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Five on Friday

Just a bit of catching up...things going on around here...

1. We wrapped up our homeschooling year this week and are now looking forward to enjoying a couple months "off" before starting up again. We all still have some personal projects we're working on in the meantime...Noah's building us some stairs to get from our kitchen to the backyard and working on prep for college and scholarship applications...Asher's teaching himself new songs on the violin and helping me ready his high school curricula...Micah's still in black belt testing mode and is also working on learning to write code to build an app and possibly taking an online oceanography course...Nathan's busy with work...and I've got a whole list of little things to check off before fall. :)

2. Also, Noah just finished participating in the City of Fort Collins' first ever Summer in the City program. It was like the City Works 101 program I finished last month but designed for high schoolers. The group hit on many of the same things we covered in the full City Works program and some things we hadn't. They also emphasized career choices--how the people speaking to them had gotten to where they were and what their jobs entailed. All in all, I think he enjoyed himself and learned some valuable things. (Plus, the hours counted toward a requirement he has for the endorsed diploma program he's doing at CEC.)

3. Amid all that, the boys and I have also been playing more games and trying to enjoy our summer together. One of the games lately has been Settlers of Catan:

So far, I'm the only one who hasn't won a round, though... :(

4. We were actually playing Catan on Wednesday afternoon when Micah went out to get the mail...and managed to burn the bottoms of his feet on the asphalt. I didn't realize he meant it until after the game was over and he was getting ready to head to his weekly Black Belt training session. Subsequently, the session didn't go as well as he'd have liked (he was in pain and couldn't do the moves fully) and he opted to not go to karate class yesterday. But. The blisters have now mostly healed (after a day or so of applying coconut oil and keeping them wrapped) and he's feeling ready to get back to everything today. 

5. And, finally, last week my peonies were in full bloom and were glorious:

They were seriously huge and made me so happy. :) 

And that's some of what's going on around here. Hope your summer is going well, too!

Reader Comments (2)

I seriously cannot believe how beautifully stunning those flowers are. I never thought white flowers were pretty before, but these have changed my mind. Amazing.

June 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa Miller

Nice update, Amanda. Glad Micah's fewer healed quickly!

June 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNan

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