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I’m not sure how it happens, but every year seems to go just a little bit faster. This year has gone by so incredibly fast! I can’t believe that we are going to start school next week! Usually by this point in August I am ready to get back into our school routine, but not this year. I kind of want our homeschool summer to continue. Alas, there are exciting plans for 5th and 8th grade, so our summer is coming to an end.
We started our official summer break a few weeks later than we usually do because we took a month off of school to move from Washington to North Carolina. Once we were somewhat settled (i.e. the book boxes were unpacked and we bought a dining room table) we just added the lessons on to the end of our traditional school year. Maybe the reason our summer has felt so short is because it WAS a few weeks shorter than normal. Regardless, we managed to cram an immense amount of fun into our homeschool summer.
How We Spent Our Homeschool Summer
Chapel Hill Fireworks
Going to see fireworks in Chapel Hill was one of our very first summer activities. Storms rolled through during the early evening, but the sky was clear by the time the fireworks were scheduled to start. It was a great experience. The firework show was one of the best I have ever seen. We really missed our Washington neighborhood 4th of July party, but this new tradition helped ease the transition to East Coast life.
Sleepover at Grandma and Pap’s
My husband’s parents moved to South Carolina while we lived in Washington, so Hannah and Ben were excited to spend some time at their new house. They had a blast riding the golf cart, eating ice cream, and checking out all of the neighborhood pools.
My husband and I enjoyed the break with a little peace and quiet, although we were running out of things to do while the kids were away by the end of the week.
Hilton Head with Cousins
We all went to visit Grandma and Pap again when cousins from Connecticut came to visit. It has been a long time since we were able to spend any time with this side of the family. It was so wonderful spending a few days together. We spent the time playing at the beach, swimming in the pool, and searching lagoons for alligators (at a safe distance).
Topsail Beach with Friends
My college roommate lives in Raleigh too and it has been so wonderful catching up and getting to know her family better. Her children are just a few years younger than Hannah and Ben, but they all get along really well. She found a fantastic beach house on Topsail island and invited our family to come along. This was our first time at this beach, but it is quickly becoming one of our favorite! The beach was clean, not crowded, quiet, and had soft sand. The town is small, but that makes it relaxing. It rained a fair bit during our trip, but the kids found ways to amuse themselves inside and we managed to get in a bit of ocean time every day.
We saw my husbands’s parents and his brother’s family once again at a family reunion in Lexington, VA. I love seeing family, but I also love Lexington. Paul and I were married in Lexington, so it will always have a special place in my heart. We spent the day with family and the evening walking around ‘downtown’ with the kids.
As soon as we were back from Lexington, my parents arrived from Maryland to visit. They stayed with Hannah and Ben while Paul and I flew to Las Vegas for a kid-free vacation. We spent 3 nights just relaxing and it was absolutely wonderful. We didn’t see any shows or do much of the touristy Vegas stuff, but we felt so relaxed. We splurged on a poolside cabana one day and spent another day relaxing in the spa. You guys, we were so relaxed that we slept for 11 hours one night! We thought we would take a nap before going to dinner . . . only to wake up at 5:30 the next morning. Apparently all of our homeschool summer fun made us pretty tired.
In addition to all of the trips, we enjoyed a lot of simple summer fun too. We ate snow cones almost weekly, we explored new-to-us parks, and went swimming almost daily. We even had time for a few educational summer activities, like checking out a few museums and lots of library visits.
How did you spend your homeschool summer?
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