This week was busy with work. We worked extra hard to finish up all our school work by about 9:30am. Then I worked on a music curriculum I want to sell online. After lunch we worked outside for an hour or two, tackling a list of projects. I make the list and the kids call out or initial which job they want and we all get to it. Some days we do a group project like Blueberry Hill, burning brush, weeding the garden, or hauling & stacking wood. Other days we all grab our own chore off the list like cleaning gutters, planting flowers, hauling mulch for the flower bed, cleaning the chicken coop. Either way, working outside with my children is my favorite thing to do.
The van is still in the shop as transmissions everywhere are on backorder I’m told. It could be a month or more. Meanwhile we’re borrowing our bishop’s Expedition, which is super nice of him. I’m planning just to stay home mostly but it’s nice to have for church.
Working on Blueberry Hill
Tuesday we worked on Blueberry Hill for 2 hours. This is a big pasture hill we have that once had 100 blueberry bushes on it. A couple of rows have been bush hogged over and the rest have been neglected for quite some time. They have trees growing up through them, briars, thorns, wild roses, all kinds of things. We’re trying to clear out everything but the blueberries so people can come pick them. Last year we did the first 3-4 rows pretty well and we were able to get quite a bit of blueberries. This year we’re working on the last 3-4 rows plus having to clear out everything that grew back in the first rows.
Kaitlyn took these pictures but they all turned out blurry which is too bad. Our work parties are pretty fun.
Makenna’s Watermelon Bed
Planting an Azalea
Makenna chose to plant this azalea for her chore. The summer we moved in (2021) we pulled out huge boxwoods right here. Since then I’ve taken some of the azalea and planted it in one hole. It’s looking good but is slow to grow. I like propagating because it’s free and then all the azaleas along here would be the exact same color but I saw this one for $12 and it looks the exact same as the one I have so I bought it for the first hole by the steps. Hopefully it and the one in the 2nd hole will catch up to the 3rd one in a few years. Makenna is a terrific planter. She and Talea have helped me plant almost all the trees, shrubs, bulbs, and garden seeds we got this year.
Last Day of School!
Alexis comes this Tuesday, having finished all her classes and final exams at BYU. She has completed her first year of college at only age 17! (She’ll be 18 in mid July) I’m so proud of her. Anyway, last year when the college kids came home early May we never finished school; they’re too much fun to have home! We had to finish in July when they left. So this year we doubled up and finished April 28 so we’re ready to play with the college kids this summer. Alexis will be home May and June and Kylie will be home August and September. So we’ll probably do school in July when it’s hot, rainy and we’re bored. I love homeschooling so that we can take off when family comes.