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Checking in. . .no pictures

It drives me crazy that I don't have pictures to post.  I just didn't get out the "big" camera this week and I can't find the card reader for my phone. . .oh well. . .

It was camp week again around here.  The boys went to Cedar Lake Camp with their cousin Patrick and three friends from Ohio.  We dropped them off Sunday and they came home Saturday morning.  It was a quiet week without them and they were missed but they had a great time.  They got letters from grandparents, a package they had to sing for (if a camper gets 3 letters or a package in one day they make them sing in front of everyone before they can have it!) and not much sleep.  The girls didn't have a chance to go this year because they were busy with cheerleading (Margaret) and various sports camps (Marie).

Marie had lacrosse camp this week.  I didn't get one single picture of that so will have to rely on our memories for that one.  She seems to like the sport but not as much as soccer. . .that is definitely (for right now) her first love.  She should have school try-outs very soon -- we're hoping she makes the team.  She's only a 6th grader, though, so it's going to be tough.  There was only one 6th grader on Thomas's team in the spring.  Her trainer, AR, thinks she can do it so we'll see. . .she's chosen not to to rec ball this fall to concentrate on Academy and her training.  She is very focused.

After a two-week break Margaret went back to her competition cheer team practices.  I think we're all looking forward to her first competition in October and see how all this hard work pays off for the team.  She was fitted for her costume/outfit a couple of weeks ago and got her practice shirts this week. . .I would like to find some time to go to one of her practices and see how it's coming along.  They have 3-hr practices on Tuesdays and 2.5 hour practices on Thursdays -- her gym works really hard!

Thomas's select soccer team starts back up on Monday.  They are moving from a D-3 to a D-2 division this year and adding two assistant coaches to the team.  Looking at the initial roster it looks like it will be a larger team and right now they are planning on working the boys every weeknight but Wednesday.  It will be a busy fall!  I can't wait :)

Frederick made the U12 Academy training team at our local soccer club this fall and is playing on a new rec team.  Since I no longer work at the YMCA we decided to move all the kid's soccer over to the local soccer club.  This was a hard move for both Marie and Frederick because they have teammates they are leaving behind at the Y.  Tom coached 11 seasons there too so it's tough good-bye. . .but the soccer club offers soccer past the U12 age bracket (this is Marie's last season in that division) and all of Thomas's soccer runs through there also so it's time.  We're looking forward to a full, busy season!

I started school last Thursday!!!  The girls and I went in to school on Monday and Wednesday to set up my classroom and then Thursday after our meetings my classroom got moved down the hallway.  Ugh.  So. . .all the furniture and books are moved. . .now to put everything away again and re-do the bulletin boards (my absolute least-favorite thing to do!). . .but it's a good move for our team -- now all the teachers are clustered together -- and I start the year in a room that is mine, not Mrs. Mayberry's old room. . .

Monday our county has a "10:00 day" meaning all the buses run and students (and parents) show up at school at 8 a.m. to find out classroom assignments, fill out paperwork, pay fees, etc. At 10:00 the bell rings and the day is over!  Good start to the year, huh?  Tuesday is a teacher work day then Wednesday we go in full-on.  Yes, it's early in the year, but the students have been out since mid-late May and we have TWO WEEKS off in October so this isn't a bad deal.  I'll once again be teaching 7th grade Culture and Geography. . .in our middle school Margaret will be in 5th grade, Marie in 6th, I'm in 7th, and Thomas in 8th -- we've pretty much got the entire building covered :)

My dad was also at camp this week.  He has been volunteering at Lighthouse Christian Camp and has one more week. It's really nice having him here on the weekends.  He's starting to make his own social group too -- he didn't even go to church with us this morning because he had other people to attend with :) 

Needless to say everyone around here is sleeping well. . .Dad came over from camp Friday and promptly fell asleep. . . the boys have been tired most of the weekend. . .and I have been exhausted too!  What a change going back to a school schedule.  And, to top it all off, Thomas wants to participate in our city's Death at Dawn that begins Monday (tomorrow) morning and lasts for 10 days -- 5:30 a.m.-6:30 a.m.  I'm proud of him for being up for the challenge.  In the winter Tom did it with him but he's not sure he's up for these early mornings. . .last fall I would play tennis while Thomas worked out but I wasn't working a job then either. . .hmmmm. . . it is a great way to start the day! 

Posting might become scarce again. . .I've greatly enjoyed the summer break but am looking forward to a schedule and all the activities that come with fall.  Maybe my cardreader will show up too because I do try to keep up with "picture of the day" on my phone :)

Love,
Jenni

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