Where did the summer go? At this very moment, our little one is off on a field trip to Old Sturbridge Village where she will see her grandmother working in the Salem Towne House today. The older one is still abed (though I would bet she is reading) and Mike is off to work. So far this morning I have had coffee and a brownie (thanks Laurie Brown!), done dishes, fed the cats, the dog, the guinea pigs and the fish, checked email, the prayer chain and Facebook, and have commenced getting lost in a sea of information about how to write a transcript. I just wrote a post for our homeschool groups blog about high school transcripts. It is over here. I get a great deal of good advice and help from Lee Binz.
Our VBS decorations are up after 3 months of work and if I do say so myself, the church looks pretty awesome as the Australian Outback. Here are some photos if anyone wants to see them. My volunteers rock and an extra special thank you to my Rowan, my right hand, with whom I probably would forget any number of things on any given day.
Falmouth's Annual Road Race is this Sunday which means we take our worship outside and the girls help man the watering station. They also pass out free iced tea, lemonade, water and balloons with info about FBC, it makes for a long day but it is always awesome.
The Road Race is the kickoff for our week-long, nightly VBS. Rowan is doing drama this year which means last minute craziness and insanity but nobody pulls it off better than our own FBC players. Mike is playing Jesus all week with minimal lines so he doesn't miss work.
As far as getting ready for school the only thing left to order is Rowan's high school biology from BJU. She is going to be doing the online version because it is $100 less than the DVD version. We already have everything else and except for scheduling Danish and the biology, we are good to go for Term 1 of the 2010-2011 school year.
Our annual Washburn Island camping was tragically truncated to 3 days this year.
As sad as I am, we will take full advantage of whatever glorious moments we can have.
Our tent has given up the ghost and was retired after last year. We pretty much knew it was a goner when we had to duct tape ourselves in the last night, the zipper was utterly gone.
This year we are borrowing from a friend but I hope to get another one of our very own for next year. I loved our tent. We are heading our for those 3 days after which we will begin our school year. There is no one photo that captures the entirety of our Washburn trips, here is a typical one of me and the camp dog, our Arwen.
Jenna has wrapped up her first year of swim lessons and did really well. She hated it most days but as far as I am concerned touch cookies. Childhood rituals and all that. They had a party yesterday, pizza on the beach. I can't think of anything I would enjoy less personally, sandy pizza, blech. Still, I am sorry I missed it. She went with her swim lesson buddies, I was putting up the decorations.
One last summer event following Washburn, our annual Civil War Day with Historical Happenings. We love the Matson's and will miss our time with them as this is their last year doing these reenactments.
And that will pretty much be the end of summer and we will be embarking on our new school year.
But not quite yet.....