Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Chess & Hnefatafl

Few things make me happier than my family happily playing games and eating pie together. Pear pie and chess fun made for a happy Monday evening this week.

Tuesday morning found Dinoguy reading some of the Viking books we checked out of the library and asking to play hnefatafl, (King's table) an ancient Scandinavian board game that was a favorite of the Vikings.

He and his dad decided that a spare piece of insulation board would make a great board and then we picked out some legos for the soldiers and king.

So we're happily playing hnefatafl here as well as chess. You can try it out online here if you don't feel like making your own board. :D

Monday, August 30, 2010

Garden experiments

I have come to learn that gardening in Texas is not as easy as I thought it would be. But I keep trying and learning. :)

One fun book we got this summer was called Crinkleroots Nature Almanac. Dinoguy was reading it one day and really wanted to make a beaver dam in our yard. Since this would require a good deal of excavation first to create water flow, I wasn't quite up to it. I suggested some alternatives in tubs and buckets but he had big scale plans. Luckily, a suggestion that it wait for a trip to a park with a creek (there are several we visit) was a success. But he decided we should grow some popcorn in the meantime.

Yes, it's August and we just planted corn. :D

It was a fun way to start it - you just put the kernel on top of the dirt, water and cover with plastic wrap and a rubber band. This way you can see the roots come out and go down and the entire sprout come up. As it gets taller you remove the plastic and eventually try to transplant it. I had read corn didn't like to be transplanted, but they did alright and seem to still be alive and growing.
All four kernels eventually made baby plants and I only killed one in the transplant. They are in the garden now and growing. Maybe the Texas weather will work to our advantage and we'll get a decent corn plant before the frost. I somewhat doubt it, but hey, you never know!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Routines and Schedules

What role should routines and schedules play in the lives of my children? How are they helpful? How do they hinder? I have been known to vocally reject the arbitrary schedules imposed by traditional schools for when children should learn certain topics. I strongly believe in letting a child grow into wanting to learn, not arbitrarily imposing it based on age.

And yet, I think people crave structure in their lives and create it spontaneously - even without realizing sometimes. We have routines and schedules in life and to ignore them or pretend they don't exist is akin to sticking your head in the sand.

Furthermore, my children ask for routines. They want to understand time and the schedules that exist around them. What do we do on this day? When are we going to visit Grandma? How long until lunch? What day of the week is it? How many days until Sunday? How many hours until my baseball game?

But really, aren't strict schedules one of the big weaknesses of mass schooling? Right when you were really getting into thinking in French and learning a great deal, the bell rang and you had to stop thinking in French and start thinking in mathematics. Then as soon as you get in a good groove with math, it is time to stop again and focus on history. Schedules don't care if you'd like to spend the entire day doing science experiments or baking. The bell and the clock are merciless.

Homeschooling means not being held to a strict schedule (unless you choose it). I love that by homeschooling, we can spend our time following our interests and we have more time because time is not lost in administrative tasks or in as much getting the kids to settle down. What takes seven hours in an elementary school classroom of twenty can take less than two hours when you are working with just one or two kids.

And yet.

Without a schedule or routine, how do you remember all the things you want to pursue? How do you make sure that music practice happens before baby takes a nap? When I've told my son we will build bridges and realize I've been putting him off for a week because I forget and then he only asks when I'm in the middle of cooking dinner, we both feel frustrated. I am a easily distracted person. Sitting down at the computer to look up a phone number can result in me spending an hour doing all sorts of interesting internet things but I forget to look up that phone number. Cleaning the kitchen can result in me deciding to reorganize the cabinets and two hours later the kitchen is a bigger wreck than it was when I started and I'm sitting in the middle of it, reading a cookbook and planning to bake brownies. (Sidetracked Home Executive anyone?) Making plans and following routines can help make sure things happen.

So this year I created a school schedule just to see if it would help. After one day of feeling rushed, I realized I would let it be more of a guide and a routine than a strict schedule. The past three days it has guided us, but we have not followed it strictly. I think that it has been serving us well.

Having routines helps make sure that the house doesn't become a giant trash pit. We already have many such routines in place. Adding a school routine of spending about an hour in the morning on music, than about an hour in the morning and another one in the afternoon on "school-y" pursuits helps make sure that all we want to do in a day happens. It isn't set in stone and it is flexible. But having it posted helps us remember what our goals are for the day. And happily, it seems to lead to extra time spent learning and investigating and really communicating about what our desires for learning are.

