How are things going? The good, the bad and the ugly! When does school start up again in your area? Are things better with the freedom of summer or the structure of the school year? For our home schooling families: do you take a summer break or do you go year round? We're only about half way through our break but beginning to think about it. Duckie has down well overall but the age (12) coupled with girldom can really have its challenges. She's either attached to my hip or wants absolutely nothing to do with husband and I. I'm not sure which one is worse. The lack of structure isn't really a good thing for her. She'll sit around doing nothing waiting for someone else to come up with to do. We survived a week long vacation with my inlaws fairly unscathed. A major storm moved through last week and the power went out during her sleepover with two friends. Good times, lol! She's doing a 2 hour dance class three evenings a week this week and will do a few more rehearsals for dance to perform in a two parades in September. She goes 4 days to a STEM camp next week and 3 days to a volleyball camp in August. She takes weekly viola lessons. We also hope to finally start a renovation/addition to our upstairs next month. So we've things to do, but not like usual.