We got a pool!!(well, kinda)

Y’all. I just have to share this. We are outside people and in Arkansas it gets nasty hot. Like you really can’t breathe because of the humidity. Ugh. So bad. Anyway, so every afternoon, we’ve been playing with a little water table or  sprinkler but they really weren’t cutting it. Lat summer those were fine but kids are bigger(and wilder) so this year we really just needed some kind of pool.20170717_163339

Enter this beauty. It’s big enough for me to get in and play. We put a pop up awning over it so that it stays out of the sun(again, Arkansas summers). It has a drain on the bottom near one of the corners so we drain it every couple of days. Today I’ll need to pull the drain and let it drain all night then tomorrow morning I’ll go out and clean it with a bleach/water solution and kind of scrub it out. Then I’ll rinse it, put the drain plug back and fill it up. Ready for another couple days. 20170719_164037

They love to “swim” after dinner and really, it takes little energy from me but wears them out 😉   What do you all do? Kiddie pools? Sprinklers? Pool membership? Let me know in the comments!

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Summer schoolin’

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Working on his K-!st summer book.

We just finished our first year of homeschooling. Big kid completed kindergarten and now we are marching on to 1st grade and kidlet starting “preschool”. Our first year was loose and kind of a free for all. I wanted a way to gauge where he was and find out what I need to focus more on this summer before 1st grade. I found this really cool workbook at Barnes & Noble and he just loves it! It has a map and stickers(stickers always make things more fun) and it charts your progress as you work through.

We are also looking at leaving the co op we have been apart of for the last year and a half  and going out on our own to start a new group. Also lesson planning and gathering has started this week. I had a fruitful trip  to the Dollar Tree and snagged a few workbooks for both kids. I think they may work well for the new “school” too.20170630_124123

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The top 2 books are for Big Kid. He can add and subtract like nobody’s business but since he really likes workbooks I grabbed them for practice. The bottom books are for Kidlet to start practicing school with. They are over her head but she likes to do school along with us. Here’s a picture of Kidlet doing some of her work. Loves file folder games!20170624_094340

Alright y’all, what is everybody doing for school this year? Leave a comment and let me know your plans.