Summer Happenings

As I sit here on Friday night thinking about where the summer has gone, I realize that we have been so busy that the days are blurring together and weeks are flying by.

Public school starts here in one month. Yes, you read that correctly! On August 15, 2018 my oldest daughter, Grace, will go off to public school. She is 14 and will be an incoming Freshman. If I sit here long enough and think about that day and what it will mean for her, I can’t help but think about what it will mean for me as well. There is a big part of me that is  extremely excited for her and another part of me that just wants to cry. I have to tell myself that she’s not going off to college and I will still see that beautiful blonde curly hair bouncing up and down as she runs through the house and up and down the stairs daily. I just won’t see her as much. Which is probably good, I think???

I know that she is super excited to be seeing her friends everyday. She will be quite busy with band, choir, and golf. Band taking up much of her time. She will have 7am practices almost daily during the fall season/marching season. Along with late night practice too. We taking band/marching very seriously here. She will continue to have music festivals and will also keep playing her piano for nursing homes around town. She is really quite musically talented, and I’m not just saying that because I’m her mother, promise! She really is. Her and Gator still have several shows to finish up their horse show season. We will be jetting off to Color Congress in a few weeks for her to compete in Showmanship, Horsemanship, and Trail. What an amazing experience this is for her.

Faith is entering the 6th grade and she will still be homeschooled. Which she is thrilled about and going around telling everyone that she will be an only child (big eye roll)!!! Honestly, I think she is going to miss Grace as much as I will, she just won’t admit it – EVER. She is going to be busy doing band at our middle school and also will be attending orchestra classes playing her violin, we think. She is a violin player, but is also interested in the cello. So her orchestra teacher/violin teacher is thinking of letting her play both instruments. We will see.

As I said, summer has literally flown by. Faith has been doing swim meets almost every other weekend, if not every weekend through the month of June. She is wrapping her swim season this weekend with a champion swim meet. It’s been amazing to watch her progress in swimming. This was her first year swimming competitively and she has loved every minute of it. She’s had 6:30am practices 5 days a week with swim meets on weekends. With each swim meet she has swam faster than the one before. So needless to say, I am very proud of her and what she has accomplished with her swimming this summer.

As far as our homeschool start date, hmmmm…not sure when that is. I feel there is still so much to finish organizing. For me organizing is never done. I like things to be in a particular order and I have to feel completely prepared to start. So over the next few weeks I will be putting in a lot of time organizing and making up lessons, in all of the spare time that I have on my hands – just kidding! I don’t have any spare time unless it’s at midnight every night! Oh well, August will be here before I know it and things will work out the way they are suppose to. And I will probably be putting in a lot of late nights figuring it all out! I guess that’s what we do.

 


Homeschooling….

Yes, we home school. Take a deep breath – okay. Don’t flip out on me, or give me one of those looks, you know what I mean. Yes, we are very normal. In fact, probably too normal.

After 4 years of homeschooling I feel I’ve learned a few things along the way. Some good and some bad. It’s difficult, not always easy, and there are days all of us would wonder if we made the right decision.  Read More