Outside my Window… we are enjoying blooming flowers! The roses are blooming as are the Day Lilies and the purple clematis climbing up the fence. In bright, brutal, summertime force.
I am thinking… about the novel I’m writing, the children’s books that are on my mind and the non-fiction health book I’ve also got planned out. You might not have seen much of me here on the blog, lately, but I’ve been busy taking the time to think, imagine and write. It’s an exciting, creative time, with a lot of work to go!
From the learning room. . . John is reading up a storm!! Regular visits to the library have been essential this summer and we are looking forward to more. Michael has also shown an interest in learning to read but he’s just barely four so I ‘m going to take it slow. We’ve been using The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading at home and it’s been super simple. Sophia is signing up a storm, beginning to talk a bit and loves to dance!
I am thankful for . . . my healthy, active family.
From the kitchen . . . With all three little one’s home all day now, and very active boys, I’ve been trying to get more dense calories into them at meals, otherwise they’re hungry and asking for a snack just moments after I clean up the kitchen from the last meal. But I’ve been in the mood to keep it light as it’s hot and summertime, so we’ve been working on having a bit of both at each meal. Lots of light summer fruit and cold meats and salads and smoothies for me, and those PLUS PLUS for the boys.
And in our garden . . . weeds! It’s very weedy at the moment. We’ve had lots of rain lately and it’s been great for the plants but the weeds have grown up too. Most of the lettuce has bolted (we’re saving the seeds so it’s going to hang out and look scraggly for a while), but some is still edible as is our dinosaur and curly kale and our rainbow chard, tiny baby cucumbers are starting to grow, a handful of beans is ready (the rabbits have been doing a number to my beans), and the first summer squash is almost ready. Squash blossoms are also blooming on my other summer and winter squash and two of my tomato plants are growing tomatoes, but the others are still simply just growing. I think I’ve learned that I need to start tomato plants indoors around New Years instead of mid-March as I did this year. They’re taking their time. We also planted two tomatillo plants this year and are looking forward to those . . . we just picked up a few bales of straw at the feed store yesterday with big plans for weeding and heavy mulching this week. I’m thinking that since the plants are now well established, we might put a layer of cardboard down first on the weeded ground, wet it, and then add the straw for extra insurance.
I am creating… lesson plans! After public schooling last year, we’ve decided to homeschool this year. I have been tentatively planning a year round schedule, with school for about 9-10 weeks at a time followed by a week or two break and a longer “summer” break in mid-May and June. This all sounded great when I started planning, but now I’m a week away from our intended start date and I’m both excited but also anxious about starting! More details on homeschooling coming in a future post . . .
I am hearing. . . the washer washing and Yo Gabba Gabba in the background. Sophia and I are the only one’s up right now.
Around the house… lots of legos, lots of markers, lots of books.
One of my favorite things . . . the abundance of summer fruit. I can’t get enough!
A Few Plans and Prayer Intentions For The Rest Of The Week …
- Pray for guidance, patience and grace
- Pray for continued health