You all have probably noticed I’ve been a little absent these past few weeks. My apologies! I think June might be the busiest month of the year for our family. Next summer I promise to plan better. 🙂
Since it’s been a while, I thought I’d give you a summary of what we’ve been up to; a monthly recap of sorts.
June began with a three day Parent Practicum for Classical Conversations (CC). This coming year will be our first participating with CC and the boys and I are looking forward to getting started.
It was a bit of an adventure getting all four boys up, fed, ready, and out the door by 7:15 each morning (we had an hour drive), but we made it. The older two boys were in academic camps focusing on geography while I was in parent sessions. A huge perk for the kids was carrying their backpack and lunchbox each day. That little guy on the right didn’t let go of his for most of the week!
Next came Father’s Day. Mark had a wonderful day and the boys had an equally enjoyable time celebrating their sweet Daddy. Admittedly, this picture was actually from Mother’s Day.
That’s right. I failed at my own suggestion of making a cute Father’s Day photo with “Dad” letters. But you know what? That’s okay. I’m learning more and more about doing my best, then giving myself grace when I fall short of my own expectations. I still plan to snap a picture. June’s not over yet, and their daddy will still appreciate it. 🙂
The boys and I did surprise Mark with a few of his favorite things for Father’s Day. He loves popcorn and different types of root beers.
Our congregation’s Vacation Bible School ran Sunday through Wednesday of the following week and was delightful. This year’s theme was “Trailblazers of the Faith” and along with reviewing Bible characters such as Daniel, Nehemiah, and Joseph, the children were able to do hands on activities much like the pioneers would have in their daily lives. The boys made butter, a “lantern,” and a corn husk doll. Each evening rounded out with songs and a puppet show centered around the VBS theme.
Then there was Bible camp. It just so happens that the camp is located in the same city my sister lives in, an hour away from our home. So, in addition to a week of Bible learning for our 6-year-old, the rest of the boys and I spent cousin / sister time with Aunt Mallory and our princess. Being the only girl among six boy cousins has earned her that title. 🙂
Adding a bit of excitement to the already bust week was work on the renovation to my sister’s home. The contractor found termite damage the first day (a headache and added expense for them) and N was sure to tell me at every opportunity that a recent Popular Mechanics for Kids episode said that “termites can be more damaging than a fire!” After seeing their wrath with my own eyes, I can believe it!
In between those larger events, we had a weekend visit with close friends, a birthday celebration for my niece and nephew, built raised garden beds, and celebrated our 11th anniversary.
Did you catch that? Eleven years with this guy, who encourages and teaches me daily. He’s a keeper and I am so thankful for the husband and father he is. This picture is over a decade old, but is one of my favorites.
We’ve also made several visits to our library this month. Our local branch has a phenomenal children’s program and has activities nearly every day during the summer. We have been visiting at least once or twice a week and the boys loved the animal puppet show we saw a couple of weeks ago. Tomorrow morning we are going to see a live cow milking demonstration. I can’t wait to see what the boys have to say about that!
Just down from the library is a family owned bookstore our 9-year-old would live in if we’d let him. I love going in there, but getting everyone to leave peacefully is always a challenge. C has used a good portion of his “spend” money there lately in his quest to collect every Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys book ever written. He even started a business to fund his book habit.
Mark and my Dad went a picked up this beast of a bookshelf I found on Facebook Marketplace this past weekend. I had been searching for months for one to fit in this space and was finally successful. I still have to stain one of the shelves, but I am really pleased with how it fits and looks along that wall.
Last but not least, last week, this little guy turned 13 months old.
He is cruising, babbling like crazy (his words are “mama”,”da-da”, “outside”, “water”, “bye”, “hi”, and he signs “more”). A loves to clap and sing the “Itsy Bitsy Spider.” He still isn’t sleeping through the night, but I’m holding out hope that will happen soon.
I think that’s about it. My head spins a little thinking about these past few weeks, but we are thankful for our busy life. I have several posts drafted for you all in the coming weeks, including a couple of reader submitted questions. Stay tuned!