Ahhhhhhh. Summer. I had no idea how badly I needed it until it was here.


Have you seen Pam’s summer planning printables yet? I’m loving them. Love-ing them. As in, they’re plastered all over my fridge to keep me on track.



I had thought we’d do some summer school this year- just a bit of math, for the most part, but now I’m not so sure. Cindy really threw me for a loop when we recorded the CiRCE podcast. :)

Honestly, with the twins being nearly 2 (TWO!!!), we are still in survival mode. I know– that sounds ridiculous. But it’s true.

I am hereby stating that homeschooling with toddler twins is nearly impossible. 

It’s been so difficult to get to schoolwork during the actual school year, I figured we ought to do some summer school. But then I talked to Cindy for that podcast, and…


Well, now I’m starting to think we should just read a lot, enjoy our summer, and ride out these months where the twins are requiring all-hands-on-deck.

Actually, I’m betting our summer energy is probably better spent setting us up for success next year, rather than trying to squeeze in a little more math over the summer months.

I’ve got a few things on my summer radar as far as that goes:

  • Get my kids set up with a math tutor— because God did not intend for me to teach math. Amen. I have a feeling this is going to make a monumental difference in my state of rest next school year.
  • Make toddler busy boxes. I keep saying I’m going to do this, but then I don’t! I think we’d have a lot more success during morning time if we had some well-stocked toddler boxes to use for that time of day.  I’m procrastinating because I’m afraid I’m going to have to go hang out on Pinterest in order to get started, and that makes me… isn’t there some laundry to fold around here? Or a bathroom to clean?  But wait! I have 11 and 13 year old daughters, and they can do the Pinterest-ing for me, I’m sure. Yes. We will make these.
  • Get next school year planned. It doesn’t actually take me very long to plan. I just don’t do a whole lot of re-inventing the wheel. Anyway, I got myself a pretty new notebook and printed out a slew of planning pages, so I’m betting I’ll get this done before June’s out. Then I’ll come tell you what I drummed up.

Let’s see, what else is summerish around here? My kids are digging Traveling through the Pages, of course. My girls also registered for the Exodus Books Summer Reading Program, which I’m happy about because the booklist for that one is unbeatable.

I’m doing my own fair share of reading kid lit this summer, mostly because I’m hoping to get an official Read-Aloud Revival Booklist made by the time summer’s out, and there are still some titles I need to vet before then.

I’m keeping track of my reading on Goodreads, which is fun. I have no idea why it took me so long to jump into Goodreads. It may take me awhile to get things updated there, but I have a feeling I’m going to love it!


The boys love watching the diggers (for the record, called “siggers”) working behind our house. I think they’d stand there and watch all day, if they could.


And that’s it for now. Later this week I’m heading off to speak at the California Great Homeschool Convention in Ontario— looking forward to it! Any chance you’ll be there?

Oh! And if you missed it, I just released my first Read-Aloud Revival Quickstart Guide to Great Conversations with Your Kids.  You should grab it. :)

Happy summering this week, friends!

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