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Friday, April 30, 2010

Homeschool Prom

One of the things people used to say to me when I said I began homeschooling our children, was, "But won't they miss out on the prom?" I thought this was a pretty silly statement for two reasons .My children were elementary age at the time and second because sending a child for 13 years of public education so they could go to a to a prom seemed pretty ridiculous to me.

Fast forward several years, my homeschooled boys are gearing up for the prom tonight. They have ordered the corsages,(the ones who have dates). They have figured out the wardrobe, including new dress shoes for the one whose old ones fit only two weeks ago. They have consulted with the girls on coordinating with the dresses (the ones who have dates). They have figured out the transportation- allowing parents to drive since it involves getting to a riverboat in downtown Detroit. Currently they are getting gussied up so we can spend time beforehand getting pictures.

The older two have tried to persuade the youngest not to wear his red/orange basketball shoes, to no avail. Oh, and they have readied there masks since it is a masquerade themed event(the ones who have dates) The boy who is going stag feels as if he can do whatever he pleases- basketball shoes, military pins and no mask.

I love that the event is taking place on a riverboat, that parents are driving, that it is being chaparoned by homeschool parents/teachers, that it is okay to go stag, and that renting a tux is optional. I love that my boys want to have fun and hangout and don't seem worried about impressing anyone.

It should all be fun.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Spring in "the D"

Spring is a time for new beginnings.

It is better than New Years because the whole earth feels like it is being renewed. Because all things feel new, and because I don't want to be fat all my life, I have rejoined the journey to weight loss. (I had reached one weight goal, when my mom was diagnosed as terminally ill)

I am playing "Game On" with some friends. This necessitated picking a good habit to incorporate into my life. I chose going outdoors every day. I love the outdoors but sometimes I get so busy with house chores, homeschooling duties, laziness, etc. to get outside.
I rode my bike 25 miles last week. This was like paying two bills with one check or throwing two strikes with one pitch because on the "Game On" plan 20 minutes of exercise per day is required.

Someday soon I am going to write about being side tracked, like I was when I went looking for an alternative to killing two birds with one stone to use in this blog.

Ah, well, back to spring, weight loss, getting outdoors and "Game On". "Game On" is based on a book "The Game On Diet" that has a plan for losing weight and changing your life. My friend M told us about it and two weeks ago eight of us joined in the friendly competition. Competing to do better at positive life change is an interesting concept. It provides at least four good things. Camaraderie develops since communicating with your teammates and opponents earns points. Each player gets encouraged toward a healthier lifestyle. Accountability keeps us honest. And hopefully, we will all lose weight. Plus we decided on a prize before we started.

It is hard to tell who will win. Our team had the best score the first week and the other team beat us this week. Without sounding too kindergartenish, we will all be winners in the end for trying.