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Posted by on June 20, 2018


Looking out my window…  the morning shade from the tree in the backyard is fading as the day gets warmer.  It’s a tiny backyard, but the trampoline is providing plenty of exercise and incentive for my kids to spend time outside.

I am thankful… for these weeks house-sitting for friends.  It’s been over 9 months since we have been in a house by ourselves; and while most of the time sharing a house with others has gone fairly smoothly and even been beneficial (I got spoiled having my mom there to cook and help with the kids after Elaina was born), we desperately needed some family alone time.

I am creating… a non-baby related cross-stitch.  This is the first time I’ve done one on linen instead of Aida cloth which has been interesting.

I am reading… Rethinking School: How to Take Charge of Your Child’s Education by Susan Wise Bauer. Being on the road instead of settled in our own home as well as having a high schooler now has prompted Scott and I to have several discussions lately about the realities of what works and doesn’t work for us and our kids in homeschooling.

I am hoping… that during our time here we can get Elaina to fully switch to this time zone and stop waking up at 5/6 am which makes her (and me) cranky the rest of the morning.

In the schoolroom… I’ve always enjoyed the slow down at this time of year when most of the subjects have been completed for the year meaning the school day has gotten shorter and we switch to doing school in the afternoon to take advantage of the cooler mornings to be outside.  Usually I’m deep into researching and planning for next year, but I’m in a bit of a conundrum this time as I look ahead and realize that because raising support is taking longer than we had anticipated a lot of the curriculum I will need for next year is packed in a box in Alaska.

Studying the moon’s phases

In the kitchen… we took the night off from cooking and went out for a belated celebration of Father’s Day and our 18th anniversary.  It’s not often we are in a big city like this, so it was fun to splurge a little and take the kids to some place a little nicer than usual.

In the nursery… when Elaina isn’t on her knees rocking or trying to pull up on things, she is army crawling across the floor to get to whatever has caught her attention.

Happy with herself for getting all the way over to the dog cage.

I am hearing… the keyboard clicking as I type and the A/C running in an otherwise quiet house with the kids all in bed.

The 3 musketeers (er…cousins)


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