So as the year goes on, I hope that having a schedule/routine continues to help us and not hinder us. If it is hindering us from loving learning, it's got to go. But if it is helping us pursue our goals then it is a good thing!

How do you feel about routines and schedules?

Thursday, August 26, 2010

This years' home school plan

April 2010
I have spent the past month making a homeschooling plan for the year. It started with receiving a catalog from a well known homeschool curriculum in a box type publisher. Oooohhh Shiny! Me want! I am a sucker. Keep me away from sales presentations. Seriously.

So reading and investigating further, I realized that I would change just about every aspect of what they sent which kind of kills the whole "you don't have to do any planning" part of the sales pitch. I sulked for a bit because I had my reasons for wanting an easier way out. Pregnant and about to have my fourth child pretty much topped the list. But eventually I got over it and in less than twenty minutes had laid an outline of things I'd like to do in homeschooling this year. Then I slowly worked on expanding that outline as time allowed. I'm pretty excited about the things I have planned to try with the kids.

Of course, it is just a plan, and not a set in stone structure. I told Dinoguy we were studying ancient native Americans soon and he replied that he wanted to study Norse mythology! So that's being added in as soon as we get back to the library. As a guide to help me figure out what was age appropriate and sequencing for topics other than mathematics, (because I've got that one covered), I used the book Home Learning Year by Year by Rebecca Rupp. which I was able to get on Paperback Swap. (I LOVE Paperback swap by the way!)

It is an overwhelming book if tried to take all at once. If I was reorganizing it, I'd do it by topic instead of grade level, with suggested grade levels along the way. But anyway, it gave me ideas of what topics kids usually hear at each grade level. Overall it just reassured that we are doing great, but in some things it helped me out a lot. Besides outlining what usually comes in a grade and topic, it gives many suggestions for resources and curricula, varying from free websites, to books and curricula to buy and how to get them. Since it is ten years old, some of the links weren't working. But it was a good starting point.

Two excellent quotes from the book:

"Homeschoolers can design their own curricula, assembling resources and using approaches that best suit their own children's needs. You child is enthralled by marine biology? Invent a curriculum that builds upon this interest... When it comes to curricula, kids should always come first.  It's not what teachers teach that's important; it's what children learn - and what children learn best is what interests them, what they want and need to know." (emphasis added)

June 2010
"Our long experience in homeschooling has shown, time and again, that an intense interest in anything inevitably leads everywhere... Kids are natural learners, and each will find his or her own best way to learn. There are many roads to an educational Rome."

So here is my monthly plan outline. I have broken it down further into weeks and resources, but I'll spare you that. Anyway, it might all change. The beauty of homeschooling is that we can (and will) immediately change anything that isn't working.

History General Topics by Month
September Ancient Native Americans, American Indians, (Scandinavia and Norse mythology!)
October Mayas, Aztecs, Incas
November Columbus, Conquistadors
December Early American Settlers
January American Revolution
February American West Expansion
March World Geography
April Asia - China, Japan, India
May Medieval Times Survey

Create a big time line on office wall! Read interesting books related to topics 3X a week as selected at library. Investigate in other media (movies, computers) as well.

Science General topics by month
September Magnets
October Human Body systems/ 5 senses
November Life cycles of animals and plants, needs
December Sounds - waves, light and shadow
January Water cycle, basic composition of earth
February Season changes for animals, living vs non living
March Weather
April Simple machines, basic physical characteristics of objects
May Physics- motion, force, friction

Do simple experiments and investigations related to topics 2X a week. Discuss scientific method.

Mathematics Games Themes
September Numbers & place value, even/odd, rounding, estimation
October Fractions
November Graphing/patterns
December Addition/Subtraction
January Multiplication
February Money
March Measurement
April Time/calendar
May Geometry

Art Investigations
September Pencils
October Tempera
November Collage/mosaic
December Printmaking
January Watercolor
February Weaving/crochet/fibers
March Pastels
April Modeling clay/pottery
May Chalks

Visit Art museum monthly or every other month. Use great works of art from historical period as inspiration for creating projects. Also use project idea books have on hand. Discuss color wheel and other topics as appropriate, checking out how to type guides at library.

