Friday, August 26, 2011

A Glimpse of Our Week: August 20-26

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In My Life This Week 
The garden continues to grow. The carrots are still "doing their thing". A banana pepper is  ripening. The 2nd crop of peas and beans have sprouted. Two squashes are growing on their vines. J harvested some of his basil from the garden and used it to add a fresh taste to store-bought tomato sauce. And we enjoyed 2 yummy cucumbers, the first of the year. 

In Our Homeschool This Week 
S discovered our BIG United States puzzle this week and put it together over and over. He's recognizing the shapes and areas of many states now!

We continued to work on the kids' 4H posters for the upcoming fair. S completed his poster, but J and C have a little more work to do. My goal is to be finished by the end of next week so that we can focus on our new curriculum the first couple weeks back-to-school.
My Pet Chickens
Places We Went and People We Saw
  • On Saturday we went to the library summer reading program's final celebration. The kids each earned a book bag, a $10 Walmart gift card and a make-your-own sundae. (So proud of all the books the kids read this summer! Check them out under the banner tabs!) We had Subway - FREE coupons! - at a shady playground and then played a couple games of bowling with Kids Bowl Free. (And no, I don't think it's a good idea to share MY scores! LOL) And in the evening J and C enjoyed a couple hours of basketball at the Rec Center.
  • While J and I were grocery shopping, A took C and S to the library for their book sale. They came back with some GREAT finds!
      • A and S went to a baseball game in the city. It was Bobble Head Night, so S was super excited to go!
      • My parents and 3-year-old niece stayed with us Tuesday - Friday. We spent a wonderful day near the lake, picnicking, swimming, watching the kids on the playground, and exploring the beach. For the first time this summer, we stopped and had some AWESOME frozen custard. 
      • Our "old" neighbor stopped by to check out the house they rent across the road. Her boys, ages 10, 7 and 3, came over to play Star Wars and climb our swing-set with the kids.
      My Favorite Thing(s) This Week 
      How can this not be my favorite thing?! The kids surprised me Sunday morning by bringing me breakfast in bed. Sort of. They missed me getting up so it was breakfast in the hallway, but the thought was DEFINITELY there! LOL  It came with a thank you note for our wonderful day at the library, Subway and bowling AND a clean livingroom. Nice, huh? 

      What's Working/Not Working for Us 
      Getting locked out of the van! Would you believe that before J went off to Mt Katahdin and Culinary Camp, I joked with him about asking me if I had my keys EVERY TIME we hopped out of the van. Don't worry, J! I haven't locked them in yet! But the first time you forget to remind me I'll surely do it! Guess who forgot to ask? And who left the keys in the ignition? It's nice having AAA!

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      S and Chirp "Hangin' Out"
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      33 comments:

      1. Great U.S. puzzle! Where did you find that gem? I need to replace our magnetic one. BTW, your garden treats look divine! Enjoy those rewards! Visiting from THMJ.

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      2. Thanks for linking up with me!

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      3. Looks like a great, busy week. Love all the pics. The garden is great.

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      4. Love your garden. That's so sweet about the breakfast in bed ( hallway )...:) what a great thought. Looks like you had a very fun busy week

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      5. I love your garden pics. Looks like you've had a bountiful harvest. I love that large map of the usa too! I wish I could find one of the countries of the world, next. We've also done the summer reading program at the library. What a blessing it's been in encouraging our kids to read more. :-)

        By the way, stopped over from the Weekly Wrap up at WUHS

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      6. Love those beach shots. Nice combo of school and fun!

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      7. Your garden looks great!! Mine acts like it wants to die off at this point :-( I need to have the soil checked.

        Those 4H maps looks amazing!! I love hanging out at the beach!! Your favorite moment is a good one ;-) I have totally locked my keys in the van before :-( Very embarrassing!!

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      8. Your garden looks wonderful! It's too hot here, our cucumbers did not survive this summer.:(
        Kids did an amazing job on their 4H maps, look so nice!
        Thanks for stopping by!

