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Home School Life Journal ........... painting by Katie Bergenholtz
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

This Beautiful Moment, Quiet Contemplation Edition and Snapshot Summary July 17-22: Summer Fun

{this moment}

A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments at SouleMama.
Snapshot Summary of July 17-22

On the 17th, my eldest son turned 17, but we didn't celebrate until later on in the week.
Meanwhile there was lots of pirate play...

including overtaking the ship...

and claiming it as their own.

There were other creative endeavors...
Magic School Bus by James.
Egyptian tomb by Quentin

On Monday we combined nature study and an pastel art lesson from our friends at Hodgepodge...

and made strawberry pictures.

fresh pineapple and strawberry kabobs for a snack
black bean slow cooker enchiladas for dinner
Postcard Geography
On Tuesday Katie made crepes filled with homemade blackberry jam for breakfast.
Alex added a page on Japan to our postcard-geography album.

Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese for lunch.
ham, baked mozzarella zucchini and hasselback potatoes for dinner

Science Fun

The power of baking soda and vinegar...

is used to make sandwich bags....

make a most satisfying pop!
ham and cheese sliders for lunch
made from the leftover ham from dinner the night before
and baked parmaean spaghetti casserole for dinner

On Thursday we celebrated Alex's birthday.

Katie  made him a treasure cake, filled with an assortment of candy...

which was enjoyed by all.
Summer Fun
On Friday, we had campfireless Camping, playing in a wading pool, "Lake Bergenholtz"...
making S'mores Cookie Bars...
Muffuletta Sandwiches for lunch...
making Twizzlers snakes...
In addition to the S'mores bars for those that could eat them, I toasted marshmallows under the broiler for my two kids who can't have gluten or casein so that they could make s'mores with gfcf graham crackers and chocolate.
This week's Artie and Mike comic.
(click on photo to enlarge)
How in the world are we going to cross that?
We could build a boat or a bridge or a...ah...ahh!
Or that.

And for all who are thinking and praying for my husband's recovery, I have an update from Monday's doctor's appointment. He is still two weeks away from a surgery date. It seems that the blisters on his leg have to completely heal before surgery or there is too great a risk for infection. After surgery, there is a prognosis of a 3-4 month recovery before he can even put weight on his leg, so our moving day has been postponed for a few months. Meanwhile, we have been getting wonderful, loving help from our friends here in Maryland.


  1. That last picture is painful! But, hurray for friends, and family, and birthdays. And food - what fabulous looking food :)

  2. Is that your playset? How neat! And you make yummy meals! Happy birthday!

  3. That is an awesome fort!

    Loved the Egyptian tomb.

  4. What fun! Katie's crepes look delicious!

  5. All that yummy food! Mmm, I'd love some of those enchiladas!
    Happy Birthday to your son!
    You all have been in my thoughts this week. So glad to hear that you have so much support!

  6. Happy Birthday Alex!! Seems it was a fun week filled with food, fizziness and fantastic things. Thank you for the update on Steven. Sounds like there will be much patience needed from all. Praying for healing, help, encouragement and the day to days in your home.

  7. I love the Magic School Bus drawing! And the fort looks amazing.

    Happy Birthday to your son, and I hope your husband's leg gets better soon.

  8. The pictures are great! :)
    I'm sorry to hear that the surgery is still so far off for your husband, and that there is then such a long recovery time. It's good that you have such supportive friends nearby!

  9. Happy Birthday Alex!!! What a great week. I love the pirate ship. Kei would love that in the back yard. All the food looks amazing. I am in the middle of making dinner and it all looks so good. I love your weeks!!

    Hope Steven's recovery and surgery goes so well. We are still praying for your and yours Phyllis.

  10. lovely moments and still praying! :)

  11. That is such a neat ship! Great job!

  12. ...☠ ☠ ☠...

    Blessings to all of you!

  13. I love that fort. What child wouldn't love to have one of those!

  14. i must say that i only get a glimpse of your family through pictures and the wonderful, creative, beautiful ways your days are filled. i am amazed.

    that ship is a dream, and the food looks DELISH! i've been thinking of you and i wish i could help in some way. but i will be praying for you all as your husband heals.

  15. I am always impressed by the varied and creative things you guys do! I'm also happy to hear that you have help and support close to home. :)

  16. You have been having an amazingly fun time!!!

    Hope all goes well with the surgery & recovery -- I'll be thinking of you!

  17. Jalepeno Popper Sandwiches? You're Killin' Me! There is a pizza join in town that makes the most amazing popper pizza. But I had never thought to put them in grilled cheese. . . . Oh. The first time I've wished I had a car all day!


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