Some weeks the days all blend together into a blur of activity. Early in the week I sometimes forget what day of the week it is! I especially hate that when I have to write a check or fill out a form requiring the date and I have no idea what day it is, let alone the date! BUT, Fridays are different! I never forget that it's Friday!
In My Life This Week...
My favorite part of this week has been that my husband has had the past two days off work and doesn't have to return to work until Monday! Yeah for the dad and husband being home! Today, he made my breakfast, helped the kids clean their LEGOs and even made time for me to do some of my work, like the bookwork I do for my dad's business and...... clean under the sink! I am pretty sure this hadn't been done in at least a decade!
...and sweep up the parakeet feathers under Bella and Stella's cage. You know, the really important stuff! Besides all the usual 4th of July stuff like picnics and fireworks, we also went to the dollar theater today. We are under an excessive heat warning for 2 more days so the theater seemed like our best option!
In Our Homeschool This Week...
We completed our first lapbook ever! The kids complained a bit that I had the nerve to ask them to do something academic during the summer, (They are still breaking free from leaving public school less than 2 years ago.) but overall they seemed to enjoy the project and were VERY proud of their finished lapbooks about Independence Day!
As some of you who read my blog know, we have a son with Asperger Syndrome. My advice to you this week centers around like kiddos: "When there is a burn ban in your county, don't let the Aspie's grandpa take him to a fireworks store on the 4th of July!" Newly purchased fireworks are the ultimate anticipation for most boys! But when a child who has very little ability to delay gratification, very little ability to be told no and still be civil, and can hear a few neighbors light their fireworks anyway, not lighting his is pure torture! We had the typical parent to child talk about how "Just because they are doing it does not make it ok" talk. Usually our Aspie is the rule enforcer, but when it comes to purchasing his own fireworks and being told no in the same day, all laws become irrelevant! We finally allowed him to light a few of them so we could get him to bed without further fiasco when a sheriff drove by our house! He didn't stop, thank goodness! And in hindsight, he was the answer to our prayers. We were able to tell the kids that his sole purpose in driving out our way was to look for burning. Even the Aspie relented to putting them away at that point. For those of you parents of special needs kiddos who wonder if you will ever be able to enjoy a relaxing family get together, take heart! You are not alone!
I Am Inspired By...
My pastor! He refuses to water down the truth. He speaks boldly each and every Sunday as God directs him to do so. He is passionate that his congregation hear from God, not him. He is passionate about not just telling us what we want to hear, but what God wants us to hear.
I was also inspired by the movie/ documentary, "Monumental." If you have not seen it, you MUST! It is Kirk Cameron's journey to uncover the truth about our nation's spiritual heritage.
Places We're Going & People We're Seeing...
Other than going to my sister - in - law's house to watch the fireworks and the dollar theater (which is actually $3!) we are pretty much enjoying dad being off work at home. It's nice to not be running around quite so much!
My Favorite thing this Week Was...The Rain!
We were so thankful for even just the half inch of rain we got. We were less excited for the storms that brought the rain. In the above pic my son is getting ready to dart out into the yard to collect hail! He has been trained by the Nat. Weather Service as an official storm spotter and was so excited to be able to call them twice in the past week to report high winds and hail.
Life is like that sometimes. We pray and pray for rain but are not prepared for the storms that bring the rain. Our homeschool journey was like that. We were praying and praying for our son to do better in school. It took a pretty big storm for us to realize that God wanted us to teach him at home all along. The refreshing rain has come to both our home as well as our garden and we are thankful for both. We even try to be thankful for the storms that brought them!
Questions & Thoughts I Have...
When there are burn bans in effect, why are fireworks stores still allowed to sell fireworks to grandpas and boys? :O)
When are we going to start school this fall? How about you all? Do you have a starting date in mind?
We have started planning our homeschool co-op for next fall and want to add some new classes. What are your kids' favorite co-op classes?
Of course, I'm still reading "Bonhoeffer." But I'm getting closer to the end though! I'm to the part where he is in prison. I bet it is overdue at the library!
I'm Grateful for...AIR CONDITIONING!
The high for tomorrow in northern Indiana is 105 degrees!
As little as I can these days! But I did make a Pinterest recipe that was pretty yummy. We made Raspberry Lemonade Cupcakes. We altered the recipe though because I didn't feel like making it completely from scratch. We added a raspberry lemonade powdered packet to a white cake mix. Then we added a half packet of the mix to 2 cans of white frosting along with a bit of red food coloring. We sprinkled decorator sugar on the frosting. They were really tart and yummy! Usually I make my own butter cream frosting but these turned out pretty good and were super easy...and yummy!
Well maybe I've been cooking more than I thought...I made zucchini brownies which the kids loved! I didn't tell them there was zucchini in them 'till after they told me how good they were. I also made banana bread with zucchini also. The zucchini makes it so moist!
I'm Praying For...
I have many friends with kids with Asperger's and all of them seem to be in a funk right now. (The kids, not the friends! :O)) So, many of my prayers have been covering these precious moms and dads who live lives like ours.
A Photo to Share...
I thought these two pics could help offset the heat of the day!
I'm linking up the the Homeschool Mother's Journal today...
As well as the Weekly Wrap Up!
Blessings to you as you wrap up your week as well!