Isn't this such a pretty place?
Emily had the opportunity this weekend to attend classes at Yale for teens. It's a program called Yale Splash and is a day long series of classes (over 100 to choose from) taught by Yale students.
Emily took classes in East Coast Swing and The Charleston, Biology of Cancer, Top Secret Medical Experiments of the 20th Century, and Hearts, Robots and Arithmeas. She was also scheduled to take a class called Detroit and the Shrinking City but it was cancelled due to teacher illness. We were disappointed as that was the class she was looking forward to the most (aside from the dance classes). Oh well.
It was a wonderfully engaging day spent on a beautiful campus with good friends, both old and new.
In November we're heading up to MIT for their weekend-long Splash event. The whole family is going (sans Scout) and we've booked double rooms with another family so the kids can be close to one another for late night shenanigans and goofing around. I do not anticipate much sleep that weekend. Too much memory-making to be had I'm sure.
Our day at Yale was made perfect by a surprise visit from my guy - bringing me lunch. I felt woefully and uncharacteristically unprepared food-wise for the weekend and found myself an hour from home without anything to eat (lunch was provided for the kids). I didn't know the area too well and though I'm sure the vicinity of a place like Yale is filled with wonderful dining options - I wasn't comfortable straying too far as I wanted to remain close in case the two fourteen year olds in my charge needed anything.
Adam knew I was empty handed for the day and made the hour long trek to surprise me with yummy delights. The fruit and sushi were lovely, but the gesture itself is what made me swoon. We'll be married seventeen years this November, and the little things still mean everything to me.
The weekend was so very full. A Friday night sleepover, Saturday at Yale, Sunday afternoon spent with Emily's girlfriends and Sunday evening at a Haunted Hayride with other homeschoolers. Oh my, that is a very tiring sentence...
Today, I worked in the morning but now intend to slow the pace for a bit this afternoon before canning the apple butter that is simmering away on the stove. Emily and Adam have declared a day off from school to prepare for my parents arrival this week (a day sooner than we thought - oops!). I'm hoping those preparations include some Halloween decorating, of which we haven't even begun yet. This morning I had a strong desire to make pomanders... so maybe that too. Yes, autumn decorating this afternoon sounds perfect. Perhaps I should switch from lemon ginger tea to hot apple cider...