Conversation between her and I about her American history work:
Michaela: What does optional mean?
Me: That means you can choose to do it. Why?
Michaela: Because my book says the review at the end is optional.
Me: I want you to do the review.
Michaela: But it's optional! Why do I have to do it!?
Me: Because I'm the teacher and I want you to do it.
Michaela: Doesn't the student get a say?!
Michaela: That's taxation without representation!
We are members of the Texas Home School Coalition and, through that, we find out about political events/activities going on in the area.
We received an invitation to a press conference with Governor Perry yesterday and decided to go. We arrived early enough that we were able to be right up front, about four or five feet away from the podium. The head of the Houston Police officers Union started it off. He said, "I would like to introduce to you a great Texan ...," and he talked about his numerous contributions, his service in the military, etc.
At the end of the introduction, he said, "I'm sure you think I am talking about Governor Perry, but we have a surprise for you. Ladies and gentleman, I would like to introduce to you the 41st President of the United States of America." We turned to look in the direction he was looking, and there walks in George and Barbara Bush! We were shocked! We were literally standing about five feet away from a former President! President Bush introduced the Governor and gave his endorsement to him.
Afterwards, we were able to take our picture with the Governor. It was an awesome day!
... is a documentary that premiered yesterday. Eric and I went and saw it last night. It is comparing Obama's philosophy of government with Reagan's philisophy of government. It was very well done and drives home why socialistic government does not work.
That was the first time I had ever been to see a documentary in the theatre. Eric was worried about us getting there in time to get a good seat. I kept telling him I don't think there is going to be a run on tickets for this movie. Guess how many people were there, including us? 8. There was a couple who looked a little older than us, with their son, an older couple, and a young girl, probably early 20's, by herself. I wish I had made the kids go. It was informative and entertaining, with political cartoons interspersed throughout the interviews and commentaries. The first political cartoon demonstrated in an incredibly easy way why socialism doesn't work.
I would recommend this film. Here is the website: http://www.iwantyourmoney.net/
We surprised the kids Friday night and camped out in the yard. We built a fire and made hot dogs and smores.
We set up the tent and then I read a couple of Edgar Allen Poe poems. They wanted to read a story, but it was already late, so I just read a couple of poems.
Surprisingly, I slept like a rock and didn't wake up until about 6:15. -- Of course, that could be because Eric and I slept on an air mattress and had a down comforter to stay warm. (Is that cheating?) :)
Fun memories being made. We will have to do it again soon . . .
. . . and read The Black Cat or The Tell-Tale Heart.
August 29th - September 2nd
7 pm Mon-Thurs. and 10 am Wednesday morning
Bruce Reeves from Conway, AR
Bruce was with us about 3 years ago and did a great job. I know he is going to do a great job this time, as well. Please try to come. It will be an uplifting week for us all!