For the last few weeks, I've been preparing hearts and minds to let go of our lazy relaxed summer schedule to return to fuller school days. Our official start was on Monday and I just kept snapping pics of these sweet kids. (I know, I'm biased, but they really are sweet!)


Almost got them to all look at the camera. . .
Son in the red hat is crying because we're too close to the tree. :)

The kids thought I needed a sign and a picture, too.
They're so sweet!


Oldest sister making funny faces and the other two giggling...

Back to work, while oldest is still smiling at whatever it was they thought was hilarious!
We stopped for ice cream, cookies for the littles, and free iced coffee for Mama!
Waiting to pick up medical record forms for Fall Soccer....
Bored and sleepy
Still happy from eating cookies
These two went with me to a homeschool meeting later that evening.

Our day was full, it was fun, and we are blessed. When I think of it, I am so grateful for the opportunity to teach my children at home, so they may learn the ways of the Lord.

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates."
-Deuteronomy 6:4-9
We are in the thick of summertime. The air is heavy and sticky, and it is just plain old hot outside!! My oldest daughter is enjoying the weather immensely because this is her favorite season.
My little ladies. . .
Kids #1 - #4 are swimming twice a week this summer and they are having a ball and are progressing nicely. My oldest son is now swimming with his sisters in an hour long class and he feels cool because he's with the "older" kids. And, the 3 year old is conquering his fears and is learning to blow bubbles and put his face in the water! :)

This is my 4th born. . .y'all remember when he was born??
Time flies!
And. . . guess who's 8 now?!?!?
He was so excited about this birthday, because that means he'll be old enough to take an introductory music class at the University in the spring. Also, he thinks he'll be tall enough to ride most of the rides at Six Flags! Every where he goes, he's telling people, "You know, I'm 8 now!"
Green icing face!
Home-made number 8 cake. . .

. . . with green icing, requested!
We are trying to cross off some things on our Summer Bucket List; we're getting there. We had friends over for The 4th and created a sort of impromptu "splash zone" in the back yard for all of the kids: water balloons, squirters, super soakers, and the good ol' garden hose. Cheap fun!!

We went to a very small local farm, which is an old favorite for the kids. We haven't been in a few years, so I think it was first time situation for a couple of the little ones. This particular farm is located in a huge park, with walking trails, camping grounds, sports facilities and more. So, we also stopped by the Nature Center to see a few rescued animals and then finished up the day with a carousel ride. Fun, fun, fun!

She was able to get the chicken to "talk" to her

The peacocks would not spread their feathers for us.

Pig in the mud. . .my youngest son was terrified!

The boy wanted his picture take with the pig. . .who was on her way back inside the hut.
Totally uninterested in taking a picture.

Carousel ride at the farm. . .
I cut one of my daughters out of the picture--oops!

First carousel ride--totally happy!!

First carousel ride: one terrified, one not so sure why the other one is crying...
We've made home-made ice cream from a few simple ingredients and one of them was Kool-Aid!! No special equipment required! We made grape and watermelon flavors and guess what. . .it was delicious and we'll be making more! My husband says it reminds him of Italian ice more so than ice cream. Whatever you want to call, just know it's good and it's something fun the kids can make. (Check out the recipe here.)

I have been chugging away at planning for the coming year, purchasing curriculum, and dreaming up ways to conduct our regular school schedule. I'm in prayer over my homeschool, as I want to do what the Lord wants concerning educating these precious children. Homeschooling is certainly a labor of love. I hope to share my curriculum choices and such with you all soon.
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