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May 30, 2014

Early Summer Skies
Last week, our homeschool coop — and the girls’ ballet lessons — wrapped up for the school year! I’m so excited that our schedule will now be a little more relaxed and give us time to focus on other things. We’ll still be doing some educational work on and off this summer, but right now I’m looking forward to spending more time outside before temperatures skyrocket, catching my breath, and getting organized before the start of the next school year.

I know these summer months are going to fly, and September will be staring me in the face before I know it. Right now, it feels like maybe I could actually be prepared for a new school year. Getting there, however, means making some lists and setting some goals now. At the top of my list is organizing all the stuff from this past year, as well as editing our toys and finding some new storage solutions. (I know exactly what I want, but finding something affordable that suits this house is always the challenge.)

Summer can’t just be about getting stuff done, of course, and there’s some exciting stuff coming down the pike that I’m really looking forward to: my brother and his family’s move to Baltimore in a couple of weeks, our girls’ birthday in June, and a possible trip to Nova Scotia at some point. Bring on summer!

To put us in the mood, this plum-basil gin fizz I found at Saveur should do the trick. It’s not quite plum season, but I’m allowed to cheat a bit with virtual drinks! Here’s my high and low this week:

Low: I was sad to hear about Maya Angelou’s passing. Such a cultural icon. I love this piece she wrote (originally published in Family Circle Magazine in 2001) about becoming a teenage mother. Rest in peace, Dr. Angelou.

High: I’m lifting my glass high because yesterday I submitted our re-adoption paperwork to the city circuit court. Yahoo!! Such a relief. Just when you think the adoption paperwork is over, it’s not. To get U.S.-issued birth certificates for our daughters, we need to file for a “re-adoption,” and it’s a pain: physicals and doctors’ letters, legal forms, financial statements, and on and on. I’ve been struggling to get it done for quite a while, and now I’m saying my prayers that it will be a speedy process, since without it I can’t apply for passports for the girls, which means no summer trip to Canada.

Bonus question: Any special plans or projects on your list this summer? I mentioned a couple of mine already, so it’s your turn! Is it a summer full of R&R, or are you looking forward to checking some big items off your list?

Grab a gin fizz, and tell me about your high and low this week. I’ll see you back here on Monday!

P.S. If you haven’t entered the gourmet popcorn giveaway this week, be sure to do so! I’ll be drawing the winner on Tuesday morning.

Image: Zoe Saint-Paul

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1 Therese May 30, 2014 at 10:46 am

Wow, I hadn’t read that piece by Maya Angelou before – how affirming and wonderful. Thank you for sharing!

Congrats on your re-adoption paperwork. Fingers crossed that all goes well!

I’d love to hear more about your fall homeschol pre-planning; just started a list myself of things to think about, but there is always so much and I need to get cranking. My special projects for the summer are to write articles to support my fall plans to apply for promotion – lots of work and a challenging new world of academic writing; overwhelming, but engaging so far too.


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