Little Monkey was awed by the fire trucks at our 4th of July Parade!
I am thankful... for the fun, fellowship and wonderful memories we shared with my family! For my children to be able to spend some quality and quantity time with their aunts and uncles, Grandma & Grandpa, & cousins. And for my hard-working and generous husband who was so sweet to stay behind in the heat & work long hours, so that his family could go and have fun!
In the kitchen... Last summer, I started buying our produce from a farm-stand just a few blocks from our house, and have been eagerly waiting for them to open up again this year. Last week, I finally noticed their doors were open & their sign was up (it's inside a barn! :) So today, I'm hoping to stop in for a quick visit, on our way back from the kids' fencing and archery class. I'm pretty sure peaches are in season now, in our area...yum!
I am wearing... Capri's, a t-shirt with some crochet-work around the collar, and a very old (but comfy!) pair of flip-flops.
I am creating... our history curriculum for the coming school year. (This is probably the biggest reason why I've been absent from blogging for so long ;) The week after we returned from Wisconsin, I started looking into several different history curricula & had a difficult time finding one that would be "the right fit" for my family. I love to use a "living-books" approach for this subject, but quickly realized that I already have a long list of books in mind that I want to use with my children.... So after talking it over with my husband, I decided to put together my own units for us to use this year! We'll be studying the Middle Ages - and I'm almost finished fine-tuning our reading-lists and choosing the projects & activities to go along with the topics. Hopefully I'll be able to find many of our books used on Amazon or through Paperback swap.
I am going... to be placing an order for our new writing program this afternoon! Writing is another area I want to focus on this year, with both General and Rose. Chris & I looked over a few different programs, but IEW stood out to us both for it's classical method - and because it's designed to encourage a love of writing in students. It's a bit of an investment the first year, but since it's non-consumable I know I'll be able to use it (eventually) with all of my children....as we've been able to do with other programs that were a good "fit" in our home. (There is also an excellent refund policy, in case it turns out not to be a good fit!) I watched several of their free webinars (archived on their website) before we made the final decision - and I'm pretty excited to get started with it! Who knows, maybe I'll be able to grow a bit in my writing skills, too. :)
I am wondering... where our summer went? The month of July flew by so quickly and already there's only a few weeks left before we get rolling with our school year! General's homeschool-soccer team starts practicing next week, and the calendar is filling up fast!
I am reading... Europe and the Faith by Hilaire Belloc.... and I'm hoping to catch up on some blog-reading very soon! ;)
I am looking forward to... General's birthday, next week! It's hard to believe that my
Around the house... there's lots of cleaning to be done! (And laundry!) I'm hoping to finish ordering & planning all of our curricula over the weekend, and then move on to organizing/setting up our school room next week.
A favorite quote for today...
Prayer for Generosity
Dearest Lord, teach me to be generous;
teach me to serve you as you deserve to be served -
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to ask any reward
except that of knowing that I do your holy will.
A few plans for the rest of the week:
Today - fencing & archery.
Tomorrow - grocery shopping and a few errands.
Sunday - church and hopefully a relaxing afternoon/evening :)
Monday - a meeting for General's soccer team - followed by his first practice on Thursday!
A peek into my day...
This one is for you, Grandma!! :)
General and his buddies very kindly obliged Rose at her Josefina birthday party by wearing some stick-on mustaches for fun (well....General wasn't convinced that it was really all that fun, lol!). Ever since then, Rose, Little Monky & Peanut have been having a blast making home-made disguises out of construction paper & tape - mustaches & beards (and cat-ears taped to headbands) in particular. General has announced, however, that there will be ABSOLUTELY NO dressing up for his birthday, haha! :)
Wishing you a peaceful & joyful weekend!
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