Thursday, July 30, 2009

Motivation

Today after school the house needed to be picked up. Promise of a trip to the drive-in this weekend worked wonders. I have never seen them move so fast. For the $10 cost of admission they cleaned and they showed me they could do it quickly. Now I know what they can accomplish and can expect it in the future- it was worth every penny.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Venture River

Today we went to Venture River water park with the homeschool group. The crowds were light as it rained on and off throughout the day. It was our own fault as we all had been saying prayers for an overcast morning to scare the crowds away like last year. Unfortunately, this year the gray skies stayed with us until just as we left the park. Nonetheless, we all had a lot of fun and the kids are all worn out. Carter was a lot more adventurous than his height would allow. Matthew and Tim both enjoyed the ride of their lives on the Cliffhanger- you should have seen their eyes as they made the plunge!! Katey and I enjoyed our floats around the lazy river and jumping in the waves at the wave pool. Laurel loved spending time at the park with her friends- Tim couldn't get her on the Cliffhanger.

Full school also began this week. Field trip already- gotta love it. I begin the year with the basics and gradually add in everything as the first few weeks progress so that we can all get move into the new year smoothly and we are now up to our full load. Adding in Kindergarten with Carter (and often Katey) this year has made for long school days. Laurel and Matthew's studies are getting more involved as well-this week they are memorizing all the countries included in the North American Continent. Can you show me Nicaragua and Costa Rica on an unlabeled map? They can! They are doing great and we are all learning a lot along the way. If you call us during the day and don't get an answer please understand we are schooling and that the phone is off. I am going to have to keep us all on schedule to get everything done and that means me staying focused! We are also in the process of naming our school (we need to do that for paperwork purposes). Its been fun trying to boil down all that we do into a name that will fit on one line. We have until Thursday...

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Fall in July???

Crazy weather here blessed us with a beautiful fall-like weekend. We took advantage of the cool temps and headed out to LBL for camping. In anticipation of selling one of our vans we got the truck up and running and used it as our second vehicle. The kids loved riding in the back around the campground! I don't think I am ready for summer to return. I like highs in the 70s and 80s!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Last week we went to Detroit to visit my Grandmother and Aunt and Uncle. Tim spent a lot of time at the Henry Ford Museum. He purchased a membership and took a couple of kids each day while I spent some time with my Grandma. My Aunt and Uncle toured some kids around during our visit as well taking them to swim, play at the park, eat ice cream, and shop at the dollar store. It was divide and conquer so that my Grandma could spend time with them, but not all at once. We enjoyed our trip and the kids got to stay at the Drury again so they were thrilled. Here are a few pics Tim took at Henry Ford and a slide show of their visit over several days. I forgot to take pics with my Grandma!


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Carter celebrates #5!


Carter celebrated his 5th birthday last night. He has been looking forward to his birthday for months so we celebrated a few days early while Papa and Nana were here for a visit. He enjoyed his transformers cake and toys and is happy to be five.
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Saturday, July 4, 2009

4th of July

A pleasant day today. Temps were mild and being outside was nice- unusual for July in KY. We went to the parade downtown and the street fair. The kids had a great time collecting candy and we all enjoyed time with friends while watching the parade. We came home afterward and did some work around the house we needed to finish. We had grand plans for tonight and the fireworks. There was watermelon, picnicing, and fun for all to be had. Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate. We spent an hour in our basement as the storm moved through and then over an hour in the parking lot of our church later in the evening waiting to see if there were going to be fireworks or not. It was a crazy night, yet the children seemed unaffected. They dressed themselves in rubber boots and raingear before we left for the fireworks so they enjoyed splashing around in the puddles. I was not so at ease. I was so out of sorts trying to figure out how to salvage our picnic that I arrived at the church with my shirt on inside out!! We'll try again tomorrow night, and if nothing else at least I can arrive properly dressed.