Sunday, June 30, 2013

Farewell to June and Google Reader

I'm not sure how the month of June has flown by quite this quickly...
didn't we just celebrate Memorial Day?!
That's right, I've been busy watching Caitlin's undefeated soccer team rock the field three nights a week.

{She's #12, in the blue}
 Just after scoring a goal...
Puttin' her back into it...
Sending in another one!

Between Cait's soccer, Hunter's baseball, and lots of big events (including a wedding, a graduation, and  two funerals), this month has blown right past.

{With my sisters Andrea and Jacki, at Andrea's wedding}

As I'm sure you've heard, Google Reader is going bye-bye as of tomorrow. I love Google Reader. Love it. It's how I keep up with all my favorite blogs. 
I've been living in a state of denial, though and refused to do anything about it till the last moment. 
No longer:
Follow on Bloglovin

I signed up with Bloglovin just today and so far I do like it as a replacement for my beloved Reader.
If you've been following me via GFC you will need to find a new way after tomorrow. It was quick, easy, and painless to sign up with Bloglovin'. 
All good things in my book!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Homeschool Year in Review

Hello, friends. Sorry for the bloggy-hiatus! I have been thoroughly enjoying the lazy days of summer by being just that: lazy.
I have all sorts of plans and good intentions to continue our homeschool lessons through the summer months, but for now we are enjoying a much-needed brain break. Before we get back in the saddle though, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at what Hunter and I worked on during the school year.
 I can't believe how quickly this year flew by. We accomplished more than I hoped and it went so much better than I could've dreamed. Hunter's renewed love of learning has been the biggest benefit of homeschool, by far.
Of course, we covered the 3Rs {extensively, repeatedly, and thoroughly}, but here are a few of our favorite "extras" {not in chronological order}.
Greek and Roman Mythology
 Our history focus this year was on ancient times and Hunter could not get enough of the Greeks and Romans. A few of our favorite projects included making a family tree for all the gods and goddesses, building a sand-dough model of a Roman aqueduct, and dressing up as a Roman citizen {complete with a unique Latin name:
Augustus Venator. Augustus for his birth month, August, and Venator the Latin word for hunter.}

We studied astronomy and earth science this year and Hunter loved both subjects. Of course, one of the highlights was creating and exploding a model volcano. What 8-year-old doesn't love a good volcanic eruption? But the project Hunter was most proud of was his formal report on world biomes. He researched and organized this multi-page project over the course of several weeks. The final product was quite impressive and he had a great sense of accomplishment after all his hard work. 

Field Trips
No surprise here, all kids love field trips. We visited local science and history museums, as well as an apple orchard way back in September. We even managed to convince Caitlin to accompany us for that one.

This was one of the most fun, but also most random, aspects of our school year. Every now and then, we would abandon our regularly scheduled programming and indulge in something fun. We baked lots of cookies, painted pumpkins and starry skies, even made a Moses and the Red Sea diorama. Sometimes they tied in with our curriculum, sometimes they were just for fun. But the freedom to be creative when the urge hits is a welcome aspect of homeschool.

Hunter and I got to spend countless hours together over the last year, a gift I will be forever grateful for. Although there were moments when we definitely needed our space, it was overall a great experience. He is growing up way too quickly for my taste, so I am savoring the moments of quiet cuddling as we read a book or the {rare} instances when he will still let me treat him like my little boy.

I've got our curriculum all set for next fall. We'll be tackling Latin and long division, joining Classical Conversations, and diagramming sentences galore.  After this year, I'm feeling much more confident in my own abilities to teach Hunter, as well as having a better idea of what his strengths and weaknesses are. But for now, I'm off to the pool with a mind-numbing gossip magazine. 
Thank goodness for summer!
Hip Homeschool Hop Button 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

What I Wore {Sometime in the Last Month}

pleated poppy

Fact: I have totally regressed in my WIWW dedication.
Fact: Most days you'll find me in yoga pants and a tee shirt.
Fact: I did get dressed in something other than the previously mentioned comfies a few times in recent memory.

The proof:
 Tee and cardi: Old Navy
Flats and jeans: Target
Necklace: Allora Handmade

I wish I would've bought this necklace in more colors before they were gone! I love it and always get compliments.

 Cardi, tee, jeans: Target
Scarf: Lands End
Posy hair clip: The Pleated Poppy
Sandals: Roxy

 Tunic, flats: Target
Jeggings: NYDJ
Petal Pusher: The Pleated Poppy

Tee: Target
Pants: Gap
Cami: Banana Republic
Wedges: Macy's

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Lately, On Instagram

It's rainy and cold today; a good day to make cookies and read a book. So that is just what Hunter and I are going to do later this afternoon. It's hard to believe we are wrapping up our school year, but Caitlin is done on Friday. Hunter and I will continue to work on a few things through the summer, but I'll save the details for a "homeschool year in review" post later this week.

I haven't planted any annuals yet, and have barely touched my perennial beds. I've never been this late before! Hopefully it will be nice out one of these days and I'll be able to get digging.

For now, here's what I've been up to on Instagram.
You can follow me here and see all the goofy pics I take of my kids and animals.

The kids were packed in like sardines for our camping trip over Memorial Day. Tent/car camping is a lot of work! It lacks the simplicity of backpacking, and the "luxury" of a camper. 
{I'm not sure why we do it, actually!}

We camped on Madeline Island in Lake Superior, so we had to take a short ferry ride. Always a thrilling experience for these land-lubbers. Caitlin gets a bit sea-sick, so we have to roll the windows down, just in case.
It was soooo cold at night. We slept fully dressed; I even wore my hat and gloves to bed.

But when we returned home, spring had well and truly arrived. Our crabapple trees bloomed like crazy for 48 hours before the wind and rain stripped them of their blossoms.
Beauty is fleeting, I guess.

This girl. She is almost done with her elementary years, and she just "graduated" from Sunday School. Now she is part of the "youth". I am not handling this growing up stuff very well!
Sniff, sniff.
She's always got a book in her hand and her hair in a ponytail. Caitlin has the kind of glorious curls most of us dream about, but she prefers to keep them under tight control.
She had a 3-games-in-1-day soccer tournament on Saturday, and her team got first place. They were 3-0 and had all shutouts. So fun to watch!
We had some scary looking skies, but never had any rain thankfully.

Lilacs. My all-time favorite smell. Chris claims he is allergic, but once a spring I have to cut a bouquet for the house. 

Have a great Tuesday! I'm off to teach a bit of grammar, bake a batch of cookies, and wash a load of laundry.
Livin' la vida loca.