kate5kiwis: magic moments at our place


“If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth.” — Mitsugi Saotome

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

magic moments at our place

i'm feeling a wee need to tick a few boxes today, yeah it must be The Beginning Of The School Term... i've actually rediscovered our mojo, and we did some Real School Work. well, of course we *do school* every day, i just took time to mentally tick some boxes today: starting with
writing letters to The Londoners...
written language, TICK.

moments later our friend and pseudo-auntie carol popped in for an anti-jet-lag-cappuccino-with-double-
and she gave us an impromptu Geography lesson, cos she's just got back from Europe/Russia.

and J11 gave her an impromptu Ancient Egypt lesson,
and then she gave us an impromptu Modern Egypt lesson. well, not really lessons, just a wonderful long meandering chat.
geography/history/oral language: TICK, TICK, TICK.

and after carol and i got a few ideas down for our Christmas Gourmet Foodies Occasion, she went on her merry way and i pegged up the washing and the lads wrote a bit more of their letters and then we all packed up for swimming lessons... M5 got The Swimming Teacher Who Has Eyes In The Back Of Her Head today, so there was much focussing and hard work and Actual Swimming. and while that was happening, S10 swam eleven lengths and J11 swam ten,
physical education: TICK
which meant that they could each qualify for a chupa chup lollipop on the way out. woot woot.

and then we had time to kill before drama lessons so we popped in to take Daddy a Peanut Slab (cos he didn't win one from sarah bean rofl) and he hopped in the car and took us
on a history lesson and we talked all about Boy Stuff like
cannons and musket balls and other War Chat That Daddy Does Better Than Mummy Cos He Knows Gory Details That Mummy Doesn't Like To Know About. after drama,
*socialisation* bwahahahaha: TICK
oral language/huge number of skills: TICK
we found Another Educational Moment on The Strand, in town: a huge display of Aerial Photos of various ecological issues around the world. yeah abby, i'm a day late, but i'm mentioning The Globe.
geography/history: TICK, TICK AGAIN.

oh i forgot to say that we measured the space for a replacement fridge (hubby has found The Best Deal here, tho i'm a bit worried about the Samsung Special... what do you think of that brand Dad??) cos our one we've had for seventeen years has finally given up the ghost.
maths: TICK

and now the lads are off to deliver their pamphlets
physical education/fitness: TICK
and i'm off to create a gourmet masterpiece of roasted yams, kumara, carrots, parsnips, mushrooms, ASPARAGUS mmmmm, and couscous... all dressed with a concoction of lemon juice (from our tree) and olive oil and a delish curry flavour....
food technology: TICK
so that we can steal a Family Moment before hubby zips to his indoor soccer game and the lads rush off to the last thing on their agenda for Tuesdays.
more *socialisation*: TICK

at which stage i might just have the last glass of port in the bottle
feeling the good mommy vibe: TICK


Blogger Rach said...

Oh, my dear Katie-potatie
WHEN will I be able to convince you to ditch the boxes and the ticking and just enjoy the life you're living so well?
You knew I had to say that eh!

4:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tick, tick, tick.

Well done, Mum. :)

5:26 PM  
Anonymous Jacinta said...

Wow - what a wonderful insight to your day. Sounds like it was fun, interesting, enlightening, and full of tickety-tock ticks.

8:07 PM  
Blogger Antipodeesse said...

I am IN AWE at all you do.


Yours enviously,

12:50 AM  
Anonymous jen said...

sounds like a good day Im pleased :)

1:19 PM  
Blogger Marie N. said...

That's a lot of ticks! I love those impromptu lessons on history and geography. It seems they are the most memorable anyway.

1:59 AM  
Anonymous Raewyn said...

Loved your post Kate.
It is fresh and fun and echoes your obvious enjoyment of teaching your darlings at home.
Nice to see :-)

Only just found you via the Kiwi Families forum.
I am also a h/e mother - of 10 - and live at the top of the south.

7:49 AM  
Blogger Liesl said...

You have to be one of the funnest moms I know!!! What a great way to raise your children :)

3:29 PM  

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