Best of June 2016

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We were busy this month!  Looking back it doesn't seem possible that all of this has happened in just the last month.  Here are our family highlights from June!



Was the homeschool conference really just this month?  Had a great time as always, Tomas was a peach..and a flirt.

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After the conference, we headed south to Iowa for my grandpa's (Thomas, Tomas' first namesake) memorial service.  Met my great aunt Nane for the first time as a grown up (the oldest and last living sibling from that side of the family), she was absolutely entirely charming.  We stopped on our way on a lovely day at a lovely park.  We found our favorite coffee shop had a branch there and Tomas had a blow out and rolled away when Tim was trying to change him.....

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Growing up and getting bigger seemed to be Tomas' plan this month, turning 7 months old.  He learned to sit up and has been spinning around and pushing backwards on his belly.  He has even finally found two things he can eat without choking or throwing up later (squash and oatmeal).

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We celebrated a birthday for this big six year old this month.  His brother and sister worked together to make a Hulk wall hanging for him.  Caleb drew the picture and Kylee embroidered it with a straight stitch to outline it.  It was a pretty beautiful thing to see happen.

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Not long after Logan's birthday, Tim took a trip to Florida to teach a class.  We aren't sure how much work he was actually doing, as mostly we just got catch of the day photos each day.  Just kidding- it was an intense 2.5 weeks of working full time and living with the people he was working with.  Being a good dad, he didn't argue with a certain three year old who insisted that her favorite doll go with him in the suitcase, even keeping it on his bed.
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While Daddy was gone, the kids had Totus Tuus.  The timing was perfect because I had didn't really have everyone home at the same time for the entire first week.  Caleb started training to be an altar server which was my highlight of the whole week.

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On Father's Day, Tim was gone, so we went to a local parade.  Caleb was very concerned about the Shriners and their motorcycle routine and wouldn't let go of Lucie.  It isn't just altar serving, he has really grown up this summer all of a sudden.

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Shortly after that, Logan and Lucie went to Grandma and Papa's house and the big kids and Tomas stayed home with me.  I made them a deal that they could each plan one night's dinner.  Food was good, but dessert was better.  Caleb made ice cream cake/pie.  Yum.

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After a few days, we joined the fun at my parents' house until it was time to pick up Daddy from the airport and that was (believe it or not) the end of June!  Lots of swimming and outdoor time.  We found an outdoor rosary not far away and I just love the way the light ended up hitting through the crucifix and shining down on the kids.

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I wanted to let those of you not following on Facebook (really, why not..that's where all the real fun is) that I have two new products in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  I'm starting to get organized for next year and that includes finishing up the last touches on some products that have been just sitting around!  Photosynthesis lessons with command cards and manipulative pieces and Reading Bingo for the pink-blue-green reading sequence are both available as digital downloads over that way.

Also in case you missed it, In addition to the little facelift I gave the blog images here, I've been working on a blog series about homeschooling during all this crazy stuff we have had happen the last couple years.  You can start the series by clicking on image below.

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In other blogging new, this post, was picked up by The Mighty where it was shared over 150 times from the Hand to Hold- NICU Family Forums on Facebook.  Excuse me while I geek out about that.

Happy Summer!

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