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Summer Vacation 2017 day 8

Today, summer vacation is cooperative and with little fighting. Thank You, Jesus. 

It is thundering and raining outside and the kids decided it would be fun to turn the living room into this:

My view has been mostly..

Heads popping up or out in random places

While the baby is passed out in a less common these days morning nap on my lap.

This is what life is about. I mean, it is so hard for the adult in me to let these kids be kids because: mess! But, when something like this unfolds so organically, and happily!, I can calmly sit back with my getting-cold-coffee to enjoy this scene.

Happy Friday!

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Number 3

Chef Boyar-Gee[orge]

My boy made us eggplant parmesan last night. And he did a great job too! It was super tasty served up with butter noodles.

I am so proud of how much George has grown this year.

His confidence has blossomed and the young man he is such a blessing.

He excelled at school, only struggling with spelling a bit. He made loads of friends and gladly went all alone to a pool party for one of his buddy’s birthday yesterday. 

The same guy a year ago would have collapsed and cried. He is so brave now! 

He is ready, finally!, to prep for his First Holy Communion this summer. And, he is eager to spend more time perfecting his reading and spelling before school starts again.

He is still rowdy and rambunctious, loud and goofy, considerate and kind, and still collapses and whines about things every so often. However, I would say over all, he has come leaps and bounds and has all the potential to be a great leader someday.

I love you, Georgie!

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It’s finally summer!

We have arrived.

We have completed our first classical school year.

Here is Faith and George on his first day

And, because I am an old pro, I did not get a pic of them on their last day. ;)

On Tuesday evening, the school had an awards ceremony and each of the classes recited poems for us. It was such a wonderful evening!

Faith won the Fortitude Virtue award. Her teacher told her that she was so proud of Faith’s bravery and perseverance in never giving up. Faith smiled so big! She LOVES her teacher immensely and to get that recognition was monumental. 

And then tonight, the 4th, 5th, and 6th graders attended the school’s Second Annual Revolutionary Ball.

They’ve been learning dances like the Virginia Reel and other similar era dances since before Easter everyday for P.E. for this event.

Faith was super excited! She borrowed a dress from the Gomez’s and Lowell was her escort. 

*edited to add the picture above. Faith with her 4th grade home room teacher.

Now, I must quickly close here before my computer dies. 
Comment with your summer goals or adventurous plans, I might borrow an idea or two for my crowd!

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Sucker Punched

After a long, productive weekend, I had to get up early this morning and take my two in-school kiddos to school.

Well, I took all the kids along for the drive because Lowell was already out the door for work.

Anyway! The whole way up to school I couldn’t help but think about homeschooling again. It is little luxuries like controlling your start to summer vacay that are pure bliss not found in school.

I’ve been sucker punched! And, I have to do this two more times this week… 

I am truly so grateful for the amazing education my kids are receiving and promise this is my only complaint: The last week of school is officially from the devil, especially running up post Memorial Day.