Instead of writing a long drawn out post about summer coming to an end, I thought I would just do a bullet journal list with photos of our favorite activities over the past couple of months.
We read a good googly-oogly amount of books this summer. I am going to list the ones that stand out in my mind but it is possible that I will forget one or two. Many of them reflect our French inspired summer theme.
- This is My Dollhouse by Giselle Potter. A charming book that celebrates creativity and resourcefulness. A must for any little girl who loves making things and/or dollhouses.
- Anatole books by Eve Titus. This series of picture books about a clever French mouse are absolutely endearing.
- Adele and Simon books by Barbara McClintock. Beautifully written and illustrated books about a boy who is always losing things...A combination of hidden pictures and old fashioned storybook.
- The Inside Outside Book of Paris by Roxie Munro. We love this series. It gives such a fun in depth look at different cities around the world.
- Madame Martine by Sarah S. Brannen. This was my personal favorite picture book about Paris. An elderly Parisian woman who has never been to the Eiffel Tower becomes the accidental owner of a spirited dog. The illustrations are precious.
- Madame Pamplemousse and her Incredible Edibles by Rupert Kingfisher. This was our favorite read aloud. An enchanted food shop changes the life and future of a special little girl.
- The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy and a Lion in Paris by Beatrice Alemagna. A newly discovered favorite children's author. Amazing illustrations and darling stories.
Emma: A Modern Retelling by Alexander McCall Smith. I love Jane Austen and Alexander McCall Smith. He did a wonderful job in his recreation of this classic. There were a few changes I winced at, but overall an enjoyable book. I also loved watching the Emma series on Amazon Prime with Romola Garai. So far my favorite adaptation.
Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler's Guide to Unshakeable Peace by Sarah Mackenzie. Wise, wise advice from someone I have come to admire a good deal. A very helpful read and I look forward to finishing it.
A number of Amish inspired fiction novels. I absolutely love them for a light and peaceful read before bedtime.
Art, Art, and more Art filled most of our days this summer. I pulled a good deal of inspiration from The Artful Parent.
And I finally learned how to use a sewing machine. Hoodie purchased this model for me when amazon had it on sale. I am taking intermittent sewing lessons from another mother in our homeschooling co-op. So far I have learned to make napkins, pillows, and I made my first skirt for Jessie.
We started co-op yesterday and Sam started classes this morning so summer vacation is over for us. Sam is busily filling out college applications. We finally narrowed down his choices to ten:) I am excited for him in this phase of his life and praying for him to be guided to the right place.
Hoodie was home for the weekend and we went on our first movie date in a very long time. We went to see Florence Foster Jenkins. I absolutely adored it. Every minute.
I know I am not alone in wishing for the fall weather to start, this summer has been hotter than any I can remember since moving to North Carolina.