Michael has Mondays off during the summer so we went to the beach this past Monday. It was a perfect beach day... blue skies, the water wasn't too choppy, the sea weed was manageable (it's been a high level sea weed year), the tide was out and we went early so there weren't very many people. The kids were great-- they usually are at the beach. They had a blast diving into the waves. Jane wanted to have a go at the waves, too, and couldn't understand why I wouldn't let go of her! I let her dangle her feet into the waves, but that's as far as she got!
After the beach we went home to eat lunch and clean up. Then we went to the outlet mall to check on some clearance sales (I got Nora a pair of shorts for 40 cents and Collin a pair of pants for 2.46 and a collared shirt for 2.60). They were one size to big for Collin, but we couldn't pass up on the deals! We'll stick them in a box for next year along with a few other hand me downs we've been given for him.
And, of course, a trip to the outlet isn't complete until we go to the Disney store. They have events every day at 2pm during the summer, so we like to go at least once a week to get the new button pins they give out to the kids for participating (they give out new character pins each week). Next week's pin is Olaf!!
I'm still working on getting ready to homeschool the kids this fall. I'm trying hard to balance proper expectations for the kids. I know that the first few months will be spent trying to adjust to the new schooling, so I don't want to set the kids up to fail by expecting too much. I also don't want to underestimate them by expecting too little out of them. The schedule I have set for them right now is a gradual incline... they'll start out with very minimal lessons that will gradually increase in pace and content. Fortunately, I have the entire year already mapped out for each subject so I can speed up or slow down as needed.
VBS is next week, which is super exciting! I'll teach the youngest class again, which means I'll have a super short lesson, an easy craft and then playtime! I'm also doing the welcome table (a table set up with crabs, shells, sand and coral) to keep the kids busy before VBS begins each night. It starts at 6:30, but there are always some kids there early and they end up running around like chickens until we begin. This year we're hoping to avoid that by giving them something to look at and learn about while waiting for everyone else to arrive. And then, of course, I'm doing the music. Which is fun, fun, fun!