Whew! What a day Friday was! My flip flop feet are ti-red, and my aching back is not happy with me for purchasing so many (heavy) books. Just call me Grandmaw, because I was in the bed with jammies on by 9:00 pm.
(Does in the bed with a laptop count as being in bed early? And does it count if you plan on watching this week's Lost in a little while?)
If you read my post yesterday, you saw that I attended what I like to call The Denim Jumper Convention. That's just my fancy name for the local homeschool convention. It was a little disappointing, though...I only saw ONE jumper the whole day long! I think the new uniform of choice for homeschooling moms attending conferences is blue jeans with sensible shoes.
I did see a tattoo, which delighted me a little bit. I have no idea why...but, it did. I'm just being honest here.
Since my tired brain would only ramble on and on tonight, I'll just show you some of the FUN books I purchased today. Wandering through the vendors is always a favorite activity of mine at this convention! If you haven't been to a homeschool convention before, just imagine row after row filled with rich and colorful books. It's always very difficult to pick which ones are my favorite...hence the 30lb. book bag after I was done shopping.
And, hence the hunchback grandmaw, who now sort of walks in a slight circle from carrying the 30lb book bag on my left shoulder all afternoon.
Enough about me...BOOKS!!!
I bought our daughters a boxed set of these Ten Girls Who...books. I LOVE giving our daughters books to read about REAL LIFE HEROES. Goodness knows, they see enough pop culture junk--I want them to know about real women who were strong and dedicated and smart and talented and hard-working and responsible and outspoken...and who loved God, and who poured out their lives for others. THESE are the kinds of stories I want to inspire our daughters.
So, I bought the whole boxed set! Hopefully, we will read these stories as a family, talking about each real-life hero...like Gladys Aylward, Joni Eareckson Tada, Corrie Ten Boom, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Florence Nightingale, Elisabeth Elliot, Lottie Moon, Bessie Adams, Susanna Wesley, Ruth Bell Graham, Katherine Luther, Lady Jane Gray, Susannah Spurgeon...(and others).
Along the lines of teaching character, I always try to pick up a new dvd for a fun family-friendly movie night. This year I picked up the first in a series I have not seen before:
Here's the description: Bill Collins' relaxing afternoon at Sugar Creek turns into more than he bargained for when poetry stumbles upon a disguise hidden in the swamp. Reports of a bank robber on the loose soon surface, and as the gang investigates they discover a man that leads to more than just treasure. During a campout near the hollow tree the kids must survive an encounter that leaves them wondering if a nearby cabin is really abandoned. If they can piece together the clues that confront them, mystery and adventure await the gang in their own backyard! Approx. 70 minutes.
Now, I realize that many times movies like this are CHEESE-OLA. But, you know what? Sometimes a little cheese that teaches character beats some of the silly potty-humor movies in the mainstream.
I believe there are 5 movies in this series. And, who knew? These movies are actually a series of books
Oh, and here are a couple of other fun books...
In the words of intellectual genius, and multi-generational childhood hero, our friend, Porky the Pig...
That's all, folks!