Co-op Showcase, Mother’s Day and Early Summer…

Wow it was hot this week.  High 80’s and gorgeous every day.  We haven’t turned on our AC yet and yes it was hot in the house.  In fact it was 87° inside one day.  I am trying to keep my electric bill low.  No I don’t plan on doing this all Summer but for now it works.  After the freezing winter we don’t mind hot.  It actually isn’t bad unless we are going somewhere.  There is nothing worse than getting ready when you are burning up!  Thursday a cold front moved in and it is downright chillyish now.

Saturday was our Co-op Showcase.  My Art Journal kids displayed their notebooks and my Drama class performed The Ugly Duckling.  They did a really good job and it was many of the kids first speaking lines.  I made sure everyone had at least a couple of lines.

Keilee did a project for the Science Fair.  She did AUGUSTUS.  She had already kept a daily journal for him and she printed out pictures, did ‘Lapbook” like info flaps and even brought Augustus.  Her project was a hit!!!  People crowded around the entire day oohing and ahhing and asking Keilee 100 questions.  I was so proud of her!  It was a perfect project for my animal loving, rehabilitator wanna be daughter!!

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Mother’s Day was a lovely day.  Keilee was upset that she couldn’t buy me anything but as usual she got creative and outdid herself.

I woke that morning, as always, before Keilee. I found hearts everywhere I touched. By my bed, on the light I turn on in the kitchen, on the outside light that I flip off when I wake up, in the bathroom, on the fridge where I grab something to drink…..all together 23 hearts with the most beautiful things written on them. I asked her later how in the world did she know my routine so well since she is always still asleep.  Her response, “I just know you”.
Some of my favorites:

“Things I love about you”  [this was the first one I found by my bed]
“I love that you’re my best friend”
“I love that you love me”
“I love how you dance with me for no reason”
“I love how you help others”
“I love that you don’t need much to be happy”
“Your compassion”
“Your hope”
“I love our life”
“I love when we sit outside and enjoy Nature”
“I love when you spin in the wind”
“I I love that you love adventures”
“Your Faith is bigger than your fear”
I just loved every one of them.  I am so lucky to have her.

Mother’s Day afternoon we went to a beautiful park here.  We had a gift card from Panera that a dear friend, who I have never even met in real life, had sent us so we ran by and got a sandwich to split.  It was the BEST day and it didn’t cost us a penny except for gas.  So many people are such blessings to us. 

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After church we ran to the store and on the way back she said, “Mom I want to go to that old train track one day and take a few pictures”, so I whipped into an empty store and we got out and walked over.  I can’t do anything that cost money but saying “YES” is always free.

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The rest of the week was slow and lazy.  We stayed outside a lot.  We rode bikes every day and read outside and Keilee created like she always does.  I taught Keilee how to drive a riding lawn mower and sorta ran along beside her like when she learned to ride her bike without training wheels.  And there were leaps in the rain and learning outside on a quilt with Augustus soaking up some rays.  The rose is from our garden.  Keilee calls it the “Beauty and The Beast” rose.

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I can’t believe it is already halfway through May.  We school year round but we do slow down on Math.  We don’t love Math. 

I would like to thank everyone for the continue prayers.  Life isn’t perfect and some days are hard but life is still good. 

Lots of plans this weekend if the weather cooperates.  It is supposed to rain Saturday and that will definitely effect our plans!!

Happy weekend all!
Homeschool Rocks!

“The world’s favorite season is the spring. 
All things seem possible in May.”   –  Edwin Way Teale

“There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.” —Jill Churchill

Linking with
Mary at “Collage Friday
Sylvia at “Friendship Friday”


13 thoughts on “Co-op Showcase, Mother’s Day and Early Summer…”

  1. Oh my goodness, her list of things she loves about you brought tears to my eyes! What a wonderful way to honor you on Mother’s Day. I think that beats any material gift she could buy. I know life can be so hard, but it can be so sweet, and your mother/ daughter relationship is clearly a beautiful thing. 🙂

  2. My favorite is “Your Faith is bigger than your fear” I need to keep that one in mind myself.

    As for the cleaning I have been doing, I am part of a group on BabyCenter that has weekly challenges. They are called “Becoming a Minimalist” I am going to put more about the group on my weekly wrap up as I am sure that your not the only one who has wondered.

  3. What a lovely post! Looks like you had a beautiful week! I’ll bet Augustus was a big hit! You have brightened my day significantly! You two are such sweethearts!

  4. You have the sweetest daughter. Love all your pictures and descriptions about Co-op Showcase. We had our end of the co-op performances a couple of weeks ago. I love getting refreshed over the summer but miss Cooperative after not going for a couple of weeks.

  5. Those were the best notes and such a perfect present. Purchased gifts are nice at times, but just spending times together and appreciated each other.

    Keilee did an awesome job on her project with Augustus. I’m still so impressed with all she does and how she has cared for him.

    We continue to pray for you both. Have a good week.

  6. I love how you and Keilee make beautiful memories even when times are tough. Sending you hugs across the miles – more than 8000 of them according to Google!

  7. Stopping by from Collage Friday….

    What a beautiful Mother’s Day gift from your daughter! I’m homeschooling an “only” girl too and I have to say that I really treasure our time together – I couldn’t ask for a better way to focus and work on our relationship (even though there are bad moments!).

    Your daughter is just beautiful.

  8. I just love the mother daughter bond you two have. I was raised by a single mother and enjoy the same bond with my mom. I wish she could have homeschooled me so that we could have been together even more. You all are always in our prayers.
    Blessings, Dawn

  9. Karen,

    I love your weekly updates. I love seeing the way you find joy in all you do. You are such an inspiration to me. I have to be reminded to focus on the positive.

  10. Oh, I agree with both Phyllis and Mary. Please don’t stop posting, your posts are refreshment for the soul and a true inspiration of what happens when relationships are placed above all else.
    I love so much all the notes Keilee put around the place for you to find on mother’s day. Speaking as a mother, money can not buy anything near as special a gift as those beautifully thought out notes written from the heart of a daughter. Priceless.

  11. Your photos are so fantastic, and K is such a beautiful subject! What a lovely Mother’s Day! I know what you mean about how you can’t believe it is the end of the school year. That science fair project is AWESOME! I so enjoy hearing about your weeks…it is refreshment for the soul.

  12. Karen…. don’t die without Collage Friday! How about you still write them and then link them up when it starts again in August! You can still do your own Collage Friday post, too — you are so sweet!


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