Saturday, July 4, 2015

Homeschool Weekly - Celebrate Edition (July Blogging Challenge)

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In our homeschool... We were on break this week - after all, there was plenty of celebrating going on! Kennady and I did a little bit with a Bible study from Prasso Ministries and with Unlock Math, both for upcoming reviews. It was perfect timing to have a listen to a G.A. Henty Civil War tale, With Lee in Virginia - that's for an upcoming review too. Landon was barely home this week, so he got to take the entire week off from school!

I am still exploring the Homeschool Planet online planner from Homeschool Buyers Co-op, for a review later this summer.

In other news... well, I mentioned that there was lots to celebrate! We did celebrate the good news from last week that my mother-in-law has finished her cancer treatments, and we are hoping that the follow-up tests bring more good news too.

On Sunday afternoon we celebrated the kids' homecoming from Creation, and the great time they had there. Although they sure came back muddy! Landon didn't have much time to relax though, because within a couple hours of arriving home, he was off again with his friend's family for a couple days at the beach.

Next up was Canada Day! This year we didn't do a lot to celebrate it, since we were busy with so many other things. I didn't even get myself organized enough to make poutine for dinner, although I wanted to.
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Homeschool Weekly: Celebrate Edition on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

Then we celebrated Kennady's birthday. Turns out the hubster had the day off because of Independence Day falling on the weekend, so we had Kennady's birthday meal at lunchtime, and in the evening we went to a local firemen's carnival. We ate fried ham sandwiches and barbecue, gambled on the turtle races, shared a funnel cake, and watched a great fireworks show. When we got home, I had a tie-dye birthday cake ready for us to enjoy too. Fun way to celebrate a birthday!
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I took a picture of Kennady taking a picture of her cake.
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Homeschool Weekly: Celebrate Edition on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

Today, of course, is Independence Day and we're planning on taking in some more fireworks this evening - depending on the weather. It's been raining most of the day, so I'm glad we saw fireworks last night, just in case we decide it's not worth it to go watch tonight and risk getting soaked. I've already been out all morning and then some, as I took Landon and his friend to a Civil Air Patrol encampment. They will be there for just over a week, so I guess it will be rather quiet at our house.
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Things that made me smile... these peacocks that have decided to camp out at church.
Homeschool Weekly: Celebrate Edition on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

Homeschool Weekly: Celebrate Edition on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

These baby birds in the nest right outside my window.
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Homeschool Weekly: Celebrate Edition on Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

The great views of the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter that we could enjoy.
Fireflies and fireworks.
And all the things we had to celebrate this week!

34 Weeks of Clean...
I've been participating in a weekly challenge and link-up at Family, Faith, and Fridays and our assignment was the storage room/attic. To be honest, I didn't do it. Well, we got stuff out of storage that had been put there when we had the living room floor done, but not much more than that. Plus, we're also moving stuff out of the family room into storage so we can get the floors done there this coming week. Gah.

 For Week 27, the assignment is our Clothes Storage. For the details of the assignment, go to Family, Faith, and Fridays. Join in if you haven't already, and check back next week for our progress!

I recommend... checking out the July Blogging Challenge hosted by Lynn at This Day Has Great Potential and Jennifer at A Glimpse of Our Life. They've given us a word prompt for each day of the month, and you can participate on a few days or all of them. This post will be linked up there for today's prompt, which is Celebrate.

Visit This Day Has Great Potential and A Glimpse of Our Life to see what others are celebrating, and to link up your own celebratory post!

July Blogging Challenge



On the bookshelf...

The Unknown Ajax by Georgette Heyer
Your Sacred Yes: Trading Life-Draining Obligation for Freedom, Passion, and Joy by Susie Larson
In Good Company by Jen Turano

I finished Now and Forever (Wild at Heart) by Mary Conneally and reviewed it on my book blog. Last week I had just finished Suddenly Mrs. Darcy by Jenetta James so I got the review written this week. Watch for that and other book-related posts on my book blog, Just A Second.

A parting shot... 

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Weekly Wrap-Up

     
   
This post is linked at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers, and at Home to 4 KiddosI'm also sharing on the Homeschool Mother's Journal co-hosted by NextGen Homeschool and Vibrant Homeschooling.

