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    I have been remiss in posting new Roll Call threads! With spring finally deciding to show up, I've been tackling 1001 outside projects--new flower bed, lay out new sidewalk, prep veggie garden, mowing, etc.

    School is wrapping up for my adult kiddos. DS has his last spring final today. He works a couple of days, then he's home for an ENTIRE 3 weeks. I'm hoping to do some hiking with him (he almost always gets chatty--rare for my quiet boy). I'll also enlist him for around the yard help! Then he has a tech internship in Indianapolis for most of the summer. I'm so excited for him!

    DD has her final exams next week, although I think she may only have one. Being a journalism and creative writing major, most of her "finals" tend to be elaborate written projects. Then she's subletting an apartment from a friend in Iowa City and is hoping to get a journalism "camp" job there. If not, she has an online job and is applying for another part time job to make ends meet. Looks like she'll start to learn how far (or not) a hard-earned dollar will go! Hope that personal finance class I had them complete made an impression!!

    Are you and/or your family making summer plans yet? Any travel? Any camps? Any part-time jobs for the older kids?
    Carol

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


    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son (21), a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    We are going from spring to summer overnight here. Our garden is mostly in. I'm going to have to replant my bean and okra seeds, because I had a naughty dog go digging in the beds.

    We are in the final push, our last day of school should be the 18th-ish. I'd like to spend the two weeks before DS heads to CO fishing and hiking. DS will be with his friends again this summer for the month of June. In June, DD will be at Girl Scout camp for a week followed by a week at her aunt and uncle's cattle ranch here in NM. Girl Scout camp this year involves white water rafting, which already has me anxious, but oh my gosh it sounds so fun!

    We'd like to camp this summer, but I'm holding off on make any reservations. Winter was so dry here, no snowpack nor rain. There are already fire restrictions and I worry if it gets really bad, they will close the forests. We were on a field trip the other day, the area serves as a staging area for wildfires, and there were hotshot and wildland firefighters arriving from all over the county. Otherwise no big trips planned for us.
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    Roll call disappeared on me!

    Wow, how is it almost summer already?!

    Yay for being glad to have kids home for a few weeks! Boo for naughty dogs and droughts. (My dog dug up my kiwi berry vine, after all the drama about sourcing one in the county.... we will see if it recovers.)

    I had a meeting this week with our charter’s Reading Specialist regarding my little one... he is recommending that I use AAR in the fall. (He was also very impressed with seeing ProgressivePhonics - thanks Oksana for advocating that!)

    Over the summer I plan to do the “Learn to Draw in 30 days” with both of my boys, and maybe some math or biology. We will probably get a head start on the BYL8 reading, too.
    No vacations planned until September - visiting Yellowstone before the caldera erupts is on my list of places to see. I cant imagine going to such a destination when its full of summer families though! (And most of the park is closed by October.) We are debating whether to add Mt Rushmore onto the trip - It’s a long drive from Yellowstone, but the closest we might ever get to it. (We are a drive there kind of vacationing family.)
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    Summer is here! My garden is here! DH finally finished garden beds, fencing, and gates, he is still working on automatic irrigation, but I do not mind watering manually. The kids and I planted the first raised bed full of strawberries.

    We plan to keep schooling as much as possible (in between gardening, swimming at the outdoor pool, and playing outside) until late July. Then, we are going to Italy for 3 weeks - Rome, Florence, Venice (a lot of pre-trip unit-study-type learning for us for the next 2 months). After we come back, I hope to take the rest of August and some of September off to be outside and visit many of the local lakes. Will keep my fingers crossed for no wild fires this season though, or we will have to be inside, doing schoolwork.
    mom to 3 girls: DD10, DD9, DD6

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oksana View Post
    We plan to keep schooling as much as possible (in between gardening, swimming at the outdoor pool, and playing outside) until late July. Then, we are going to Italy for 3 weeks - Rome, Florence, Venice (a lot of pre-trip unit-study-type learning for us for the next 2 months).
    How exciting! You'll have to tell us all about it when you return!
    Carol

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    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son (21), a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    No vacations planned until September - visiting Yellowstone before the caldera erupts is on my list of places to see. I cant imagine going to such a destination when its full of summer families though! (And most of the park is closed by October.) We are debating whether to add Mt Rushmore onto the trip - It’s a long drive from Yellowstone, but the closest we might ever get to it. (We are a drive there kind of vacationing family.)
    When visiting Yellowstone, certainly visit Old Faithful. Be prepared for lots of crowds, though, with trash blowing through your legs. (At least that's what it was like when we visited....so depressing.) However, be sure to try some trails off the beaten path. Definitely go see the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. We were there first thing in the morning, and pretty much had the place to ourselves.
    Carol

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


    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son (21), a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    I am a little late to this roll call *blush*Our weather has more good days than cold days (the rule around Denver is to not plant anything until AFTER Mother Day)... we once got 5 inched of snow on Mother Day

    Man Child has his last 2 finals tomorrow/Tue (Math and Phycology)... He has been tight lipped about his grades so I don't know what to think... he continues to talk about future school so I am assuming he has passed. He has also started his summer job (on the weekends for now)... so far he like it enough to not complain about it

    The dudes have about 2 more weeks and we will be taking a break (all the neighborhood kids get out on the 23rd)... We will continue to do math every day except when we go on vacation in July. We will visit my Dad (who lives in Forks, Washington) and then Man child will go back home and the 4 of us will take an Alaskan cruise... Man Childs GF was suppose to go with us BUT I have a feeling they have broken up Good thing we got "insurance" on her tickets.

    That's about it here
    Elizabeth

    Homeschooling my 2 eleven year old boys (third year)

    Life coaching my 1 twenty-one year old man-child

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    We are debating whether to add Mt Rushmore onto the trip - It’s a long drive from Yellowstone, but the closest we might ever get to it. (We are a drive there kind of vacationing family.)
    We did Mt. Rushmore a few years ago. We really enjoyed the area and I would go back. We stayed in Deadwood - they have fun wild west type activities for kids (shows, mine tours). Mt. Rushmore is a bit crazy, but get off the main trail and it is beautiful. We also did a fair amount of hiking in the Black Hills, very pretty area. I'm a bit of the mindset that if we have driven X miles we might as well as keep going, but I know at some point you have to call it.

    I'm sorry about your kiwi berry!
    Rebecca
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    For us, it'll be more baseball, swimming at the local pool, time with grandparents, and maybe a robotics camp. Maybe some beach time and a visit to the King Tut exhibit at the CA Science Center. We will also continue schooling, and maybe finally get a handle on cleaning up the house.

    Right now, I keep looking out my window, itching to get in as much gardening as I can before it really starts to heat up. I have a LOT to do. This year, I also have some dragon fruit plants that I need to make a planter for.
    Homeschooling an only, DS9

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