Well, summer has arrived! A walk with the wagon….at noon….about did me in one day this week. What was I thinking?! And, of course, with the snazzy new canopy on the wagon, all three wanted to ride. You can’t much blame Little Man since he can’t walk, but his sister would have booted him to the curb for a chance to ride! In the end, she just booted the Z-man after she finally understood the fact that I couldn’t pull the wagon AND carry the baby at the same time. I had left my third arm back at the house.

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EG (5 yrs old):

IMG_0355EG regressed somewhat at swimming lessons this week.  I think it was because last week when she jumped in, she went all the way under. It took a good bit of coaxing by the instructor to get her to jump again this week, and on Thursday, she actually broke down and cried. We had a good long talk afterward. I’m not sure how much good it will do, but I have a bribe of a Sonic slushie in place for next week as an incentive for being brave.

We’re still reading through Uncle Wiggily and other selections from our bookcase. She’s been reading through some Abeka readers and learning about silent letters in her reading lessons. She continued to work on Literature Pockets: Folktales and Fairy Tales. This week the story was “The Three Little Pigs”.

She memorized question 64 of the Baptist Catechism which asks “What is required in the fourth commandment?”, and she memorized Ephesians 4:32 which says “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another as God in Christ forgave you”. We’ve been working especially on the “tenderhearted” part. As in “Your brother just whacked his head on the wall….again….and he’s in the floor crying, and you’re on the other side of the room looking the other way and saying ‘I didn’t do it. I don’t know what happened’. Now, do you think you’re being tenderhearted in this situation?” Sigh.

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AZ (2 yrs old):

IMG_0361I still have nothing new to report on Operation Potty Training. It’s kinda like the government stimulus. I keep dishing out the M&M’s, and yet there’s nothing to show for it. Well, I guess it is somewhat different. The M&M’s actually belong to me.

The Z-man completed an I page for his alphabet notebook. He worked on memorizing 1 Chronicles 16:34 which says “Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; for His steadfast love endures forever.”

This week he received his free soccer jersey for signing up for the soccer camp at the end of July. It will probably fit in about three years. Of course, he doesn’t care. He found his shin guards and got all dressed up. He’s concerned that he doesn’t have any “soccer” shoes. He doesn’t actually need cleats for the camp, but he has it in his head that he needs them.

Last Saturday was half-price day at our local Sonic. The Z-man got this bug holder/viewer thingy in his kid’s meal. We’ve had an ant, two earwigs and a firefly in that thing this week. Half-price kid’s meal with bug holder at Sonic: $1.50 Laughing hysterically when an ant pokes its antenna through the air hole: Priceless.

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SA (13 months):

Little Man had his first haircut this week! It was desperately needed. He was getting the shaggy head. At first he was quite upset about the fishy cape they put on him.  Then a dum-dum entered the scene, and he managed to pull himself together. He really does look like a little man now! He also has a couple molars coming in this week. Anyone wanna babysit?

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Me:

My biggest accomplishment this week was sorting through the kids’ clothes. You gotta love Space Saver bags!

We also signed up on Skype this week and did a free video call with Grandma. The kids didn’t seem to understand the whole experience, but they did enjoy making faces in the camera.

And finally, my husband introduced me to the geekiest website on the world wide web: Instructables.com Enjoy. Be sure to check out the throwies for those times when you have absolutely nothing else to do with your time.

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