Man, did summer fly by or what!?
And how are you? Refreshed? Worn out? Ready for a new season ahead? I want to hear, so please don’t forget to make it to the bottom and leave me a little update! (That’s part of the deal with coffee dates! )
I’m excited to catch up on things…So grab a seat (and your favorite beverage!) and let’s dive in!
First, let’s get the
painful exciting part over with: By the time this goes live I will be in California, getting Josiah set up and dropped off at college at Westmont in Santa Barbara. *gulp*. He’s so ready. And I’m so not ready too. 😉 Really truly, I am so happy for him. But really truly, I’m gonna miss this kid like crazy.
Our first couple days we’ll be hanging with the Thompsons in Ventura, while we shop for all of the “Twin XL” dorm bedding, and other college-life necessities. Dave will meet up with us midweek, and then we will get Josiah moved in, go to Parent Orientation meetings, and have a few days to connect with friends and explore Josiah’s new “home” a bit. All of this while thinking every happy thought so that my heart doesn’t break into pieces in front of Josiah’s new friends and classmates. (That is SO embarrassing.)
Phew! That’s done, now quick, let’s switch topics!
Our summer went by too fast, but left us with some great memories.
I didn’t know it was going to happen, but Dave signed Levi up for a “real” surf contest and now it seems his competitive surf career has officially begun.
He took 4th place in his first Official HSA (Hawaii Surf Association) event in Honolulu. So much fun!! Thankfully, Luke was able to paddle out in the channel to coach him along. (Levi was the youngest out there by quite a bit.) It was a day for the history books.
In other news: Our homeschool year started.
I feel like we’re getting in the groove pretty well already. You wanna know my favorite thing? Levi is starting to love reading! And you wanna know what helped? A little tip Andrew Pudewa gave me when we did the podcast interview a couple of months ago. Here’s how it goes: You start reading a really good story, OUT LOUD, to your kid, then you choose a really exciting point in the story and you say, “Sorry, we’ll have to finish later!” You leave the book open to the page you left off on, and walk away. Next thing you know you “catch” your kid devouring the story on his own. (So sneaky and so effective!)
Also: ^^^ Little boys love mystery books! 🙂
It has also helped that Levi’s big brothers have been reading a ton all summer long. (recent list of their favorite books, here. 😉 I’m gonna miss moments like this, aren’t I?
One more time: “I. Can. Do. This.”
In other news: It’s been incredibly pretty on the north shore this summer. Postcard pretty.
The boys painted our friends’ fence a few weeks back. I stopped by to check on them and my suspicions were confirmed: I always knew Luke was a little Tom Sawyer. 🙂
Fun update! Raise your hand if you remember the ASK MONICA series I was doing for a while?…(Like 2 years ago.)
(For the rest of you…) For a while I was doing a monthly blog post where I responded to some of the most frequently asked questions I get via email or on the blog. This was so much fun, but I kind of just fell out of the habit. I always do my best to respond to emails, but I just can’t get to all of them…
SO, I thought for fun I would try doing a series of short (5 -ish minute) YouTube videos, responding to some of the most frequently asked questions! So far I’ve done 2: One on the topic of Sibling Squabbling (recorded on the beach! 🙂 and another sharing some of my personal tips on “how to eat less” (it’s honest and practical.) I have a marriage related video coming soon as well. What else do you want me to cover? Please tell me in comments!
And of course, the best way to catch future Ask Monica 5-minutes videos? SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel!
What’s new on the internets?!
Well, for starters...THIS Facebook post was exactly what I needed to
make me bawl my eyes out help me realize why it is so hard when kids go away to college. (warning: Do not read without tissues nearby.) She basically nailed my heart with the whole “I was the sun and they were the planets” deal. Oh my heart.
**Check out the new Ask the BoyMom series over at Turquoise Grace. I got to be the first interview in the series, and now that I read it I’m all teary. (Did I mention I’m taking my first born to college this week?)
More good stuff:
The Importance of Encouraging Curiosity in your Children. From the Guardian. LOVE THIS!
This is your child’s brain on video games. (Yikes!)(But such an important read!) From Psychology Today.
My post, The Instagram Five post was featured on the For Every Mom site last week. If you missed it before, hop over and check it out there. 😉
How complaining rewires your brain for negativity. Interesting! (good to teach kids!) From the Globe and Mail.
Sweet Cherry Oat Bars From the Lean Green Bean site. MUST enjoy the summer fruit while it’s still around!
Thai Noodle Salad with Peanut Lime Dressing. Mmmm! From Pinch of Yum.
Cauliflower Pizza Crust for the win!! From the Minimalist Baker
The best Nanaimo Bars Oh wow these look good! By Simple As That
And I just have to finish with this. Even if you’ve already seen it. Because it’s really as good as it gets. And it could possibly make for world peace. Or at least better family relations. 😉
LOVE to you all! Thank you times a million for ALL of the love and support as I face this bittersweet chapter of life.
Now!! Leave a comment below saying HI, telling me how your summer was, what’s new this fall, or anything else. (Also feel free to leave requests for “Ask Monica” segments! or email them to [email protected])
PS HURRICANE UPDATE: As I am finally about to publish this from Southern California (where things are going super well, btw!) Hurricane Lane is apparently headed towards Hawaii…where three of my sons are without parents (hahaha, crazy right!?) Rest assured: we have friends staying with them (even real live adults) and tons of support, and bottled water, and emergency systems in place (not exactly, but that sounds good.) I think they’ll be ok. Truthfully, my boys LOVE a good storm, and I feel confident they’ll be ok. But we do appreciate prayers for our boys and anyone who may be affected by the storm. (Thank you to those of you who have reached out with concern.)