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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Camp Week!

An overnight camp.

Zoo camp.

Aunt Leslie's Daycamp.

It was camp week!  Everyone had a lot of fun :)  Now, when I finish posting this, I have to get ready for Monarch Camp for...me!!!  Stay tuned for details.

Off to 4-H overnight camp!

Splashy fun at a homeschool picnic

Say Cheee-tah!

Lake Superior

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Aunt Leslie's Day Camp, Bowling, and a Beach Day

 Aunt Leslie's Day Camp has officially resumed for summer '15!

I'll be entertaining the nephews 2-3 days per week for most of the summer.  I have a lot of fun activities planned.

We started by paying a visit to the farm, where the kids played...something.  See Ben tied up with a chain?  Yep.  They're a pretty wild crew ;)  They also played with the baby kitties.  It was really fun.

On day 2 of Aunt Leslie's Day Camp, we went bowling!  The kids bowled a bit, had bar food for lunch, and played video games.  I signed them up for the "kids bowl free" program.  

We had a couple of lazy days at home before Friday, which should have been day 3 with the nephews, but it was cancelled.  The girls REALLY wanted to go to the beach, so we did.  I forgot to put on sunscreen, and managed to get a really bad burn.  Booo!

The beach made me feel like summer has officially started!  

Find out what other homeschoolers have done this week, here.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

A Birthday Party, a Deer Farm, and a (Final) SciGirls Class

Our week in pictures:

Happy birthday to Millie & Elise's friend, Bria!
Our playgroup took a road trip out to Fawn-Doe-Rosa instead of our normal playground playdate!  It's such a cool place!  Millie went there with her daycare when she was a tot, and I've been wanting to go ever since.  The place had so many baby animals that we got to pet, deer wandering around freely begging for food, and pony rides.  The ground were immaculate, and the animals were sooooo loved by the crew working there.  Our tour guide was so passionate about her work.  I loved it!!!

Wednesday was our final SciGirls class for the year!  It was so emotional for me.  I'm so sad to see the class come to an end, it was a great group of kids.  We had so much fun together!!  For our final class, the girls made solar ovens to cook their lunch, and worked on scrapbooks full of memories from their Scigirls year.  

My one and only picture from Friday didn't turn out (waaa!), but I'll mention it anyways.  We had our first "It's Field Trip Friday" meet and greet!  Only one other family came (summer is a hard time to gather), but the kids had a great time.  I asked Millie if she had anything in common with the other girls, and she said, "Yes, we're great friends now!"  He he.  I love how fast kids can make friends!

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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Our First Week of Summer Vacation

This was a pretty lazy week.  It was a fantastic way to start the summer.  

Here's what we did:

Millie started a little purse making business

Elise was busy crafting, too
The girls spent the night at the farm while Bud and I went to a parent meeting at the homeschool/charter school thing we are signing the kids up for, next year.  Millie spent a lot of time looking for the missing baby kitties.  Elise looked for fossils.  They had so much fun, they didn't want to come home :)

We had a day of errands, and Elise decided to take her babies with on our walk to Walgreens.  

Summer means concerts in the park!  Sun Country was giving away sunglasses at their booth.  The girls took some, and instantly became spies.  It was pretty cute.  Elise said, "Mom, anytime you see me posing, take my picture."  

We walked to the library to return some (very overdue) library books, sign up for the summer reading program, and check out some books.  On the way back we stopped at Rice Park to admire the fountain and to sketch a pigeon.  Millie never leaves home without her sketchpad!  Further along our walk, the girls hopped into a fountain to get their feet wet.  

4-H Carnival night!  One of the families brought a petting zoo :)  Fun!!  We brought in a game in which the kids had to knock down a pyramid of cups with a ping pong ball.  We'll think of something more creative for next year.  Ha!

We're monitoring a bluebird trail this summer.  Another family is volunteering with us, so we took them out to "show them the ropes."  It's a big relief to know that we'll only have to do this every other week instead of every week!

That was our first week of summer!  It was pretty great.  Only one more big event before I can turn my brain off for the summer.  

Find out what other homeschoolers did this week, here!

Friday, May 29, 2015

The Last Week of School!

We survived another year of homeschooling!!  Good bye 5th and 1st grades, hello 6th and 2nd!

First Day of School
Last Day of School

It was a great week.  Here's what we did:


Happy Memorial Day!  I finally got to meet up with a great friend for coffee in the morning :)  We had a standing weekly coffee date before I started homeschooling, but ever since, we've been lucky to get together once every two months.  It was great to catch up with her!  Afterwards, the fam and I had lunch, and went out to the Franconia Art Park.  It's a really crazy place!  Thank goodness pictures can tell a thousand words, because I don't really have the words to describe this place.


Playgroup day!  I didn't take any pictures, but we went to the Science Museum of MN, I swear ;)  It was very relaxed.  Really, it was one of the best visits to the museum in quite a while.  We walked home in the rain, walked the neighbors dog in the rain, and then vegged out for the rest of the day.  Oh ya, we also did school work and had piano lessons.  Millie is finishing up the editing process for her Evolution of Calpurnia Tate book report.  I'm really impressed with her work so far!  Elise was supposed to have a math lesson, but she took it upon herself to do the worksheet on her own.  Turns out, she didn't need a lesson, math just comes naturally for her.  I'm so proud of my little girls.


Finally a break in our rainy icky weather!  It was a perfect day to meet friends at the beach.  The kids swam and played in the sand.  I battled off inch worms, spiders, and moths.  For some reason I attract bugs this spring.  Gross.  Before leaving for our day in the sun, we had a morning full of school work.


