Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Eight is Great
We've had a busy few weeks of celebrating Rebekah turning 8.
When we were talking about her turning 8 a few weeks ago, I came up with the phrase "Eight is Great". Well it ryhmes, it's catchy and it's a great proclamation about being 8, so it stuck! We've been saying it a lot over the past few weeks during which she celebrated her birthday with not one but two parties and one special family day (with Daddy taking the day off work on her birthday).
Being an only child certainly has it's advantages.
I think we should stop calling it birthday and call it birthweek or birthmonth!
So, the sequence of events went as follows:
A Sylvanian Family afternoon tea party with her friends.
It was really difficult to narrow down the numbers. She has heaps of good friends but for space issues we sadly couldn't accommodate them all. (She's already decided that her next party is going to be bigger as she wants to invite all her friends and not have to leave anyone out!) Yes, I did get out some of my nice china for the party despite the fact that the youngest attendee was 4! I'm pleased to report that nothing was broken in the course of the afternoon. One of the great things about homeschooling is the fact that Rebekah has friends of all ages. The youngest as mentioned was 4 and the oldest girl who attended was 11. It didn't make it difficult in anyway. In fact, they all sat around the dining table chatting like little ladies for a whole 20 minutes:) They understandably got bored of that after a while and played like little girls do with dolls and other things after a couple of organised games by yours truly!
A special family day on her actual birthday. Ron took the day off work and we spent the day together. A homeschool science workshop happened to fall on her birthday and it was fun to attend as a family! Lunch at McDonalds had to be done as it was her birthday wish and then a bush walk in the Blue Mountains where we probably burned off some of those calories only to put them back on again with a lovely dinner at my mum's place!
The following weekend we had another party, this time for all of my family! We squeezed 14 of us into our little house but my family are pretty easy going and didn't mind it.
Now, I think I'll go and have a lie down, but not for long as I'm now working on re-registering her with the Board of Studies!
Yes, our two year registration period as homeschoolers is coming to an end soon. I can't believe two years has already passed. I wrote about my first registration experience two years ago here. Coincidentally, that post was about Rebekah's sixth birthday (in case you read it). While I've grown in confidence in homeschooling, registration still seems like an 'exam' to me and I have a few nerves about it all, hoping we 'pass' again:) I'm hoping this will not be the case the next time I have to register her. We'll have to wait and see on that one I guess!