It's the middle of July, and the weather has been beautiful! Most days are hot, but not unbearable. The nights have cooled to at least 60-65 degrees. And the kids and I have had happy, fun, carefree days - for the most part. :)
This week, we began a beautiful, wonderful storybook collection called "The Complete Brambly Hedge". If you have never seen it, you are seriously missing out. The stories are happy and sweet, and the illustrations are just out of this world. If you have toddlers, particularly girls, I highly recommend finding a copy of this out-of-print book!
Kirsa has also started playing dressup, and will run around for hours in the costumes she finds in the playroom.
Elijah continued doing a daily journal page, and a little math and handwriting. His handwriting book is beginning cursive strokes, and he likes that! He also did a "Z" coloring page, shown here, and Kirsa did her do-a-dot page, the last one. Then she began some counting printable worksheets.
The kids also tried out sack races and silly string outside. We cut most of our activities, inside and out, due to swimming lessons and making other preparations for vacation. But Elijah read "Prairie School" and I continued reading "On the Banks of Plum Creek" to him. We will also finish Pippi Longstocking this week, just one chapter to go!
This is the last week of swimming lessons, and Ingrid is much happier in the pool now! My sweet friend Heather came early to lessons one day to snap some pictures of Ingrid in the water, since I can't hold her and the camera at the same time. I think this girl will one day turn into a fish like Elijah and Kirsa. Right now she's convinced she wants to be underwater at all times, and no amount of inhaling and choking on pool water can deter her!
Swimming lessons have made Kirsa particularly tired, and she has napped well most days this week and last. Ingrid has finally completed the transition to 1 nap a day, and is napping like an angel for a good solid 2 hours every afternoon, from about noon to 2pm, give or take.
We did our school supply shopping for Elijah - I think I probably had more fun than the kids, but it was a good time anyway.
That's it for this week! Not much summertime left now!