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Let the Homeschooling Begin

After way too much electronic freedom, its time to detox the kids’ minds and get back to learning. We are using August as a fill in the gaps month and get a head start on some subjects that need some brushing up. Its a fairly light schedule to ease back into lessons. They will all start their music lessons: piano for Mr. S and Divagirl and guitar for Mr. T.  Divagirl should be able to finish her Reading Lesson book and refresh her memory on All About Spelling. The boys will also work through the All About Spelling program albeit at a much faster pace. They can probably get through the first 2 books in a week.

We will start reading The Wind in the Willows aloud each night as a family round robin. The boys will also start their first assignment with Teacher-Grammy reading The Outsiders. Lastly, everyone will work on Cursive First since Divagirl is still learning to write and the boys need some maintenance on their established handwriting. We also started some art lessons. I bought the Kindle edition of this Art Lab book and the lessons are really delightful.

All remaining subjects will start around the 1st of September.

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Passing the Time

So what have we been up to? It has been so ridiculously hot and humid with enormous mosquitoes that we typically spend most days indoors. Designerd has been busy with work, the boys have been amusing themselves with unlimited electronics time, Divagirl has been bouncing off the walls and shadowing any person or animal who moves, and I have just been trying to cope. Some evenings, when it doesn’t thunderstorm, the kids are able to go with dad or grandpa to the neighbor’s pool. Here are some of the other activities we managed to get photos of:

Divagirl is learning some animal husbandry skills when she’s not amusing herself in the RV.

We had a BBQ and marshmallow roast planned but the weather had other plans. Not to be dismayed by the torrential downpour, the marshmallows were roasted anyways and the s’more assembling occurred indoors.

One nice thing about having an ex-sheriff as a grandpa, free target lessons. When the boys aren’t learning how to be deadly assassins, they enjoy cheating at boards games. Not really…well, maybe a little.
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We Made It!

Happy Independence Day!

We made it to Florida :) It only took 6 hours and 4 gullywashers. No more major problems with the truck, although we will be complaining to Uhaul about the seatbelts. They would continually get tighter and lock when we’d go over bumps (and there were lots of bumps!). Then the seatbelt wouldn’t release so we’d get squeezed. Not the most comfortable situation when you are drinking lots of fluids. Sometimes it would release, mostly it would not. Very frustrating. Then, during the storms we sprung a leak right over my shoulder. Temporary inconvenience.

It is so hot and humid here–much more than any other place we stopped along the way. At least my parents have a/c.

Our dog was ecstatic to see us!

The car is unloaded from the tow dolly and we’re waiting until tomorrow to unload the truck. Now for some real food and rest!

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Second Verse, Same as the First

One advantage to the kids spending another night with us is that Divagirl (far right) got to spend one last fun-filled evening with 2 of her best friends. They went to the movies and out to dinner and had a blast. She was so happy!

After the airline mishap yesterday I did not have high hopes for today. The kids were automatically re-booked on a new flight leaving at 6:41am and connecting through Chicago. Anyone who has connected through O’hare knows that this is bad news. More bad news is that due to the cancellation the rest of the week’s flights are completely full. Nonetheless, Designerd woke up at 4am and took the kids back to the airport to do an instant replay of yesterday. Only it was not to be.

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Who Needs Summer Camp?

On Monday we called Comcast to schedule internet shut off for Thursday. As soon as Jason hung up we lost our wireless connection. Coincidence? He called back to see if it was a glitch and we had already been terminated and removed from the system. Really?? Meanwhile he was still supposed to be working online. The kids were using the wireless for the ipad and their ipods so they weren’t pleased either. Therefore, I haven’t been able to stay connected or update the blog until now. I’ve been totally relying on my phone to stay connected and using tons of data. I’ll do my best to catch up.