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    Good day everyone! How are things in your part of the world? What are you up to? What are your kids up to? It can be homeschooling, house projects, gardening, crafts, camp.....let us know! Homeschoolers, especially, love to hear what other homeschoolers are up to!



    In our little corner of the world, we have a relatively quiet day. DD and I will do some shopping before she heads back to university while we wait for my car's brakes to be repaired.

    This weekend the entire family gets to meet DS's college girlfriend, as she's coming up to stay. They're headed into Chicago to the Field Museum (Sue the T-rex!!), among other locales.

    Other than that, more staining of the siding of the house....ugh.
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    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Dd woke up to find that the gods of Amazon had left her a soprano ukulele at the back door. She's had a crappy week so life is just made better with a wee four-stringed instrument. Tonight we see Dunkirk and tomorrow she has an in-the-woods sleepover with her girlfriends.

    I am in full-on food preservation mode; this won't let up until late September. The dehydrator is going 24/7. Blueberries in it now, tomatoes yesterday, cherries last week. Not much canning happening in earnest yet, though the tomatoes are coming in fast and furious. My stitch-and-bitch group has picked up a Bloody Mary habit (rounds out our beer drinking habit) so I need to make sure we have plenty of tomato juice for them! Very selfless that way

    Other than that, need to figure out when I will take a week off of work to accomplish non-food tasks around here. Still working through a bit of a deadline though; it makes my days fly by very fast and thus the summer is flying by too!!!

    have fun with the boy's girlfriend, Carol.
    Eclectically homeschooling 8th grade dd, who likes science as much as art...

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    FWP: Make sure she practices so she can participate in Ukulele Tuesday. DD went while in Ireland and had a blast. They teach the pub goers enough cords to play, then sing along. Her video isn't as good, so I swiped that one off the internet.

    Food preserving can be exhausting, but having all that during the winter is a great payoff. I'm not quite there yet, but will be soon. Your stitch and bitch group sounds like fun!
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    ~Kitchen cabinets are in and new sink is hooked up! Waiting on doors, and trim, and one half of counters to be secured, but we are getting there. We should be able to unpack soon. We have stove/fridge/sink access so we can still eat. Cooking is still pretty limited. I can't wait to start baking bread again, store bread just does not cut it.
    ~Taking oldest in today for driver's permit test (she is 17, we waited until she felt ready).
    ~2 oldest have a karate seminar out of town on Saturday, and then a lake day with friends on Sunday. Thankfully they have rides for all that. We will be doing kitchen work all weekend.
    ~Next week is a karate technique camp for two of my kids and next level belt test for 3 kids.
    ~I dream of a garden some day. We have dabbled with gardening in the past, but it was the one extra thing on my plate that I had to let go of for now. I can only juggle so many things at once.
    Learning, Living, and Loving Life outside of the norm with 8 kids.

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    Can I go to summer camp at FWPs house?

    Ive been reading DS11s BYL spines and readers in preparation for school to start. And prepping all the craft activities for both of my boys first units. wants me to give real grades and tests to Older, so thats on my list for after reading the books.

    At home my main projects are still painting... and unpacking the room we stashed all the stuff from when we moved all the kids debris from the downstairs.

    But Id still definitely enjoy summer camp preserving foods and pretending to be a homesteader / farmer. Especially if it involved locally grown bloody marys.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    I just got home from the dentist.. ugh. I'm spending most of the day watching Find Friends as dh and oldest ds are driving home from Colorado. They're about 3 hours from home now but California traffic is the worst and it will just get busier as they get closer to home. Yesterday in middle of nowhere NV they got hit by a heavy downpour with ds(17) driving and the windshield wipers stopped working when he switched them to high! So zero visibility. They managed to get to the side of the road where they found that they had just missed hitting a pole! UGH! Younger ds(14) is locked away in his room scoring another short film from movie making class. He got to direct this one as well.
    Stay at home physicist - Mom to C (18 & off to college)) and J (15)
    https://homeschoolsciencegeek.wordpress.com

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    For the whole month of July, we have been watching Liberty's Kids and reading piles of elementary-grades-type books about the American Revolution. Have only two episodes left. That series was great!

    Home projects - grrr - we had to pull off all of the carpeting on the lower level because my beloved cat had killed and disemboweled 40+ pack rats right in that place. He might have been doing great service for the whole neighborhood, but he brought all of the catches home....and now I had to order tile to go there and would have to walk for a month on a bare sub-floor until the tile will be installed. Some cat!
    mom to 3 girls: DD10, DD9, DD6

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    Dh and DS17 made it home from colorado and brought a huge telescope with them!! Dh's brother-in law had inherited a huge telescope when his father (a professional astronomer) died and was happy to pass it on it DS17 who noticed in the garage. DS17 is thinking about majoring in astrophysics in college so this is awesome. We have a small scope, but this one has a tracker, so you don't have to keep adjusting the scope once you have it set up. It needs a bit of work and the family gave it to him with the condition that he has to do a blog on its restoration and post images of what he observes with it.... instant senior project! And the best part is that DH is very excited about it so hoping I can just observe the whole process.
    Stay at home physicist - Mom to C (18 & off to college)) and J (15)
    https://homeschoolsciencegeek.wordpress.com

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    Dh and DS17 made it home from colorado and brought a huge telescope with them!! Dh's brother-in law had inherited a huge telescope when his father (a professional astronomer) died and was happy to pass it on it DS17 who noticed in the garage. DS17 is thinking about majoring in astrophysics in college so this is awesome. We have a small scope, but this one has a tracker, so you don't have to keep adjusting the scope once you have it set up. It needs a bit of work and the family gave it to him with the condition that he has to do a blog on its restoration and post images of what he observes with it.... instant senior project! And the best part is that DH is very excited about it so hoping I can just observe the whole process.
    First, so glad that your DH and DS made it home safely.

    Also, if it's okay with your son, I'm sure some of us would love to see his blog on the restoration of the telescope!
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Yes, I'l definitely post it when he gets his first post up. He started the process last night but it was midnight by the time he decided on a name - always the hardest part. We were able to look at Jupiter and Saturn last night and amazingly detailed views of craters on the moon.
    Stay at home physicist - Mom to C (18 & off to college)) and J (15)
    https://homeschoolsciencegeek.wordpress.com

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