Remembering today those people who lost their lives 14 years ago.
We are SO hanging on to summer here at The Joys of Home Educating.
If you have been a blog follower for a while you know that each year I take the children to The Jersey Shore (#jerseystrong) at the end of the summer. We USUALLY go the week after Labor Day because, duh, the crowds are far less. This year, since Labor Day was late, we went the week OF! gasp, I know!
We were pleasantly surprised that it was not THAT busy. We enjoyed the ocean, boardwalk, ice cream, mini golf, dinners out, hotel pool and most of all, DADDY went with us this year! A first!
A great time was had by all!
As soon as we got back, we hosted our Newell Family Backyard Campout (it had been since 2012 since our last one) Seven families came, pitched their tent, shared a meal, bonfire and sang songs with us. The children were up until the wee hours of the follow day as well as most adults. Let's just say dawn came WAY too fast after my head hit the air mattress!
We had a friendly competition this year. We asked the families to create a Family Flag/Crest that represented their family. I was SUPER excited that each family did one and the picture of the kids above, displays them all!
The pool picture and the girls (face painted) were taken on Monday at a friend of ours. We were invited (rare!) to a bbq and swim all day. We were there 7 hours (time flew) and we had a great time! (best smoked salmon EVER!)
Even though we have not started back (full time) to our school schedule, we have been easing back into many subjects. Art is a BIG one in our home, with our daughters. Molly enjoyed the hummingbird pastel tutorial over at Hodgepodge. In addition she worked on a new Doodle Crate and Sammie continues to kick butt in her Tae Kwon Do Class. (3 nights a week)
Over the summer the children took enrichment classes at a local elementary school. Sammie picked a Silly Science class...here is a video from her class erupting her volcano!