It has been a pretty busy summer so far. Can’t believe it is nearly to the end. But honestly, I’m ready to get back to school time routine. Typically we school year round with a break in June and December. We haven’t done much at all since May. I feel behind, but then remind myself that with homeschooling we are never behind because life is school as well.
We got our well repaired. Dug down another 120 feet. Put in a more powerful pump. So nice! We were without water for about 10 days. The kids will forever have stories to share with their kids.
Both our new mommies are having boys. Matthew Tyler and Jaxon Cain. Mommies and babies are doing well.
Ashley is still here with us. Boyfriend still isn’t working and preparing to take care of our daughter and grandson. I think she is beginning to get a real eye opener.
I feel totally extra blessed this summer. Both our older boys and families are coming for a visit. Travis’ wife and girls have been up here since May. Visiting between us and her mom. Travis is getting out of the Army and unfortunately, they are also getting a divorce Breaks my heart but probably best at this point. The girls are 13 and 11. Tender years but they are strong. Travis will be up here from Georgia Saturday for about 8 1/2 days. Then back to work. So excited to see him.
Jason was here from Kansas the end of July. He spent a few days here with his family. Then a few days with her family. Then back here as they passed thru headed home. It was sooo good to see him (he just returned from Iraq….3rd tour).
Since Travis’ girls are already up here, all nine grandkids could hangout while Jason and family were here. Slumber parties. Dinners. Swimming. Hiking. They had a blast! The first time in 4 1/2 years that all nine grandkids have been together.
(Grandkids in chronological order. 15, 14, 13, 13, 13, 11, 11, 11, and 10).
We have made it to two camping trips this year. Hoping for a third next week but with the big fires going on here, it may just be too smoky up in our camping area. Kind of scary too knowing the fires are up that way.
School will resume here pretty soon. I will only have 13 kids in school this year as Nehemiah will graduate in September. I’ve also decided to try something different this fifteenth year of our school. We are putting six of the students in the K12 program. Tiffany, Adam, and Cody will be in high school. Stephanie, Hailey, and Megan will be in 8th grade.
1) it is something different.
2) the computer experience will come in handy. I have realized how computer illiterate some of the older kids are.
3) Brandy is putting her kids in public high school. Doing the K12 will give them the experience of meeting someone else’s schedule for school work. A bit more intense on getting work done in a timely matter which will prepare them for public school next year.
4) I will be able to focus more on the younger crowd without all the big kids hogging all the school attention. Logan will be seven next month and we haven’t even begun any formal school with him yet. Although I don’t believe he was really ready until now anyway. Jeremiah is 5 1/2 and I will throw him in there too. So I will still have five elementary aged kids plus Tawny and then Austin.
Austin had an MRI done yesterday. I don’t know what these “episodes” are that he is going through now and again but we need answers. I can deal with them but he is 17. His future needs answers. I have shared our experiences with others and three people have said he is acting just like so-and-so and they had a brain tumor. Scary!!! So, I pushed the Dr. to do more than just refer us to psychological testing but to also rule out a tumor with an MRI. We are told we should be hearing from the Dr. today.
Austin also wants to look into Job Corps. He has autistic like tendencies (no label) so college may be out of the question for him and Job Corps may be the answer. We will go to an orientation thing this Thursday and get more info.
Donald came home from basic training and AIT in June. Austin and I flew out to Virginia for his graduation. We visited a couple history sites including Colonial Williamsburg. Donald changed his MOS (job) to Military Chef. Since he is in the Idaho Army National Guard, he has been looking for work. He is thinking to use his GI Bill next year and go to culinary school to become a master chef.
That’s the scoop for now. It has been a really good summer. It has gone by very quickly. But like I said, I’m ready to get back to some sort of routine. We have had company in and out since May…which I’m OK with. I love seeing my older kids and the grandkids. But, back to routine after Travis leaves.