Thank you for all the supportive messages, cards, and flowers about the baby, who we named Taylor (in case you’re wondering). It’s been hard – I’ve been trying to keep my mind on other things, because I just can’t think about it for too long without getting really upset.
I’ve been working really hard on my romance novels (!!) and I made the USA Today Best-seller list last week for the first time! I was in a box set with a few author friends, and we made #89 on the list. We worked really hard to make it happen, and I’m so proud we did. I’m in a box set with other authors for every month through July – plus one in October – so that’s seven new, full-length novels this year I’ll need to write for these box sets. Hopefully, that means I’ll make the USA Today Bestseller list seven times this year! All of the box sets are aiming for New York Times, but we’ll see. NYT just cut their bestseller list down significantly, so it would take A LOT of hard work and luck to get there. Fingers crossed!
(To refresh your memory – I’m writing steamy romance books under my maiden name!) My goal is to make enough money so Evan can retire, and we can move out of Southern California to somewhere with lots of open land… I write the books and market them after everyone else goes to bed, which means I only sleep three hours/night…on a good night…
Because during the day, I’m Super Homeschool Mom! 🙂
Since my writing is now a full-time job, I have thought about putting the girls into regular school (and pre-school for Ellie) – since that would give me time during the day to write and I could sleep at night like a normal person. But – they LOVE being homeschooled so very much, so I’m not gonna do it. They are thriving with homeschooling, and they love being together. They are the best BEST friends I’ve ever met…
Even little Miss Ellie (2) loves spending time with her sisters, and they are so happy together!
They are learning SO MUCH, simply because they love learning and their minds are constantly creating and coming up with new ideas. I feel like if they went back to school, they would have to go back a few grade levels in curriculum – and they wouldn’t have the freedom to explore all the things they love to learn.
For example, right now Ginger (7) is obsessed with reading biographies of famous women in history. She’s read books about Elizabeth Blackwell (first female physician), Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Rachel Carson, Susan B. Anthony, Marie Curie, etc. She wants to learn about them all. Paprika (10) is reading novels by the dozens (A Wrinkle in Time is the latest), and finished Pre-Algebra this week! Violet (5), is composing her own musical compositions (writing them down on manuscript paper), drawing elaborate artistic scenes, and reading every book she can find!
They spend their days practicing piano and violin, running around the backyard building forts, and erecting Lego castles in the kitchen. It’s a beautiful stage of life – it really is!
This is the four of them last week at the park. We went after they got all their studies finished for the day:
Last week, we renewed our Annual Passes to Disneyland. That means we can go as many times as we want in one year for the same price. We’ve gone two weeks in a row!
Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at night on Tuesday. Because it’s Spring Break for a bunch of schools, we went in the afternoon, after the crowds died down. We stayed until the park closed at midnight! So fun!
Ginger (7) did NOT want to go to Disneyland either time – but we got her (mostly) excited about it. She said it was too crowded, and she’d rather sit under a tree and read a book.
She also wants to move to Greenland, because she says there aren’t any people there and there’s a lot of unspoiled nature. I don’t think she was cut out for life in busy Southern California – but we do the best we can!
Me and Ginger on the Teacups:
All in all, we had a wonderful time both weeks at Disneyland! I think we’ll go back every week until May, since Evan is on Dancing With The Stars – which has its day off on a weekday (instead of a weekend). Now that the Spring Break is over for most schools, we should have the parks (Disneyland and California Adventure) mostly to ourselves until summer hits. 🙂
We’ve also gone to see Beauty and the Beast – TWICE! The first time we went, I took just Paprika because Ginger had fallen asleep early that day. Ginger was so crushed she missed the movie, so we had to make a second trip to the theater. Ginger didn’t like the movie at all – she said it was too loud and she felt like she was being hit over the head by a frying pan… Haha!
Violet (5) stayed home because she didn’t want Ellie (2) to feel left out – and she knew Ellie couldn’t sit still long enough to watch the movie in the theater. Violet said: Besides, it will be available on home video before we know it. I’d rather get it on video, so I can pause it whenever I want and fast forward past the scary parts…
Out of the mouths of babes…
Inside the movie theater before the show started:
I also took little Ginger on a spontaneous date – just the two of us – last weekend. We went to the Godiva Store at the mall, and ate chocolates around the “wishing well”:
Paprika (10) is growing tall. She is 5’2″ and wears a size 7 1/2 women’s shoe. I had to get her a new dress for Dancing with the Stars – so I found this one on eBay (new with tags for a steal). It is a women’s size 0! That’s the first dress I’ve bought Paprika that isn’t a child’s size.
She loves it because it’s blue (still her favorite color):
Ellie is Daisy’s best friend – because she feeds Daisy all her food. On this day, it was macaroni and cheese!
Of course, Ellie is so smitten with Daisy that she pretends to BE her all the time. We went for a walk today – and Ellie insisted on being a dog for the whole walk. Woof, woof!
Hope you’re having a great week, and I hope you have a relaxing weekend!
(Linking up with the Homeschool Weekly Wrap-Up)