And we played some board games.
We visited the Playground at the Park - the girls had a GRAND time on the Tire Swing.
And we stopped to feed the ducks. Their tummies were FULL when we left.
And Cherub 6 enjoyed walking the 2 littlest girls in their stroller.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
And we played some board games.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
Since we use a Literature based curriculum (www.amblesideonline.com ) for the most part, I am looking for more than a few actual "whole" books rather than textbooks. I think at last count our shopping list is around 50 books. Since we are still working on our home library (after the fire) we need more than "on an average year". I was amazed, however, when I was compiling my general lessons plans and my to-buy list just how many wonderful living books are already here in my home .... thanks to a wonderful friend who expended a tremendous amount of energy and time focused on our needs this past spring after our housefire. WOW - it is just amazing when I really step back and "take stock" of what is here. And we are so thankful - all of us !! We would be in such a mess without having had so much help and guidance during those first several weeks. We have so many great books that came from other homeschoolers, near and far, given to us (and in some cases they were lent to us) out of understanding of our difficult situation and out of genuine love and concern - thank you fellow homeschoolers and Ambleside Ladies ! It just brings tears to my eyes .... and I thank God every day for all of the wonderful people He has brought into our lives, both those we know personally and those we have never met. He has blessed us beyond measure, and we will praise His name to the mountaintops.
Back to the Fair .... I am heading out shortly armed with my list and a SHARPIE .... and hope to be back just after lunchtime with lots of books .... hopefully ALL of the books on my list so that I do not have to order them online. Either way, I will have books either here OR on their way (we will order whatever is left to buy this evening) ... and then I can finally complete my weekly lesson plans for each of our children (more on this later) .... then just sit and wait for school to begin.
The children are staying home today with a sweet young lady whom they all love dearly, and DadToCherubs will be sound asleep (he works nights) .... and so I will be going alone to brave the crowds and to hold up against that little (strong !) voice inside me that says BUY MOREEEEE BOOKS .... WHAT A NICE BOOK - BUY IT .... OHHH MORE NICE BOOKS TO BUY .... so I will have to arm myself with restraint and try to stick to my list.
Thank you Shadybrook Acres .... MamaLion, as I look at the library that is here before me at home, and to many things in our home that "arrived" during those tough weeks, and as I look back at all you and your family did for us during those weeks .... I can barely keep from getting tears in my eyes .... we are so blessed to have you in our lives !! And then I need to say thank you for helping me finalize my shopping list for today (from one book-junkie to another) .... and thank you C&ace for coming to hold down the fort which I am out today ....
I think the expression is usually "wish me luck" ... but instead, maybe you can pray for me today (and maybe for those who happen to stand between me and something I need on my list - HA !).
JULY 28th UPDATE: We ordered the rest of our books from Amazon on the evening after the curriculum fair, and now the things we ordered are arriving daily. YEAH !! We just love getting books in the mail ! We have also purchased all of the supplies we need for this year. Sooooo ... we are nearly ready to begin our school year ... just as soon as MomToCherubs finishes the lesson plans. We have a very exciting year planned with lots of neat materials. And we are SO looking forward to getting back to "normal life".
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Cherub 1 doing the Breast Stroke.
Cherub 3 waiting to do the Boys FreeStyle Relay.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Monday, July 09, 2007
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Since we were home a few days early, we decided to make Day #1 (Saturday) PRODUCTIVE !! First we called Grandpa to let him know we were at home again - he was our petsitter and garden-waterer while we were on vacation. Grandpa came out to visit later in the morning "because I missed you guys" he said. How sweet - the children were all really excited to see him. Then DadToCherubs picked up our riding mower from the repair shop AGAIN. So I spent almost the entire day trimming and mowing the yard. Having had not-a-single-drop of rain since we left, we were amazed how fast the grass (and weeds) grew while we were gone. The vegetable garden grew a whole lot as well this past week. We also managed to get all of the laundry washed, dried, and put away - we are completely unpacked. Nothing left to do other than a good "clean out" for the car (vacumn floors, clean windows, etc). And a BIG grocery trip - but we will save that for early next week.
On our afternoon visit to the garden, we found (and harvested) 6 HUGE zucchini, 8 HUGE yellow squash, 2 green peppers, and 5 good-sized cucumbers. And .... we found a few "cow pies" and more than a few HOOF PRINTS. We are guessing the cows got loose while we were on vacation and visited our garden. HA !! Other than the HUGE hooooooffffff prints, the only damage was about 8 stalks of corn were crushed, and a few of my pumpkin vines looked as if they had been "nibbled" (large nibbles). Not too bad for strolling cows, and such is life on a dairy farm I suppose.
To say "thank you" to Grandpa for petsitting and watering the garden, we invited him to dinner this evening. The Cherubs were soooo excited to see him - big hugs all around again. I think he was almost as excited to see the Cherubs as they were to see him - how cute !! For dinner tonight we had steaks (grilled thanks to DadToCherubs), salad which included our fresh cucs and peppers, baked potatoes with "the works", and a whole platter of fried squash and zucchini slices. YUMMY !!
So - now the house is straight and in order, and the yardwork has been finished - I am exhausted and am heading to bed to read for a while.
It's good to be home.
Tomorrow I think we are going to take a day-trip together before our vacation is over for this year. DadToCherubs heads back to work Monday afternoon.