Last weekend I attended the 2015 Southeastern Homeschool Expo in Atlanta, Georgia at the Cobb Galleria Centre. I heard about the conference earlier this year and knew that I wanted to attend but of course I forgot the date until a friend reminded me and said she was going.
My lack of memory a.k.a. mommy brain cost me 10 whole dollars! Online preregistration was $45 and onsite registration was $55. I’m a bargain shopper at heart but there’s something about having the flexibility to say no to something at the last minute smh. Maybe it’s because I’m not a true planner or better yet because I have small children who at any moment might get sick, or I’ll be babysitter-less, or maybe it’s because my husband is an entrepreneur and you never know what last minute thing might come up with him…
Honestly, I could go on and on with excuses but I think the root of it is that I’m slightly afraid of commitment and I’ll pay for the convenience of backing out of something. Can you relate? It’s okay, I’m sure you probably wouldn’t admit it even if you could lol.
Day 1: Thursday, July 23rd
Expo start time: 10:00am
My arrival time: 11:45am
This was the intro day and there were only a few attendees present. I decided to take my kids, ages 2 years old & 5 months old since I hadn’t arranged babysitters and oh boy was that an interesting experience. I felt comfortable with taking them because my friend took hers. The kids are all really close in age and have recently gotten to that point where they entertain one another.
(Waiting for our friends to arrive at Chipotle)
After getting lunch we made it back to catch 2 sessions before the day ended. We stood outside of the first one while the kids played in the hallway and for the 2nd we were brave enough to take all 4 of them in and sat in the back. At this point they were full from lunch, tired from playing, and overall restless and ready for their naps. Although the expo planners were nice enough to allow children to attend, they didn’t quite make preparations for sleepy kids who could lose all their marbles at any moment. Next year, I’ll pay extra for my registration ticket to come with a cot and blanket!
I thought it would be a decent idea to allow my son to watch videos on my phone while I listened and took notes. Some decent idea that was. Everything was cool until IT happened…… Exactly how do you explain buffering to a 2 year old?
You don’t. Remember me saying that we sat in the back? Well that was for easy access to the exit. He screamed “Mommy fix it!” once and I talked to him. Then he screamed again and 2 or 3 people rushed and tried to help me out the door. For some it might’ve been embarrassing, for me it was expected. You don’t ask a 2 year old to sit quietly, especially when they’ve missed their routine nap.
Thank you to the nice lady who scooped him up and calmed him down while I gathered our stuff. She was special! Not only because she helped but she could relate. She raved at how good he had been pre-meltdown and said she understood because she had a 4, 2, and 6 month old at home. Whew! After typing that I realize how it sounds like my life, kids 2 years apart, the only exception is that she has 3. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? No. Absolutely no more babies for me; definitely not right now!
And just like that, day 1 was a wrap! Stay tuned for Day 2 and 3 and the super special people that I met.