I'm calling a "do-over". Let's just all pretend that my last post wasn't FOUR MONTHS ago. Okay? Are we all good with that? Awesome!
So here's what we've been up to:
We finished the first year of our return to the fabulous land of homeschooling. All in all, I'm calling it a success. I think Babygirl and Beans would agree. As soon as I'm done writing this post, I'll post the recent YouTube videos I shot in which I review the curriculum we used this past year. (I promise I'll do this straight away. Like really promise this time. Pinky swear.)
Chuckles came home for a bit after finishing his sophomore year at college. I cannot express the joy I feel whenever he comes home for a visit. He also left his teenage years behind him and turned 20. Good grief, I'm old.
Babygirl continues to amaze me. She isn't perfect, but she's pretty darn close to it. I know I'm one of those rare mothers who loves being around a teenage girl and I am grateful. Shortly after turning 17 this summer, she and Chuckles took off on a cross country road trip to where Chuckles attends school. He needed to drive a car back and she went with him to share in the driving and to have fun with her pals from where we used to live.
Beans spent the summer watching SpongeBob. I jest. He did watch quite a bit of that, but he also reveled in a vacation with his cousins, weeks of day camp at an area rec center, and a surprise visit from two of his best friends from our previous home.
We had a bunch of company this summer, a family reunion, and The Husband's first summer of our new garden was bountiful. He has put an impressive amount of work into this area and it's rewarding to reap the benefits.
More homestead news: Our "baby" chicks are now bonafide egg layers. Sunshine, one of our older chickens, went and died on us which caused great sadness. And Lincoln The Turkey has joined the menagerie of animals at the homestead.
AND...... I spent just under three glorious weeks travelling around Europe (England and Germany with a touch of Belgium, France, and Luxembourg thrown in for extra fun) with one of my unquestionably favorite people. Over 30 years ago, she and I sat on her bed with travel books, a Eurail guide, and a map of Germany spread out before us. We didn't manage to execute our plans after high school graduation as we'd hoped, but better late than never. Definitely.
That's about it, I think. We go back to school in a few days so I'm busy getting everything ready. Our school room looks like Amazon vomited all over it. I finished making this year's planner and now I just need to actually write the information in it. (I did a video for that, too, and will post it today. Again....I PROMISE!)
Thanks for reading and I'll write again soon....before another four months have gone by. I promise. :)