It's hard to believe we are already in the last month of summer! :( We have enjoyed having less structure to our days, getting to sleep in (pregnant mommas need lots of sleep, right? :)), and doing some fun family activities. Last summer I instituted "Friday Adventures" as a regular part of our week. Every Friday we would do something fun, usually away from home . . . whether it was just a walk on the local nature trail, or a trip to the beach, or the science center. Twice we got to do BIG adventures, going to Battleship Cove and Plimoth Plantation, as part of the "Free Fun Fridays" that a lot of museums in MA take part in. I had hoped to do the same thing (adventures) this summer, but I've found that being pregnant makes it a little more difficult. We have gone to the science center twice (before Ohio), and we're planning to go a few more times. We haven't accomplished a beach trip yet, but hopefully soon! The weather actually hasn't been super hot, so we haven't been itching to swim as much as some summers!
Today I am working on making a big batch of spaghetti sauce to can.this recipe but leave out the oil.) I think we had around 30ish lbs. of tomatoes total, which should make for quite a bit of sauce. We will enjoy it this winter on pizza, spaghetti, and anything else we need sauce for!
I've been doing some thrifting lately, and that's always fun! One of my happiest finds was this set of dishes which go perfectly in our home. I got everything on the table for $25!
I've been working on organizing and planning for school a little bit. We will be starting either on Labor Day or the day after. I have all my curriculum now, and last week I printed off some free planners from The Old Schoolhouse, and had them spiral bound at a local print shop. They are pretty simple, but I hope they will help keep us a little more organized this year!
The Sonlight box arrived . . . we are continuing last year's core, so this box wasn't as big or exciting as most years. Still fun to check out the new stuff, though!
The planners . . . Julia already claimed hers, as you can see. :)
A little bit of the inside.this blog that has so many great freebies for notebooking and other extras, that fit in with the Sonlight cores. This lady has done a fabulous job and she makes all her resources available for free!! I also found this great series of blog posts at Intoxicated on Life about planning for a new homeschool year: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. I will be taking the time to read through them this week; they look really good!!
In other (important!) news, Jim and I celebrated our 15th anniversary on Aug. 7. Can't believe we have been married that long!! We went out for supper to celebrate, having had our "big" celebration with our getaway back in March. Here is a collage of pics from our supper out, that I took with my iPod:
Jim ordered what was called the "Death by Burger." Well, the waitress accidentally put in an order for the "Double Death by Burger." It contained 36 oz. of beef (YIKES!). In spite of a valiant effort, Jim was only able to eat 1/4 of it--we brought the rest home! The best part was that because of the waitress's error, the manager deducted the entire cost of the burger, so it was FREE. Gotta love restaurants with stellar customer service! We had such a nice time and it was good to get away for a little while.
I've made this post long enough, and have barely put a dent in my list of things to blog about . . . but I'll wrap it up for now. I also put up a new post (finally!) at my pregnancy blog. Thanks so much for reading!!