I love that our field trips can happen anywhere, anytime! Dad got to come with this time. Alia is so excited that she has gotten dad into reading a book series that she loves! They had to get two books, so they could read, at the same time!
We have been into this series, from the beginning. Though, I don’t think we knew what we were getting into at the time. We had heard a little about Richard Paul Evans’, new, teen book that was coming out and had a spark of interest. Then one day at Costco, people were starting to line up for a book signing. We decided to go with it and got a signed book for all of our older girls. Much to Alia’s dismay; we didn’t think she would enjoy them yet. Boy, were we wrong.
We have since corrected this injustice and she has her own signed copies of the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and now sixth books of Michael Vey. Our neighbor is good friends with Richard Paul Evans and arranged for her to have the books (that were unsigned), signed by him and she delivered a letter to him that Alia had written about how she is his biggest fan! He also signed her book in Taiwanese.
The Launch Party
The show was great and it was so fun to hear from Richard Paul Evans. It was fun to hear about the fan letters and how broken up everyone is about Wade. He said it was funny because he never thought of Wade as a favorite character. Yet, girls have written him dismayed that he killed of their “boyfriend” and ways that he could bring Wade back into the series. He made it clear that there will never be a “Zombie Wade”! Made us laugh hard!
Today, is a planned reading-a-thon day. How could it be anything else?! Oh, the injustice that she has to take a break and go to Seminary and has a Homeschool teen activity this evening. I love that my kids absolutely love to read and devour books!
My daughter and husband with Richard Paul Evans, the author of Michael Vey!
Our first day of homeschooling, 2016! The great thing about homeschooling is we can begin our school year on any day! This year has been especially crazy! My second to oldest, daughter is getting married in October and we are knee deep in wedding planning. My 3rd daughter is heading off to her first year of college, 2 hours away. The public school started on the day before we moved my daughter to college. I try to do our school close to what the public school is, so my daughter can do things with her friends when they have breaks.
Then, we had an unexpected accident when we were taking our daughter to school. A suburban backed into the side driver’s door of our packed mini-van! Grrrr! Now we have to get that fixed on top of everything else.
So, our first day of school ended up being on a Friday. We started it at the Utah Renaissance Faire, for a field trip. We were so excited that my oldest daughter, who is 24, was able to join us! The above picture is Alia and Kaylee petting an Irish Wolfhound. Isn’t he beautiful?!
There were several different music groups like this one. They were great and we loved their costumes! Maybe one year we will dress up.
I liked the group that sang at the jousting, but I didn’t take a very good camera.
The joust was especially fun! Watching how the knights had to have step ladders to mount their horses and their authentic looking attire. They have to be hot! We were really hot waiting in the sun! I can’t imagine what it would be like wearing that metal suit!
The royal courts were ready to watch the joust. There were two kings and each king was represented by a knight. Each side of the arena had a knight to cheer for and to boo for the opposing knight.
It was so much fun!
To make it safer for the modern day knights they attached a special piece that would protect their neck and shoulder and give the opposing knight a target to aim for.
This picture is just cool; being able to see the splintering of the jousting sticks! That flying wood can cause injuries too. They guy in the wizarding hat is Merlin.
My youngest collects bottles of all shapes and sizes. We had to get a big bottle of root beer for her collection. Having her older sister along made things a little less awkward for her. This is the first year, that she will be the only one homeschooled at our house. She isn’t sure she likes the idea of being homeschooled alone and we are searching for the right co-op or other activities that fit into our school plans.
All in all, I think this was the perfect start to our homeschool adventure 2016!