I can’t believe that it’s our last Friday of summer break already. This is the part of year round schooling that I don’t like. The kids aren’t crazy about this part either. I don’t even think Josh knows yet. He asked me last week when we were starting back. I asked him if he really wanted to know and he decided that he didn’t.
This feels like the most low-key start to school ever. I haven’t even really done any planning. Of course, with the curriculum we’re using, there isn’t much planning required. I did sit down and make a list of supplies I’ll need for our first couple of science labs.
I really thought about putting off the start of school for another week. I’m not fully convinced that I won’t do it. Still, I keep telling myself that it’s just part of our lifestyle. It doesn’t have to be a big to-do. It’s just a matter of getting back into routine. Megan has an outing with the youth group at church on Wednesday (Josh didn’t want to go), so we’ll only be doing a few days next week anyway. I thought it might be a good way to ease back into routine.
I’ll be attending two curriculum fairs the last two weeks of the month – Chattanooga and Southeast Tennessee Home Education Association’s Homeschool Expo for Geography Matters on July 19 and 20 and The Southeast Homeschool Expo for Lexercise on July 26 and 27. Anybody attending either?
With those two events coming up, Megan’s youth group event next week, and Brianna being out of town the first part of next week, I’m not planning on jumping back into a full course load until the last week of the month. All that to say, I keep telling myself we might as well get started on Monday and at least get back into a routine.
Does anybody else go through those kind of “psych yourself up” pep talks when it’s time to start school? I’m actually excited about the school year and that things we’ll be doing. It’s just getting back into a more disciplined daily routine after several weeks of a much more laid-back schedule that’s hard – but also a bit of a relief.
Don’t forget, I’ll be hosting a special “share your curriculum” edition of the Weekly Wrap-Up on July 19. I’ll be updating my curriculum page between now and then and sharing what we’ll be using this year. Like I said, I’m pretty excited. There aren’t many big changes since we’ve already been using stuff we love.
Did everybody have a good 4th of July? (To all my non-American readers, I hope you’re 4th of July was good, too, even though it probably didn’t involve fireworks and cookouts.) Ours was good, but rainy. I honestly can’t remember the last time it rained all day on July 4. We had our cookout anyway. My husband, brother-in-law, and cousin stood out in the rain and grilled hamburgers and hot dogs for everyone.
The best part? Homemade ice cream! I can’t even remember the last time I had homemade ice cream. I can say with some degree of certainty that it’s been 10 years or more.
I was craving it so much that I was online yesterday afternoon trying to find ice cream makers locally. No one had any in stock except Wal-mart and the only one they had had terrible reviews. Long story short, Brian thought he remembered seeing one in the attic. I knew that we used to have one, but thought we might have gotten rid of it.
Brian climbed up in the attic and there it was! We cleaned it up and it still worked great – probably better than the ones made in more recent years. I’ve gotta tell you, though – it made me feel very old pulling the old, dusty ice cream maker out of the attic. It seemed like one of those things your grandparents might do. I thought that might sound odd until I told my sister and she agreed that it sounded like something old people do.
I have a pretty fuzzy memory of my dad pulling an old hand-cranked ice cream maker out of storage and cleaning it off for a cookout years ago. I guess I’m becoming my parents. Whatever. Nobody was teasing us while they were eating yummy, homemade ice cream.
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