August in Our Home

I have done a much better job documenting some of our bigger events in August (the Supercinskiad, Speedy’s birthday, my new pull-up bar), so this is light on pictures.

August seemed to fly by as we spent many days at the pool and hanging out with friends. I felt like I finally mastered our summer routine: park after breakfast before it is too hot, home for Speedy’s nap and school with Bud and Sugar, errand or trip to the pool, home for lunch and more naps, hang out or errands until dinner and bedtime. Sugar is swimming really well these days and loves to dive into the pool. She can swim at least 10 yards to me, then take a breath and head back to the wall. She likes to pretend to be Missy Franklin, and Bud holds a noodle in front of her as she swims to be the world record line.

I spent the last few weeks of August easing into our transition back to full-time school. I continued math, reading and spelling a few days a week during the summer so that Bud wouldn’t forget everything, and I just recently added science back into the mix. The kids have had a blast with science, and I am really happy that I started early to cover the extra lessons we wouldn’t need later in the year. We made some molds of pawprints and the kids pretended to be scientists for a day in their museum. We observed animals at two local pet stores, charting the invertebrates and vertebrates we saw, and we bought two sea snails to join our goldfish, and we have a gigantic bowl of mealworm larvae living on our kitchen counter. Fun times!

Thanks to the Maid2Match service I was able to free myself up and I spent much of my free time while the kids were sleeping working on lessons plans for the class I am tutoring at Classical Conversations this year and our at-home lessons plans for the fall semester. I really enjoy all the filing, copying, binder-making and such that goes along with this time. The Olympics were a nice time to get stuff done.

We said good-bye to some of our dear friends who moved at the end of August. I am sad to see them go as they have been sweet homeschooling friends.

We also enjoyed a birthday party with another friend who introduced Bud to the wonders of Wii dancing games. He was really good at it, too.

The garden is empty except for sweet potatoes. We are planning our fall garden and looking forward to fresh lettuce again.

I wrapped up another Bradley series of 15 total couples (!!!) and I am thoroughly enjoying a break before the next series begins.

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