Sunday, May 29, 2016

Week 22 In Review

The Week in Pictures:

 Miriam celebrated her Baptism Day on May 24th!
 It was a beautiful week and we had lots of fun outside with water.  
On Wednesday we had some friends over for a play date.
 John got some new wheels :-)
 We went to visit John and Fern, our adopted grandparent,s and had a lot of fun exploring their pond - here's a picture of tadpoles recently hatched.  
 This is a picture of us out in the woods working in our Nature Journals.  To continue our study of Botany, the children will be keeping a nature journal this summer.

 Phil is extending the play set and making it a bit more sturdy with cement.  All the kids had to take turns getting into the 3+ foot hole Phil dug for the post.  
We had a visit from an old friend from Stevens Point!  Mariah Pehoski is now living in Boston and was in the area so she stopped by with a couple of friends and the kids loved seeing her.  She used to babysit for us many years ago before we moved away from central Wisconsin. 
Luke got a new bike and has been doing a great job riding around - it's time for him to learn to ride without training wheels!
I've neglected to post a picture of the chicken coop that Phil has been hard at work on for the last couple of weeks.  It got a coat of blue paint this weekend along with our front porch.  Phil did a great job painting - watch for pictures of completed projects next week.
On Saturday we celebrated 11 years of Marriage!  As an anniversary gift to Phil I finally got this sketch framed - we had it done in Rome on our honeymoon.  I don't know that we ever quite looked like the picture but it was fun to have someone sketch us.
We celebrated our anniversary with a picnic at the Fairfax falls which are about 5 minutes away from our home- it was beautiful and the kids had fun in the water on this almost 90 degree day!

There were a lot of natural caves for the kids to explore and rocks everywhere.

We also got to celebrate our neighbor's 4th birthday - they threw a great party with this fun water slide.  The weather was perfect and everyone had a great time.  

Highlights from the week:

Phil was in Florida Monday through Thursday and we were happy to have him home safe and sound and we enjoyed having him Friday and all weekend!

With the beautiful weather, water fun and our great sand box, hill and dirt mountain and the various guests who came to visit, I think we've done more laundry this week than over the last month or so!  The kids also had daily baths - it's a good thing we have our own well.

On Friday we wrapped up our school year.  The kids will have the next week off of school as a "free week"  and then we'll switch to our summer schedule.  On Wednesday we're taking one last field trip to the Maritime Museum for our "Vermont History" requirement but otherwise we've wrapped up our formal school year.    If I have time I'll write a post with more detail about what we're planning for the summer - I'm really excited about our summer "fun school."  We've been reading through the "Life of Fred" books at bed time and really enjoy using them as math enrichment.  The kids often ask to do an extra chapter and they want me to buy the Calculus book so they can hear the rest of the story.  I'm learning a lot with them .  For history we're going to be studying the Greeks with some fun activities including learning to write some Greek letters and we'll be taking part in the Summer reading program at the Library.  

Happy Feast of Corpus Christi!   How beautiful to know that Corpus Christi Processions were taking place all over the world today - it was beautiful to be able to follow Christ out into the Community in our Parish of St. Luke's.   What an amazing gift our Catholic faith is and I am so grateful for this Gift of Love through which God transforms us from within and conforms us to Himself!  May the Love of Our Lord in the Eucharist touch your heart today and fill you with His Love.  Our prayers are with you - please pray for us!

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