Monday, August 15, 2016

Monday Musings

For the week of August 15th....

A few plans for the week

Lots of stuff! Grace heads in for her final week of CIT at her barn. She has been spending tons of time there this summer; we miss having her around, but it has been great for her. Rose has two weeks left of summer gymnastics ~ this will be the second to last week, and I am looking forward to the (slightly) slower pace of September. My boys have relaxed into a much more laid-back schedule than the girls - one of them is done for the summer as far as organized activities go, the other still has practice, but just twice a week. I think they are possibly getting a wee bit bored, lately. We also have appointments - it is kind of scary how many appointments ended up in this month! This week we see the orthodontist and eye doctor. And I am really hoping to get to the lake next weekend if everyone is well....we are passing around a bad cold right now. Not fun!

Homeschool notes

Planning is heavily underway! I have all of our books on order, now just waiting for them to trickle in. I sat down and figured out our calendar for the year - which days will be our "school days" and which we will take off. I ordered a Plum Paper teacher planner as a fun little splurge. I haven't tried to use a paper lesson planner in ages, but I adore my regular Plum Paper planner, so I figured I'd give it a try. My current projects are planning out the first few Five in a Row books I plan to do with Rose and trying to get everyone signed up for fall activities. 

Out of doors

I just got around to properly storing the garlic we harvested last month. It looks good, and I am very happy with it. We had a smaller garden this year, and it has been a breath of fresh air. We grew much less of everything, and instead got most of our vegetables from a local farm share. Next year, I am planning to have an even smaller garden. On my short list: raspberries, garlic, cut flowers, cucumbers, 4 tomato plants, mini pumpkins, arugula, lettuce, rhubarb, mint, and cilantro. Everything else we can get in adequate amounts at the farm share. I would like to put in blackberries too - debating. 

In the kitchen

Not much going has been too hot to cook! We had one day last week where it was so miserable we got take-out for dinner, even though the closest take-out place is 20 minutes away. Most of my time in the kitchen these days involves helping Rose pack snacks for practice. She needs a packed snack/light lunch five days a week, which really makes me wonder how moms with kids in public school do this every day. 

Watching, reading, crafting

We took the kids to see The Secret Life of Pets over the weekend ~ it was very cute. We have been watching lots of Olympics, mostly revolving around the kids' interests. So we watch equestrian and gymnastics, primarily, but the boys also like white-water and BMX. I think I am a bit behind on this year's book challenge, but I am currently reading The Luckiest Girl Alive. I am still knitting and cross-stitching a bit here and there, mostly while we have movie night or watch the Olympics. 

I am working on a post about Grace (my tenth-grader) and the simplified homeschool plans we have decided on for her. I also hope to have a post up about our homeschool calendar this week. 

Till next time!

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