And by highlights, I mean cute pics of my family :)
The conference was great, as always. I loved catching up with friends and acquaintances in the homeschooling world, being around thousands of like-minded people, browsing the exhibit hall for fresh ideas, sitting in on a few sessions, chatting with fellow exhibitors when we got there early to set up our own booth and stay late to clean up, etc. In a way I wish the conference were longer, and in a way I'm glad it's not.
Day 1 - Orange
Day 2 - Yellow
And a happy baby both days!
We had a booth for my husband's "Complete Church Piano Course" again this year, and also gave out thousands of sermon CDs and hundreds of the "After the Tribulation", "New World Order Bible Versions," and the 22-hour Revelation series DVDs for free.
We were busy half the day on Thursday packing and setting up our booth, and were at the conference about 12 hours each on Friday and Saturday. With 8 kids who needed to be fed, watered, entertained, kept in line, (some) diapered etc. this was no easy feat!!! Plus, I wanted to go to some of the sessions and shop for materials, too. A sweet lady from our church helped us all day both days of the conference, which was absolutely awesome!
Would you believe Solomon is starting 9th Grade this fall? I just cannot believe how fast time is flying by. Isaac will be 7th, John 5th, Miriam 3rd, Becky 1st (she is repeating last year because she only finished her books half-way, being as she is only 5 and likes to play a lot), and Anna has a few Pre-K workbooks.
Speaking of Solomon, he got his first major paying job at the conference! When we went to the exhibit hall on Thursday to set up our booth, before it was open to the public, we got to chatting with a fellow exhibitor, "Creating a Masterpiece". He mentioned that he needed two volunteers to demonstrate the art curriculum he was selling by going through the DVD, following the instructions, and creating a piece of artwork during the hours that the convention was open. Both Solomon and John jumped on the offer. The exhibitor then asked if Solomon was interested in helping other kids go through the DVD both days of the conference, 2 kids per hour, during the public hours of the exhibit hall. Of course, Solomon said yes! His job was basically to start the DVD for the kids, stop it every time the instructions got to the next step, help as needed, etc. Then repeat every hour from 10 am to 7 pm (minus breaks).
I must say both his Dad and I were mighty proud of him. He worked hard, even though I am sure that after going through the same DVD for the 15th time, it must have started to be a bit boring. Every representative at the booth that he was working at said he was a big help to them. His boss paid him $9/hour, which I thought was very generous for a 12-year old. Not to mention the fact that they were willing to work with someone that age in the first place, and offer him such a wonderful opportunity to learn and grow. Solomon spent some of his money buying 3 of the art DVDs because he liked them so much (I bought 3 more, because they really are wonderful), and took the rest of his wages in a paycheck. (Sniffle!) Where oh where has my little baby gone??!?!?
They offered him the job again for next year. Of course, Solomon excitedly told them "Yes!" I do hope it works out for him.
All the kids did remarkably well, especially considering how much time and effort we put into this. It's been several days, and I am just now getting caught up on sleep. But always so worth it!!