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Life lately: July highlights

“For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.”
~ Benjamin Franklin

organized junk drawer

Let’s take a moment to appreciate my junk-no-more kitchen drawer. It’s a work of art, if I do say so myself. I’ve been on a major clean-out and organization kick: linen closet, bookcases, utility room, and more. I always get on a kick like this before the new school year begins!

happenings & homeschooling

I’m still teaching (and loving!) my fitness class for active seniors at the local recreation center, and now I’m also working at a nearby gym. I’m working the front desk because the hours work with everything else I have going on. At some point, I plan to do personal training there as well, after I’ve had time to settle into my new routine.

July happenings

We signed the kids up for day camp a few non-consecutive weeks this summer. They love it because they get to swim every day, plus go crabbing and fishing and other such things during the week. On non-camp weeks, we’ve played at the beach, they’ve built ALL THE THINGS with Legos, and I’ve taken them to my fitness class a few times. The ladies there (mostly all grandmothers and a few great-grandmothers) adore them.

I’ve been homeschool planning and I’m pretty much done other than some scheduling. Yay! We plan to start back at the end of August.

My big de-clutter included a homeschool purge. I still have a few things left in my used curriculum sale: Teaching Textbooks Grade 6; Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Botany; A Child’s Geography book with CD; Notgrass America the Beautiful US History set; and a few other items. See curriculum clean-out post for details and prices if interested.

what we’ve been reading

My faves this month:
Evening Class by Maeve Binchy;
At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen;
Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon.

Kathryn (16):
The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo; I loved it, too!

Real life confession: I probably won’t do read-alouds for 8 year old Jem until we start our homeschooling routine.

on the blog {in case you missed ’em}

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–> Be on the lookout for a fun giveaway coming up next week!!

I’ll be linking with iHN’s Homeschool Mother’s Journal, and Kris’ weekly wrap-up.

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Can you tell me what planner is pictured? It looks like a perfect weekly layout!