Friday, March 18, 2011

The Homeschooling Mother’s Journal ~ Week 9

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The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week...

Things have been a bit topsy-turvy this week. My husband has been home this week with the kids and I. Let’s just say that we don’t get much accomplished when he’s here.     

Years ago, we made the mistake of designating the days he was home as “No School Days”, only because at that point he worked really long hours and if he was home it was rare and a special treat. The kids got used to that and weren’t about to allow us to rescind that ruling.

The fact that our area school’s were on spring break didn’t really help much either- not that we follow the school schedule. I’m thinking at this point we’ll wrap our school and August 1st and start back August 2nd. ha!

In our homeschool this week...

I think I already did a great job of sharing what we accomplished. Zilch. Nada. Nothing. Well, let me take that back. We did discuss a lot of current events, which led to making altered books.  The kids did read quite a bit and my oldest son is working on his ongoing journal.  We also went shopping for prom. That was quite an experience.

The boys wanted to wear black tuxes with a black vest and a colored shirt under the vest. Hmmm…let me save you some embarrassment before you head to Men’s Warehouse. What the salesman told me in a bit of a hauty tone after I patiently explained not once, but three times what I was looking for (clearly showing my ignorance I might add)…

Salesman: “They are wearing a tuxedo? Not a suit? A tuxedo has a formal jacket with a lapel, duh, duh, duh,(sorry, I began to tone out a bit here) and tuxedo pants have a black stripe?”  

Me, wondering, since when do they wear suits to prom and not tuxes anyway? “Yes, that’s what they have to wear”.

Salesman, looking at me in disbelief:  “They own a tuxedo?”

Me: “Yes”.

Salesman: “A tuxedo is formal. Therefore it is only appropriate to wear formal colors.”

Me, clearly perplexed, trying to figure out why on earth it’s considered formal for boys to wear Converse high tops with the tux but can only wear ‘formal’ color shirts. Go figure.

Salesman: “Formal shirts would be white, black and ecru”.   

Me: Point learned.

By the way, Men’s Warehouse, condescending salesmen are not a great way to win over customers for a repeat business. Just saying.

I guess you could say that we had a bit of a lesson in dressing for formal engagements.  I’ll chalk that up to Life Skills 101.

Places we're going and people we're seeing...

If you didn’t stop by last week, I think you have a pretty good idea from the previous question what we’ll be up to.

My favorite thing this week was...

That my husband was home with us. 

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have...

What is the best resource you’ve used for teaching the Civil War for older students? 

A photo, video, link, or quote to share...

I do remember teaching my daughter to match her socks when she was younger. This is purely fashion.

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Until next week ~ Happy Homeschooling!


  1. Salesmen like that make me NUTS! Can't blame you for being frustrated.

    Visiting from The Homeschool Mother's Journal.

  2. Did you know there is a whole store that only sells mismatched socks? I was shocked. And happy... but then my girlls (8 &5) lost most of the socks anyway. Boo.

  3. LOVE mis-matched socks!! LOL & I'm still confused by the condescending salesman... LOL :)

  4. Wow. I had no idea there was so much to learn about formal wear. My husband owns his own tux but that's because it was on sale and was cheaper then renting one for our wedding. He still fits into it. Wish I could say the same about me and my wedding dress!

  5. Great post this week! I agree about the hubby being home - when Brian is home, we get NOTHING accomplished! LOL

  6. Great post!!! I would've tuned out the salesman also. Whatever (well within reason) that my kids want to wear is what I would let them wear! They are teenagers, let them express a little bit.
    I found your blog link on Homeschool Chick. I really like it! Maybe you could stop by ours sometime.

  7. Do you realize that a tux rental package (from head to toe) is between $108- $179 in our area? We bought tuxes for our boys for $99 on sale! They do need to have alterations, but we'll still come out ahead. They will own their complete tux for what it would have cost to rent them.

  8. My daughter would LOVE that store! At Christmas I actually bought her a pack of mis-matched socks. Her socks never match these days and she loves it that way. :)

  9. My girls are into the unmatching socks too. I kinda like it now because we don't have to hunt all over the house for ones that match.

  10. For fashion advice, boys or girls, don't consult me. For the Civil War, the Ken Burns PBS series is fantastic. You can watch on Netflix, I think, or check out of the library.

  11. Thanks, Sherry! I already found the Ken Burns series and added it to our queue. Guess what we'll be watching this week?

  12. My girls pride themselves on wearing mismatched socks (and they're 18 and 11.) Saves on buying new ones to replace all the one socks eaten by the dryer! lol I wanted to say I agree with you on the hubby thing. When mine is home, we get nothing done. Just sayin'. Found you via Homeschool Mother's Journal.

  13. P.S. I've grabbed your blog button, would love to exchange buttons (mine is on my sidebar.) Thanks.

  14. Sounds like my 15 year old! She never matches. :)


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