* Who can say why, today, Duncan decided to show up for school in a button-down shirt and tie? I have no idea what prompted this, but I've felt as if I'm in some sort of prep school today. I must say, he was an exceptional student. Maybe I should start having a dress code.
* The Carnival of Homeschooling is up at Homeschool Buzz. I always enjoy scanning the entries and reading many. I'm going to check out Ivy League Freebies from Countdown to College more closely, and I love this one at Works in Progress: 16 Reasons to Read Aloud . My favorite, though is Changing Seasons at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers (love that blog name, too!). Also, I am scheduled to host the CofH here at SmallWorld in December. That's a little nervewracking to contemplate, but, then again, that's two months away!
* My parents are moving down here from New York in just two weeks! My brother Peter and his family and Duncan and Laurel and I spent most of Saturday cleaning their new house. They'll be living just a half-mile down the road from us, which is amazingly awesome. Duncan and Laurel were fantastic cleaners, although Duncan did spend at least half the time running around with his cousin Seth.
* So what was the final verdict after my grocery-shopping meltdown over the weekend? Thanks for all your great suggestions and links, by the way! This week's menu is uninspired but easy:
--hamburgers (or turkey burgers) with baked beans and french fries tonight;
--pasta salad with chicken Wednesday
--samosas with roasted Brussels sprouts on Thursday
--spaghetti with meatballs on Friday
--American Heritage Girls/Cub Scouts hayride/cook-out Saturday
--and Dr. H. has committed to trying out a new recipe each weekend.
Stay tuned to see if that really happens...