinting his siblings.
John is still fascinated by car racing. He decorated this year's binder in that theme, too.
Purple and glitter - can't go wrong with that for a girly-girl like Miriam. I glued felt "flower petals" to the top of her cone.
A unicorn for Becky.
A mouse for Anna, our little mouse.
They were filled with "fun" school supplies like art stuff, little craft projects, special pens, stickers, fun erasers, and so on. And, of course, some obligatory candy. The German word "Zuckertüte" literally means "bag of sugar", since it's supposed to sweeten the blow of having to start school. Staying true to the theme, I splurged on some good German candy.
Before the kids got each of their cones, though, we had a special dinner of bacon cheeseburgers, homemade fries, and root beer floats.
We don't have a theme or motto for the new school year like some families do, but I did make these place cards for everyone with a verse on them, to keep in their pencil boxes to remind them of the first priority in learning: to "be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;"
This meal didn't exactly help improve the kids' outfits, which they had picked out themselves that morning, and spent all day getting grubby as they helped move everything into the new church building. We'll have to get some nicer "First Day of School" photos on Monday, unless we want to perpetuate the impression that homeschool moms don't even get out of their nightgowns until noon. Which is a total lie! For me, it's never a minute past eleven when I get dressed... ;)
Evidently, John was even going for the German look, what with those white socks and sandals...
After they tore through all that, and gobbled up all the candy on the spot, the older kids went swimming while the little ones
kept making messes helped me get dinner cleaned up.
Right before bed, John told me he wanted me to yank his first loose tooth out while he was sleeping, because he was afraid it would hurt. I told him the tooth would get lost in the dark and the tooth frog would never come, and did it right there on the spot.
Isn't that single tear just cute in a pathetic way? It was from relief, not pain.
Later, I went to check on them in bed. John made extra sure to tell me which pillow he had hidden the tooth under - anything to get some cash!
Oh my, time flies! I can't believe we are starting a new school year, and that my baby John has lost a tooth.Tears, blood, drama... we're off to a good start!