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Monday, June 27, 2016

Still Spending Time in the Mountains

One of the best things about where we live is how close we are to outdoor activities. It only takes us about half an hour to be in the mountains. In the winter, that means we are close to snowmobiling. In the summer, that means we are close to hiking and fishing.

One of our favorite spots to go to is the Snowys. There’s a reason they are called that, and it’s because they usually have snow on them year round. When we headed up this weekend, that was definitely the case.

It’s amazing how different the mountains look during the different seasons. When snow covers the landscape, it’s a completely different world from when everything is in bloom. During either time, however, it’s still a wonderfully magical place to be.

We had the opportunity to head up this weekend for a little fishing. A lot of other people had the same idea, so we wanted to go somewhere secluded. We found that spot and had to hike in. Let me tell you something: I am not in hiking shape. It doesn’t help that we were at, like, 10,000 feet either.

The boys only caught one fish, and there were troubles with the fishing line breaking, but we had an awesome time in a beautiful area. We took the dogs with us, and they had a blast running around and swimming. If there was a downside, it was that the snow was melting—a lot!—and everything was muddy. The dogs were coated when we got home and needed baths.

As a parent, we spend most of our time fixing broken rods.

Yes, that white stuff in the background is snow.

These two sweeties had a blast swimming and getting muddy!


What fun things have you been doing this summer?

Monday, June 20, 2016

The Season Is Coming to an End

Baseball season is coming to an end. It’s been crazy! The boys are in two separate leagues, so for at least 4 days a week, we’re running around getting to games. On some days, they even had games on the same night. The tournament is the last games they have to play--and they are happening this week.

They’ve had a blast playing baseball this year. My oldest even had a chance to pitch in one game, and he was thrilled! He threw several pitches, including two strikes, then the game was called because of time. After the game, he said he got to play his two favorite positions: pitcher and catcher.


My youngest has also been growing throughout the season. He’s still in pitching machine, but he’s doing great at hitting the ball and making plays. He’s so invested, he’ll chase people across the field so he can tag them out, and he’s made diving plays to catch the ball or get people out at the base. As you can imagine, he looks like Pig Pen when the game is over because he’s covered in so much dust!

I really enjoy that my boys have so much fun playing baseball. It’s a huge commitment, but they’re willing to put in the time. Besides, it’s summer. Isn’t playing baseball America’s pastime?

What kinds of fun and exciting things have you been doing this summer?

Monday, June 13, 2016

Inspired Learning

My oldest struggles with reading and spelling. It first came to our attention when he was in 2nd grade, and his teacher recommended he attend summer school. It wasn’t possible at that time because we were going to be on vacation. Instead, when he started 3rd grade and was still struggling, we got him into tutoring.

He continues to struggle with these two areas, and it’s been recommended he attend summer school again. He’s also continuing with summer tutoring. As you can imagine, he’s not exactly happy about the situation. There were a few times he broke into tears and proclaimed he didn’t get a summer at all.

I get it. He wants to be lazy and play with his friends and watch TV and play video games. He doesn’t want to be stuck in a classroom. Even with me explaining to him that everyone has problem areas and need extra help, which he understands, he still has moments of being upset.

Last week was his first week of tutoring. He only goes for an hour and a half 4 days a week. I could tell on the first day he wasn’t thrilled about being there. Again, I get it. If I didn’t have to work over the summer, I wouldn’t either. However, I was surprised at how quickly that changed.

He gets to do a project, and he got to pick the topic. He decided he wanted to focus on the Civil War. I’m not exactly sure what they do during their sessions, but it’s working. My oldest can’t wait to go to tutoring. He’s excited to learn, to research, and put all of his information together. One of the teachers even brought in artifacts for him to check out—musket balls and a sniper bullet (as he called it)—things that are right up his alley and interest him. He’s even been watching videos online at home.

Every day last week when I picked him up he told me about all the cool stuff he had learned and was looking forward to the next day. On Thursday, he was bummed that he didn’t have tutoring on Friday. His enthusiasm is catching.

I love that he’s having a great time learning and gets to focus on something that interests him. So often in school they are told what they need to learn (understandably), but it’s great that he gets a chance to branch out. He gets to see that there’s so much out there and that it’s okay to pursue his own interests and passion.

That, of course, will change when he goes back to school, but I hope he continues to take that enthusiasm with him. I hope he realizes that learning doesn’t always have to take place in the classroom, but that it happens constantly. It’s something I try to instill in both my boys.

It will be interesting to see how summer school goes. I hope he finds it just as engaging.