Me & Dad • Lovely Sunset • On the beach • Look Mom, I’m SKIING!
Aren’t they cute? • We ♥ G’ma & G’pa • Perfect mirror image • Sibling ♥
I ♥ the driver • Another evening cruise • Strange children • Looking for food
Yes, another sunset • Inside activities • Five loons • Oh Captain, My Captain♥
A quiet moment • Still looking for food • Cousins & tubing fun • Last sunset
Last weekend, all four of my children were in the wedding of a dear friend. The girls have been been friends with Emily…more like sisters, really…for more than 20 years. They’ve share both the blessings and the hardships of growing up “in ministry.” It’s created a bond that is unbreakable. It was a wonderful weekend with laughter, tears, and lots of makeup and hairspray!!
Summer has finally arrived in Northern Illinois and our garden is finally looking like a garden! In fact, we’ve even eaten some peas! Now, if only the tomatoes would ripen.
And finally, I was asked to write an Independence Day guest post over at The Homeschool Village! You can hop over HERE. Happy Independence Day!
A very busy week of VBS has preempted Memorize Mondays!! Sorry to those of you who are memorizing every week! Take this week to review everything that we’ve memorized so far!!
Here’s a little taste of what we’re doing at SHAKE IT UP CAFE this week!
VBS 2011 – Shake It Up Cafe Preview Video – Cokesbury Vacation Bible School from CokesburyVBS on Vimeo.
Stormy Lake on Memorial Day, 2011, with my two favorite guys!
(Memorize Mondays was postponed for the week due to the holiday and the fact that I was in the middle of nowhere!! We’ll return next Monday to post and memorize the next portion of Romans 5!)
This is one of our very favorite places in the world to spend a relaxing Sunday afternoon.
Where else can you stroll through formal gardens, tour a turn-of-the-century mansion, climb on a 1941 M5Stuart Tank, take a walk on a prairie, play frisbee or have a picnic in the park, visit an amazing US Army First Division museum, and stop for lunch or a cup of coffee and an ice cream cone?
All for the cost of a $5 parking pass?
Here are some picture from our visit last weekend…
Same spot. Just three months later.
Summer arrived in full force yesterday. I wasn’t thrilled with the 90 degree temperatures, but Jimmy and his friend were!
90 degrees + a sprinkler = FUN!
Studying/Sunday afternoon at Lilacia Park/Haircuts/Breakfast of Champions/
Broken dishwasher (Nooo!)/Climbing trees/Homeschool convention in Worcester
It’s that time of year again.
Well, actually, we’re a little bit crazy ALL the time, but it gets noticeably worse at this time of year.
It’s nothing new. It’s a generational thing. My father-in-law passed it on to my hubby. My daughters inherited the disease from their dad. They came down with it years ago. There is no cure.
And they’ve done their best to infect their sweet baby brother.
The symptoms intensify in the spring. Last year’s outbreak was the worst. It lasted for months. But mercifully, it came to an end on June 10, 2010.
This year’s outbreak of insanity in our home may be shorter lived. Our Chicago Blackhawks aren’t the team they were last year. Last year, they ended their season by hoisting the Stanley Cup. This year they eeked into the playoffs with an 8th place finish. Last year our expectations were through the roof. This year….not so much. The 2011 playoffs didn’t start well for the Blackhawks. After three losses to the Vancouver Canucks, it looked like the season was about to come to a sad end. But then the Hawks won. And then they won again, and then 2 nights ago, they won again. In overtime. To force a Game 7. To say we reacted strongly is a bit of an understatement.
One of my daughters thought it might be fun to record us watching the overtime period. Just in case. The following video provides visible (and very loud) evidence of the insanity that resides here during hockey season.
Enjoy. And please, for your own sake, turn your volume down.
So, our season
might end ended tonight. But even if it does, we’ll always have Game 6.
(And you should all be really happy we didn’t record our reaction to the short-handed goal that sent Game 7 into overtime!)
Fun at Heritage co-op. Dinner at Portillo’s. Enjoying the sun with a good friend.
Homeschool convention in Peoria. Moonsand. Watching TV with LulaBelle. Coffee!!
In my life this week…
In a word…winter.
The Blizzard of 2011. It had lots of names.
Whatever you want to call it—we survived it. In fact, we enjoyed it.
In our homeschool this week…
Homeschool took another hit this week. Last week and the week before it was colds and flu. This week, company from out of town, and of course, the blizzard kept us from our normal school week schedule. We still managed to complete most of our work in most of our subjects, though. Notice how I make myself feel better with that little word “most”?
Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…
We didn’t go as many places or see as many people this week. We were “snowed-in” for two days. Not snowed inside…just snowed at home. Though we didn’t go anywhere, we got to spend time with some of the best people around. Laughing. Shoveling together. Helping each other.
When our next-door neighbor sustained a nasty snow-blower injury, the rest of the neighborhood jumped into action. One neighbor helped them get to the ER, despite the fact that our street was still covered with 20″ of snow. Two more helped me and my husband finish clearing their driveway and un-burying their mailbox. My daughters watched their three children and helped me make them dinner. I have really great neighbors. Sometimes it takes a blizzard to make you slow down for long enough to notice.
My favorite thing this week…
Being snowed in for 2 days with my five favorite people in the whole world.
What’s working/not working for us…
The thing that’s the hardest right now is trying to find the balance between work, homeschool and home-making. I love working from home. It gives me so much flexibility. But it’s hard. The balance is hard to find.
Homeschool questions/thoughts I have…
Can I really make it another 12 years? Sometimes I’m not so sure.
A photo to share…
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