Forced Family Fun :)

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One of the best things about camping (ok, RVing) ;), besides enjoying God’s beautiful creation, visiting different landmarks, and making memories that will last a lifetime is that being in a small, enclosed space “forces” you to spend quality time with your family. We just got back from camping at Natural Bridge and had so much fun fishing, exploring Lexington, driving our rented golf cart, eating dinner outside, playing Uno, and sitting around the campfire.

For three days and nights we practically spent every minute together….then we came home and everybody went their separate ways.

It always amazes me how quickly we get back into our “routines” and spend much less time together after our trips are over. I think it’s so important for families to be intentional about planning quality time together or as we like to call it, “forced family fun” 🙂 !

Thank you Brendan and Ryan for putting up with us, even during your teen years!  We love you guys!!!

I am so grateful for these long weekends that we get to spend together and am looking forward to another one in less than two weeks!

That’s right boys (hee,hee)…more family fun is coming!!!

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Is it Christmas Break Yet?

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Are we done yet??? I’m totally NOT feeling motivated to do school this week 🙂 ! Thankfully we are caught up and only had a few things to complete over the past few days. Tomorrow the boys each have a math quiz and will need to finish their writing.  Justin took the day off from work and we’re going to see Frozen.  Then we are DONE with school until 2014!!!

Breaking News :) !!!

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Thrilled, ecstatic, impressed, excited, … these are just a few adjectives describing how I feel about IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing)!!!!!!!!!!!  Both kids took their assigned paragraphs this morning, underlined the key words, formed an outline, and wrote the text in their own words…wait for it, wait for it…..without needing ANY help from me – WOO, HOO 🙂 !!!!!!!!!!!!  This is HUGE!  I love how IEW gives students skills and confidence by giving them clear instructions, expectations, and checklists to follow!

We have enjoyed watching The Bible on the History Channel over the past few weeks.  We DVR the show and watch it with the kids a few nights a week and I have been amazed at how many details Brendan and Ryan have remembered from our studies of the Old Testament this year – what perfect timing!

We are almost finished memorizing Psalm 1: 1-6 and have the rest of the week to master it.  Our two new families that we will be praying for are the Smith’s and the Elkin’s.  We have been learning about Elijah during Bible.  Other subjects that we have been working on are art (painting and mixing colors), spelling, reading of The Secret Garden, science, math, history, Greek, and we even played a few games of “multiplication” Bingo.  We will officially begin week number 25 tomorrow, which means that we only have nine weeks of schoolwork left!  Of course we will still do math, reading, and writing a few days a week over summer vacation, but we’re headed toward the finish line 🙂 !