|T working on his summer journal and math, which the boys had to do each morning before playing video games. :)|
|The boys are the Mud Run for St Jude.|
|Nate and the boys being silly during a classical concert in Millennium Park.|
Summer is over. The boys are back in school. School is going well so far, but I am bracing myself for when the homework picks up. I am dreading it. We tend to have giant battles over homework, and I know I am not alone in this, because there are a lot of books on this subject available. I bought this one and it has been quite helpful. Also, though, when you look up books about homework, there are a lot of books discussing whether homework is a valid part of a child's education, like whether it is a valuable learning tool or not. Many researchers tend to think not, and I tend to agree with them, but that doesn't change the fact that my kids are expected to go to school with completed homework every day. It's a little depressing to be against something in principal, but have to participate in it anyway. Boo, homework.
|On the train, headed to a street festival in the city.|
I had a bit of a rough transition to the school year, because our summer was just so darn good. For maybe the first time ever, we really hit the sweet spot between busyness and relaxation. We had lots of lazy mornings where I was sewing and the boys were gaming, and everybody was still in pajamas. We had lots of outings with friends. It was our most social summer ever, and that was great. We ended summer with a great trip to Michigan with family. It was all so nice. I didn't want it to end.
|Michigan vacation, beach time.|
|Sleeping (or Sleepy? I can't remember) Bear dunes.|
That's all for now. Random pictures from our summer are featured in this post. If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably seen them all already. :)