Language Arts Plan
Handwriting with out tears
Penpal - write every two weeks to HS penpal, write grandparents as well.
Memorize a poem every month and present to audience

Phonics 3X a week - word study games from Words Their Way
Vocabulary 2X a week - discuss words from books we are reading, do word games (word search, crosswords, Scrabble, etc)
Reading - Read aloud 30 min. a day from list of related reading books to history topics. Have books related to history topics from list available for reading. (I created lists of 30-40 books each for reading related to topics and also for reading aloud.)
Grammar and other topics I have a weekly list of ideas that will be presented.
Short story writing sometimes, try out journaling as well.

Music Plan
Continue Violin lessons and daily practice. Continue piano investigations as desired. Listen to great classics in car for musical exposure. Add musicians into history studies.

We will continue ASL probably at the co-op and Dinoguy might add Spanish there. Any other language needs will be met thru our libary, which offers online language lesson access as well as CD's and DVD's. 

March 2010

So there is the plan for this year. I know that tons will be added to it by the boys interests. But having a plan helps me immensely feel more organized and ready for our new addition in two months.

How can I have a plan and still say I follow my kids interests? They have asked for more structure. They have asked for help learning to write and everything else. Learning is still the reward. There are no external motivations or bribes. History topics I view as presenting possibilities (or strewing as some call it.) Dinoguy says history is his favorite subject and he loves all the history books I bring home.We are using interesting texts and books by people passionate about the topics. Mathematics, science and music and art are things they ask to do and enjoy.

Again, I am just hoping the plan will help me be a better mom at providing options to them. I am not tied to the plan as what we have to do, but it gives me a starting point each week and each day. Last year I did weekly planning based on what interests I was seeing and it was tiring and overwhelming, and easily led to burnout. I will still be doing some planning each week to prepare and modify, but with the overarching yearly plan, I hope to save myself some of the burnout, tiredness and worry if I am providing enough.
March 2010

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Summary of the last year of home school life

Sep  2009
Where has our delight directed learning taken us? I'm going August - August because it's just easier to think about things in terms of what traditional grade the boys would be in. This is just a recap that is helpful to me.

Aug 2009
Dinoguy would have been in first grade. He was a good reader at the start of August, thanks to the confidence he had found in the library summer reading program. Over the course of the year he has built up to reading at a fifth grade level independently, based on some short assessments I did with him. He has done a lot of reading and reads fairly well out loud too. I have read several books out loud to him and his brother, but if I'm too slow, he takes it and reads it himself quite often.

Handwriting was not going well, he wanted to write but couldn't and times when writing was asked for or wanted, he got quite frustrated. I think it was March when I ventured into a store with homeschooling supplies and bought Handwriting without Tears grade 1 to try out after getting many recommendations on it.  It was a big hit and very helpful to his confidence in writing. We have done a page or two three or four times a week since then and are almost thru the book.

We did some story writing games and both boys have written some books, though they usually want to give them as gifts. He can retell a basic story fairly well.

Jul 2010
Spelling is a weakness, and we are adding phonics game play this year to aid him in this.  I have been researching spelling methods of teaching and think that the phonics we are going to do will be most helpful and least annoying. I did a phonics assessment and he is strong in his understanding of consonants but needs to work with digraphs and vowels. The word study book my mother in law gave me has great cards for sorting that has been a big hit so far and been helpful. We just started doing it, and I think it will really help.

He learned to play chess last August and loves it. He asks anyone to play with him or he will teach you. He is starting to get challenging for me to beat! (not that I consider my skills that good, but he's improving a lot.) He wants to take a chess class at the local rec center and it is on our wish list of things to do.I think this has been an excellent work in logic.

In arithmetic he has naturally figured out how to add two and three digit numbers in his head and has a pretty clear understanding of the base ten system that we operate in. He has been requesting problems and practicing multiplication and has the ones, twos, fives and tens tables down well. Geometrically he knows basic shapes and concepts. He can also read a calendar and clock. He can discuss temperature and seasons and weather and measure and weigh objects.

