I'm going to begin the month of October by finishing up the month of September.
Charlotte celebrated her 14th birthday in September. Although "celebrate" in 2020 definitely has a different definition than in any previous year. She decided she wanted to go to Yogurtland and then watch a movie. Mark and I had not been to Yogurtland in the past six months. You enter the store, sanitize your hands, put on plastic gloves, and then you are allowed to fill your cup with yogurt (although the selection of flavors is about 1/3 of what they usually carry). When it comes to adding the toppings, it is now a point and choose kind of deal. Nevertheless, it was a beautiful afternoon and there was a nice table outside where we could sit and enjoy the time together.
Then we came home to open some gifts and watch Frozen 2 together. Charlotte particularly enjoyed watching Frozen 2 at our house because she could sing each and every song out loud, without any of her siblings telling her to please stop. Don't get me wrong--she has a beautiful voice, so Gramps and I enjoyed the singing a lot.
She has been working her way through the Gilmore Girls series. Gramps kept giving her a bad time because he thinks the dialogue is SOOOO fast, as in "nobody talks that way in real life." So when I found a t shirt that said "Life's Short. Talk Fast. Gilmore Girls" I knew that was the gift he HAD to give her.
She also received a cute vintage hotel key from the Dragonfly Inn. Remember those diamond-shaped plastic tags that came with your motel room key? And a set of pencils with Gilmore Girls quotes on them.
This girl is fun, creative, an avid reader, compassionate and kind, an amazing older sister. We love her so very much and we feel very loved in return. You can't ask for more than that.
Gabe continues finding more Harry Potter craft projects. This time it was string art, which is another craft from the 1970s that has made a comeback. He picked it up quickly and it turned out really cute.
I've mentioned that we are holding online school at our house two days per week. When school first went online back in March, Aaron and Christa, and Stacie Winckler (their "bonus" daughter), who was living with them at the time, dubbed their online school Wienskler Academy (a combination of our last name and part of Stacie's last name). They even had a school mascot (Big Foot) and a Latin motto: Propter Virus, Domi Debemus Scholae, which roughly translates to "because of the virus, we school at home," or something like that. (I was lucky enough to procure one of these stickers and it now resides on my sewing table, although it is out of date this semester as it is now K-9).
We have been dubbed Wienskler Academy (West Campus) since we live a mile to the west of them. Charlotte decided that our classrooms need to be labeled so she made signs for each one.
This is the first grade classroom.
The third grade classroom doubles as the cafeteria during lunch time. Wondering about what it means to "Grandma it"? So a few weeks ago I happened to drop something while eating, and Levi said, "Way to go, Grandma. You just 'grandma'd that," and now any time anyone drops anything, someone says, "Hey, you just grandma'd that." It's weird. I guess you have to be there...
The 7th grader and 9th grader alternate between the other classroom and the gymnasium/classroom depending on which one has a P.E. class that day.