Cookie Monster Cookie box

Weekly Wrap up: Summer

In my life this week…

We had friends over for a Father’s day BBQ. I did the usual burgers, a Thai based carrot and Snow Pea Salad and my wife put out the fixings for a green salad. One funny bit of the evening was that we had candied pecans as a salad topping and the general rule for the kids is that they must have more lettuce than pecans. They have two teenagers that sit with the adults. One caught me sneaking a pecan and handed me a piece of lettuce. That led to snacking, a lettuce leaf, a pecan, a garden fresh raspberry, a dollop of goat cheese and a drizzle of balsamic dressing. We figured if made them a little neater and came up with a fancy name they could pass as a $20 hors d’oeuvre plate is some fancy restaurant.

Fancy Hors d'oeuvre
Fancy Hors d’oeuvre

The eldest just graduated from high school. We bought her a book meant to teach graduating teens some basic financial sense. It is something that I wish someone had made me read years ago. As an outright bribe to make her read the book I made her cookies and put them in a Cookie Monster box.

Cookie Monster Cookie box
Cookie Monster Cookie box

The original pin links to a blog post about a magazine that I don’t have. So I had to make my own design. It is probably quite different from their’s. I am pretty sure that mine is bigger based on the number of cookies that I had to stuff in mine compared to their picture.


My wife made us wonderful bike rack this week. It will make it far safer for the bikes in my carport, both in terms of being more securely lock and standing up makes them easier for me to see as I am driving in. She spent about two hours wandering around Home Depot hatching a plan. Followed by four hours pouring concrete and assembling.

Bike Rack
Bike Rack

My mother has been here all week and she is looking better. Some of the side effects seem to have been managed. The overall effectiveness of the treatment we won’t know until a CAT scan next week.

For those curious about our Fire Plan and going out the window. My kids are in the basement and share a loft bed that I refer to as the nest. The bed is at window height and the window is right at ground level. It is a crawling out and standing up rather than jumping situation.

In our homeschool this week…

All the kids wrote poems for me for Father’s day. They were each independently written but each referenced my teaching them and snacks. I loved all of them but Margaret’s had me laughing in the forth stanza.

Margaret's Fathers Day Poem
Margaret’s Fathers Day Poem

The kids grade are all in and we are happy with all of them. The older two got all A’s. Things are different for Ian. In the lower grades they are ‘Exceeding expectations’; Math and Bible, ‘Meeting Expectations’; everything else except Language Arts where he is ‘Approaching expectations’. Given that we jumped him a grade and skipped kindergarten I can accept that. Both his reading and printing need some work.

That leads into our summer plans. Ian will be doing both reading and printing over the summer. With the reading I want him to keep in practice. The printing with come eventually and realistically it just needs to wait until his fine motor control improves.

Philip will be getting a headstart in next years math. With middle school up next our timelines are tight. We will also be building a robot over the summer. One of the courses he needs is a technology course and the robot will cover a number of the learning outcomes. Grandpa is going to do woodworking with him in the fall and I want to be done before that.

Favorite Thing…

The poems…

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4 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap up: Summer”

  1. Very sweet poem! Congrats to all the kids on their grades. Looks like they are all doing spectacularly. What is considered middle school for you? This has been confusing me because here it’s 6th through 8th grades. Junior high is just 7th and 8th grade. High school is 9th-12th. But I know that fluctuates regionally.

    I’m praying for good results for your mom and that treatment side effects can be managed.

  2. Busted by the teenager!! Your wife must be very handy! Margaret’s poem is adorable! You are a much loved dad! When my Rebekah was little she loved writing stories and she always somehow incorporated eating pizza into every storyline!

  3. Aww, what a cute little poem! And I love the little cookie monster box! Adorable!
    Thanks for linking up to Favorite Things Friday with Simply Rachel & Hip Homeschooling! Hope to see you again next week!

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