Life Update: Homeschool and Gardening

I’m super tired, so sorry if this post is all over the place. I just wanted to sit down, reflect, and share some pictures 🙂


We’ve managed to do school EVERY DAY this week! I know it’s only Tuesday, but I still feel like it’s a big win – mostly because I had the energy for it. It feels like the fog is starting to clear. I hope it continues!

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Hydrangeas, Azaleas, and Rhodadendrons – Oh My!

Over the past few weeks, a lot has gone into making our house a home. We’ve planted A LOT of things, and soon we will be planting our vegetable garden!

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Summertime memories

There have been a lot of fires this summer. The closest one is probably Cle Elum, on the other side of Snoqualmie Pass. It’s been pretty hazy with all the smoke and ash floating around in the air. I’m in awe of all of the natural disasters that have been happening lately, between the PNW fires and Hurricane Harvey and now Irma. My heart goes out to all those who have been affected.

We’ve had a great summer here in Poulsbo and I wanted to document some of our memories. Some of the pictures look cloudy because of the smoke in the air.


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Harvesting Sunflower Seeds

Harvesting Sunflower Seeds - April's Happy Place - Sunflower

Last year Kender and I harvested seeds from a sunflower he grew for the first time (read more about that here: Faith is like a Sunflower Seed). This year, we planted those seeds, grew more sunflowers, and have been harvesting more seeds.

It’s actually a pretty cool process! Kender really enjoys it, and I like that it’s something fun and productive for us to do together. Something besides playing Minecraft and watching annoying videos on YouTube Kids, which I get increasingly sick of as the days of summer slowly pass us by. I’m torn between enjoying summer while it lasts and desperately wanting it to be over so Kender can go off to kindergarten… And then I panic a little at the thought of Kender being a kindergartener already, and I want to cherish our time together… But then he asks me to play Minecraft with him and the cycle starts again.

Anyway, let’s get back to those sunflowers. I’ll walk you through the process in case you’re interested in trying it out 😊🌻

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