Friday, June 21, 2013

Weekly Wrap-up ~ Feeling Hot Hot Hot

In our regular life this week…

Things are warming up here in Missouri, which wouldn't be a bad thing except we have no air conditioning right now! It hasn't been bad, at all, until today. Wowzer! It's been a little toasty! But, Dawson has a window unit upstairs in his room because it is an oven situated right off the attic, and the kids can all sleep up there. And we have a nice cool basement (unfinished, but still functional) that we can retreat to if necessary. (In fact, I spent a few hours down there this afternoon.) We just keep the fans going, keep the lights off, keep the drapes drawn, and stay calm as much as possible. We are hopeful that it will be up and running in a little over a week. **fingers crossed**

In our homeschool this week…

We were back into our regular Monday-Thursday morning summer school schedule this week doing cursive handwriting, multiplication, our unit study on life cycles and the book Poppy by Avi, and lots of reading. It was a good steady week that earned us another two days off in the fall!!

We had a froglet this week, and he hopped out and on with his life.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

The little kids and I met up with Kyndal and Collin on Wednesday to go to a fun pool. The kids had a blast and I got some reading done!

A favorite thing this week was…

Getting our landscaping done this past weekend! I have so enjoyed looking outside at all of the bushes and flowers! Of course, devoting all those hours of planting to fixing our air conditioner might have been more prudent. At least I see beauty when I'm hot, right?

What's in the kitchen this week ...

I've been experimenting with some of the recipes in the Trim Healthy Mama book. The pancakes were a hit! I'll be giving a recipe for Bread in a Mug that you can read about this next Thursday when I do my weekly update on the chapters I have read.

What we're reading ...

Mom:  The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman, Trim Healthy Mama by Serene Allison and Pearl Barrett, Couponing Made Easy by Christi the Coupon Coach.

Eli: Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. He is going back and reading Book 1 because he loved Roderick Rules so much that he wants to read the first one.

Brynne: Life with Lily by Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher. Brynne is LOVING this book. I'll be reviewing this book in a couple of days.

Read-aloud: Poppy by Avi.

Things we're working on…

Staying cool. And, VBS that is tomorrow. I absolutely SWEAR I am not volunteering for anymore big events for the rest of the summer. It's time for a break! (Really, I swear!)

I’m grateful for ...

the information I received that our high school is an A+ approved high school for the A+ Scholarship Program sponsored by the Missouri Department of Education which will allow Dawson to go to a nearby community college FOR FREE, for up to 48 months, should he complete the requirements. That is such a blessing and a relief! So, we are looking into all that needs to be done to qualify.

In the garden…

I picked off three cherry tomatoes (and ate them on the spot) and a little green pepper (that I added to my Coffee Cup Omelet this morning). So far, that's all there is. But, things are growing nicely. And, didn't I say we needed a little heat and sunshine?? No shortage of that now!

What's coming up this week ...

It's going to be very hot, so we will be doing our schoolwork in the mornings and then going to the pool in the afternoons. Brynne has her last three softball games Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights.

Rick is coming Friday night and bringing the last moving truck of our things that are in storage. My sister and I are having a garage sale in a couple of weeks and we want to sell a lot of that stuff! Then I am driving Rick back on Oklahoma on Sunday so that he and I can go see Daughtry in concert on Sunday night. That will be so fun!

A photo, video, link, or quote to share (silly, serious or both!)…

Doing our "squeezing egg" experiment, Dawson got a little close to Brynne.

We are happily linking up this week at the following sites:


  1. I laughed out loud when you said "I 'swear' I'm not volunteering for any more big events this summer!" You're funny - think I have uttered those exact same words myself.

    Looks like you are learning and relaxing this summer, Nicole. Perfect!

    Thanks for linking!

  2. Phew! We've got some HOT days coming up this week! AC isn't something that "everyone has" here so we're keeping cool with fans...and heading to the lake for swimming. (The water is still nippy, but refreshing.)

    Awesome pool! Is that a waterslide?? Looks like you got some reading in!

    Oops on the egg! :grin:

  3. I know that it is easier to do school at home in the mornings, but considering the heat and no a/c, have you considered moving it to the library? They have a/c, and computers! A couple of summers ago we went to the library to use their computers for the free foreign language courses, but you could easily do other school, especially if you let the kids work on some kind of summer program. Vocabulary and Spelling City has one that works great. ( Love the idea of earning fall days off (when the weather is nice) by working in summer. We school year round, but might look into doing something like this next year. Hope you get cool soon!


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