What we've been up to…

First off.. the Wisconsin homeschool convention, (www.wisconsinchea.com)  where we saw good friends.  Here I am in the car 🙂  not a great photo, but accurate.

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The following week, I was called back to Madison, to pick up our son who broke his leg. He was in the hospital with rods for his femur.  This has been very challenging because he has been on crutches now for 6 weeks.  (which may be where I’ve been).  

The next day we send our second son off to Ireland on Teen Missions… see www.teenmissions.com 

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Then, DH and I took turns going to NICHE (Iowa Homeschool conference) where Voddie Bauchum was speaking.  His messages were inspirational to all of us. We were able to take several of the big boys with us both days. 

Next to that, we were able to get some off to camp.  We have 2 going to Pine Lake, one at Hidden Acres (home of the great homeschool camp!), one off to FCA soon. 

As far as homeschooling… we’ve been working to finish up old math books. Does anybody else have ratty workbooks with pages missing?  We  haven’t been doing any workboxes but we have been trying to do some fun math activities to firm up skills.

For our church VBS, we were using the Keepers At Home/Contenders of the Faith curriculum.  I’m not quite sure why we dont’ have any photos of the girls clubs, but we did soap making, laundry and cleaning, and rubber stamping. We also helped each of the girls start their own home making binders.   The boys did small engines, camping and woodworking.  Here are photos from woodworking: Brian's computer download 7.8.09 144

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Lastly, thanks to a great post , we’ve been having lots of summer fun. Here we are making chunky crayons. Brian's computer download 7.8.09 188

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Then… the sidewalk chalk paint:Brian's computer download 7.8.09 195 (Mixing it!)

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(painting) and results….

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Anyway, that is summer so far on the homestead.  Next week is an adventure as the big kids and DH will be gone on a mission trip to Kansas City.

Love, Mommaplus



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