August 2016 In Review

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Why am I always so shocked when it comes time to write another monthly review?  As always it doesn't seem possible that we are here again.  August is our big birthday month!  Kylee is now 8, Lucie is 4, Aidan is 13 (THIRTEEN), and this year marks 9 years since Kenna came into our lives.

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Tomas had a big month and is NINE months old now.  We attended the annual Mayo NICU reunion with just Tomas which was fun for us to do with just Tomas.  He got to do an art project and play some instruments and we got to catch up with some staff and some other people we have met through Tomas' experiences.  His mobility has reached new levels and he spends most of his day standing on whatever he can reach.   He also had an endoscopy (normal) with biopsies (all clean) to check for some specific diseases of the esophagus.


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Shortly after his test, we met with an allergist which provided us with little in the way of ideas or information on why he is still having so much trouble eating foods.  He gets quite sick from most solid foods and can only safely tolerate blueberries and coconut milk at this point, in addition to his formula. (We are working on apples and brown rice.)  He has been sick most of the second half of the month with suspected RSV and that meant he basically stopped eating and lost weight again, after all that work to get him growing in the first place.    I am praying that we find an answer or have a sudden healing soon.   Thankfully he is starting to feel better from his other illness at least!

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August is always a good month for the garden and busy with canning tasks.  We have been filling up our freezer and our bellies with veggies and good pork raised by friends.  Another friend dropped off some chickens and a duck so lots of healthy foods to keep us happy this winter.  Along the kitchen lines, we have also been working on some kitchen practical life with the My Kid Made This challenge at Kitchen Stewardship.

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 The big three had the opportunity to participate in a week long drama workshop with Prairie Fire Children's Theatre, ending with a performance of their adaptation of Robin Hood. Aidan had a leadership role and Kylee and Caleb were both supporting roles. It was a fun experience for all three and many memories were made.

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We continued with school and this week, other activities such as dance and karate restarted up.  The transition is always tough, but I think we will be glad to be back to a more regular schedule of activities.  We also finished up the Read the World Summer Book Club and devoured Ember Falls following its release to kickstarter backers.

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This month has been busy on the blog, with the release of the Home Based Montessori Quick Start Guide.  The Infant and Toddler page was published this month, and I plan to release one per month (God and children willing) until they are all complete.  Keeping in theme, I also posted about some favorite books for babies.  Our school plans and curriculum for 2016-2017 were only a little late considering we started school a month ago.  From the archives, we revisited our Preparing for Fall Series on Mom and Materials.

New in the Teachers Pay Teachers store are two pin punching kits that will be part of a series of thematic pin punching projects.  If you want to give them a try, be sure to enter the Back to School Try-It Giveaway, open through September 6th.

Also in blogging land- I have welcomed three new affiliate advertisers that I think many readers might find useful and relevant.  Discount School Supply has long been my go-to favorite place for just about anything from art supplies to educational toys and even furniture.  We also welcome Reading Eggs (which Logan will be using this year) and ABC Mouse.  As always, having these links helps me keep so many of our resources available for free or low cost.

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With that I guess summer will come to it's unofficial end this weekend!  We will definitely be squeezing in as much outside time as possible in the coming weeks and praying for a late freeze so we can keep enjoying our beautiful garden for as long as we can.

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