Saturday, August 13, 2016
Hello! I feel like I'm resurfacing after a very busy week of back-to-school. I intended to step away from blogging for a few days, which turned into a whole week. The time flew, being packed with things to do and places to be. It's funny; as soon as school starts, it doesn't feel so much like summer anymore. Does anyone else have this? It's still quite hot outside but because I'm getting up earlier and also going to bed earlier, it seems like the days are both shorter and darker than they were just a week or two ago. Even the afternoons, which are still bright and sunny, seem a little less summery now that we're back to homeschooling. We never really stopped that, but summer afternoons were often reserved for outings to the library. I really don't mind, though; I like having a structure to the day, set times for various things. I feel settled, purposeful, intentional.
Homeschool is getting easier and harder at the same time - they're more independent but they're learning more challenging things. I think it will be a good year; the LB has a teacher we already know well, while the GB's is new to our school and seems organized and energetic. I'm enjoying some new highlighters that I picked up for myself in the back-to-school buying frenzy. I like using them to check math workbook pages. Well, really, I just love having fun things to write with. I also use various colored ink pens to edit essays and correct handwriting irregularities. The Bear and I both do a lot of this, but he prefers to use just one kind of pen, which is known as the G-POD, or Green Pen of Doom. The goal for everyone, of course, is to use it as little as possible.
I took these photos on one of my recent evening strolls around the backyard. Since the monsoon finally began at the end of July, I've been relishing the occasional storms and beautiful, dramatic sunsets (complete with rainbows) that we've had these past few weeks. It will be hot during the day for a while but not like it was. You can really feel fall nipping at our heels sometimes, especially in the evenings and early mornings. On two different nights this week after little rainstorms, I smelled wood smoke in the air. The first time, I thought it was my imagination, but the Bear smelled it too. The second time, I was sure. The slow but steady march toward autumn has begun.