Monday, August 27, 2012

Summer Birthdays - Zachary

Zachary celebrated his 9th birthday in July. It's hard to believe I've been a mama for almost a decade. He really makes being a mama so easy. He is so gentle and kind, and he is a good example to his sister and brother.

On his birthday morning Danny woke him up early and took him fishing at the lake. He came home with a huge bass and a story about the "one that got away". In the afternoon we joined some friends for a field trip to a place where you can paint pottery. We picked up some cupcakes to share with our friends. Nana joined us fir dinner at home. He chose a seafood dinner with stuffed clams, bbq'ed shrimp, his birthday fish, corn on the cob, and couscous. Nana made him his requested pineapple upside-down cake fir dessert. An action packed, fun filled birthday for sure.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Last Week of Summer

We have had such a fun summer this year. This was the first "summer" we have taken since we started homeschooling. We took the entire month of June off, and then started working on writing with Emma and math with Zach. They both also read everyday during quiet time while I put Luke down for his nap. Zach has gotten into the Narnia books this summer, which I am very thankful for. He has been hooked on Magic Treehouse books for quite sometime and would read a couple of them a day. I felt like his reading skills were not being challenged enough with them. They are great for some quick fun reading, but I am glad he is branching out some now.

We have been fortunate to get some beach days in, as well as some pool days. We had an amazing vacation to Idaho with my family, and I got to go on a girls weekend to Oakland with my cousin. We have had several overnights at both my parents and Dan's dads house, and lots of time with friend both near and far.

One would think I wouldn't want summer to end, but that is not the case. I'm ready to get back to a sense of schedule. I'm ready to start learning again. I'm looking forward to our first year of both my big kids doing the same curriculum. I'm curious to see if this year will be any easier to get through our school days with a two year old. I am ready for some cooler weather (although I'm sure I am going to be waiting awhile for that!).

Some of our summer fun...