T-2 days until the end of school!  Regular school work in the morning, and something fun in the afternoon.  At 2 we met up for bluebird trail training.  We have volunteered to monitor the 4-H bluebird trail every week for an indefinite amount of time :)  We got to see a lot of sweet little birds and some tiny little eggs.  (Two days later, Elise would find a very full wood tick in her head.  Poor baby.  We'll have to look closer next time)  In the evening the girls and I watched Living On One Dollar. It was such a great movie, very eye opening.  I think it touched the girls.  It was Part I of our compassion study.


The last day of school!  It's finally here!  We finished Part II of our compassion study by going to the Compassion International tour.  We  walked through the home/experience of a girl in India.  It was amazing.  The girls really want to adopt a little girl from Compassion.  It was a great way to end the school year.

This is the end my friends!  It's all Summer updates from here on out ;)  

Find out what other homeschoolers did this week, here!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Zoos, Ducks, and Monster Trucks

Every time I sit down to write up our weekly update, I have to get out my calendar to see what we did over the course of the week.  I can never just remember.  Well, this week was special, because I looked at my calendar and I STILL couldn't remember what we did!  Yikes.  Either I'm getting really old, or this week was rather uneventful ;)  I think it's the latter.  Thank goodness for photographic records ;)

Before I post the weekly update, I will post Millie's recital piece from last weekend.  Buds phone froze up, so we didn't get the first two songs, but we got the last one (my favorite!).

Here's what we did:


Today we were supposed to have a play date, but it got rained out...again!  We used our gift of time to design a zoo!  It was harder than we were expecting (I should have known, since the grade range was 6-12).  The kids had fun with a slight variation of it, though.  I'm definitely going to keep it on hand to use in the future, when I teach geometry.  I think I'll get this version of Design a Zoo for younger kids (3rd-6th) and try again.


Today was playgroup day!  It was also a very late-start day for me.  I have been working extra late lately, and I didn't get to bed until closer to 4 AM.  My body has adjusted to a 3 AM bedtime now after 9 years, but even going to bed a half hour later throws me off.  Ick.  Millie ended up missing piano lessons because of my sleepiness.  Sad!  We made it to playgroup, through!  We went to Silverwood because the weather was kind of iffy.  The moms sat inside and drank coffee while the big girls played outside.  There were some cute baby ducks and other recent developments at the park that the girls had to check out.  Elise's friend wasn't there, so she sat with the teen boys and played video games.  It was pretty cute.


Today was my mommy's birthday, so we were going to go to the farm to celebrate with her, but my mom requested that I stay home and nap, because "even (my) voice sounds tired."  So, as a girl that always listens to her mama, I stayed home and napped. :)  The girls were inspired by their "design a zoo" assignment from Monday, and decided to make actual zoos out of supplies from around the house.  I love that they're being creative, having fun, and spending quality sister time together, but...oh, my poor living room!  Ha!


Today I slept in really late (again).  I really hope the super late nights end soon, they're ruining my days.  Booo.  At 2, I brought the girls to their grandmas house for a sleepover with Aunt Kinsey!  They watched a lot of Barbie Life in the Dream House, played with their neighbor friends, built a fort, stayed up LATE, and had a super fun time.  Since they were gone, I had the rest of the day to myself!!!  I used the time to finish up the website for the field trip club I'm starting.  It's pretty much done now, I just have to have a few people test it for bugs.


I didn't have to pick up the girls until afternoon, so Bud and I spent the morning walking around Downtown. It was so fun!  After lunch, we picked up the girls, and took them to see a monster truck at one of the local car dealerships.  Fun times :)

That pretty much sums it up!  Next week is our last week of school for the summer!  I can't believe it.  The year went by so fast.  I'm actually kind of sad to see it come to an end.  I loooove routine.  I have my summer schedule pretty much all worked out (except for a 3 day period in June).  It's going to be a good one :)

Find out what other homeschoolers were up to this week, here.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Mounties, Minnehaha Falls, and Eco Systems


Since I made the decision to wrap up school after testing, and take it easy for the rest of the school year, we seem to have been doing a lot more school.  Ha!  It's all going so smoothly!

Here's what we did this week:


The girls did their school work in the morning (math and reading for Elise, and typing, literature, and math for Millie).  They had some free time to play in the afternoon.  We found some time to scooter up to the capital grounds, and walk to the pet store to get some horn wort plants for Wednesdays SciGirls class. On the way to the pet store, we encountered some mounted police. It's so fun to see them riding around downtown!  The girls got to pet them, and ask the police a bunch of questions :)


Today was Millies last piano lesson before her recital!  I think she's very ready :)  I absolutely love the duet she's doing with her teacher; It brings tears to my eyes.  After lessons and a quick lunch, we met up with friends at Minnehaha Falls.  It was a beautiful day.  The kids all separated into their groups (big boys, big girls, and little girls), and did their own things.  Before we left, we went on a mini-hike down to the falls.  It's so pretty!


SciGirls!  This was the SciGirls class that we were stressing out about the most.  It required a lot of planning, timing, and supplies.  It turned out to go perfectly.  Yay!  the girls had fun going on a tour of the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden, and making eco-systems to take home.  We were so lucky to have beautiful weather, since the class was entirely outside.

Thursday & Friday:

If you ask my girls, they'd say that these days were total duds.  They did their normal school work, but we didn't do anything else exciting.  They played, Millie worked on her DIY Acting Camp challenges, they had a tea party, etc.  It was nice for me to have a couple days to turn my brain off, after having just completed my first semester back at school.

It was a great week!  Find out what other homeschoolers did this week, here!

This weekend will find us attending Millie's piano recital, going to the farmers market, 
and vegging out.  Yay!