Well, I finally have some down time!  Kendall is in Virginia visiting his girlfriend; Alex and Faith are both at camp until the 29th.  So the house is quiet, and I have had time to do lots of stuff that I generally don’t get around to.  Like my blog!  I have been playing with it today.  I changed the "Theme" and "Layout", and have also uploaded a new photo album featuring pictures from Kendall’s graduation Mass and party.  Be sure to check it out!  I also added a "widget".  It is from 30 Boxes, and basically all it does it list upcoming birthdays, events, etc. in our lives.

This is the time of year when I start to be able to relax and breathe enough to look ahead to the coming school year.  For the first time in 13 years, I will not be teaching Kendall!  That’s really weird.  Alex will be taking most of his classes at Dayspring Tutorials (Algebra, Biology, Composition and Theory of Knowledge), but I plan to have him work through "Christ the King, Lord of History", a history text written from a Catholic perspective, which is refreshingly different from the secular and protestant texts available.

Faith and I will continue to use Catholic Heritage Curriculum, which is really sweet and fun, just like her!  It leaves us plenty of time to do the fun girly things we both love to do together, like crocheting, sewing, cooking, scrapbooking, gardening and home canning.  We are also about to embark on our third year of Girl Scouts, which we both really enjoy.

And speaking of gardening, when checking my plants this morning, I was swarmed by squash bugs!  They appear out of nowhere, and are everywhere!  So Gaylon and I declared war on them this afternoon.  I am determined to protect my little garden!  I already have a few small tomatoes growing, one jalapeno pepper, and a tiny little cucumber, about an inch long!  To me, there are not many things more healing and hopeful than a garden full of wonderful vegetables!  We also planted yellow crookneck squash, zucchini, carrots, and Kentucky Wonder pole beans.  Our little garden is only about 600 square feet, but it is our own little piece of paradise, and we love it!

In other news, Alex and Faith auditioned for the Hendersonville Youth Theater’s upcoming production of Peter Pan.  Faith actually only went along to watch Alex audition, but they talked her into reading some parts, too.  I got the phone call this morning that Alex landed the part of Captain Hook, and Faith will be playing Cookson the Pirate!  Since they are both at camp right now, they don’t know it yet!  We have to pick up their scripts and rehearsal schedules tomorrow morning at the library.  Rehearsals begin July 9th.  I think they’re both gonna have a blast!

For the rest of my ‘down time’, I am probably going to engage in some revolutionary activities, like mopping my wood floors (gasp!) starting some new crochet projects, and maybe sit around and watch old Bogart movies and M*A*S*H re-runs.  Mom and I will probably take in some weekday Masses, too.

I guess that’s about all the news that’s worth mentioning for now.  I hope all the Fathers had a wonderful Fathers’ Day.  Ours was nice and quiet, culminating with a quiet dinner with friends.  That’s always nice.

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