Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Brighter Skies and Happy Clouds

Holy Cow. It's amazing what a little coffee and a working telephone will do for your mood. I'm sure the drop in temperature has played a part, too. For I am SO happpeeeyyyyyy today!! :DIt is GORGEOUS out!!

Ahhh...

The neighborhood kids are all home for Columbus Day and a teacher's institute day so my kids are off, too. It's too gorgeous and there are too many kids running around to try and get them to sit down and "do school." Instead, I gave Evan and his buddy a magnifying glass and a nature study booklet to record info on a dead grasshopper they found. Excellent. They are currently describing the texture of its guts.* If that's not hands-on education, I don't know what is! I'd also like to note that Justin just excitedly ran into my office:

"Hey, Mom? What was Abraham Lincoln's vice president's name?"

blank stare

"Ahhh... Um. I don't know. Check out our Presidential chart. The guy after Lincoln took over his office when he was assassinated."

He checks and reads...
"Hmm. Andrew Johnson? But I thought it was Hannibal Hamlin..."

"I don't think so, babe. Sorry."

his face is all confused and crestfallen...

"But I remember it!"

"Why are you asking?"

"There's a character on my video game named Hannibal Hamlin."

"Weird. Maybe it was his first running mate?"

By this time, his interest has waned and he is back in the family room, playing again. Curious, I Googled the name, Hannibal Hamlin and, sure enough, he was Lincoln's FIRST vice president! Hot damn. My kid remembered Abraham Lincoln's first vp's name! I am a totally AWESOME HOMESCHOOL MOM!! **Suspicions have been confirmed: I AM A NERD.

*For the uninformed, grasshopper guts are "slmey and gros with a crnche shel." I think we need to work on VOWELS a touch more...

** I can completely take credit for teaching him something I don't remember. I am absolutely fine with that. I am also trying not to recognize the fact that a video game may have just reinforced a historical fact. See how I can just block out shit like that? It's called a woman's prerogative. Look it up.

12 comments:

for a different kind of girl said...

I may need a remedial history lesson! I had no idea There was a Hannibal Hamlin in our nation's story!

Debbie said...

Cute!
I do love this fall weather!

Rachel said...

I totally need a history lesson too. Waay cool that your kiddo remembered!

CaraBee said...

Duh, like everyone knows Hannibal Hamlin. Sha.

*I never in a million years would have known that.

Cal Mama said...

Wow, I'm impressed, Hannibal Hamlin, LOL all I could think about was Hannibal Lector, LOL.
Fall is my most favorite time, I have been giddy the past two weeks!

nmaha said...

You homeschool, that's an achievement by itself. You go ahead and take all the credit you want.

Kelli @ writing the waves said...

You ARE an awesome homeschool mom! And I learned something new today too just from reading your post. Cute picture!

mep said...

You are an awesome teacher and mom. Hannibal Hamlin? Sounds like a historical horror movie title or something . . .

Eliza said...

Oh, I love this weather too! We went to the pumpkin patch on Tuesday and it was too hot! At least now it has cooled.

That's amazing that your son rememebered that. Seriously.

Kristi said...

That is a gorgeous photo of Corinne. And the fact that you homeschool three kids? You are my hero. I could never do it, but you? You are amazing at it.

Lisa said...

What video game is that?
that's pretty cool by the way

Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog said...

Blushing over the compliments. Many thanks, people...

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