labor day weekend

we went up to my parents’ house for memorial day weekend. we milked that time for all we could: we picked gracie up from school on wednesday and headed up from there, and didn’t come home until late tuesday night! we had a full week of vacation! it was wonderful, and so so much fun.
we had a packed house – i think 29 of us at one point. but even with so many of us in one house, it went really well. all the kids played great, the adults got a lot of “grown-up” time, and the babies slept horribly! oh well.
i had a bunch of help (aka “slave labor”) each day (and night) working on posy pins, headbands, and zippered pouches for the pleated poppy. i’m hoping to have a booth in a harvest festival in a few weeks, so they were helping me build up my stash. i did pay them, though, even if it was in posy pins and clips!
we didn’t go to bed before midnight any night, and got up early with the kids. not exactly restful, but the days were pretty relaxing: riding on the boat, wakeboarding (i finally got up after YEARS of trying), hiking, laying out, reading, running, swimming, playing in the sand… wait, did i say relaxing?! i guess that was a bit of an exaggeration, but things are always easier when you have your husband with to tag team the kids, not to mention help from grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, and cousins. it takes a village, right?

so we came back just in time for me to unpack, do the laundry, go grocery shopping, get in a little school work, then pack back up to head out again today! we leave in a bit to go on our church’s family campout about an hour from here. we are very excited, but a little apprehensive as this is our first time tent camping with three kids. i’m bringing plenty of batteries for the noise machine!
a little homeschooling update: first, thanks to all your advice and sweet messages. its good to have people to relate to! this week was a short week as well as last, so i still haven’t had a “real” feel for what this is going to be like. but each day has gotten much better, and i’m slowly figuring things out. like put silas down for a nap before i even start the day, so we’re not disrupted right off the bat. and i’m still fine tuning (as i’m sure i always will be) our handwriting program. 45 minutes of handwriting is ridiculous at any age, especially for kindergarten! silly me! i am LOVING the five in a row (FIAR) curriculum we’re using. the books have been great and i love how all the subjects are connected each week to the book of the week. it makes it all so much more meaningful for gracie. last week we were studying the story about ping, and being up at the lake was perfect. gracie pretended she was on the yangtze river, and the ducks were ping. she has quite the imagination. so, overall, its getting better, and i’m sure i’ll keep you updated on our goings on with this journey we’re on!
have a great weekend!



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    ummm, i think you meant labor day weekend. it’s not may lindsey, it’s september.. your not getting enough zzz’s are you?

    we uses FIAR at one time, it was great, got us reading lots of great books.

    and yeah 45 min of handwriting is ridiculous!

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    We had such a blast this weekend – I loved cuddling and kissing all the kiddos (am I going to be one of those scary aunts who always gives big slobbery kisses – probably – haha) Love you and hope you have a great weekend!!

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    wow, where do you parents LIVE? the photos are awesome. I’m jealous. so glad you had a wonderful time; it’s the stuff memories are made of. LOL. I didn’t even notice Memorial instead of Labor; guess my brain just knew what you meant!

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    Shealynn Benner says:

    What a blast!!

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    great pics–sounds like such a fun time. and you are so brave to tent camp this weekend! i admire your courage.

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    Lisa Leonard says:

    looks like a great trip! hope camping is a blast!!!

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    that looks like so much fun… and sound like a wonderful time.

    to come home and leave again- you are so good! it takes me about a week to recover and get life in order again after being out of town. i hope you are having a great time camping.

    glad to hear school is going well.. i have heard good things about FIAR – we use something similar. 45 minutes of handwriting is too much at any age – but i won’t get on my soapbox about handwriting.

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    Dave and Kate says:

    Lindsey! I found your blog on Stacie Thon’s blog! I know her from Cal Poly Days! Your blog is amazing. Ok, you’re amazing. Your little pleated posies are SOOOOOOO cute. I wish we got to talk more. It was great seeing you for a wee bit at the Lake. Hope all is well for the kick off of school! Your family is absolutely gorgeous. Our blog is take care, and hopefully we can talk soon! love, katie sherreitt

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    What a fun time! Where do they live because that swimming hole everyone was jumping in is SO cool!

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    ok, ok – so i didn’t get enough rest, and i titled this post “memorial day weekend” until my sil corrected me! whoops!
    for those of you who have asked, we spent the weekend in bass lake. its pretty much in central california, and hour north of fresno and an hour south of yosemite valley. amazing!

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    Oh, that looks like lots of fun!! Great pictures!!

    Hope you’re having a great week!!!

    Love always,

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