Friday, August 10, 2018

Homeschool Highlights - Late Summer Edition

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Homeschool news  . . . We continue to work through Algebra and History, and Kennady has started on French II. Co-op classes don't start for another couple of weeks, but obviously the French class will go better if the students are working on their French over the summer!

We also have a Latin vocabulary builder program that we're reviewing. It's more like a game than a curriculum, so Kennady and I are challenging each other to see who can pick up the new Latin words faster!

Yesterday I went to our annual Reviewers Breakfast for the homeschool umbrella group we're with. There's a little business to do - we all receive the contact information for the families we'll be looking after for the year and go over the expectations and all of that. But it's also a lovely time to catch up with each other over breakfast. There are four other moms that are reviewers who have graduating seniors this year and will be essentially finished homeschooling. I've known most of those moms for the past eleven years too! Hard to believe it's been that long, and that the end of journey is in sight!

Other news . . . I know summer isn't quite over, but there's a lot of getting ready for back to school and other end-of-summer things going on around here!

We've had an awful lot of rain too. Kennady and I did some shopping on Friday night and it was raining hard. So on Saturday morning when I headed for work, I was faced with this:

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going to work Saturday morning and . . . Nope. Not this route!

And that wasn't the first time that bridge and intersection has been flooded this summer! Anyway, I spent the day at work, and then went straight over to the fairgrounds for the Demolition Derby. My kids were already there with friends, and some of my friends were there too. This has become a bit of a tradition the last few years - a big group of us getting together for the derby. Landon's best friend entered a vehicle in the derby again this year and made a pretty good showing! It's the multi-colored van in this first photo.

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I also worked an extra day during the week to cover for people being on vacation. Between that and different things going on in the evenings, it feels like the family has all gone different directions every day this week. Kennady and I did manage to squeeze in our haircut appointments on Wednesday afternoon, and made a quick stop or two afterwards. One stop was at Kohl's and to my amazement I was able to find a new swimsuit I liked and it only took a few minutes. (And was on clearance too!) Not that I've got a lot of plans to be poolside or on the beach, but my old suit really needed replaced, and we do have a night or two of hotel stay coming up soon, so I wanted to be prepared.

Kennady had some interesting conversations at work on Wednesday morning, and it sounds like some great opportunities opening up for her there. She's considering and we're praying about those and I hope to have an exciting update on it to share soon!

Yesterday morning was our Reviewers Breakfast, and although it's a business/school meeting, it's still a social event and the best part is being able to visit with the other homeschool moms.

What I Loved This Week . . . chances to get together with friends and catch up.

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On my blogs last week . . .

And on my book blog, Just A Second:

Wordless Wednesday - Civil Air Patrol
Teaser Tuesday/First Chapter First Paragraph - The Patriot Bride
What I'm Reading - August 6th, 2018
Scripture and a Snapshot - Not Ashamed

Just A Second is where I share book reviews and other book-related things, and update on what's on my bookshelf. This week (late last night!) I finished Delilah: Treacherous Beauty by Angela Hunt, and I've also been reading:

The Patriot Bride: Daughters of the Mayflower - Book 4 by Kimberley Woodhouse
Condemn Me Not: Accused of Witchcraft by Heather B. Moore

A parting shot . . . or two, of my favorite worship leader.

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Dawn said...

The flooding has been similar in our area. Glad you were able to find a way around it. The demolition derby looks like so much fun. I have never been to one.
Blessings, Dawn

Joanne said...

We've been so lucky that even with all the rain we've been having we haven't had any flooding yet. I have a planning dinner one night this week with a group of fellow homeschooling moms and as it's our first time getting together without kids and to just talk/ plan/ socialize I am looking so forward to it.

Chris and Dawn said...

The demolition derby looks like a lot of fun. I think my son would enjoy watching that as well.

Kristen of A Mom's Quest to Teach said...

I hope things go well for Kennady at work!
I am glad we haven't gotten a lot of rain - our basement always gets water in it (not flooding level but still enough to ruin things if we aren't careful).

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