August 2017 Recap

August seemed to fly by, with lots of activity and appointments. None of the appointments were exciting unfortunately, they were for things like dental cleanings (times three), then a follow-up to deal with a cavity (only on one child fortunately), plus well-checks (times two – number three had hers this week), plus birthday parties and play dates getting squeezed in before school restarted. It made for a more hectic-seeming month than I like.

August 2017 in Stats

Books Read This Month: 20
Books Read This Year: 148

Things That Happened

  • Book club – Lost in Shangri-La for my in-person book club and The Diamond Age in the Facebook group.
  • M turned 3.
  • G and H went back-to-homeschool (3rd and 1st grade).
  • Both kids passed their latest belt tests at taekwondo, and G is now a 1st degree recommended black belt, and H is a senior brown belt.
  • The soccer season began for the two older kids. G’s level is now playing with a goalie for the first time, and he has enjoyed it the times he’s had the chance to play goalie. He still doesn’t really know what he’s doing out there, but he’s better there than he usually is in some of the other positions.

What’s Cooking

  • Not much is really cooking – August isn’t the best month for me to want to cook. It’s not cool enough to branch out into Fall meals, I’m burning out on Summer dishes, etc. Lots of basics in the rotation this month, but I’m hoping to try some new dishes in September.

What I’m Anticipating in September

  • G’s year as a Bear Scout begins, and H has joined Daisy Scouts. Her first troop meeting is in September and she can hardly wait. I’m curious to see how it goes for her.
  • My in-laws will be visiting at the end of the month! Hooray!
  • Awana starts back up again.
  • I have TWO author interviews coming up, and I’m really excited about trying to add that as a semi-regular feature here.
  • Cub scouts popcorn sales, and I’m hoping G gets to some of the store sales times this year. He’s got a sales goal he’s working towards.
  • Book club – Garden Spells for my in-person book club (it’s dinner party month!!) and Plainsong in the Facebook group.

Books I Read in August

I shared the list of books I read in a recent post.

We’ve only just started the school year, so we haven’t finished all that many books. September’s list should include many more titles.

    Readalouds I finished with G (3rd grade)
  • George Mueller: The Guardian of Bristol’s Orphans by Janet and Geoff Benge

    He liked this one (so did I), and wants to read more of the series. Fortunately for him, that’s already in the plans.

  • The Minstrel in the Tower by Gloria Skurzynski

    It amused him that I was reading this to him, when it’s very much at a reading level he can handle. Cute story, and a nice break from some drier books.

  • Readalouds I finished with H (1st grade)
  • The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

    Second time around was just as successful as the first time. She loved it.

  • More Milly Molly Mandy by Joyce Lankester Brisley

    I love the Milly Molly Mandy stories and am looking forward to reading them with M in a couple of years.

  • Readers G finished on his own
  • Third Grade Detectives #1 by George E. Stanley

    He couldn’t believe this counted as a school book, and he was also really entertained by the flip book format – book 1 and 2 are published together, just back-to-back and flipped.

  • The Secret Valley by Clyde Robert Bulla

    Bulla does such a great job at writing appealing stories at easier reading levels.

  • plus more Captain Underpants, as well as some Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

    Sigh. He loves these books. I tell myself it’s better than no books.

    Picture Books I Read with M (3 years old)

    I read many many more than this, but these are the new-to-us ones

  • Job Wanted by Teresa Bateman
  • Do Princesses Make Happy Campers? by Carmela LaVigna Coyle
  • Blue Chicken by Deborah Freedman

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