Nov 2009
In science related topics we have done slime, magnets, paper airplanes, lots of baking and cooking, and lots of plant investigations. He can name several of the local trees and discuss weather and seasons and animals with you. We have a membership at the museum of nature and science right now and he loves to go there and investigate. We have also been camping, to the zoo, beach and mountains, all lending themselves to investigations and experiential learning about the world.

He can cook several things on his own (with supervision) and likes to do so. He likes to make eggs, egg in a frame, oatmeal, rice, toast, sandwiches...he can read the recipes pretty well now and I am more of a sous chef to him now. 

We have gone to the art museum several times and done collages, painting, drawing, building etc. He draws  pictures of battles occasionally.
Nov 2009

We have done some basic geography about the continents and oceans and several states of the USA. He can read a map and uses them well. We have read books about ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Rome. We have also studied the American frontier some with Little House on the Prairie books. We have learned about Ben Franklin, Beethoven, and Thomas Jefferson as well. We learned about the civil war and visited Vicksburg, a big hit. We also learned some Texas history when we visited Austin.

We started off last year learning Spanish, Arabic and ASL. After a few months, it was a bit much, and the ASL stayed because it was part of a co-op but the others dropped off. It was a good investigation into languages.

He has become an excellent violinist and is halfway thru Suzuki book 1. I am so impressed with his musical ear and how he keeps developing his ability. He has also learned a bunch of basic piano skills at his insistence and can play several simplified versions of classic pieces from memory. He likes Beethoven a lot.

We have done most month's building projects at Home Depot and he is now mostly independent in their construction. He likes the challenge but dislikes the gluing.

Sep 2009
He has played baseball on a team and learned many other typical group games at our co-op. He currently wants to start Karate, which is also on our wish list of things to do. He has basic swimming skills, but I'd like to improve those as well.

Sep 2009
Trainboy would have been in preschool. He really enjoyed learning ASL this year in co-op. He also enjoyed all the baking and cooking we did with literature themes, at home and at the co-op. He decided to learn to read in about April and was reading simple books on his own shortly thereafter. I tried to "help" with a few book methods I found at the library and determined that the best method was to provide interesting easy readers and let him practice. By the end of May he was reading the simple level 1 readers pretty well and he is now reading level 3 readers fine and tested at a second grade level independently when I did the assessment. He read 47 books in the summer reading program, and won the reader raffle, getting some tickets to a local play.

Jul 2010
Phonics wise from the assessment I did, he is still not clear on all the consonants, but he does such a good job guessing/sounding out words that I'm not sure how true the assessment was. He has enjoyed the picture word sorting games we've played too and I hope they help. He reads aloud pretty well.

He got the Handwriting without tears Kindergarten book when his brother got one and he loves to work in it and is always asking to do more. He wants to write and likes practicing.

Arithmetic skills are doing great, he has basic addition and subtraction pretty good, and likes to practice and play with counting objects. He creates lovely mosaics with the pattern blocks (as does Dinoguy) and is doing pretty good at the calendar, time telling, etc. He is fascinated with reading nutrition labels currently and finding out about what g, mg, mL, etc stand for and represent. So we've been learning about that too.

Science wise, he's done the same things as Dinoguy of course, but his favorites are making and investigating paper planes ( he designs his own now) and he liked the bridge building and investigations. He can play legos, kinex and wacky wigglers for hours a day and make fascinating structures. He loves the museum and I think on of my favorite moments was when he saw a machine built to take balls around on a maze course and then lifts them up to do it all over again. He watched it intently for more than five minutes than asked his Grandpa if he would build one like it at home with him. He loves building! He also enjoys plants and animals too.

He also has done well on the violin and learned some basic piano. He loved baseball. Everything else is pretty similar to Dinoguy.

Aug 2009
Munchkin went from baby to toddler this past year. So her growth has been explosive. She started walking, running, climbing. She is currently learning to speak and has quite a few words, my favorite phrase she says being "want some!" She loves to do puzzles and has stopped eating the books and loves to read them now. She loves shoes and getting dressed and prefers headbands to bows. She likes to color some, but still eats crayons if not watched. She is very good at making messes but also likes to help clean up.

Aug 2010
So there is a summary of all the traditional school skills things I can think of that would be labeled schooling we've been doing in the past year. I'm sure I've missed some. But it's helpful to recollect and realize how much we've been doing!

