CC is over for the summer, now what?!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

This motley selection of pictures is all that I captured at our end of the year ceremony for CC this year...

Crazy {excited, nervous about talking in front of so many people, excited} Director with balloons...

I just had to order them since we memorized the first 12 elements in the Periodic Table this year! 

Since Cycle 3 has an American history focus we set up a patriotic photo booth! 

My sweet girls! They put up with a lot being the Director's kids! 

My awesome tutor team! These ladies are the best! 

So, now that CC is over for the summer are we done with homeschool for the summer too? 

We are going to continue with school through the summer and hopefully catch up on a few things that we missed during the CC year because I was preoccupied with CC things. Our days also just seem to flow better when we have a rhythm! I am constantly changing up our school days to see how they best work for us and right now I am trying out a Monday-Thursday rhythm of protecting our "school hours" by not planning any playdates, appointments, or grocery shopping trips during that time. Fridays are for nature walks, friend playdates, and going out to have lunches with Daddy at work. We have also finally honed in on a good morning time routine! I'll share more details about morning time and what curriculums we are using in my next post! 

We are actually doing more school now than we were during the CC year! I have taken the month of May completely off from all CC Director duties. I even set up an auto reply on my CC email and had Brian change my Facebook password so that I wouldn't be tempted by all my CC groups on there. I have been doing a bit of planning for next year for the girls. As a CC Director 
I spend a lot of time planning for other peoples children (and my own since they are in the program) but it has been so nice to take this month and be solely dedicated to planning for my own kids. If you are a CC Director, I HIGHLY recommend that you implement a month off after CC finishes! It has definitely saved me from being burnt out and I feel ready and excited to tackle the upcoming year... in June of course! :) 

Snippets from our CC Days...

Monday, May 21, 2018

During our CC days my hands are often busy helping to set-up and clean-up art and science supplies or a variety of other tasks so I don't end up taking very many photos. Here are a few pictures from Cycle 3 2017-2018.. 

Week 24 Lego Lab (on CCConnected under username abbygjertsen) 

During Morning Assembly I lead our campus in memorizing the Bible Memory Work that CC offers as a free download on their website. A wonderful CC Connected user turned that memory work into flash cards that could match the regular CC Flashcards! 

I ordered this book from Usbourne. It's such a cute book but I didn't end up using it very much with the girls this year. If it's not a story book, I don't tend to enjoy reading aloud to the girls and if it's not about an animal of some kind, Kenley doesn't enjoy reading on her own.
 {Don't worry, she reads A TON! It just has to be about animals 😊} 
Hopefully this will spark their interest in 3 years on our next round through Cycle 3! 

 It's always the Directors kid.... 
This is the face she colored for her My Body Project... 

Our friend Officer Sam came to talk to all of us about safety and he let every single kid try on his SWAT gear!

These are the books that I checked out from the Library to correlate to our Cycle 3 Artists...

We swapped out Jim Davis and chose to study Peter Max instead. He is such a great artist to study for Cycle 3! We did Peter Max inspired Statue of Liberty's with oil pastels and Kool-aid watercolors... 

My wonderful Mother-in-Law came to introduce the Orchestra to us on Week 19! 

First Day of CC Cycle 3 2018-2018

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

On September 14th 2017, we had out first day of CC for the 2017-2018 year! 
This is our 4th year in CC, my 2nd year Directing, and our 1st time repeating Cycle 3! 


Claire's Apprentice class lead by Mrs. Agnew


Kenley's Journeymen class lead by Mrs. Compton

At home we always take our chalkboard pictures...

My twirly girl! 

During Morning Assembly I use a trifold white board like the tutors use to post our Scripture Passage Memory Work, Bible Memory Work, Family Presentation Schedule, and lots of Announcements...

Lots of announcements for the first day of CC...

Mrs. Compton brought me the sweetest gift on our first day! How cute is this mug?! I love it! The cookies were also so adorable! The paper cookie even had a note written to me on it! 

Recent Winning Recipes at the Ronk house!

Friday, May 4, 2018

I have been trying a bunch of new recipes lately and I wanted to share a few of our most recent favorites! I have been mostly following the Trim Healthy Mama plan. To simplify the plan a bit, so that you know what I am talking about, when on the THM plan you don't consume sugar and you separate your high fat low carb meals from your high carb low fat meals. What I love about this program is that I can still eat carbs! I just have to eat them strategically. This plan was created by Christians and I really appreciate how they talk about God throughout the program and how He created food for us to enjoy as well as for our nourishment! If you are interested in Trim Healthy Mama I highly recommend that you read their books The Trim Healthy Mama Plan, The Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook, and their newest book Trim Healthy Table

These Crispy Parmesan Chicken Wings were fantastic! This recipe calls for dry brining the chicken wings with baking powder! I have never heard of that before and I can't wait to experiment with other sauce flavors! They fit in as a THM S. 

This Trim Healthy Mama S Pound Cake is fantastic! I served it with fresh whipped cream and strawberries at my last Tutor Meeting and everyone loved it! It was especially good the next day for Breakfast! Brian liked it too... which was a bummer because I definitely didn't want to share! ;)

Trim Healthy Mama has introduced me to quite a few new to me ingredients one of those is Baobab powder! I have been loving this Baobab Water in the afternoons! It's lightly citrusy and tastes very refreshing! 

I have been making these Cream Cheese Chicken Nuggets for lunches and they are so easy and delicious! I even took them to CC one day and ate them cold. I let another mom sample them and she made me write the recipe down for her right away! They are great dipped in Whole Sisters Dump Ranch, Frank's Red Hot, or just eaten plain! I usually serve them with raw veggies! 


These Orange Ground Chicken Rice Bowls make a fantastic E meal. Our whole family loves this dish. This dish cooks up super quick which makes it a perfect weeknight meal! To make it a little bit easier I use the frozen microwavable rice packs from Trader Joes! This one is also great as leftovers for CC lunches! 

Okay, this Trim Train Taco Soup recipe has some ingredients that you might not have tried in a soup before. BUT trust me and try this one! My whole family loved this soup! It tastes like a regular taco soup but has lots of gut healing ingredients. This makes a huge vat of soup and freezes great! This is also a THM Fuel Pull so you can either top it with cheese and sour cream to make it and S or some blue corn chips and greek yogurt to make it an E or just enjoy it plain as a FP! 

Lastly, these Trim Healthy Mama E Pancakes were a huge hit when I made Breakfast for dinner the other night! Once again everyone loved them! They taste light and fluffy like regular flour pancakes but contain no flour. All of the ingredients are thrown in the blender and then poured onto the griddle so there is minimal clean-up! 

Have you tried any new recipes lately that were winners? Searching Pinterest for recipes can be fun but its also hard to tell which recipes just have great pictures and which recipes will actually taste good! 

Check out my THM S Pinterest Board and my THM E board for even more inspiration!