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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Our Summer In Pictures - Week 9 & 10

We've been enjoying this Summer so much, and the past two weeks were no exception!  The highlight was  a two day trip up to Duluth.  Millie was at a birthday party the first day, so it was just the three of us at first.

We rented a 4 person bike, stuck Elise in the basket up front, and rode around.  Fun!

Had nice chit-chat and beer with Sakura and family.

We played at the water park in our hotel.  Millie was afraid to go on the water slide, but once she went down, we couldn't stop her.  She loved it!

Day two we payed a visit to the Split Rock Lighthouse.

Playing in Lake Superior.  The water was crystal clear.  So pretty!!!

Afterwards, we stopped by the completely changed Gooseberry Falls.  

A few days after we got back, Millie had a lemonade stand with a friend.  She's been wanting to do this all Summer!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Changing Face Of Our Homeschool, 2012

I anticipate that each year will be very different from the last.  It's inevitable since I have 2 kid, 4 years apart.
Last year, I focused on Millie's academics and socialization.  It was my number one priority.  This year, there's going to be a small change.
Here it is:

Elise is nearly four years old, energetic, daring, curious, and very ready to start preschool!

Now, I'll have to change my focus to include Elise, not as a bystander, but as a participant.  Fear not, I have a plan.  In fact, I'm so excited about my plan, that I'm going to detail Elise's preschool career on a weekly basis starting in September.  I'm using the following resources for her academics:

Letter identification, sounds, and printing from Jan Brett
Science and crafts from Wee Folk Art
Nature study from Handbook Of Nature Study
Songs, themes, and tot boxes from Preschool Plan It

We'll also regularly include visits to the library for story time and the Science Museum for Preschool Playdates.    

This will be a big change, but I'm up for the challenge! 

Is it September yet?!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Our Summer In Pictures - Week 8

This was a big week, as Millie turned EIGHT!  Eight years ago I was on a much desired 6 week maternity break from work, and spending time cuddling with my sweet, fuzzy, dimpled, little monkey girl.  Fast forward  eight years...

This was week 3 of tennis lessons.  Millie loves tennis!

For her birthday dinner, Millie requested Osaka.  Everyone loved the food and really loved the "show".  Millie and Bud both caught flying food in their mouths :)  Turns out, they like raw zucchini.  Who knew?

Millie was away at 4-H day camp on Tues-Thurs, so Elise and I had some fun bonding time.  We went rollerblading on Tuesday.

Ben and Patrick came to play on Thursday.  We cooled off in the fountains at Upper Landing.

Bud went out of town for the weekend, so the girls and I had "girls night".  They watched movies...

"roasted" marshmallows on the construction paper camp fire...

and built a tent.  They stayed up as late as they wanted to, and slept in the living room.  Good times!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Our Summer In Pictures - Week 7

It seems that every time I do a new "Summer In Pictures" blog post, I mention how fast the Summer is going.  I'm sooo happy that we still have 8 weeks left!  We've been spending more time outdoors than we have in the past few years.  It's wonderful!!  Here's what we did this week:

Swimming with the cousins during Aunt Leslie's Day Camp

We also had Icees and played in a fountain :)

4th of July parade in Wannamingo.  I love this parade!

Getting ready to watch fireworks from our balcony

Millie's very small birthday party

The week had been so so hot.  Once the heat broke we got to take our first family bike ride (now that Bud has a bike.  Woo hoo!)

Monday, July 2, 2012

Our Summer In Pictures - Week 6

I wasn't very good about taking pictures this week.  I was too busy having lots and lots of kid-free mommy time.  It was nice!  Not that I don't enjoy spending time with my kids, but let face it. I'm with them 6-7 days per week, all day long, all year long.  Breaks in the Summertime are very welcome :)

Here's what we did:

The girls had Vacation Bible School Monday-Thursday from 9-12.  During that time, I managed to go antiquing, cleaned the house, had lunch, coffee, coffee, and more coffee with a friend, and a lot of business planning.  It was so nice!  On the last day, the kids performed a few songs they learned during VBS.
See Millie?  She's in a pink top in the right third of the picture.

We also went swimming with a friend at our pool, and went swimming at a friends outdoor pool.