Poortengas: congrats on starting school off well on the work front and home front!

Isaac: college was the last time I square danced (I think), too. Three of its many virtues are that a person of any age can do it, that you are told exactly what to do, and that it typically calls for an extremely low level of sensuality compared to other types of dancing.

Becky, Mom, etc.: eeeeekk! The BIG DAY is almost here!!! πŸ™‚ How exciting!!!

Liesl: Nessa had her first “I wish I was a boy” moment yesterday. She said that she wished she was a boy so that she wouldn’t have to put up with having her hair combed and brushed.

Luke: Isaac’s roomie posted a pic of your wipe-board lion art. It was a wipe-board lion you drew on Nessa’s easel on her 4th bday that re-inspired her to draw. She has been loving the art ever since!

Dad: I feel sad that your one leisure interest you have patiently waited to begin whole-hog has come with a near-death-experience. But! πŸ™‚ We are still eagerly waiting for the full story!

FL Hakes: Hi! πŸ™‚ I wish the economy was booming and Kevin was being hired at that place sort of nearby to us and the WV Hakes.

Talia, Elsie & Elaina: thank you for the pictures you did and mailed Nessa and Tobias. Nessa has made a few things for you guys over the past several weeks/months/years that I, her delinquent Momma, have let sit around, then finally put into the trash, instead of mailing to you. I know that it is a serious, high crime. After I die, and am made perfect, I will mail you every single thing she makes for you. (note to Mom and Katie: obviously don’t really read all that to T, E&E!) πŸ™‚

Twenty days left of summer!!!!!! And it’s apple-picking time!!!!

I just spent over $80 on CCA uniform clothing for Nessa! πŸ™‚ This Thursday is the first day of the Classical Conversations Homeschool Co-op. It will be the kick-off to Nessa’s school year! Then, next Wednesday she’ll begin attending the recess, snack, and extra-curricular period from 1:30p-3:00p at CCA. She’ll participate in that every weekday except Thursdays. And M,T,W, and F I’ll be homeschooling her in the mornings. On paper, I have a daily schedule planned out. LOL.

The big challenge is to make memorizing seem as organic as possible. I wish that all learning and teaching could be organic. Although I am still glad that we enrolled Nessa in the CC Co-op, it relies heavily on memorization for the first part of the “trivium.” It is not the organic model, which I would strongly prefer. Anyway, for the first week of the 25 weeks that the CC Co-op meets, the K-3 kids are supposed to go over/memorize/learn all this:

Veritas Press Flashcards, Blue, 1-8 [I’ll spare you the info on each card!
But, basically an overview of Genesis 1-11, and some Ancient Egypt info];
Commandments 1-5
Noun Endings –
Nominative = Subject
Genitive = Possessive
Dative = Indirect Object
Accusative = Direct Object
Ablative = Object of the preposition
A PREPOSITION relates a noun or pronoun to another word.
The 5 kingdoms of living things (Animalia, Plantae, Fungi, Protista, Monera)
1s (1-12);
2s (2,4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18,20,22,24)
Fertile Crescent –
Mediterranean Sea
Fertile Crescent
Euphrates River
Tigris River
They will also do a science experiment and a fine arts activity each Thursday.

Bye. I have to figure out how to go to the bathroom while holding Tobin, who is sleeping, but is sick and will only sleep in my arms.

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