Homeschooling: It's not what we do, it's how we live.

Summertime: Week 4

Before I begin, I would like to apologize for not coming up with more creative blog titles. In my defense, I have barely had tome to get a re-cap of our week posted – being clever to boot is just more stress than my poor little brain can handle right now.

If you’ve been visiting over the last few weeks, you may notice that there isn’t a lot of ‘homeschooling’ going on here on this homeschooling blog. I admit, ‘school’ as we normally define it here has been noticeably absent over the last few weeks. We’d originally planned to take August off for a long break, but things worked out so that we needed to take most of June and July instead. We’re still doing some un-schooly stuff – reading and artsy-fartsy projects, but desk work and ‘core’ will be back a month or so from now. In the meantime, we’ve been busy with more out-of-the-house pursuits. We also have three extra kids and tennis camp for the next few weeks – between those two disruptions, trying to keep up with a ‘normal’ school day wasn’t going to happen.

Tennis camp is back in full-force; we got rained out all last week. Monday, the kids actually got to volley back and forth and started learning about scorekeeping. Even though they missed last week, you wouldn’t know it from watching them. They’re getting pretty good! It will be fun once their classes are over and we can go play tennis and actually ‘play’ the game with rules and style rather than just bouncing around on the court trying to hit the ball back and forth.

After tennis, we ate lunch and then basically fell into the pool – which offered only minimal relief. With the trees gone due to Hurricanes Rita & Ike a few years ago, there’s not much shade mid-day over the pool, so it’s kinda like swimming in bath water. But it’s better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick {wink}. We had some friends over to play – that always makes things more fun!

A word about the heat… it’s topping 100 degrees out here every day this week – and it is miserable. At this point, I am so glad that we’ve been outside as much as we have over the past few weeks or we would be dying. Water and snacks have been or prime importance for outdoorsy activities; I am usually pretty organized when we go out. I posted a long time ago about the ‘field trip box’ and that’s been such a great thing! We use stuff out of it all the time, but lately, it’s been a hassle having to dig around in it when we need stuff, and to remember to re-stock after a day out. Thanks to Pinterest, I found a pin that made my little OCD heart sing with joy – an organized van – with easy to see (and therefore inventory contents) and accessible pockets!


The Castro HAPPYnings: Junk in the Trunk


I couldn’t find the bags she used, but the mesh ones worked just fine. They were $2.50 each at Dollar General and I got 3 of them. They came with hooks, but I just looped the bar around the head rest rods and they’re pretty secure.

I moved almost everything from the field trip box into the pockets. The first aid kit hangs below – it’s red and pretty visible – much more handier than stuffed in the bottom of the box! The picnic blankets and towels are always a pain – I need to get one of those air-tight bags to seal them in until we need them or bungee cords to something to tame them – but then again, we use them a lot, so they need to be accessible, too. I don’t like them where they are (and loose), but that will do for now.

I added sling backpacks, our letterboxing supplies, maps, rope (and other survival gear), plenty of sunscreen and bug spray, a bag of baby wipes, and all sorts of other things we frequently use in the car or need when we’re out and about to the pockets.

One thing I have to contend with that she didn’t was the sling chairs. We have about 5 of them and use them *all* the time. I simply must have them in the van at all times, so that takes up a significant portion of the trunk space in the back – but necessary – and there’s still more room since the bog box is gone! We also have tennis rackets at the moment – tennis camp won’t be over until July.

In any case, I am extremely happy with how it turned out. Everything is right there at hand, and clearly visible since the pockets are mesh.

Tuesday, we went to Tennis Camp but then headed back home for the day. We’ve been gone so much over the last few weeks that the house is getting out of control. I needed to go through books and the kids clothes and just weed out the high-traffic areas of the house and put things where they go (but didn’t do any of that – the kids went o visit Grandma and I celebrated an empty house with an iced coffee drink).

Wednesday, we went for a drive and ended up at a nearby water park. We’ve been before, and the kids had such a great time!

Thursday is supposed to be our action-packed day: 5 kids, then tennis camp, then the movies. Well, two out of three ain’t bad {wink}. After tennis camp, we were pooped – the heat is absolutely INSANE. We read for a bit, had lunch then I let the kids play Minecraft for a while. That started off really well, but deteriorated the longer they played. Chalk it up to being cooped up inside with a cranky Mommy, I guess – no one was in a very good mood that afternoon. Here’s a picture from after karate – you can see how pleased everyone is, LOL

Even though we had a less than stellar blip during the week, the weekend got off to an early start! Here’s hoping your week has been lovely, and your weekend deliciously relaxing.




2 responses

  1. OMG! That is an awesome organization of your van! I am so stealing this! Luv your blog H.

    July 3, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    • Thanks! I am So happy with how it turned out – much better than the box!

      July 8, 2012 at 6:15 pm

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