Silent but Busy: Settling In To Our New Routines

Having fun at "America's Oldest Fair"

Having fun at “America’s Oldest Fair”

I know… We’ve been all but invisible lately.

It’s been one hectic, active, fun month (or months as the case may be). So much fun that I haven’t had a chance to sit down and share (and there’s plenty to share). There’s been tubbing in rivers, camping trips in 96 degree heat, rock climbing and cavern explorations, trips to Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., explored history through a Renaissance Faire, and spent more than a few days at the Science Center. Lots of outdoors, nature inspired travel, and education trips this month.

And, while all the fun has kept us busy and learning and entertained, it’s not the real reason I’ve been absent. After all, the fun outdoors stuff usually ends by night time (except for that one night in the campground when it was so hot I felt like I couldn’t breathe and, therefore, couldn’t sleep- more on that later).

The real reason I’ve been absent is all the necessary planning and back-to-school prep work.

As you may know, we happily worldschool our daughter. This means that every August I sit down with pen and paper and create (yes, I always re-invent the wheel) a whole new year of learning and field trips and immersion opportunities. The first few weeks of school always require additional tweaking and adjustments. I dive into my daughters education with the same zest and obsession as I do with our travel plans.

Trust me, I have not forgotten about my love of sharing our family experiences. I will, soon, go back to letting you all know how you too can enjoy seeing the world as a family (if you follow us on Facebook you have noticed some amazing airfares huh!).

But for now, it’s lesson planning and field trip researching and supply shopping. I love supply shopping.

Just to give you a bit of an idea: this September we began swim team practice, continued with gymnastics class, spent every other day at play rehearsals, had fun with our Girl Scout troop, traveled to Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., taken a tour of the local Voter Registration office to understand more about the upcoming U.S. Presidential elections, attended a baseball game in Pennsylvania, and spent many days at the Maryland Science Center for their Homeschool Science Days program.

Busy? Yes! But we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Oh, did I mention we are starting with the kiddos third language: Arabic!

What have you been up to this season?

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