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We had an unusual week last week, being in Missouri at my parents'. This week we are back to our version of normal, with lots of heat and lots of activities!

In my life this week ... The temps here are going to be over 100 degrees every day for the foreseeable future. That makes me want to stay indoors, but we have lots of outside-the-house activities planned this week. We are going to brave the water park in the morning tomorrow. On Wednesday, we are meeting with our Co-op playgroup, which is always fun! Then on Thursday and Friday Eli and Brynne are attending a Mad Science camp! They are very excited! On Saturday my sister and niece are coming for a week-long visit, and bringing home Kyndal and Dawson who have been in Missouri at my parents'. Then on Sunday us girls are going to the NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK/BACKSTREET BOYS concert! Squeal!!!!!

In our homeschool this week… We will resume our reading schedule. As our puny sunflowers are starting to bloom somewhat, we will do Barb's Sunflower Study from Handbook of Nature Study's July activities calendar.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing… (see our activities above!) We'll be seeing lots of other kids, scientists, family.

My favorite thing this week was… The phone call I got from Dawson yesterday telling me how he went next door to my parents' new neighbors to talk to them about how they are neglecting their dog and got permission to clean up his dog pen, feed and water him, and take him for walks. My little advocate! My young man. He has matured this past week in leaps and bounds!

What’s working/not working for us… our new little church. What real people.

Questions/thoughts I have… Does school really start back up in a month??????

Things I’m working on… more U.S. History!  I have completed the lessons plans for the first semester of school ... Hallelujah! I have about a month to get the rest of the year completed. I can do it! I can do it! And then the school year will be so much less stressful!

Books I’m reading… Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller, Seasons of a Mother's Heart, by Sally Clarkson (reading with the moms in our Co-op Playgroup), More Faith in My Day by Emilie Barnes (my daily devotional).

A photo, video, link, or quote to share… "What a great kid. I'm having a great time with the grandson I've always wanted." ~ the spontaneous text I got from my dad yesterday about how he feels about the time he is spending with Dawson.

School takes on many forms in the summer months. Hop on over to The Homeschool Chick to see what it looks like in other homes.


  1. I love Dawson's compassion for the pooch. My Bear has a heart for animals too, so much so his career will be working with animals in some capacity.



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