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      9. Your garden looks wonderful! (I cannot wait for our garden to take off-it's our first and the kids are doing it with their dad). I also hope to get involved in 4H this year-DD has been wanting to do it for a long time. And that map! My DD would love it-she is a geography junkie:)

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      10. Love your garden! I have a big desire to put in a garden-not sure if I can manage it though:) Fresh squash alone should be enough to push me in that direction. I guess we'll see. You're not alone; I've locked the keys in the car too:) Enjoy your weekend!

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      11. Wow! Your garden looks great and I love all the pictures of chickens! We really want some chickens! Thanks for stopping by my blog tonight and leaving a comment. It's fun linking up with the Weekly Wrap Up post and "meeting" new home educating Moms!

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      12. The breakfast in the "hallway" was sweet. Love the looks of your garden!!

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      13. Wow! Your garden looks great. I keep vowing to start one "next year." You just might motivate me! Sounds like y'all had a really fun week. I am loving the breakfast in the hallway . . .especially the clean living room part! :-)

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      14. Great post and beautiful pictures. We tried a garden this year; we ended up mowing it down. Yours looks great.

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      15. Looks like a great week. I love summer reading programs. They seem to motivate my kids like I never can.

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      16. I love your garden and the animals you have! It's such a good way to grow up, seeing all these in the garden! I'm still waiting for my breakfast in bed. That hasn't happened here yet. LOL.

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      17. Oh my...those CURLS! I'm such a sucker for curls. I read the post...but really didn't absorb much cause I couldn't stop thinking how cute those curls are!

        My littlest was a curly top. He's slowly becoming wavy...Sigh.

        Visiting from the Journal Hop.

        ...danielle

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      18. It looks like you all had a fabulous week. Love the chickens!

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      19. You posted on my blog that you bought a beginning sewing book for your daughter. Which one did you get and do you like it? My daughter is getting a kids sewing machine from her gpa for Christmas and I was wanting to get her a book. Trying to decide which one to get. Thanks!

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      20. I've come to the conclusion that I am a terrible, terrible gardener. I start strong, with the best of intentions, but once it gets hot & miserable outside, I sort of let it fend for itself.

        Needless to say, yours looks w-a-y better than mine right now!

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      21. Great photos. Love the garden. We've not had one in a while...my thumb has turned black :D
        Looks like you all have had a great week- and time with extended family to boot!- Hope next week is just as good- or even better ;)

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      22. What a fun week! Except for the keys. I love how your kiddos attempted to make you breakfast in bed. :)

        And your garden looks great!

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      23. They really hook you up at your library reading program. Envious of your garden. Hope you have another good week!

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      24. Great poster! :) Sounds like a busy, busy week. AAA is great! I've been very happy to see them too.

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      25. What a week! Loads & loads of fun. Great posteers

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      27. HA! Great post. And breakfast in bed - oh yea! Now following you from the HHH. Stop by http://guidinglighths.com and like me back, if you would. Have a wonderfully blessed day!

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      28. Sounds like you had a fun filled week! New follower from Tiggerific Tuesday. Hope you can hop by and follow at tootsabellarose.blogspot.com

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      29. I am thankful your power is back on and everyone is safe. Thanks for checking out my blog and following.

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      30. What a wonderful garden! I am so glad you are still reaping a bountiful harvest from it! :-)

        The breakfast in the "hallway" was so sweet! How wonderful that they not only thought of you, but thought of you with such gratitude in their hearts. Way to go, Mom!

        The beach looks like so much fun.

        Many blessings to you,
        Lisa
        http://our4kiddos.blogspot.com

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      31. Loved every moment you shared in your post!
        Our summer garden is looking a bit pitiful, but the fall garden is coming along nicely. :)

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      32. love these photos!!

        new follower from the wild wednesday blog hop! hope you stop and visit us @ www.blenifer.com

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      33. Your newest GFC follower from the About a Mom: Wild Wednesday Hop! Looking forward to seeing your wonderful posts! Would love it if you would visit mine :)

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