Home School Life Journal

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

September 2016

August 26 - September 1, 2016

I realized when I made the above collage how appropriate a collage is to capture our family's life right now. It seems as if our days are so busy and full that I only remember it in flashes of images caught during the whirlwind of our days. 
We saw this tortoise on one of our trips back and forth from college, and we stopped so that Sam could take this picture.

On Mondays I drive Sam and Katie to their college (one hour away). They are there for almost 12 hours, taking classes and eating meals there.


On Tuesdays I drive Sam in for one class, so I wait there and then drive him home. Tuesday nights Quentin has his fencing lesson. Next week that will increase to two nights a week as he has now entered the Intermediate class.  

Can you pick out which one is Quentin? Hint...look for the shortest one in class.
Quentin is really enjoying his Intermediate Fencing class, and is going between 2 to 3 times a week. After fencing for two hours, he is quite tired and drenched with sweat, but he is learning lots.
Quentin's Voice instructor warns him that he needs to go higher on the next note he is to sing.

On Wednesdays, I drive Katie and Sam to college, but this time I bring Quentin along so that I can take him to his Voice lesson, which is about 20 minutes farther from the college. 
This is a very typical sight these days.
Thursdays and Fridays are catch-up days for us all. We usually entertain guests on those evenings. 
Midas is sad that everyone is out of the house more lately, He tries to prevent us from going by putting his head on the backpacks as we ready to go.

I saw this beautiful little cake in the bakery case of a little cafe in my Oncologist's building. I thought it was so cute, I had to snap a picture of it.
On this particular Thursday I had my 3 1/2 year check-up with my Oncologist. You can read more about that here.
 September 2-8
This was our first official week back to school for our little homeschool. 


Traditions are big around here, so I made them up school cones again even though they are in 7th and 9th grades. Steven picked out the items for them, and added in packs of Magic the Gathering cards, but they seemed to like the school supplies as much as the cards!
Katie is loving her biology class. She took this shot of one of the labs.

Katie was thrilled to get a 100% on her English essay since English has always been a weak point for her (as she was diagnosed with Global Language Disorder and Aphasia in second grade.) I was really reaffirmed by the fact that their college work seems to neatly seam with where I left off teaching them. We had actually done many of the experiments in Katie's college biology book already!
Sam has had to learn quickly to follow an intense schedule, but he is thriving as a college student, despite struggles with organization due to
 Executive Functioning issues. He is making friends and studying a lot. He is particularly enjoying his Political Science and Macroeconomics courses.

We had a Brazilian End of Summer Churrasco Party using the items from my Try the World Brazil box. Almost everyone participated in the cooking. I grilled the Churrascos (beef, chicken and vegetable kebabs marinated in a Brazilian barbecue sauce) directly on the table and everything was delicious! The coffee was the best I had ever had. It was our favorite box so far. 
September 9-15, 2016
September 16-22


It is beginning to look and sometimes feel like fall. Many of the days, though, are still warm. Sometimes they are even hot.
Quentin, sitting on a bench at the college, once we completed school work.

Katie had her 25th birthday, which we just celebrated at home with family and friends.

The boys are enjoying watching a pair of bats which sleep during the day outside under the protection of their window frame. At night they fly off, but return each morning.

Quentin is working on writing his own survival role-playing game.
A beetle Sam saw on one of his walks at the beach.
We all enjoy walks down to the beach from time to time.
 James has become interested in the butterflies that are attracted to the water in our driveway.
Sketches Katie does to relax between studies.

How has your month?


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