The kids are into catching lightning bugs (or fireflies), they get on their jammies each night and go out and catch 30 or more in just a few minutes - our backyard looks like Christmas trees about 8:00 each night. Byron and I both have fond memories of sleeping with big jars full next to our beds when we were little and waking up to the stench of dead bugs. Was it just one night, or am I remembering a week later? The kids have always heard me say there are not enough lightning bugs, so they didn't want to risk killing them and they let them all go. That is pretty cool too - to open the lid and see a shower of lights zooming out, dumping them out and watching the grass glow.
I made several signs in the Bob Coffey tradition. I am actually thinking about making some to sell - or put at a craft place. I may even do some custom special orders like Bob does. If you don't know who Bob is, you should go to www.coffeyad.com and see; notice our Blakely Homes sign is on the site (this is the sign we hung in front of custom homes Byron built back in the day). Bob spent the day with me once talking art and teaching me how to make signs, it made a big impression on me. I like having verses everywhere- it is part of that Biblical command in Deut. 6:9 to, "Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates." Actually the first sign pictured has already affected my children's behavior. The "Live Simply so others might Simply Live" sign (I didn't take a picture) seems to be the favorite.
We are almost done with school, although there is no definite last day - but, we are approaching a busy time when cousins finish school and are eager to play. I expect the last 2 weeks of actual schoolwork might be spread out some. The kids don't mind the summer work because so many of the homeschool families we know here go all summer. We are itching for some swimming or waterpark playing. Waco has a small waterpark that is only $4, but boy will we miss the beach and Arbor's pool in NC this summer! Love to all!