Tomorrow I will post about our plans for the coming school year and learning!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Are we still unschoolers?

My boys, Oct 2005
So as the start of traditional school is upon us, I am going to write this week all about our homeschooling.

So the big question: Are we still unschoolers?

Well... yes and no.

I still believe in delight directed learning and it still plays a major role in our homeschooling. Dinoguy has requested to study all sorts of things this past year and so we have.


I don't like the term unschooling for several reasons and have stopped using it. It is a negative term IMHO, because it is constantly referring to school and the need to get away from it. I like to focus on the positive in my life and referring to ourselves with a word that I feel is largely negative doesn't work for me. It is also a term that has been largely hijacked by radical unschoolers who want to define EXACTLY what unschooling is and what it is not. I get the need to describe what you are doing, but delight directed learning IMHO does not mean not taking classes or using texts if that is what the child is interested in and asking for, and many will say that the minute you do those things, you are no longer unschooling.


Basically I stopped calling us unschoolers at some point last year and started saying home schoolers. What exact kind, I'm not sure and I don't worry too much about it. I've done more research and reading to try and figure out what kind of homeschooling we are doing (eclectic probably?) and have continued to follow the kids needs and interests. Like I said, we still use delight directed learning and I still believe in living books and resources over icky textbooks. But I am more concerned with other things than making sure we are "true" unschoolers.

So yes, we are delight directed learning based home schoolers. But no, I don't really like or use the term unschooling anymore.
My boys, July 2010

Tomorrow I will recap the past year of our educational life.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Happy Not First Day of School!

Trainboy at six months old
Today would be Trainboy's first day of Kindergarten (and Dinoguy would be starting second grade!) Instead it's just another day. Though we are excited for the fall weather, for the museums and parks to be emptier, and for all the fun that comes in the fall.

Trainboy would be miserable academically in kindergarten IMHO because it would all be review. He taught himself to read over the past few months and is now reading independently at a second grade level. He is fairly competent at all the basic arithmetic and geometry. He can read calendars, clocks, thermometers. We have done so much history, social studies, science, art and it has all been just the joy of daily wanting to learn for him.

Trainboy Jul 2010, photo taken by my cousin
Especially here in Texas where so much of the year is devoted to preparing for the big test. Here in Texas where Kindergarteners get ONE fifteen minute recess in a seven hour day. Trainboy is a very intelligent child with a zest for learning and I strongly believe school here would kill that love of learning.

As far as any "socialization" concerns, if the kids aren't allowed to talk to each other except at their paltry one recess and lunch, how is that good socializing? I think he gets plenty of socializing thru life - at church, at the homeschool group, in the neighborhood, at the store...

So happy not first day of school. It might be easier to pack him off to the local school and let them take care of him most of the day, but it isn't the right choice for Trainboy or our family.

Tomorrow I will discuss unschooling as a term.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Time flies

Approximately 17 years ago, a join cousin beach vacation.

When I was a kid, every couple of years we went on vacation with my mom's brother's family. We either rented a beach house together in South Carolina or went to visit them in Colorado and went camping. I inherited this collage of old photos from one year and so I have this photo from back then.
Pregnant me, some cousins, sisters and Munchkin. July 2010
While we were at the beach this year, attempts were made to take group photos. It completely reminds me of that old photo. (Though it is missing one sister, one girl cousin and the boys.) We were all talking about how weird it was to be at the beach together but without our parents - that we are all grown up.

Part of me still feels like the kid in the first photo. I am surprised sometimes by the adult looking back at me from the mirror. Time flies. And it is a precious commodity. I hope I am making wise choices with mine.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Goodbye Taurus

Removing the license plates.
What to do about the car? We are 1000 miles from home and the transmission is mostly dead. We only paid $1200 for the car to begin with, and rebuilding the transmission will cost $1500-$2000. We were planning to sell it soon and buy a minivan anyway because of our impending family expansion. So repairing it seems like a bad idea.
Goodbye friend.

We decide to take it to the junk yard and sell it for scrap. Eight cents a pound equals $268.80. The guy at the scale in the junkyard was surprised because it still had cold A/C. He said they never have that. Since we did no major repair work on it in the 14 months we owned it, just some oil changes, I think we came out pretty good. Certainly couldn't have gotten a car payment for as little as it cost us over the time we owned it. Debt free is definitely the way to be and we are completely sold on not having a car payment ever again.
Goodbye drivers seat.

