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Outside my window...
Very lovely!
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Although I'd say lose the sweater - we have now entered summer time temperatures!

I am thinking...
about the seasons of life. I remember when all my friends were going to college, and then getting jobs, and then getting married, and then having babies... etc. All the stuff that we were "all doing" at roughly the same time. It seems I am now in the season of life where my friends and I are losing our parents. The generation that nurtured and protected us is dropping away, and we are the next generation up. Tomorrow we are attending such a funeral for the mother of some friends of ours. She has been sick a long time requiring constant caregiving that they have provided for her expertly at home. I have a cousin who is also doing this for his own mother. It's just a very tough part of life.


I am thankful for...
all the time I had with my mother and my uncle and grandparents. Really for all of the family and teachers who mentored me throughout the years.

I am also grateful for my children who continue to bless and challenge me each and every day.



From the learning rooms...
Pushing through with Izzy's new math book and reading book and continuing with everything else June will be a difficult month to continue homeschooling. There will be swimming lessons and a music camp. Sam will also start driver's ed. I hope to spend more time on the funner subjects that get neglected, like history, during those times where we have more limited time.

From the kitchen...
I'm thinking meat loaf to go with the potato salad that Mr. Pete spontaneously whipped up last night!

I am wearing...
My 20-year-old Tweetie Bird oversized T-shirt that I bought when I was pregnant for the first time, while I wait for the dryer to finish up!

I am creating...
I'm not creating as much as nurturing my little pianists this week as they prepare for their piano recital. Then I can nurture my little rock band as they prepare for their Battle of the Bands!

I am going...
to be sure to take Rosie to the park this afternoon because she's been begging me to. I'm going to try to also do some upper body tape this afternoon to start back into the fitness routine I had to give up while my back healed.

I am reading...
I am re-reading Real Learning


I am hoping...

my kids do well.

I am hearing...
the humm of the air conditioner Mr. Pete kindly put up. 



Around the house...

I'm going through stacks of papers my sister brought over of mom's old stuff!  Found my grandpa's old check book and titles for cars he had decades ago!

A few plans for the rest of the week:
piano recital and then get the garden in.  I also have to coordinate a wedding this weekend that will be a little sad because the father of the bride just recently passed on.  I am also calling this my "birthday weekend" which tickles my kids, that I wouldn't just take a birth DAY but pronounce the whole weekend as mine!

of course the truth is that next week is also Rosie's birthday and she will be a big #5!


A picture I am sharing:  
Some awesome soccer pictures if I do say so myself!
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