This post contains affiliate links.  It’s been a long time since I shared a peek into our lives, but I figured now would be a good time!  The last few weeks, life has been crazy busy for us, but I’m enjoying getting to spend so much time with my teenagers and almost teenager.

College and Scholarships

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Bookworm is a senior this year, so I’ve spent a lot of time helping him with scholarship applications, college applications, and Honors College applications.  I am so proud of what he has achieved this year!  He’s applied to five colleges (two of them community colleges) and gotten into all of them.  I won’t go into too much detail because I plan to write a separate post about this soon, but he’s been working very hard on the college process.

In addition, he found out this summer that he would have to take both Algebra II and Pre-Calc this year to graduate.  He is wrapping up his fall semester, and he completed a year of Algebra II this semester.  Next semester, he’ll take an entire year of Pre-Calc in one semester.  There is no way I would have been able to do this, so I’m in awe of his motivation and drive.

Not to be left out of the process, Cuddle Bug (11.5 years old) found a scholarship for middle schoolers and has worked on this for hours independently.  This last week, I’ve been helping her organize her four-page essay for the scholarship.  Even if she doesn’t get it, this whole process has been a good experience, and I love watching her drive!

Trying Out High School Classes

Meanwhile, we’ve made a switch to PB & J Girl’s history and literature curriculum.  She was not enjoying Sonlight’s Level F curriculum, so we decided to move her to Sonlight’s Level J.  This curriculum is for ages 13 to 15, 8th – 10th grade, so we’re dipping our toes into high school curriculum.  If she does well, I’ll give her both a high school history and literature credit.  If not, we’ll consider it a learning experience.  Still, the workload is a big adjustment for both of us.


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There’s a chance Bookworm may move out of state next year, so we’ve also been busy working on his adulting.  He’s never been a big fan of cooking. However, we’ve been spending some time in the kitchen, so he can learn to cook a well-balanced meal.  We’re trying to have him nail down 10 or 15 recipes, so he can easily make those if he’s on his own.

We’ve also picked up driver’s training again.  (He took a break for about three months while he was busy with all of the college application process.)

Final Thoughts

Our days have been busy, but that’s because of good things.  Our kids are growing up, and I know after busy phases like this, life will just get quieter as the kids get older and go out on their own.  It’s a bittersweet time.

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