|Thank you, D, for all your hard work.|
Nearby are a reproduction of an old family photo and my Egyptian Pharoah. D likes that he can see the elephant (now partially covered, oh well) and all is cozy. THIS is the perfect nook for Emperor to watch his Latin lessons and do his schoolwork when he is not working on his mathematics or chess on the computer. The basket on the VCR is for Emperor to keep homeschool-specific DVDs so that he doesn't have to rummage through the entire collection that will soon fill the shelves.
(As a quick aside, I want to let you know that Emperor is also reviewing MathTacular and YOU can get a free DVD by entering the video contest the Sonlight company is holding. Sonlight is a Christian company, but I have found MathTacular to be entirely secular and would recommend it to anyone regardless of their religious affiliation. I'm NOT being compensated to tell you this; I just genuinely think you would enjoy their product. We're still finishing our entry.)
See Emperor's notebook on the coffee table? All of his notebooks have Hello Kitty designs, or are plastered with Hello Kitty stickers. I got the table for $20 at a garage sale. I actually probably overspent considering that it is a very 70's looking style and was wearing in some places. But it has to weigh about 100-odd pounds and is not something I am worried about breaking with every little bump or scratch. I don't know why but I enjoy it very much. When the children were smaller they would enjoy crawling through the ends like a tunnel. Even Rose is a bit big to do this now.
What they are big enough to do is sit reasonably still for about 20 minutes after bathtime while Dad finishes cooking dinner. What I had always done after catching the bus and giving children baths was to put out sandwiches or Pop-Tarts. Dad can cook spaghetti or frozen pizza. D's cleaning standards are not quite the same as mine, but the children are well-fed, the dishes and clothes are washed regularly, and... the plumbing has been fixed.
For those of you who have known our family's struggles with plumbing, you'll know how huge this event really is. I'm really impressed at how well he has run the house. He has even rescued the laptop I'm blogging on from "paperweight" status. Somehow I infected it with a virus. Sorry about that.
Here I had just been blogging about the perfect homeschool room and I am finding that different rooms seem to be ideal for certain subjects, and I have no one set homeschool room at all.