I’m typing in my Mike Myers mask and aside from the fact that I’m pretty ticked off that someone  dripped marshmallow fluff into my space bar, I’m all verklempt for a lot for reasons.

1)    Andy  and I finished our last chapter of the Story of the World Series today.  I’ve done this cycle of history with all of the boys. It’s a great series and I can’t believe Andy  has “aged” out.  Someone send me a five-year old so I can make mummies and burn London and all that fun stuff one more time!!!!

2) Dan finished up his first year of “college” classes (as a high school junior) with 5 A’s and 1 B (I know, we are ashamed about the B too).  He’s started summer term.  He took his AP Economics test before going to work (at a paying job no less) yesterday and he feels like he did well. His college SAT/ACT scores are high enough to earn him our state’s scholarship money at the highest level.  Wah! (damn Fluff keeps making my cursor go WAY ahead of me, it’s ruining the bittersweetness of my post).  

3) Tomorrow morning, Scout Troop 196 will gather, along with a lot of other scouts and friends Dan’s made along the way to execute (freaking cursor, freaking Fluff – who buys this crap anyway?) his Eagle Scout project.  I cannot believe it.  We have been involved in scouting since 1998!!!!!  Danny has done so much work and Mike and I have sat on our hands so hard it hurt to make sure this was HIS project and now it’s actually going to happen!!!!  This is a huge milestone for Dan and one that was kind of touch and go there for a while. 

It’s just crazy to me how quickly time is passing and how rapidly the boys are meeting their own goals and some of my own crazy expectations too.  If you read here at any kind of regular intervals, you have surely picked up on how stressful and angsty this year has been for me.  While I work hard at not solely defining myself by my kids – as much as that’s possible if you have kids; I think if you homeschool for any length of time it’s inevitable.  I’m finally feeling like it’s paying off. I can’t explain the feeling, but it’s a really good one.  I think the word is relief.

Go ahead, pass the tissues amongst yourselves and talk.  And, if someone is going out anyway, could you pick up a new keyboard?    A Fluff resistant one?

11 thoughts on “Verkelmpt-EST?

  1. awesome about the first year of dual enrollment! Good job! Awesome SAT/ACT scores, too, for the top Bright Futures!

    My son-in-law is an eagle scout and it really does make a difference to people when making hiring decisions. Actually his two brothers also are Eagle Scouts and his youngest brother got a 2-level pay grade step up in the Navy because of it! Not too shabby!

    The kids do grow up fast! I can't believe that both of mine have graduated from college now. Plus, we were unschoolers! It really does work.

    Now on to a new set of worries!

  2. Yeah Dan! Yeah his parents, too!!!!

    and now to type the word verification thingie below…..just remove one teensy letter and it is a VERY DIRTY WORD!!! I can imagine teens everywhere snorting with laughter.

    no, I won't tell you what it is.

  3. I have a 5 year old and he has mentioned he would like to homeschool…are you sure you want him????

    He would be very glad to volunteer and he would know he was going to like it there (a little Annie lyric there…we are heading to Liberty High to try and watch it again…Sean tantrummed last time and I had to remove him before the curtain opened)

  4. Congrats to Dan on all levels….what a great young man! (incredible reflection of you and Mike)

    …..passing chocolate and tissues…

  5. Oh, you can take mine! Mold her and shape her into a fine young lady. You may even call her Fiona.

    Congrats! I'm sure you are making all the neighbors talk now- what with the antisocial homeschoolers around the corner…

  6. Congratulations~~ Your kids are amazing (all fluff aside)..

    I sent my first born off for his first semi-formal last night and cried.. They grow up so fast, become independent people, and need us less and less. Thank goodness we have still have small ones at home!

    I have a 4 year old who is on his way. I am shipping him priority!

    P.S. Ian wants to know about this 2 ranks up thing for being an Eagle scout? In 10 years in the Navy he has never heard of it.

  7. YAY – looks like I'll have a little kindergarten thing going on next year. I'm going to sit by my mailbox to wait for all of the short people you guys are shipping my way. 😉

    Sabrina, no clue on the two ranks thing. I'll ask at the next meeting – we have a well-connected retired-Army guy who helps our troop. If anyone knows, he will.

  8. My son-in-law's younger brother just entered the Navy this year and he is up 2 pay grades because of the Eagle. Pretty cool stuff! Not sure about the rank, I am certainly not up on military lingo.

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