Monday, June 26, 2017

Father's Day and Such


Father's Day- the way my husband likes it!  A low-key day at home chilling out with the people he loves!   Homemade Philly cheesesteaks and tons of love and laughter. 




Window stars and such...






The tropical system that came through brought with it sinus issues for me.  I plowed through the beginnings of it last week, but decided a couple of days at home resting would be best.  It wasn't fun to cancel two things that the kids had with friends today, but at least they are not sitting around all disappointed.  Good kids...

The kids and I saw Cars 3 last week!  Such a great movie with a wonderful message for adults.  I enjoyed it for that reason more than any other.  You'll have to see it!  Despicable Me 3 is also on their list to see this summer, but I doubt it's message will be quite as meaningful as Cars 3.  

I'm trying to get my mind wrapped around starting our  2017-2018 school year in two weeks.  TWO WEEKS!!!!  This is the longest summer we've taken in a few years, and I still don't feel ready.  One thing I've learned over the years---you never FEEL ready.  You just pick the date and go for it!   It's going to be a year of exciting new things for all of us!   We will have an 11th grader, 10th grader and 3rd grader this year!   I have all my curriculum picked out and I'm in the process of tweaking how it will all work for us.  

JP injured his shoulder and will be starting some physical therapy to help him recover from whatever happened.  Fencing and kayaking will have to wait until he has fully recovered.   

We are plugging along the next two weeks and excited for new beginnings!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Summer Catch-up


We celebrated someone passing their permit test.  It wasn't this little booger!  Tera took her written driver's test and passed with flying colors!  JP took her out for her first driving experience right after the test.  She's going to be an excellent driver, because he's an excellent teacher.  I should know--he taught me how to drive. 



Seven layer taco dip--my favorite summer recipe



Yesterday, we spent some time with our friend and magician, Scott Humston.  Michael loved the show as always!







Daniel participated in a chess tournament in memory of his chess coach that passed away recently.  Even though it's been almost a year since he last competed,  he came in 4th in his section and won his class prize. 

I'm spending some time this summer working on these beautiful creations, reading, and planning--lots of reading and lots of planning.  I plan on taking a step back this week from required reading to catch up on some new juvenile fiction I found.  And to have a bit of fun!



Tera is busy training for fencing.  She has also rediscovered her joy of baking and that thrills our whole family.  


More art from Michael




Game day--tons of snacks and Michael beating us all in Yahtzee after getting two Yahtzees!  How does he do that?



 One last picture of this crazy little kid!


Monday, June 12, 2017

VBS 2017












Michael was our  only kid to attend VBS this year.  We went every night except Tuesday (swim lesson make-ups).  I sat back in the corner of the sanctuary and was able to read a lot!   We've been attending this VBS for the last four years and the kids love it! This year, Michael hung out all week with a new buddy he met.  It was a good week for him! 




 Michael and our friend, Lauren for their annual picture.  They are both such sweeties! 



Flashback to 4 years ago:  


We attended the service on Sunday.  Michael was the Bible holder for the pledges.  The service was such a wonderful time of worship together!  



Friday, June 2, 2017

Ramblings About This and That

I spent a good deal of time organizing and cleaning this week.  From cleaning out and wiping down the food cabinets to organizing and purging the craft and school storage closets.  I've purged most of our school papers from the year.  Straightened the paper cabinet.  Organized the school supplies, since everyone seems to just throw pencils in the same drawer with scissors.  How could they?

The older kids still need to go through their school shelves and binders to get ready for next year. 

Next on my summer list of things-to-do:  Clean out the refrigerator and freezer.  Go through a big box of bills/papers to file and purge.    

My planning has slowed down a bit.  I finally finished reading Of Plymouth Plantation and I'm in the first half of The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin and just a little bit into The Life and Diary of Rev. David Brainerd.   I've also finished reading The Autobiography of Davy Crockett, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and the  Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson.  Wow, that seems like I've accomplished a lot more than I thought.  Tera and I have decided American literature seems a bit more on the depressing side. 

I finally decided to go with my Plan B for American history.  I'm working on getting together assignments and grading for that course.  

Tera will be taking her first dual enrollment in the fall---College Algebra.  I'm relaxing a little bit more about Chemistry (for both)  and Algebra 2 (for Daniel), since I'm planning on using Virtual Home school Group for the lecture part of those. 

New activities for the next school year are being discussed.  I'm thinking I'll need to buckle up tight for this upcoming ride!  

Michael finishes up a month of Tues./Thurs. swim lessons next Tuesday.  The instructor has been really impressed with his ability and I attribute that to the foundation he received from my great friend, Tanya and her college students!  We think he will take another session in the future just to sure up his strokes.  But he's definitely a swimmer! 

As I'm typing this, my teens,  a couple of their friends and Michael are finishing up lunch while talking up a storm behind me.  It's been a long time since we've seen them.  Drawing and listening to Adventures in Odyssey is on the agenda today.  So, I will get a bit of silence in the middle of this day.  

Since Tera will not be done until mid-December with her DE class, we are taking a longer summer.  We won't start back until July 11th, but I still feel like I'm on our old schedule.  It feels like the summer is flying away.  

VBS for Michael every night next week except Tuesday.  That's when I actually get a lot of things done school planning wise.  2.5 hours every night, just me, my books and VBS music in the background.  

Allergies are kicking up, but according to my "See Your Memories" on facebook, this happens to us around this time every year.  

On Tuesday night, JP took Tera and Daniel to an open bout session at another fencing club in the nearby "big city".  Because this club has electrical capabilities, Tera was able to test out her new electrical equipment.   We definitely LOVE our local club, so this is not a change for us...only to supplement and get an opportunity to fence different people.  The coach there was surprised that Tera had never competed in a tournament and encouraged her to do that.  Since that is her goal, it was very encouraging and affirming to her!  The coach also fences the same style as Daniel, so he had a great time fencing a pro.  (I've learned there are three different types of fencing that match which sword you use:  foil, epee and saber.) 

Well, my ramblings are done for now...have a great weekend!  

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