So to get home...quickly find another car to buy? We reviewed the available cars on craigslist and decided that home has a much larger market of availability. We were able to get a one way rental for about $100 for a day and just drove home in one long drive, mostly overnight.

So now we are a one car (or should I say truck?) family for now. We are saving our dollars towards a minivan and hope to buy one before the end of the year.

I cried when we left the car at the junkyard. I cried again when I cashed the check and we headed home. I really liked my "tortoise" as the boys called the car. It was my car and it was a blessing in our lives and I really enjoyed driving it. I miss it every time I have to climb into the truck and drive somewhere. Plus I really don't like minivans. Four kids means minivan or SUV though.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Let's Party!

The reception was at a lovely old Inn on the banks of a river and in an old forest. It was gorgeous and I'm sure all the photos turned out amazing. Still can't wait to see them. There was a delicious dinner, a slideshow of pictures of the newlyweds growing up, cake, dancing...it was a party! It was really neat because so many cousins and aunts and relatives were there. I loved seeing them all. We had a great time talking and visiting and dancing.

My "green whale" dress... instead of looking pregnant, I just look 50 lbs heavier. Oh well.

Munchkin ate lots of cheesecake and bread. Yum!

First official dance as newlyweds
Daddy Daughter dance
Where should we cut it?
Dinoguy was quite the Rico Suave as his father would say. He was cutting it up on the dance floor and asked quite a few ladies and girls to dance. Trainboy was slower to warm up to the idea and didn't dance until the end. Munchkin made sure to intervene and take over if she saw Fixitman and I dancing. We had a great time.

By the way, the boys asked to have bow ties too. Aren't they so adorable? They've been wearing them to church some too. Love their flair for dressing up.

Munchkin dancing with her dad after cutting in on me.
Lovely candid.
Trainboy tries out dancing with his Aunt
Munchkin and her Uncle

Photo taken by my new brother in law's sister. Love the expression on his face.
At the end when she was SOO tired, Munchkin started dancing by herself, maybe to stay awake? It was pretty cute.
A pretty nice photo of Fixitman and I.
Munchkin and her daddy.
 We also tried to get a family photo taken by my cousin, I hope that at least one of them turns out alright. (My goal: We are all actually looking at the camera and facial expressions are semi-normal.)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

To the temple!

Squirmy and Waiting outside for the newlyweds to emerge!
Early Saturday morning we left our hotel room, ate a delicious breakfast at Waffle House and arrived EARLY at the Columbia LDS temple for my sister's wedding. Cameras ready, children ready, almost everyone present...but my Aunt and Uncle got lost. Very very lost and very very late. Luckily they were able to delay the wedding until they arrived. My sister, the beautiful bride, coming in and shaking her fingers at me in the sealing room was confusing. Afterward I find out she thinks I was the late one. Thanks Sis. Love ya too!
Love this grin. So happy!

So she's finally married! Only 7 months of engagement after over a year of dating. Hey, we can't all be quick about it. ;) (Fixitman and I were married 6 months to the day after our first date.). She was a beautiful bride and has a wonderful handsome husband. It was a great day for celebrating.

Grandpa was able to come and be the one to marry them. So awesome.
It was hot. Hey, it was July! Someone little had taken a few pictures with my camera while we waited and changed some settings so my first pictures outside the temple were overly bright. I eventually figured it out. Mostly we posed for the official photos (still can't wait to see them!) and then decided to head back to my parents house to rest before the reception that night.

Munchkin loves her grandparents.
Cute boys with their Uncle. They look a bit hot. Ready to head home?
Hot munchkin is ready to go...
Well that was the plan anyway. The car had been making some funny noises on the way to the temple that worried Fixitman, and on the way out of town we stopped at Walmart twice checking oil and other things. It became clear about 10 miles into our trip that the transmission was DYING. Turn off the A/C, turn on the heater, open all the windows... (waking the sweet sleeping Munchkin.) Thank goodness for cell phones. We got in touch with all the people also driving back and got the boys and Munchkin & I into different cars with A/C because it was HOT. Poor Fixitman got to bake as he coaxed the car back to my parents house. Every wedding needs an adventure right?


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