Mid-summer, you say? Today is the first day of summer. Yeah, maybe according to the calendar, but in my mind, summer consists of those months when we aren’t doing school. Since we’ll be starting back two weeks from Monday (shhh…I’m trying not to think about it and I don’t think my kids realize it’s that close), that makes this mid-summer.
It’s been kind of a strange week. I was so stunned to learn of Debbie Strayer’s sudden passing last weekend and so very sad for her family and close friends. It’s been amazing to read comments from the people whose lives she touched. I wonder if she had any idea the huge impact she was making in people’s lives. I know that the curriculum she co-authored, Trail Guide to Learning, turned our homeschool around.
Now that camp and her trip to Haiti are behind Brianna, she’s been getting a lot more hours at work. That, coupled with the fact that I’m really ready for her to get her driver’s license, means that I’ve had many opportunities to ride as she drives to work this week. That’s kind of new territory for me. I’ve only been her co-pilot a couple of times before this week. I’ve tried to make it Brian’s job to teach Brianna to drive.
No, it’s not because I think he’s a better driver than me. No, it’s not because I think that’s his job as her dad. It’s because I get really nervous putting myself at the mercy of a person to whom I gave birth and a 2-ton vehicle. I’ve had to put that behind me, though, because Brianna is really a decent driver. She’s at the point where she just needs to have lots of opportunity to drive and get more comfortable behind the wheel.
She’s really done well and has only made me a little nervous a couple of times. I thought about taking some of the cat’s anti-anxiety meds before riding shotgun, but, as my sister pointed out, that probably wouldn’t work well since I have to drive the van back home.
(Yes, I’m kidding about taking the cat’s meds.)
Cat TV: The Bird Channel…or maybe it was The Squirrel Channel
Speaking of the cat and her meds, have you ever had to give a cat a pill? I thought I had hit upon a stroke of brilliance wrapping the pill in food, but Lily quickly figured that out and would just eat around the pill and spit it out. That puts me back to prying her mouth open and shoving this tiny little pill down her throat.
If you’ve never done that, you have no idea how strong a cat’s jaw is. I really need an extra pair of hands because it takes two just to pry her little mouth open. I’m telling you, that cat can clench her jaw shut like nobody’s business. She’s got these two rows of tiny little teeth that will not open. Then, she does things like hiding the pill in the corner of her mouth and spitting it out when she walks away. No, I am totally not kidding.
We took the whole family out for another Kids Bowl Free on Wednesday. Josh and Brianna really don’t care for bowling, but Brianna was in the mood to go this time and we bribed Josh with dinner out. See how happy he looks?
We had fun, even though I’m terrible at bowling. I keep thinking that by September when KBF is over, maybe I will have improved. That might be wishful thinking.
I’ve got exciting stuff on tap for next week. First off, I get to have my second colonoscopy. Sound fun? Um, yeah. I told Brian and the kids they’re on their own Monday for meals. I am not cooking for people, then drinking broth and eating Jell-O. I’m not that nice.
Megan has gymnastics camp all week. This will be the first time she’s ever done anything like that. She started gymnastics a couple of months ago and loves it. I wish we’d started her years ago.
I guess I’ll have to start doing some school planning, too. Of course, with Trail Guide, there isn’t much planning involved. It’s all pretty much laid out for me. I do have a few things we’re going to be doing in addition, though, so I need to make sure I’m ready.
I’ll be updating our curriculum page within the next couple of weeks, if you’re interested in what we’re doing. I’ll also be inviting you all to link up to a special curriculum-sharing edition of the Weekly Wrap-Up on July 19, so be updating your pages or writing your posts, too.
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