The conference has come to pass. Talks were heard, books were bought and curriculums compared. I almost stuck to my limit of purchasing only what was used or on sale with the exception of fun projects from Illuminated Ink. This was all somehow accomplished between dozens of conversations exchanged at every turn with friends old and new. (The real draw!)
My mind is still swimming with all the gems I took to heart and all the details of the math and language arts programs we are considering. Equally important were the lessons learned outside of the conference hall:
1) Bringing a wheeled suitcase for books is worth the efffort. I used to think this was way too business-like!
2) Bringing your husband along to comparison shop and pull the suitcase is smart too - especially if you also have a stroller to push.
3) Even better is the extra room in a suitcase for diapers, baby clothes, burp cloths, and an extra shirt for mom in case of diaper blow-outs.
4) Two days with your husband even with short windows of uninterrupted conversation is priceless.
5) A babysitter who makes sure you come home to a clean kitchen and sleeping children is worth.every.penny.
6) An introverted person such as myself should never agree to host a family gathering the very next day. Especially the fifth one within two months of having a baby. I will be in my woman cave today should anyone need me for emergencies involving fire or blood.
7) A homeschooling family can never have too many bookshelves. Where in the world am I going to put all of this?