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1. Sticks and stones and all of that, but no one can say my kids have a problem with "socialization."
This summer my youngest has voluntarily gotten on stage to take part in a dance demonstration.
Volunteered to be in the library science programs
and gave as good as she got when it came to good natured ribbing from her 1st cousin twice removed (and about 7 decades older) Jerry.
She also looked into Aunt Dot's eyes and told her she loved her and wanted to spend the week in her house someday.
Made fast friends and played with her third cousin too!
I've failed in many things in my life, - but not with this kid. and not in that way.
2. Manistee Michigan is beautiful. I highly recommend it as a vacation spot. Our first night there we watched this beautiful big boat float down the Mighty Manistee River and go passed the draw bridge.
From our camp site we could see this boat, The City of Milwaukee, docked in the city.
and we got to tour it the next day.
They are trying to keep the boat as a part of our Great Lakes Heritage and their biggest fund raiser is the Halloween Ghost Ship! SO here's my plug for that!
3. We spent a few days camping. Here is our site with our two big tents.
Walking along in Bear Creek.
Making bubbles with newly discovered cousins at the family reunion.
Good food and fellowship - 66 family members showed up this year!
4. One of my cousins had these pictures to share. My great grandparents had 10 children - 4 boys and 6 girls. Here are the ladies, Mary, Opal (who is somewhat infamous on this blog), Grace and my beloved Aunt Dot.
Not exactly sure of the brothers, but I know my grandpa is the second one from the right. Look how happy and united they look!
5. I heard Megan Scheibner speak at the last homeschool convention. She has a lot of adult children now all over the country and she talked about how she will send out a group text every day to all of them, and then watch them text each other all day on her phone.
I really, really liked that idea and I would like to start it with my older kids, but I'm not sure how to get it started. I'd like my kids to be as close as my grandpa and his siblings. They must have been very close knit for that love of family to have trickled down to through their children and grandchildren so much!
Maybe I'll start texting them by sharing that photo!
6. I passed my first college course in about 23 years. It wasn't that tough- just time consuming. Still debating about whether I want to dig in or not this fall - I have so many other commitments.
Still its nice to know that if I want to do it - I still can!
7. My wedding anniversary is this weekend and Izzy wants to bake me a cake. Of course it would have to be gluten free/grain free cake, so that will need preparation. So Izzy was sitting there reading the ingredients that she will need off to me so that I could get them at the store -
I'm writing it all down- and then it hit me - she's reading, TO ME from the cookbook, without any problems at all. And when I mentioned to her how well she was reading she said, "Mom, it's a cookbook! I can read anything about cooking and baking!"
And I know that doesn't seem like a big deal but it is.
It reminded me about a story that Julie Bogart wrote in her Bravewriter book about her daughter - a girl like Izzy who also struggled to read and it clicked with her after e-mailing back and forth with her grandmother! Some kids, just need something a little different to get them going. For Julie's daughter it was her grandmother. For my daughter - it was learning to bake and cook!