I blinked and it was over. Year two of homeschooling ended over a month ago, and as much as I wanted to take some time to rest over the summer, 6 weeks have come and gone, and neither rest nor progress was accomplished. I had a planned, scripted and calculated my days but just like that, the busyness of a large family took over. Though this is not a bad thing, my type A personality doesn’t react too well with spur of the moment changes and activities. As a way to cope with these sudden plan changes (that I should by now be used to), I resolved to schedule time for “unplanned” shenanigans every weekend.
Though we still have a couple of months of vacation time left, we’ve managed to squeeze in some great outings and learning opportunities. We visited a local farm, that is home to some extremely friendly animals. You don’t see these animals every day, at least not where we live). Here’s a picture of Kayla and Oscar the camel.
Another highlight of this summer so far, has been meeting one of our favorite YouTubers (Ann Reardon) at YouTube Space in LA last weekend. Ann’s channel is called “How To Cook That” and she gives step by step instructions on how to make very elaborate cakes, fun deserts and all things chocolate. My girls love to bake and thanks to Anne, they’ve been inspired to try new recipes and get extremely creative while doing so.
Speaking of YouTube, as soon as the summer began, my girls finally succumbed to the YouTube bug that’s been biting them for months. In the last few months, they’ve filmed countless of skits, DIYs, and craft videos that never made it on YouTube. In these past 4 weeks however; 4 channels have been created and nearly 20 videos have been uploaded. This is exiting to me, because I love seeing them occupied doing something they are passionate about.
Finally, the most impactful experience we’ve had so far was at a Compassion International event in early June. We got to “walk through” the stories of 4 children in desperate need. This experience has changed our family.