7 Quick Takes 50 – School’s Out Edition


Holy cow, this is the 50th time I’ve participated in Jen Fulwiler’s awesome blog carnival, 7 Quick Takes on this blog! Guess what else…I’m about to go over 50,000 views and I have 58 followers, per blogger. I think I need to do a giveaway, or something, eh? But then…I really don’t know how to do those. 
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Today is the final (half) day of school. I wonder…what is the point of half days, anyway? This noon dismissal stuff…I mean, it seems like they really can’t get that much done in 3.5 hours or so, and for the little kids, you know they get even less done on a noon dismissal day. 

Oh well.

At noon today, I will officially have a rising 7th grader, 4th grader and 2nd grader. 

7th grader, 4th grader and 2nd grader

Believe me when I tell you, there were times (when all three of those girls were under the age of 5 and NONE had begun grammar school) that I thought this day would never come. You moms out there who have 2 under 2 or even 2 under the age of 3 or 4….your day will come, too. And you’ll wonder where that sweet toddler went (because you’ll forget all about the tantrums s/he threw every day at the age of 3.

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So, back to the noon dismissals — Guess what? The 2013-14 school calendar came out and we will have noon dismissals on every First Friday next year. Now, that’s all fine and dandy. I mean, it’s a Catholic school and First Fridays are kind of a big deal. My question is — will they provide First Friday Mass and Confession for all the kids, too? That is something I’m asking at the next school board meeting.

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My children are not very happy with me for purchasing another round of “Summer Solutions.” 

These are workbooks (I stick with the Math genre) that provide adequate daily review for the kids during the summer so they don’t show up in August with empty-heads. 

Oh, the whining! I have heard. 

“But M-o-o-o-o-ommmmmmmm! It’s SUMMER!”

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I’m not the type to allow my kids to sit around all summer and NOT do anything academic anyway. Our school requires a summer reading program and project that is due on the first day of school. Before they had that, though, I always signed my kids up for the Library’s summer reading program. So, I’m not sure what my kids thought they’d accomplish with the whining.

And because I need a picture of my boys…

Dominic is forever closing his eyes when I try to take pictures!!!
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Sarah is going to Challenge Camp next week. She is so excited to go back. She gets a week away from us, and gets to spend time growing in faith, hanging out with girls her age, doing fund activities like swimming, horseback riding, ziplining, etc. They have themed dinners all week and time spent outdoors and with nature and doing faith-based activities that can help her grow in her relationship with Jesus Christ.

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Dani gets a week-long summer camp (Children of Mary Camp) in July which she will attend with her cousin in NC! She is also excited. The schedule looks promising. It will be Dani’s first time away from home for that period of time. I think she’ll have a blast, though, especially getting to hang out with her cousin.


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Volleyball for the summer starts next week, too. Sarah will be playing regulation ball for the first time. I know she is excited to see how that goes. Helen is going to be in a FUN league for rising 2nd and 3rd graders. I think she’s light years ahead of where Sarah was at age 7 with regard to skills since she can already move to the ball and pass it fairly accurately. I am excited to get her going in volleyball!
Bonus: Craig and I are running the 40th Hospital Hill run tomorrow. We are running a 10K. My hope is that I run the whole way. I’d like to beat last year’s time, but I should do that if I run the whole way because I remember walking quite a bit last year.
Here’s a picture with all five of the kiddos…
Hughes kids on the Eve of the last day of school
Have a great weekend!!

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