Ending and Beginning

Jenna finished high school today by putting the final touches on her Senior thesis. Tomorrow she heads off for camp staff training in Mississippi. She is coming back for graduation and our short trip to Texas before going back to camp for the rest of the summer. It is the end and the beginning all at the same time, and we could not be more proud of her.

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Practice and Forge Work

We had graduation practice the other night. It really is getting close! These are the six who are graduating:

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While Rebekah is completely finished with school, she still is enjoying school-related activities. She went on a field trip to the Smoky Mountains and got to spend some time in a forge.


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Rebekah was the first Herrington girl to finish the school year. Jenna finished Pre-Cal today and just has to finish up her thesis to be finished not just with the year but with high school! Lauren still has one more meeting with her class on Tuesday and some math to do after that. That’s the weird thing about homeschool. Nobody finishes at the same time, nor do they finish all their subjects at the same time. Everyone sort of just glides into the finish.

And while one might think the pace would slow down, I’m not sure it will. May alone will be busy: Jenna has staff training in Mississippi, Rebekah takes a field trip next week, Lauren has a piano recital in a couple of weeks, Dana is organizing the end of year Stanford testing for the homeschool group, I have three work trips this month: Charlotte, Knoxville, and Simpsonville, SC, and Jenna graduates in three weeks. And then summer starts with a trip to Texas and girls going to camp. And it looks like I’ll be going along with our church’s youth group to camp this summer as well. It’s been a long time since I’ve been to summer camp! Despite the busyness, we are all looking forward to the change of pace, warmer days, and no school!

Oh, and we’ve been eating spinach from the garden for the past few days:


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Senior Trip

Jenna’s senior trip has come to an end, but it was a great time.

We began with a long, ten hour drive through constant rain to the outer banks of NC. Despite the rough beginning, the next two days were wonderful weather-wise. Great views, good seafood, and some history marked our time.


The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse:IMG_0217

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And despite the beauty of the water, it was rather cold:


From there we headed north to DC to stay with cousins. Four full days ensued: two on the National Mall, one at Mt. Vernon and the Air and Space museum northwest of town, and one at Gettysburg and Harper’s Ferry.

Day 1: Library of Congress, National Archives, Art Museum, and Museum of Natural History.

The Gutenberg Bible:IMG_0499

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While we missed the main blooming of the cherry blossoms, the tulips were everywhere!




Day 2: Mt. Vernon and the Air and Space Museum (the one not on the mall). And more fun with the cousins.

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The view of the Potomac from Mount Vernon:IMG_0536 IMG_0534


The Space Shuttle DiscoveryIMG_0622


Day 3: Gettysburg and Harper’s Ferry

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Day Four: Monuments on the Mall and the Capitol

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The dome of the Capitol (under renovation):IMG_0856


Great time and great hospitality from the Watzlavicks. Now it’s time to start thinking about and saving for the next Senior Trip. Lauren’s is only two years away!



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Look What Came in the Mail

This is exciting!


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Lauren and I (and her classmates and some other parents) went to Atlanta last night for a formal outing. We ate at a nice restaurant called 4th and Swift. Then we went to the Shakespeare Tavern to watch Taming of the Shrew, a play we read earlier in the year. It was a wonderful time: the food was great; the acting was top-notch. The play house serves food and the atmosphere was very relaxed. The kids had a great time (and the adults did as well).



And on the way home it snowed! And it’s supposed to be 21° tonight! Ready for spring.

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New Garden Spot

Here is the new garden spot. About ready to put in some early spring veggies!


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