Wednesday, June 29, 2011

A Day in the Life ... June Edition

Welcome to another "Day in the Life" in our family. We are currently on summer break and are enjoying lots of sports and getting home improvement projects done. So far everything is going well. I started this summer with two possible back-to-school start dates. The July date was if the kids were driving me crazy with behavior or the statement "I'm bored" constantly coming from their mouths. It is going so well that I think we might make it to our second August start date. Now on with our day in the life. No day is the same but all are filled with love and learning.

6:30 am to 9:30 am ~
Everyone woke up with tons of energy this morning. The house was loud from the start. At least the sounds were happy noises. The kids got ready for the day, ate breakfast and started a tournament with their Kung Zoo Hamsters, which they saved their allowances to buy. Even Timothy joined the game for a little while. They also watched Veggie Tales Slimo of the Opera and a Scooby Doo show. One of our summer themes seems to be a kid obsession with Scooby Doo (AGAIN). While they were all busy and content, I knocked out another home improvement project. I painted the wall behind the stove. It has been plain old dry wall for more than a year.

9:30 am to 10:00 am ~
We had circle time. This is my sneaky little way of doing a little bit of school each day. Today the kids read a book or chapter in their current library books, did a math page and three Mad Libs. (Some days we also do one of the following -- read a chapter in whatever family read aloud book we are working on, review our educational posters, write a thank you note, or review a concept I think they are getting slippery on.)

10:00 am to 10:45 am ~
We worked on chores around the house by doing a 5 minute pick-up in each room. This is a good way for us to finish up a few things without spending too much time in each room. Sometimes it is better to make a 50% improvement to the whole house than a 100% improvement to a room or two.

10:45 am to 12:15 pm ~
We packed up and went to swimming lessons. We are blessed with free Red Cross swimming lessons in our area. They run Monday thru Friday for two weeks in a row. The lessons are 45 minutes long and well organized. While they were in lessons, I drooled over read my favorite homeschool catalog.

Tom Sawyer is in level 4, which is in the deep end the whole time. He is doing well but needed to be taken out by the life guard twice last week, when his muscles gave out due to his cerebral palsy and cold water. Thank goodness we paid for private lessons for several years so that he would be competent in survival swimming and treading until help arrives. The water is much warmer this week and his muscles are holding up better. His teachers are staying closer to him as well.

Little Red Ridinghood and Goldilocks are in level 3. They are both making progress and love their teacher. 

12:15 pm to 2:00 pm ~
We went to the library, Target, bank and lunch at Hardees. We requested a plain little thick burger wrapped in lettuce for Tom Sawyer. This should have been safe, if they had followed directions.  However, they put cheese and ketchup on it before wrapping it up. I didn't realize that until he said from the back seat how delicious it was and thanked me for letting him cheat. Didn't intend to! He became angry and irritable immediately. UGGGGH! Must have been corn syrup in the ketchup and something in the cheese.

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm ~
The kids and I did 5 minute sweeps of the rest of the rooms and then it was free time. There was another Scooby Doo movie and more Kung Zoo Hamster play. The kids also played a peaceful game of Sequence.

I did laundry, talked to the neighbor, talked to family on the phone and made dinner.

5:00 pm to 6:30 pm ~
Dad is home and we ate dinner. Then there were more board games and a backyard baseball game.

6:30 pm to 8:00 pm ~
I took Timothy, Boomer and Little Red Ridinghood to dog training classes. Boomer did great with a sit- stay lesson that consisted of sitting still while food was thrown around him. This was his first class in the intermediate level and the teacher was really impressed with the progress he had made during the break between classes. Yay, Boomer and Tim!

The end of a busy day. 



  1. What a fun day! Well minus the allergic reaction. ((HUGS)) And I had never heard of Kung zoo Hamster's. [o= They sound like fun.

    Blessings and ((HUGS))

  2. Awesome day. Love your 50 percent whole house is better than 100 percent one room. So true. I am amazed at how big and beautiful Boomer is!
    Tina at Morningstar Academy

  3. Hi Dawn! No, I didn't get your email! :(
    Things have been unsettled over here (surgery and illness and major dental stuff)... I finally got the pc stuff worked out and got the Stanley stuff printed, I just need to pick up an envelope at the store (which I have forgotten the last couple of times I've been to the dang store!!) and it will be on its way. So, so sorry to have kept you waiting for so long. :(

  4. I smiled and groaned about the burger. It reminded me of something that J would say, thanking me for letting him cheat. The reactions are never fun, though.

    I'd never heard of Kung Zoo Pandas, either, but we actually have one! A friend gave it to one of the kids but I didn't know what it was!

    What a blessing to get free swimming lessons!