Summer is finally winding down and I’m thinking things here might get back to a normal schedule. I’ve missed blogging over the last few months! We have one final week of vacation before we start school-but it’s a “stay-cation” which will be nice and relaxing.

School Time

For those of you that might not know, we have enrolled our kids in PA Cyber this year and are really looking forward to what they have to offer. As my girls browse the course catalog they are presented with electives such as Digital Drawing, Digital Painting, Digital Photography (all wonderful skills to attain in today’s society) as well as different foreign languages ; Spanish, French, German and Chinese. These are only a few of the electives they have to choose from.  We’re also looking forward to having a self-paced curriculum again. It seems like the options are endless and we are very excited to get started!

Home Time

Our garden is growing an abundance of veggies and the canning process had begun. Our beets are pickled, our beans are growing like crazy (we’ve already done a few quarts and I have a huge pan in the fridge waiting to be canned today), the tomatoes are coming along nicely and soon the house will be filled with the delicious smells of homemade sauces and salsas. It is wonderful to be able to send one of the kids out to pick food for a meal!

Family Time

Some updates from our family:

Chrissy turned 11 this summer. I can’t believe my little firecracker is growing up so fast! Last week she had to have stitches for the first time (hopefully the last!) after cutting her finger on a garden stick. I was so proud of her for how she handled the whole thing. Yesterday she even took out the last stitch herself! I was very impressed  🙂

Sammi will turn 13 this fall. Yes, that’s right…I will officially be the parent of a teenager! Any and all prayers and support will be appreciated during the next few years LOL! She is turning into a beautiful young lady. She is hopeful that her braces will be coming off this year and she has already made the change from glasses to contacts.

Alex…my not-so-baby-anymore boy. It’s hard to believe that he is closer to 6 than 5 now! He is excited to start kindergarten, but he still keeps asking if he can go back to preschool. He was there for 2 years and is really going to miss his teachers. He is growing so fast, I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up tall like his uncles (Ben and I aren’t on the tall side).

Ben and I…well, we’ve been busy raising our family! For those of you with children, you know exactly how time consuming this is! There is never a dull moment around here and I’m thankful for that. We are planning of doing some renovations on our home in the next few weeks. Our house is close to 100 years old, and unfortunately, it’s starting to show it’s age. We’ll be starting with replacing the plaster walls in the living room with dry wall and hopefully be moving to the kitchen to replace the carpet with linoleum. Lord willing, in the next few years we’ll have replaced most of the walls and be able to start saving for new furniture!

Well…that’s an update in a nutshell! Hope you all are having a blessed summer!