Seven Quick Takes





Dawn has posted another File Crate Post– I’ve been considering doing something like this for awhile. It always seems that I find great Christmas ideas in February and great summer stuff in November. So having a place to keep it all until it’s the appropriate season really appeals to me.





Ender has been in swimming lessons all week this week. We’ve learned to get in and out of the pool safely, how to blow bubbles, floating on our backs and bellies and kicking with a kick board. Yesterday we went underwater for the first time and he was NOT impressed. He really wants to “swim like a big kid” but is really afraid of going under. His teacher spent some time with him to show him that if he blows bubbles with his nose it keeps the water out of your nose (since that’s one of his worries) but he’s still really unsure about the whole thing.





I’ve been going around and around about what we should do this year for school with Ender. On one hand he’s ready for something more, but he’s still just 3 1/2- certainly not ready for a more traditional Kindergarten experience. He really wants to learn to write, so I’m trying to sort out the best way to do that- maybe starting with tracing some cookie cutters or something? Tracing lines?

So this year we’re going to continue to follow his interests, continue with phonics and introduce a few math concepts to see if he has any interest yet.





We’ve read dozens of picture books since June 1, all because of the summer reading challenge at our local library. For kids Ender and Ezra’s age they earn a free paperback picture book by listening to 20 picture books, and they can do that up to 5 times over the summer months! We’re just a few books away from finishing our second list. We usually read 3 or4 picture books in a day because we read at a few different times each day, but Ender is really motivated to read “just one more” to be able to add it to the list. Before quiet time yesterday we read four in one sitting!





We had great hopes about a serious offer on our house this week, but it didn’t go through. I’m very discouraged about this whole thing, so I continue to pray. We need more space, so I need to get really creative about finding some. Any small house owners with advice?





I finally got a copy of Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross. Now I have a really long list of projects I want to make for myself, in addition to the 80 gazillion projects already on my list! My sister recently promised me a day of babysitting- I may have to take her up on that soon and have myself a sewing day. I love the Summer Blouse pattern and after Soule Mama’s generous praise for that pattern I’m convinced- that has to be the first project out of the book. It’ll be my first time sewing with cotton lawn- I love first time sewing of any kind!





Guess who’s interested in the potty? Ezra! I’m so excited. He’ll be two in just a few weeks and in the last 3 times has started a sudden around-the-clock interest in sitting on the potty. We’ll see how long this lasts. 🙂



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