Well Ladies, I can see you are all much more likely to comment when my kids are writing the blog than when I am...at least I know where I stand! The park story isn't really much of a story, but basically an older woman told some of the kids to stop playing where they were playing because she was going to call the police. A similar thing had happened with some of the boys at a different park last week, so a few of us mothers had our mother bear instinct kick in. I'm normally not one for confrontaion, but I did go right up to the woman and asked what the problem was (this is what made Madi proud). I think truly she was just concerned for their safety (I think unnecessarily so), but we cordially set the record straight. The kids were just playing around the stream, something that far too few kids get time to do in this day and age. I'm pretty sure no one told Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn to stop playing in nature! Most likely no one ever told this woman that either, but I think is was far too long ago that she was a child and she's forgotten what it was like. There were some of the littler kids down there too and I think that it is also sad how unusual it might seem to some people to see kids ranging from 2-13 years old all playing together. We know the older kids were all looking after the younger ones, but a stranger might not understand that. Sometimes our life seems so normal because it is our life and it often takes someone else looking at it to see how much we go against the grain. (we even grind our own grain!)
Theatre is back on starting next week...woohoo! They are going to be practicing right around the corner from our house...double woohoo!!
The kids and I are supposed to take part in an International Day in a few weeks where every family picks and country and presents info about it. We picked Guatemala because we sponsor a little boy who lives there, but I've struck out at two libraries trying to get info on Guatemala. Looks like we're going to have to do a lot of searching online.
I'm thinking of starting a writing club for Jonathan and Madi and some of their friends. I read a really neat article about one in Home Education magazine. Who's interested, let me know.
For those of you who don't know (although I think most of my readers are involved), there is a group blog about homemaking etc that you might be interested in. I just posted a delicious recipe for scones on there, you can check it out here.