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Friday, July 3, 2015

July Blogging Challenge - A View Photojournal

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Today's July Blogging Challenge is View - what we see outside our window. So here I am (sort of) at my desk... and here are some of the views I can see out that window during the year.


This window faces northwest, so if I happen to be here in the evening hours, I can see some gorgeous sunsets.




The Catoctin mountains are straight ahead.


I can't quite see this angle from my window, but from the front porch I can look up the road a bit to the farms there. It won't be long till it looks pretty much like this:


Just think - only a few months past and it looked more like this:



There's already been several days this spring and summer when the view has looked more or less like this!


Just outside this window we have a birdbath and we usually have some kind of birdfeeders. All year long these provide interesting views. Hardy winter birds and critters...





... and in the warmer weather we see doves, cardinals, blue jays, house finches, and more. The goldfinches have finally found us too.


And when it rains, we get some interesting views as well.







My husband put together a very homemade birdfeeder earlier this year, thinking we could use up some of the surplus bird seed in it. Instead, a nesting pair decided it would make a lovely home and pantry. I haven't wanted to disturb them to take pictures since I got this one a few weeks ago, but I've been watching and those eggs must be about ready to hatch!



What's the view like outside of your window today? Leave a comment and let me know! Also visit This Day Has Great Potential and A Glimpse of Our Life to see other views, or link up your own post in the July Blogging Challenge.


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The Birthday Girl

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Just a quick post to celebrate Kennady's birthday!

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

July Blogging Challenge - Quote

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Day Two of the July Blogging Challenge - Quote. As usual, I can't narrow it down to just one. Since this is a homeschool blog, I'm going to start with my School Scripture from last year.

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For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity. He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him. Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy. ~Proverbs 2:6-10

A long time favorite, and a very influential passage in our decision to homeschool is from Deuteronomy 6:4-7.

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Personally, this one from Psalm 90:12 is a good challenge for me.

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On a lighter note, this is also a coffee break blog, and I love coffee, so it's only right that I include some quotes about coffee.
Coffee, the finest organic suspension ever devised. ~Star Trek: Voyager
I like coffee because it gives me the illusion that I might be awake. ~Lewis Black
I can't imagine a day without coffee! I can't imagine! ~Howard Schultz
A morning without coffee is like sleep.
I orchestrate my mornings to the tune of coffee.  ~Terri Guillemets
Behind every successful woman is a substantial amount of coffee.  ~Stephanie Piro
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I'm taking part in the July Blogging Challenge hosted by Lynn at This Day Has Great Potential and Jennifer at A Glimpse of Our Life. There's a word prompt for each day of the month, and today's is Quote. Visit This Day Has Great Potential and A Glimpse of Our Life to see what quotes others are sharing.
#bloggingthroughJuly #summerchallenge

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Virtual Refrigerator - Canada Day

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Virtual Refrigerator - Art Link-up
Welcome to another edition of the Virtual Refrigerator! This weekly blog hop is co-hosted by A Glimpse of Our LifeHomeschool Coffee Break, and Every Bed of Roses. We all cordially invite you to add your link sharing the art that's on your Virtual Refrigerator and then hop over to the other blogs and admire what's on their Fridges! 
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July's Art Challenge: Red/Independence Day
During the month of July, the Virtual Fridge will be featuring artwork with red as a prominent color, and artwork that celebrates Independence Day. Please continue to share any art posts on our Virtual Fridge - we love seeing all of them!

If you've visited my blog more than a few times, you've probably caught on that I am rather fond of Canada. The hubster and I are both Canadians, and although we have lived in the USA for more than twenty years and are proud to be American citizens, of course we still love the Great White North!

Yesterday, July 1st, was Canada Day, and because the Canadian flag is red and white, my Virtual Fridge is displaying two versions of the flag that Kennady made yesterday. (Did you know Kennady is named for her dad's favorite hockey team, the Canadiens? It's true.)
Canada Day on the #VirtualFridge - an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

Canada Day on the #VirtualFridge - an art link-up hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break @ kympossibleblog.blogspot.com

Kennady also made something for Independence Day, but I'm going to save that for next week's Fridge!

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee!
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee. 

What's on your Virtual Fridge this week? Leave a comment, share a link, and let us know!


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