Saturday, March 16, 2019


This week, Smarty's school load returned to a normal level, and she bounced back to her usual positive mood. She enjoyed participating in her school's badminton competition even though she never played badminton before. She lost, but many kids told her that they did not believe her about not playing before. I guess tennis lessons helped somewhat. She did well on her first Spanish project - it was a 5 minute non-scripted narrative describing her room, and overall her grades are good even though she does not spend more than an hour a night on homework.

After School

After some crazy weather last weekend, including thunderstorms with hail, we are finally enjoying sun and warmth. It certainly helped improve mood for everyone in the house - we joke that we got so spoiled in California that we would not be able to live somewhere where the weather is more unpredictable. Smarty spent some time outside every day, and we are hoping to finally go hiking this weekend. The rest of her after school activities are going on as usual - taekwondo practices, a Thursday sailing class, an art class, hanging out with her best friend last weekend, and, of course, reading.

What We Are Reading

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Speaking of reading, Smarty was motivated to re-read Divergent series since we listened to part of Book 1 on our skiing trip. My husband is reading it as well, and I will take it on as my next fiction book. But I am alternating fiction and non-fiction and currently reading The Astronaut Maker by Michael Cassut, a book about George W.S. Abbey. I cannot say that I like the writing style very much, but the facts are quite fascinating, and I especially enjoyed reading about his job as a program manager prior to becoming a "big shot" at Johnson Space Center.

Favorite Memory of the Week

Smarty to me, I feel so happy, so content. It's almost like I feel physically that my stress has melted away, and I feel like like a feather. I did not feel this way for a long time! 


MaryAnne K. said...

It's good to hear that Smarty isn't spending loads of time on homework. That's something I really hear parents complaining about when their children reach 9th grade onwards here.

Wow, hail! We've had a lot of rain and wind, but no hail. It has been unusually cold (for CA, as you say) this winter, though.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

If you don't like teen romance, then you'll want to brace yourself before reading Divergent. It's nice to hear people are getting outside somewhere in the country :)

Ticia said...

I super love badminton, even if I"m terrible at it.

The joke in Texas is "if you don't like the weather, wait 5 minutes and it'll change."