Friday, June 24, 2016

Friday Seven Quick Takes {June 24, 2016}


1) Summer is flying by! It's hard to believe, but our summer break is more than half over. It's been busy, but I've worked hard to stay organized and I think it's been successful . . . . if you don't count keeping up with the blog.

2) There was a request for a family fun trip by a certain boy. We decided to honor that request with a quick overnight trip to our (Scott and I) favorite B&B and free entertainment in the surrounding area. We stayed in Old Bass Lodge at Bass & Baskets and the boys much enjoyed their first stay. It was noted that one night was not enough and someone mentioned a week stay, lol!

Our plan was hiking and touring at Ha Ha Tonka State Park, but the rain that was suppose to be spotty lasted all day. We only got to tour the ruins and then ate lunch in the car waiting for the rain to stop. It never did! We ended up going to Bridal Cave instead and our "free entertainment trip" was no more. If we had a better weather forecast we could have rearranged our plans, so I was a little upset with that.

3) Tyler went to to a day camp at our local nature center. This is the second year he got to attend and it was much enjoyed. If you are local this is something you want to keep your eye out to sign up for in April. They only take 30 kids and they pick through a drawing. I think the ages are 9-12, so most likely Tyler will be too old next year to attend (his birthday is usually around the time of the camp). Highly recommended!

4) Boy Scout camp is coming up soon! This means I have my annual school planning week. I'm working hard to get everything ready. My goal is to be down to the nitty gritty planning by this week and to get it done. A new goal this year is to get the whole year planned. Typically I just get one term done. I have a new plan and I think I will pull it off. Pam @ ed snapshots has been doing a weekly Facebook Live on planning and you can view the past videos on her Facebook page.

5) I have a goal to pre-read 4 of the boys books before the start of school. I'm done with book 1, Kon Tiki: Across the Pacific By Raft and it was an enjoyable read. I've been making notes to help remind me of the story when I hear narrations from Caleb. I will also be reading through a selection of the boys books during the school year. It's impossible for me to read 100% of their books, but I think this plan will work well (and slightly better than last year's plan). I will have to be well organized and keep my notes so I don't have to read Kon-Tiki again when Tyler reads in a couple of years . . . . this is probably going to be a struggle for me!

6) I got to meet Jen @ Wildflowers & Marbles last weekend at the KC Catholic Homeschool Conference. It was wonderful to meet this long time online friend and mentor. I wish we had more time to spend together.

A Boy Scout is always prepared for opening presents.

7)I am putting writing on my calendar so that I have no excuse for not blogging. I think I will do a Daybook, planning updates for the coming school year, and a post on our recent dyslexia discovery. Any other request? It's been very hot here so there won't be any nature hike post because those aren't happening.

Bonus Take!
We celebrated Tyler's 12th birthday a couple week ago. We had dinner, fishing, and camping at the family farm. My brother and his family camped out with us. My parents and aunt did too, but they brought a RV and not a tent. 

Lucy says it's too hot!


  1. I've been to Bridal Cave! We went when our big kids were little. Those onyx formations are fascinating.

  2. Oh wow you meet Jen!!!! :-) :-)

    Writing down a writing schedule is a great idea when we're struggling with time/ideas. Looking forward to hearing more about your dyslexia story! and always love reading your daybooks and line up of planned books. Not much help with ideas I'm afraid, struggling with ideas for my own writing.

    1. Yes, got to meet Jen! I was pretty excited about it!

      So far that writing schedule is not helping me out, lol!


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