Tuesday, June 30

The Synopsis of June

Good evening my beautiful friends!

June has been a fantastic month! We've been home enjoying summer. We started bowling. We went swimming. Our garden is growing, by leaps and bounds! We've had ice-cream, cook-outs, and snow-cones. We've gone to the zoo and parks. We've gone on walks, around the neighborhood, down the street, and to the library. It hasn't been a huge month by any means, we've just soaked in the joys of this wonderful season. We've been watching lots of bugs take up residence in our back yard, and even in our home. We've gotten to know a daddy-long-legs, several mud wasps, cicadas, snakes, and even a little mouse. Inside our home we have had your usual little critter spiders, but also a couple of those mud wasps (NOT FUN) and last night I saw a mouse in the kitchen!

I have to tell you, I feel like I'm re-living my chldhood. Where I grew up, we had many mice in our home, skunks living underneath, squirls in the walls, and cats that liked to leave "presents" in my sister's bed! We've had nearly all of that and more here. The only thing I'm hoping we don't experience is the "presents" from our cats.

Well, I'll leave you with a few pictures from the month. But not before I put a plug-in about a new blog of mine. I want to keep this blog, it's personal and fun to come and share these thoughts with friends and whoever else may be reading. It's a journal that I hope to keep for years to come. But this new blog is strictly home school. I had wanted to chronicle it all here, but that didn't work. I've been educating myself this summer and have been praying about my scheduling practices. I hope to really write about all we do in our homeschool. After all I've been learning about homeschooling and an extremely wonderful method of home education, I'm so excited about it all. Educating the children at home will not only be a safari of learning for them, but it's a quest of knowledge for us all. We will be nourishing our minds with the best of ideas and quenching our thirst with God's amazing creation. If you find the time or your curiosity is pricked, please visit our blog: Kingdom Heights Homeschool. The link is on the right side as well.

Monday, June 8

Good morning!

Well, it has been a while since I was here. We went on our trip (#1 for the summer), saw my cousin get married, enjoyed visiting my parents and sent Jonathan off on a week trip to San Antonio with Jeff's family. Our grass is doing very good and we did finally get the garden planted in the ground. I'm afraid we've lost the peas. However, the carrots, broccoli, tomatoes, squash, and pumpkin are looking great. We have a lot of rodents around here; squirls, rabbits, ground hogs, racoons, skunks, etc. A friend of ours suggested that we plant peppers around the perimeter to ward off the critters. One taste of those spicy leaves and they'll be gone! So, we we out and found some nice pepper plants that were already established and growing well and picked up a strawberry as well! We got it all in the ground Friday and it all seems to be going well so far!

As far as the school year goes, we are nearly done, 4 days left! This morning, Jonathan got up very early and got right to work! He planned and opened up a Kool-aid stand yesterday and was very determined to do it again today. So, he wanted all his school work done first thing this morning, to allow himself most of the day to sell "nice fresh koolaid on a hot summer day!" It's 9 A.M. and he is done (course, these last few days are extremely light in the work)! VERY ambitious young man. We are proud of him. He only made one sale yesterday, but he started in the alley and decided that wasn't the best place, no one came! So he moved to the front. Some teen agers drove by and he and Adie were yelling at the top of their lungs to get those girls to come to their stand. Didn't work. Then, Jonathan got the idea to go door-to-door selling his drink (for $.50!). That was at 7:30 last night. I allowed them to go to the only neighbor we know, on the condition they would sell it for a quarter. Well, that was their sell for the day and today, they are determined to sell more today. They've added to what they want to sell today, smarties! These kids are so cute! Oh! While we were sitting on the porch ending the day, I was telling Jeff that I've got a new interest. Beads and making jewelry, not to mention the bows and socks that I'm getting back in to! Immediately, Jonathan piked up and nearly jumped out of his chair and said, "OOh! More stuff for us to sell!"
They are working very hard, he says, so they can earn money for them to go to Canada and see their cousins. That trip is coming very soon, and all of us are so excited! Lots to do, lots to do.
Have a good week!