Posts Tagged ‘Barbie’

What do Homeschooling Mothers Do ALL Day?

November 8, 2008

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They shred old dust-ruffles so their children can mummify Barbie.  What do you think we do all day???  I have a few words of advice for future dust-ruffle shredding moms:  #1.  Don’t wear black.  It looked like I dusted a haunted house with my front side when I was done.  #2.  Wear a face mask.  Seriously.  I just finished reading a novel about girls who were getting sick working in the cotton mills…. NOW I understand.  I’ve blown my nose 27 times since the shredding.  #3.  You only need the frill of a single size dust ruffle to mummify at least 8 Barbies.  I did a queen size ruffle and we did 6 Barbies…. I have enough left over to do 12 more.  See?  This is such helpful information for future moms of mummifiers.

Why all the mummies when Halloween is over?  You ask.  We are studying Ancient Egypt.  The younger kids are doing the same topic as the high schoolers right now and we will be culminating the unit with Egyptian Night.  You know, phun, phood and pharaohs.  There will be an embalming demonstration with live volunteers from the audience, costumes, reports and of course, ancient Egyptian food.  (Not surprisingly, Katie “found” an Egyptian chocolate cake…… hhmmmmmm.)

Here is a photo of Keeve practicing the mummification process.  He figured out that Barbie wouldn’t fit in her sarcophagus without a haircut first.  That was yesterday.  Today six homeschooled children were given permission to cut off Barbie’s hair.  You should’ve seen the smiles!  Then they dipped the strips of cloth in papier mache so everything would dry in place.  What a mess, but it was fun.

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The boys were with me in Goodwill when I purchased the dolls.  They asked what I was up to.  I said real loudly, “These Barbies are for YOU!  Which one do you want?  I’m not joking!  Come over here and pick your Barbie.”  They looked from me to each other and back to me and then ran toward electronics.  :o)

High School…. AAAAACKKKKK!

August 25, 2008

The last time Larisa put on a backpack and went to a classroom was the year 2000.  <sigh>  She has asked for a backpack several times over the past eight years since her last backpack…. the hot pink plastic number with a glittery headshot of Barbie showcased on the front.  We just laughed and said, “What for?  To take your books from your bedroom to the kitchen?”  One of the only financial savings of homeschooling.  Finally this summer she was traveling and actually needed a real live backpack (you couldn’t find Barbie???) and her father succumbed.  Whew.  We held out for eight long years.

Don’t go thinking we sent her to the lair of a public high school straight from the homeschool nest.  Nada.  She is taking a single class at a co-op of homeschoolers.  The class, Biology, comes with a lab (needed for the transcript), a real emergency room doctor teaching it, a Christ-filled textbook, and a field trip to California to study marine biology in May.  Another perk of homeschooling…. REAL field trips.  It’s not going to be a cake-walk, however.  Her first assignment was emailed to her early August with required reading and vocabulary words to know for TODAY, the first day with a TEST!  (and the homeschool mother throws her head back, holds her belly and laughs with hilarity that someone else is requiring work out of her child.)  Every homeschool mom understands.

Larisa strategically picked Biology because it was right before lunch….. SOCIALIZATION!  Ahhhhhhhh, the dream of every homeschool child.  We even got her a lunch card for the cafe.  Her first lunch card. <sigh>  Will she buy nutritional morsels?  Nada.  My guess is slushies and Cheetos.  I’m realizing just how nerdy I was way back in the day….. I remember being elated that the vending machine at school had beef barley soup!  Oh, make me drool.

My first nearly empty nest moment… if only for 2.5 hours.  Never fear, there’s still two pajama clad boys running around here asking for Swedish pancakes.  Not all is lost.