We went to the homeschool curriculum fair today. (For those of you unfamiliar with this, it was held at a big fair ground area, and there were literally hundreds of vendors there selling home-school curriculum-- enough to please any home-school mama's heart!) Anyway, it was not exactly how I wanted to spend my Saturday. After the difficult, emotional, physically draining week we had with the funeral and everything, I just felt like crawling up on the couch with some hot chocolate for the day. But, the curriculum fair only comes around once a year, so we decided to make a family day of it and do what had to be done.
In the end, we were so glad that we did! We left the house at 7:00 this morning, and didn't get back until 4:30. We spent the whole day walking around, looking at books. The kids did sooooo well! Noah sat in his stroller, babbling and smiling, then he took a nap for part of the afternoon. Cosette and Eli were great too. They walked around all afternoon without complaining even once, and had a good time looking at all the interesting materials that were there. Daddy even bought them a treat of honey stix and pencil grippers :) We had a 'picnic' lunch outside of the building, and the kids thought that was just great!
I think I actually managed to buy all of the books that I'd been hoping to find, and stayed well within my budget (making myself very proud!). I remember going to this same fair when I was in school with my mom, and it was fun to be the one actually buying the books this time! I was really pleased with my selections, and I think the kids will have a fun time with their new school books. (Well, okay, Cosette got school books---Eli got a bunch of really fun looking 'hands on' kind of stuff that he thinks is just a bunch of new toys).
In the end, we had a fun time together as a family, which made for a welcome relief after this past week. This day would have been nearly perfect, if I hadn't had to miss a relative's baby shower. My original plan, before Grandma passed away, was to go to the curriculum fair, and then to the shower, which were fairly close to one another. However, I was just too exhausted after everything this week. The fair, yes, had to be done.....but after that, I was ready to go home and crash! So, sorry, Kelley, I would have loved to have been there-- and many blessings on your soon-to-be bundle of joy!!
And now, I am one weary mama, and hoping that tomorrow will be the start of a better week. Please, remember to keep praying for my Grandpa, who is sure to be feeling very lonely right now...