Goodbye Summer

While I will admit that I am not a very  big fan of summer, there are a few things about it that I have always enjoyed.  Summer always seemed so long and a chance to get things done around the house, have plenty of time to rest and relax and also to get ready for the upcoming school year.  I always have high hopes of having a productive summer and feeling so accomplished.  Here I am on the eve of the first day of the new school year and once again I didn’t even get half of the things accomplished that I wanted to get done.

I started off strong, made a schedule and did my best to stick with it.  Yes, that good intention lasted all of about 7 days.  I did manage to get caught up on my filing (a chore that I absolutely detest).  Or at least I was caught up on my filing two months ago.  Needless to say, I am no longer caught up.  I did get some scrapbooking done, but not even close to my goal of one page a day.  I think maybe a total of 15 pages for the entire summer.  I also didn’t come close to reading the number of books that I wanted to read.  Actually, when it comes to reading, I started the summer ahead of my reading goal according to Goodreads.  Now I am 7 books behind schedule.  Looks like I need to get reading again.  It certainly isn’t because I don’t have enough books, I have about 4 To Be Read piles that are each a foot high, plus the 100’s of books that I have downloaded to my Kindle that still need to be read.  I did manage to get a little bit done on a couple of classes in canvas.

So the question remains exactly what did I get done this summer?  Did I get much done for me or for school or for the family?

  1. I did take a class on writer’s notebook.
  2. I went on a trip to Des Moines twice, once with my husband at the beginning of the summer and then just this past weekend with my youngest daughter.
  3. Took my daughter to the 4-H Awardrobe event in Ames.
  4. Turned around and a week later took her to the state fair for Communications events.

I will admit that the state fair was fun, but tiring.  Kristen had an educational presentation, a dance for share the fun, and did extemporaneous speaking. She was excited to get a seal of excellence on her educational presentation. We were a bit worried when the judge for her room gave the first girl a certificate or recognition.  Share the Fun is not judged, but evaluated.  By the comments the judge seemed to like her dance.  Finally Sunday morning came around and the extemporaneous speaking.  This was the first time that Kristen had done this at the state fair and she was a tad bit nervous.  Her goal was to get a seal of Merit and that it exactly what she did receive.  I am really proud of her for doing this event.  She has never had any coaching or teaching in the area.  This area is completely self taught.

I will need to write more about the state fair, but that is a topic for another day.

In the meantime.  Happy first day of school.  8:15 start time will be here before I know it.

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