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November 14, 2008

Tomorrow is the first anniversary of my stepmother’s death. In June, she was suffering back pain, which she thought was due to back strain. Then doctors told her she might have cancer. A few days later, she collapsed in the hospital cafeteria — while my dad was having a prostatectomy for his cancer — and was rushed to intensive care. Then she learned she had stage 4 lung cancer that had spread to her spine. She only lived another five months, and it was grueling and painful. 😦

Tomorrow I’m taking the kids back to my hometown. Dad’s going to have a party in her honor, and we will scatter the ashes.

The last few days, we’ve been following our normal routine, if you can dignify it by calling it a “routine.”

Sarah and I worked in Math-U-See Pre-Algebra and Spelling Power. We also worked on her research project; I’ll write about that in a separate post. She’s been reading, and she’s been writing movie reviews.

We also read a bit more of Are You Liberal? Conservative? Or Confused? We talked about the political spectrum in terms of left —> right and statism versus libertarianism. “Uncle Eric’s” presentation of the political spectrum reminded me of this site.

This author writes from a libertarian perspective and, though I disagree with many of his opinions, I always find him thought-provoking. We have become so accustomed to layer upon layer of government intervention, that we seldom REALLY step outside this framework, look at our system through truly objective eyes, and ask is this necessary? Why is the government entangled in our lives in this way?

James and I played Mythmatical Battles, and he played Timez Attack. We played Hangman with some of his spelling words. He is still reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and he worked a bit on the story he’s writing.

He went to P.E. with Aengus, and they hung out at his house and played with Legos.

Trishy and I played Art Memo several times, and she beat me both times. Every time she took a match, scoring a point on me, she did an evil laugh “Mwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!”

Anybody who knows anything about me knows I am not a believer in early academics. However, you probably also know that my educational philosophy and what ACTUALLY goes on around here on a day-to-day basis are not one and the same — they are not even twins. Distant relatives, maybe. 🙂

Missy has been BEGGING to do treasure hunts with flash cards. She’s seen the older kids do this with math facts and Latin words. You follow a trail of flashcards, answering them as you go, and it leads you to a hidden prize. Her treasure hunt was on identifying letters of the alphabet. A few months ago, she made up her mind to learn her ABCs, and she taught them to herself in record time.

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