Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Summer Fun!!

We've been having so much fun this summer.  Here are just a few pictures to recap our fun...

Wesley and Macie:
 Gram's B's 93rd Birthday:

 Swimming and Ice Cream at Harmonie:
 Playing in the Rain...and Mud:

 Glamour Girl:
 Trying on Uniforms and Photobombing:

 Katie and Andrew's Wedding:

 Wearing Mommy's Shoes:
 4th of July Fun:

 Praying for Mommy to have another baby:

 Steak n Shake Lunch with Mommy:
 Camp Alive:

Friday, July 21, 2017

Homeschool Highlights ~ Back to School!!

We've Started Back to School!!!: The kids were able to go to several camps this July (more about that soon) and on Sunday, July 16th (they asked to start the night before) we started our home school.  I took this time to go over the changes for the upcoming school year and explain what all we would be doing.  I honestly can't believe I have a 2nd and 3rd grader this year!!

Lilah's Going to St. Joe: Because of my lack of blogging consistently, I'm not even sure if I've blogged about our decision to send Lilah to Kindergarten at St. Joe School.  There are a lot of reasons for this decision, but it honestly started with her asking to go to school.  I did a lot of praying, research, figuring out the finances, and discussing with Brian before we settled on St. Joe.  We are so excited and nervous at the same time.  I think it will be good for her to be away from disabilities and have her own thing.  I will also now be restricted by a schedule, uniforms, homework, fundraisers, etc and MISS HER LIKE CRAZY!!  The good thing is, the school she is going to is 5 minutes down the road and she gets out at 2:00 each day so we will have a lot of time in the afternoons to spend with her.  I try to do what each child needs even if it adds more work to me, and pray this is the right decision.  If not, we can always bring her back home.  Her first day is August 9th, so I'll be sure to post more about that.

Mneme Therapy: Macie has only gotten to do mneme therapy a few times this summer due to crazy schedules.  We will go back to twice a month in August.
The Grassy Beach
The Flag
 First Day of School:

 For now, Lilah is joining us and I'm doing Kindergarten prep.

Back to School Ice cream (formerly known as First Day of School Ice cream): Now that we will have different starting dates in our household, I changed our tradition to "Back to School".  This year, we did something different.  We went to the store and let each kid pick out a treat.  They were so excited to have free reign in the ice cream aisle.  That has never happened before!  Then, we came home and ate our treats on the back deck.  The cool thing was, we had leftovers and have benefited for several days!

Monday, July 10, 2017

How'd I Do? ~ Half Way There!

How in the world is 2017 already half way over?  I was looking at my yearly intentions today and decided to do an update.  I have to say, I've actually done pretty well in several areas and there are other areas I definitely need to work on.  I hope that the next six months I'm able to keep up the momentum and accomplish a lot like I've been in the last month or two!

2017 Intentions
1. Purge 17 areas of the house (see below) (15/17) Almost there!
2. Read 17 books for me (12/17)
3. Read 17 Chapter books to the kids (8/17)
4. Purge 17 items each week and blog it (3/52)
5. Cross 17 things off of my 101 in 1001 list (10/17)
6. Have people over 17 times (3/17)
7. Go on 17 dates with Brian (8/17)
8. Try 17 new recipes (5/17)
9. Purge 17 pounds (14/17)
10. Run/Walk 170 miles (35/170)                              
11. Go to 17 new restaurants (5/17) Sandy's Pizza, BruBurger, McAllister's Deli, Smitty's Italian Steakhouse, La Campirana
12. Post 17 Homeschool Highlights (4/17)
13. Spend 17 hours Scrapbooking (0/17)
14. Work 170 hours in the yard PURGING (12/170) TOO MANY TO COUNT!
15. Pray the Rosary 17 times (17/17)
16. Pay It Forward 17 times (3/17)
17. Purge Negativity by writing 17 posts about blessings in my life (0/17)

17 Areas of the House:
#1 Kitchen
#2 Hutch and Credenza
#3 Macie's Room
#4 Gavin's Room
#5 Lilah's Room
#6 Our Bedroom
#7 School Room
#8 Laundry Room
#9 Garage
#10 Game Closet
#11 Coat Closet
#12 Downstairs Bathroom
#13 Upstairs Bathroom
#14 Storage Shed
#15 All Attic Storage (Garage, Lilah's room, Macie's room, Our room)
#16 Aztec
#17 Buick