Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Homeschool Mother's Journal: My Birds Return to the Nest

In My Life This Week
All my baby birds have returned to the nest! And the house looks "lived in" again.  (Should I mention the water dripping down from the livingroom ceiling? Accidental WATER GUN squirt from Sam of course! :wink:) But, after 2 weeks, I welcome the mess and noise! I think.

As the Garden Grows and Clucks and Quacks
Well, our garden is starting to produce veggies, beans mostly and a few peas. I'd share some photos, but the weeds have ALSO been "producing". :sigh: It's a jungle out there!

We also go a MONSTER EGG while the kids were off visiting family. I chose the BIGGEST duck and chicken eggs from the frig to show a comparison. The MONSTER EGG is in the center. (Keep in mind that our duck eggs are JUMBO size.) HUGE! It turned out to be a double yolker!

In the Kitchen
Soups and salads! It seems kind of CRAZY to have HOT SOUPS in the middle of summer, even in Maine, but they're easy, filling and a BIG pot is enough for 2-3 meals. (I'm ALL FOR cooking once, eating twice! LOL) Add a salad and we're eating lots and lots of veggies. Nothing wrong with that, right? 

Lasagna Soup with a Spinach-Romaine Tossed Salad and Fresh Homemade Crusty bread (from a Bread Machine)

I'm Grateful For
Seasons! Autumn, my favorite season of the year is just around the corner. I ALWAYS look forward to warmer weather after a LONG winter, but I'm ready for cooler days and pretty foliage and a new school year.

Things I Worked On
• Putting in a Smaller, Rounder, Deeper "Pool" in the Run for the Ducks • Moving Furniture Around 

My Favorite Thing
Fans. Without AC, fans have been a life-saver with these muggy 90s!

Homeschool Happenings
*I* read. Does that count? LOL

Did you know that "Wild Kratts" is on Netflix now? The Kratt brothers explore animals around the globe and have Creature Power Suits. We've been spending some HOT afternoons watching it.

Sam did BEGIN to learn to roll coins. We've been saving our change for a while for our August trip. He soon found that rolling change isn't so much fun. :wink:

Homeschool Helps
I noticed that school supply sales have started! Don't forget to compare ads for the cheapest prices! (And most sales flyers can be found on-line to make a list beforehand.)

People and Places
• On the Island With Grandpa and Nannie Lobster (All) • Noodle's Birthday Party (All) • Dentist (All) • Band Camp (C) • Rec Center Lunch (All) • Lake (All) • Clothes Shopping (All) 

Something Silly to Share

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  1. LOVE that quote! Hilarious!!! So glad you babes are back in the fold. Praying for cooler temps for you!! Come on Fall!

  2. Yay, everyone is back. Have lots of fun during the remaining part of the summer. And stay cool. I can't imagine not having central air, but I live in Missouri. When friends post on Facebook about their a/c breaking and repair services not being able to come for even a day, everyone starts offering to house them. We are so pathetically dependent on it. Our house even has dual zones (2 a/c units) because where one is good, two are better, right?;-)

    1. AC in the warmer states is like furnaces to us in the northern states - you can't live comfortably without them. We can go without AC (even though some days it's kinda miserable), but we need heat for our long, chilly winters.

  3. Visiting for the first time... love your garden and your eggs. WE got chickens a couple of months ago... still no eggs...looking forward to them though. My garden this year also got bigger...

    As for homeschooling... yes, you reading counts as well as all the fun activities your kids did. Learning never stops even if a book is not involved.

  4. So glad everyone's back home! I loved the double yolk picture. This is our first year with chickens and I got my first double yolk chicken egg the week before last :-)

    My kids have really been enjoying Wild Kratts (and My Little Pony). Wild Kratts counts as good science you know :-)

  5. Love the Quote. I bet it is mostly nice to have the kiddos back home. I love your photos. The flowers are gorgeous.
    Blessings, Dawn

  6. YES -- reading for your yourself DOES count. I think it's so important we remember to feed ourselves, too!

    I love the way you lay your pictures out for Collage Friday -- so happy you always link!

    Have a great weekend!

  7. Hi Jessy - you crazy mom you, serving hot soup in summer?! Oh, wait, I do that too. The Lasagne soup sounds delish, have to check it out. And I'm a huge fan of the changing of the season, also. What a glorious gift from God, to watch the seasons move from one to the other.
    Enjoy your kiddos as you transition to a new school year!

  8. I'll bet you're glad the kiddos are home again! Jeremiah is going to camp for the first time this year and although I want him to enjoy it and get away from the chaos around here for a while, I'm not really looking forward to it! Love your flower pics. It also seems that all the homeschoolers are going to the dentist this month!

  9. AHAHAHAHA! On the insanity quote!! Thanks for linking up cause you know I LOVE your wrap ups!


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