Once again…

… I feel like I *should* apologize for not being more consistent in blogging, but I won’t.

We have had so much fun over the summer… and have gotten so much stuff done… that I feel that I have made the right decision and spent my time wisely.

Since we last “spoke” I have gone to the National Catholic Homeschooling conference, painted a bookshelf in my kitchen that has been unfinished for as long as Thomas has been alive (thank you very much… that’s over 8 years, folks!)

…painted inside of my pantry…

(OK, it’s only the bottom half… shhhh… but I *did* fix the torn-up linoleum and put down new stuff)

… painted the new bookshelf my husband built for us (had to do a massive book reorganizing to fit everything in that we need for this year)

…recovered an ironing board that I got for A DOLLAR at a thrift store with fabric that I was given for free (can’t beat that, can you?)

…canned SIXTY -THREE jars of strawberry jam (my family loves this stuff!)…

…painted the laundry room (and bought a Speed Queen washer and dryer set when my machines sadly bit the dust after 15+ years)…

…made a new apron…

 (just trust me.. it’s actually much prettier-looking in person)

…ordered all my kids’ homeschooling books for the coming year…
…reorganized the bookshelves in the office…
…culled out over 300+ lbs. of clutter from our home…
…read many, many books (both for myself and for my children)
…picked blueberries…
…done yardwork…
—installed a path to our side door (thanks, Mom and Dad!)…

…and just generally kept myself busy!

I hope you all have had a fun, blessed, and productive summer as well!

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