Our Reasons for Home Education:

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Although he was achieving good results, he wasn't reaching his full potential because his love for learning had been destroyed & hence his grades were steadily declining.

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Completely failed by the system, he hated school, was always tired & homework time was a major frustration for both of us. He was severely frustrated & quickly heading to become yet another ADHD statistic.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Birthday Celebrations

When we started the new school year, we decided that birthdays would be time off school from now on. Instead, we'd spend the time creating memorable moments together as a family.
2011_0623 Jesse's 14th Birthday Mosaic
Jesse turned 14 last Thursday. Daddy took the day off work so we could spend family time with him. We took the boys to the movies to watch "Kung Fu Panda 2" in 3D. After the movie we went to Pannarotti's for pizza. Then we headed back home to chillax.
I also spent quite a bit of time last week baking cakes for Thursday & Saturday, not that baking is any one of my specialities. For the first few years of Jesse’s life, his day mother, “Ouma Liz” did all his fancy birthday cakes. But she passed away in 2003. Then of course my backup plan went for a loop when my mom moved to Ireland also in 2003. Now I’m on my own. Fortunately my mom passed on a lovely sponge cake recipe that even I am not able to “flop” & so far my boys have been happy with their plain chocolate cakes with candles & decorations. Fortunately none of them have asked for any specialty cakes like “spider man” etc.
2011_0623 Jesse's 14th Birthday Mosaic 2
On the weekend Jesse got to celebrate his birthday with some  friends. For the first time in his life Misha wasn't at his party. Daddy took the boys go-karting & Misha wasn't old enough to ride so we allowed him to sleepover & attend another birthday party with his friend instead. Unfortunately I couldn’t join them at the go-karts because I was woke up with a migraine. They stopped by the video shop on their way home for some movies to entertain them the rest of the day. Fortunately, by the time they got home just before 2pm, I had managed to break the migraine.
2011_0623 Jesse's 14th Birthday Mosaic 3
My sister & her family came by for a braai. Of course it was so cold that we decided to turn the dough she brought into vetkoek & and mince instead of trying to brace the cold outside to braai. We enjoyed a relaxing afternoon. Misha got home around 5pm & spend the rest of the afternoon playing with his little cousin. It turned out to be quite a pleasant & relaxing day.
Now we have a break until next week when it’s daddy’s turn to have a birthday.


In the meantime check out this post He Couldn’t Sing, So He Whittled By Zig Ziglar for a really inspiring story. It’s awesome!

If you don’t have the talent you want, use the talent you have. ~ Zig Ziglar