August 19, 2010

Ready, Set, Here We Go!

I've spent the last two weeks making sure the next ten weeks are full of activities. The ironic thing is that we try not to be "one" of those scheduled families. Ten weeks won't kill us, right?

Homeschooling allows us a lot of "together" time, which is why I like to give the kids some time to pursue their own activities. Since our days are quite flexible, it also allows our activities to be flexible, too. I love that the kids can be involved and that we can have dinner and evenings together every night.

So, here's the extracurricular run down:

Pods: piano, soccer, Faith Keepers, and church choir
Bubbie: soccer, baseball, church choir
Frijole & Biggins: soccer

They all get to play soccer because it was going to cost the same whether two or four played. You better believe I signed them all up. Free energy depletion!

Baseball is our only evening and weekend activity...but because Bubbie loves it and so does his momma, that will be okay. :)

School starts September 10th. Another exciting year lies ahead!

August 4, 2010

Where has the Summer Gone?

This summer turned out to be nothing like what I envisioned. That's probably a good thing... for the most part. June started with a tenth anniversary get-a-way for my Honeymooner and I. We took a quick trip to Hot Springs...nothing fancy. We're saving that one for when we don't have to make arrangements for all the kids - and when I get a new passport.

The following weekend, I hosted a baby shower for my new little niece - who will be arriving in the next few weeks. We're very excited to have some pink around!

Eric's big 40th took place the next weekend. It was a fun little shindig. I think he enjoyed it - which made it worth all the trouble. :)

Our little Podderiffic turned seven one week later. She's growing up so fast! This is a great age!

Independence Day was celebrated next.

Twelve days later, Bubbie celebrated turning five. He's getting so tall and is becoming quite the gentleman...well, except with his brothers. He must reign "King of Boy-ness" over them.

Followed by a week of VBS.

Throw in a few days at the water park, visiting museums, playing in the sprinklers, friend's birthday's, cook-outs, library visits, and a garage sale and there went our summer.

The month of August is going to be used to get us back in the swing of life. And the kids just started sleeping a little later.. 7am.... Oh, well. We just started a new curriculum and the kids are loving it! They all got to learn the meaning of their names. We have studied the Vikings, Leif Erickson, and Eric the Red. Today we read about Christopher Columbus and made boats out of foil. Our very own Nina, Pinta, & Santa Maria. Then, we sailed them across the bathtub blue. It was so fun and what memories will the kids have!

And that's where summer has gone....

Why do I do this to Myself?

For some reason, every time I get around to posting, I think, "Oh, it would be so fun to freshen up the blog again." Aaarrrrggg!! One thing led to another, and before I knew it, I had designed this adorable little background. Has the kid's pictures and all. I followed the cut and paste directions to a "T" with no success. I have spent days on this with no luck. So, until I get this current issue resolved, you get to look at this festive fall background with an un-centered header. I apologize.