September 15, 2017

Seventh Grade



Can I just say....man, am I glad that is over?!

We crash-landed at the end of our first full week of seventh grade the moment Cynar walked in the door with dinner.  Yeah.  Because I have been really super great about cooking dinner at home and now I am sick of washing dishes.  Or really just tired of having seventeen more things to do today.  Now I understand why those other homeschool moms get up at 5:00am.

I had hoped that we would have a chance to take some time outdoors this afternoon.  I had planned to, but life, as they say, had other plans.  With our first lessons at the new co-op this week (including new co-op jobs to learn), and a post-summer meltdown on Wednesday (her, not me this time), we had a couple of things to catch up on.  But...

...we made it!  ...with her reading the last page of her last Lit assignment as he was walking through the door.  Whew!

...and I gotta say, aside from the meltdown (which I empathize with), I am really impressed with how this kid handled her stuff these last few days.  A new co-op?  No problem.  A high school level class, as a seventh grader?  She didn't bat an eyelash.  This, compared to the kid who, three years ago, was terrified to do anything with anyone who wasn't a school friend.


We are rolling into a weekend of celebrations, first a housewarming for my cousin, then a couple of birthdays.  A busy weekend after a busy week.

I'm sleeping late tomorrow.  :)

September 12, 2017

At The Orchard








Sunday afternoon was absolutely perfect.  The temp was holding in the low 70's, the sun was out, and a cool breeze kissed the skin.  And so I did the only logical thing I could do.

I nagged my family until they agreed to go out with me.  :D

We took a drive out to our local apple orchard and cider mill.  Typically we wander on down later in the year, when the squashes and pumpkins have come in.  But we all agreed it was just what we needed, even if early.  Who couldn't use more fresh air, goat therapy, apples, cider and donuts??


I believe they are conspiring to return for more goodies later in the season.

September 6, 2017

Summer Wandering








It feels much more like autumn then summer these days, with temperatures hovering a half dozen degrees cooler than the average.  Our commitment to another homeschooling year brought on a stern talk with myself about getting out of the house more frequently this year, especially when the weather is cooperating.  Yesterday afternoon was a perfect mix of cool breezes and clouds, so we headed out to wander the trails for a few.

I have been curious about those white berries since I noticed them a few weeks back, while hanging out with the Dagorhir group.  It turns out these are white baneberries, or Doll's Eyes, and are pretty darn poisonous.  So we definitely learned something useful on this little field trip.  :)  Don't eat the white berries!