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The Best Summer Ever

Getting Ready for Summer

Is it Friday yet? It’s been a long week around here, and it’s only Wednesday. I’m not just ready for Friday, I’m ready for the school year to be over. I’m ready for the lazy days of summer. I’m ready to get my kids home so I can work on building them up and regaining … Continue reading »

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How to Cure the Mid-Summer Blues

It’s the middle of summer. My kids are getting tired of each other and tired of me. They are finding it more and more difficult to entertain themselves. This is the time of the summer when I often start looking longingly at the calendar, wondering when school starts. Everyone’s patience is thin and growing thinner … Continue reading »

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Making the Most of History

I grew up in the suburbs of Boston. History surrounded us. The American Revolution started on the greens of Concord and Lexington, just a few miles from my house. Sam Adams, John Hancock and John Adams walked the streets of Boston. Paul Revere’s house is still there. The events surrounding the founding of our country … Continue reading »

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The Best Summer Ever: A Trip to the Pool

One of our favorite things to do in the summer is to spend lazy afternoons at the pool. It’s cool and refreshing in the middle of a hot and humid Kansas summer. Because we have pool passes, it’s also cheap. The perfect combination. We go to the pool so often that the trip often becomes … Continue reading »

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Resetting Summer

Today is the official first day of summer. Around here, it’s been hot since mid-May, and we’ve already been on a trip, been to camp, had Vacation Bible School and hosted our annual family reunion. This month has been crazy. We have one more trip to go at the end of the month. I’m really … Continue reading »

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The Best Summer Ever: A Trip to the Zoo

My younger daughter and I are off to the zoo today. Even though I often feel as though I already live in a zoo, I love to go to the zoo. A trip to the zoo is always a fun summertime activity, but we can take that trip to the zoo and turn it into … Continue reading »

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Day 14: Don’t Forget to Rest (and a giveaway)

Today is the last day of The Best Summer Ever Series. Hopefully, you have a binder full of great ideas for your summer. You’ve planned places to go, things to teach, character qualities to emphasize and projects to do. All of those things are important, but don’t forget something that’s equally important this summer — … Continue reading »

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Day 13: Keep Learning

Today marks the first day of summer break here. Bedtime went out the window last night. There’s no need for my girls to get up this morning. Let the lazy days of summer begin. While summer offers freedom from the structure of the school day, it doesn’t mean my girls stop learning. An entire summer … Continue reading »

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Day 12: Start Summer with a Celebration

I looked up and there she was on a 8-foot screen. My firstborn baby girl — no hair and a few teeth, dressed in her Christmas best. Almost before I could blink, she was replaced by a picture of a young woman, one I barely recognize as my baby. My daughter’s fifth grade celebration was … Continue reading »

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Day 11: Dealing with Words

Every summer, my girls and I spend a lot of time together. During the school year, the girls are gone most of the day. Our afternoons and evenings are often filled with activities and sports. The time we spend at home during the school year is pretty small compared with the time we spend at … Continue reading »

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