Yesterday we headed out for our annual blueberry picking. I grabbed my camera and was dismayed to see that both of my batteries were dead. Since I'm not on call for a birth at the moment, I haven't been compulsive about making sure my batteries are fully charged and ready to go. Bummer. So my Instagram photos will have to suffice.
We showed up at Bjornstad Farms just past 9:30. Why Bjordstad? They have my faithful business. Becasue they like my kids. They don't automatically assume that if I show up with children numbering in the double digits we are going to destroy the place. Therefore I drove past a dozen U-pick farms to get to theirs.
At any rate, I showed up to be greeted with, "What do we have hear today?".
"We want to pick blueberries" I answered.
"Great! And what group do we have here?"
Ah. That's what she meant.
"This group is my family" I explained. Her and her husband then exclaimed over my fine looking bunch of children and showed us where to head. So nice.
Our goal was 100 pounds. One hundred because that's how much money I had to spend, not because that's all we could eat.
When we went to get our blueberries weighed we had ninety-nine pounds. Not bad.
Ninety-nine pounds of blueberries picked in 45 minutes. Add in the pound Apollo ate off of the ground, and we could call it an even one hundred.
We now have sixteen gallons of blueberries in our freezer to use throughout the year. Go Team Baker's Dozen!
Now for homeschooling… I have sat down three times so far this summer and tried to plan out the framework of our upcoming school year. The dynamics will be quite different since Keziah and Boaz are at Job Corps and Mordecai will be at school. Every single time I've at down I've drawn a complete blank. I don't know where to start or what do. Ack.
Enter Timberdoodle (my favorite homeschooling resource- it should be your favorite too!) I just saw a link to these planning pages on their Facebook page and it has solved my planning crisis. I am systematically typing in school books, number of week and feeling a sense of order. Once I do this for each student I plan to print a copy for my planning notebook and one of my students' binders.
THEN, I can get on to adding in the fun stuff.
Thank you again, Timberdoodle. You've been a resource for our family for the past ten years and a decade later are still a help to me!
Thank you to those of you who responded about homeschooling. I will be working on the posts over the next few days as time allows.