Weekly Wrap Up

I’m a little late wrapping up last week. We had a pretty busy week. Luckily, the dogwoods around us are beautiful and remind us to slow down and notice the world around us!

My husband and I celebrated our anniversary on Monday complete with an amazing ice cream cake made by the kids.

Wednesday, the kids had their presentations for entrepreneurship. They each had to present an idea or store to the “sharks.” They did an excellent job.

We wrapped up the week playing cornhole at a local senior living center. We got spanked!

Saturday, Sims and Sawyer competed in a climbing competition.

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Another Year Older

We had a special celebration on Monday, Sims’s 16th birthday!  He celebrated by going out on the jet ski in the cold, cold water-amazingly, that cold water never seems to deter him from playing- and heading to climbing practice.  Each year, I cannot believe how much he has matured and grown up.  I am seriously ready for it to slow down!  He had so many new adventures during his 15th year.  He got to climb in many new states on new types of rock.  He has made some great new friends.  He has been a terrific big brother.  He built his own climbing wall. He loves being on the water, outdoors, or on a rock wall! Happy Birthday Sims!

Weekly Wrap Up

A totally fun week!

Monday and Tuesday were pretty typical.  Although on Tuesday while Sawyer and I were feeding the kitties that she is caring for, we spoke with a man who was in WWII.  He is documenting his experiences and his friends’ experiences in the war.  He let us borrow his books which are an awesome addition to our US History class!!

Wednesday, Sims and  headed to our local community college to meet with the admissions person to learn about taking classes there next year.  Evidently, you have to apply in early February to take classes in the FALL!  I guess we are a but behind.  He can definitely take classes in the spring next year though.  Wednesday night, another homeschooling mom and her daughter came to art club to teach soft pastels. We had a blast learning how to blend and play with the pastels.

 

Then Friday evening, Parks went and tried out speed skating with a friend.  It was pretty neat (and tiring!).

A Day in the Life 2019-Wednesday

So another day out and about.  Wednesdays are our co-op day.  Thus, we are away from home for part of the day.

715: I awoke and the kids awoke right after me.  Everyone ate breakfast, took showers, and did morning chores.

845: We headed out for class.  The kids had sculpting and finance this morning.  While they were in their classes, I worked with a few other moms on the planning for the next block.  After the classes, the kids hung out for a few minutes before we headed home.

1245: We arrived home.  Everyone made lunch.  Sims prepped for his geometry class online.

200: Sawyer and I ran out to the library to replenish her books.  She reads A LOT!  We are so grateful for the library.

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Picking out books

330: Parks, Sims and I headed to the park to play gaga ball with some kiddos.

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Playing at the park

530: We came home.  Sims and Sawyer cooked dinner.

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Breakfast for dinner!

600: We all ate dinner.  Then Nick and Sims headed up to Sims’s room to work on his climbing wall.  Then we all did our evening activities.

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The boys at work!

Until tomorrow!

 

A Day in the Life 2019- Tuesday

A few changes that you will see from past years to this year include outside classes.  Today is an outside class day.  The Tuesday schedule alternates each week.  This week, Sawyer and Parks have class, and next week all three kids have class.

715: Wake up.  No one else is up yet.  Everyone starts moving around 730ish. Morning chores and breakfast.

830: We all came together to do our 15 minute clean up and then we head to the sunroom to read our book and prep for the day.

900: I jumped in the shower before we headed out while the kids all worked on some independent work.  When I got out, I helped as I was needed.

950: We jumped in the car to head out for class.

1030: Parks went to his writing class for an hour.

1140: Sawyer went to her writing class while Parks and I went to get lunch.

1230: Parks went into his science class while I sat with Sawyer as she ate lunch.

145: We headed home from classes and over to feed our friend’s cats.

315: We arrived home.  Sims had worked on Chemistry, Geometry, reading for history, Reading Horizons and built a volume for his climbing wall while we were gone.  At this time, everyone did their own thing for a bit.  One of them hit a wall (figuratively)and the whole afternoon dynamic changed.  Luckily, Nick was able to come home early and help out.

550: Three of us got in the car to go to practice and two stayed home. The two who stayed home, hung out and cooked dinner.

810:Practice was over and we went to get something to eat.  We got home at 9,  Watched a show and got ready for bed-dishes, showers, etc.

*not a typical day Tuesday for us.  Usually Tuesdays go fairly smoothly, but today there was a change in the schedule and change is tough for some people.  We have a family member who has a very difficult time with change and we are working very diligently as a family to work on strategies to help.

 

 

Weekly Wrap Up

As usual, it has been nuts around here.  School is winding down for the holiday break, which means that we are out of our rhythm.  No rhythm means increased stress for some in our crew.  In addition to the holidays, we also had snow!

Overall, we finished up “Midsummer Night’s Dream” and started a new book called, “Roses and Radicals.” (Personally, I am thinking this book is a must read for those of you with high schoolers doing US History this year.  It is pretty awesome.). Sims finished up his first semester of Geometry and is working through the break on note taking and more study skills as he moves into more advanced classes.  Sawyer is still working on Physical Science and writing through the break.  Parks is working on writing as well.

Sims also had the opportunity to go climbing this week at Rumbling Bald and Stone Mountain with some friends.

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We also celebrated our winter spiral with several families and are now getting ready for the holidays!

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It was beautiful!

More Monarchs!

We are a monarch loving family. Last year I planted a butterfly garden in my yard in hopes that I would attract monarchs. I was beginning to loose hope because I have not seen any this year. We have lots of other butterflies visiting but no monarchs-until yesterday! I pulled into my driveway and noticed something orange fluttering around. I went out to the garden and found monarchs bustling around the plants! What a nice surprise for us all!