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Weekly Wrap-up ~ We Survived!

In our regular life this week…

This was a hot week, that's for sure. But my kids are troopers and we survived! Yesterday was the last hot day for at least the next 10 days. Temps reached 99 on Wednesday and about 93 yesterday. But by tomorrow it's supposed to be in the upper 70's and then not get above 85 through the 4th of July. Hallelujah!! With keeping the house dark and running the fans, we have been just fine. The dogs, on the other hand, think they have been thrust into the 7th Circle of Hell. I didn't realize their tongues were so long!

This is pretty much the position they have been in all week.

In our homeschool this week…

Our big accomplishment was finishing Poppy by Avi and the Cycle of Power unit we have been doing through Moving Beyond the Page (see my review coming up!). We absolutely LOVED this book. One day Brynne actually started crying when I would not read more chapters. There are several more books in this series and we went to our library and grabbed the only one they have ... The Return of Poppy. Such great characters! And I was so pleased with the concepts the kids grasped in relation to the theme of personal power and it's uses for good and bad. Great week of learning! They even each turned out a three paragraph essay on the story. Fabulous!

On Tuesday I ran out of printer in mid-print, so Wednesday was spent doing lots of personal reading. That's not all bad. It was so hot that it felt good to lay in front of the fans and read instead of sitting under the hot light fixture in our dining room doing schoolwork.

All of our other summer studies are coming along nicely. I am pleased with our summer schedule. So far with the number of hours we have put in we have earned 7 days off from school in the fall when we go to Florida. I found these pictures that were actually on my camera instead of the SD card. I just downloaded them today and they make me want to go to Florida SO BAD, although not right now because it's even hotter there!

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

Brynne has become a softball rockstar. She is learning so much about playing 2nd base and has made some good snags and plays. She also hits the ball every time she goes up to bat. I am very proud of how hard she has been playing and how much she has learned.

We have also spent every afternoon at the pool this week. After a morning of hot schoolwork, we have deserved some cool pool water!

A favorite thing this week was…

Waking up in the middle of the night last night to a storm, and then sleeping in this morning in the nice cool morning air. I get up every day at 6:45 a.m. to ride bikes and walk with my mom. On Fridays, I take the day off. It was so wonderful to snuggle up and sleep in this morning!

What's in the kitchen this week ...

I am really getting on track with the Trim Healthy Mama way of eating. I even made "Crabby Patties" aka salmon patties for dinner one night and the kids liked them! Woot!

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.

Brynne: Life with Lily by Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher. She is almost done and can't believe she has read over 200 pages in one book!

Read-aloud: Poppy by Avi. Such a good book! I highly recommend it!

Things we're working on…

This weekend ... the air conditioner! The little kids and I are working on our summer reading goals. We stopped by the library yesterday to pick up some picture books to help with our numbers.

I’m grateful for ...

An 88 degree day today ... an 80 degree day tomorrow ... a 77 degree day on Sunday ... and so on! I am also SO GRATEFUL that it will only be a high of 85 on the 4th of July. Our park has a 100+ year traditional 4th celebration at the park with old-fashioned games and lots more. We have spent many years in blistering hot temps, and in the pouring rain. This year is going to be perfect!!!

In the garden…

I added a bunch of day lilies around my house that my dad dug up from a family friend. My vegetable garden is growing, growing, growing! Just wish I could actually get some fruit off it! I did use some fresh parsley this week from my garden. Where, oh where, are the peppers and jalapenos?

What's coming up this week ...

Rick and I will be going to see Daughtry in concert on Sunday. That is going to be fun and I am looking forward to spending some time with just Rick! Next week Eli and Brynne start swimming lessons. Then we will have our 4th of July celebrations. We will spend the day at the park and will also celebrate Collin's birthday which is that day. On the weekend the kids and I will go to Kansas City to my niece's first birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese and then we are having a fish fry party at my parents' on Sunday to celebrate her birthday and my other niece's 16th birthday. It's going to be a busy, but fun, week!

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

The kids had a great time at VBS last Saturday at our church! This is them performing their songs at church on Sunday morning. They've been singing the songs all week!

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


  1. It's so hot here too. We've been looking for all the friends that we can get to invite us to go swimming :-D Hope you guys have a great weekend and 4th!

  2. Phew! We had 4 days? of MUGGY 90s here! Miserable! Doing anything meant pouring sweat. Gross! Multiple showers every day. We don't have AC, but fortunately Maine doesn't usually have a lot of 90s each summer.

    Sounds like Poppy should be on my reading list!

    LOL at the THROUGH THE WIRE FENCE softball photos! I have some of those this week too!

  3. Enjoy the concert! I pray your temps and humidity stay down for you all! My son, Zachary (age 8) Loves Diary of a Wimpy Kid books - he read all of them in 10 days...LOL...That is awesome about softball. We opted out of ball this Summer, I wanted to travel and not be tied down to a schedule! It worked!

    I have to check out Poppy! Thanks!

    Enjoy your weekend!

  4. I always feel guilty when I won't read more chapters!

    I was trying to work up some sympathy for the hot days you were experiencing, but it is 108 here today in my little corner of Texas and sorry, I just can't muster any up for you. ;)

    1. Yes, but did you have air conditioning on those hot days? We did not!! Our central unit is broken. Yikes! We realized that it's not something we are going to be able to fix, so we are getting some window units in preparation for the next heat wave.

  5. Great week!! I just read a review on that program you are reviewing- looks interesting. We are having a heat wave too. And we Californians are serious weather wimps! Praying for cooler temps all around. I'm going to have to check out Trim Healthy Mama- it might be a good tool to put in my "get healthy" toolbox (metaphorically speaking;)).

  6. I'm glad you survived the heat wave and I hope you had a great weekend!
    Way to go, Brynne!


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