Our Family Vacation to Houston Part 15
Next on the agenda was the kick-off of the Texas Home School Coalition (THSC) Southwest Convention and Family Conference. We thought we left the Space Center in plenty of time to check into our hotel, but we didn’t allow for the Houston traffic. As it turned out, we just had enough time to get a sandwich at a fast food place and head to check into the conference before the evening sessions began.
For the all-day Friday and Saturday sessions we had enrolled the girls in the kids’ conference, but the two Thursday evening sessions were not included in the kids’ conference. We all stood in line waiting for our packets while we discussed how our tired clan would fare for these two evening sessions that Jason and I didn’t want to miss. Pretty soon I heard Jason saying, “Now kids, if you be really good for us during these meetings then we’ll.…”
“Shhhh!” I whispered to Jason, “We’re surrounded by all these real homeschooling families who don’t bribe their children!”
Finally, we got through the line and sat down waiting to hear Sally Clarkson–the first key note speaker. As we waited, I could tell that Jason’s neck was much more uncomfortable as he sat there stiffly and turned with his whole body. Again, I offered to find some Ibuprofen for him, and again he refused. John Erickson, author of the Hank the Cow Dog books sang some songs and read a little from a book. My daughter who loves the books was fascinated! Then Andrew Pudewa spoke the last hour. The sessions were great, the kids behaved very well, and I was excited for the rest of the conference.
Was this your first homeschool conference? We went to our first in June. Loved it. It was so challenging and encouraging. Doug Phillips from Vision Forum was one of the main speakers. He was great! How did you like Sally Clarkson? I did a Bible study/book club on her Ministry to Motherhood book this summer. I would have loved to hear her speak.
Yay! The kids behaved! How rare is that when you are really wanting to do/see/hear something? 🙂
hey! i am a “real” homeschool family…. i totally told my son today that if he listened all the way through the science lesson, he would get skittles! lol. SOME “real” homeschool families do ….occasionally… use a bribe here and there! lol