I have read my share of homeschooling articles, talked to many a woman who school their kids and I have done preschool activities with both kids on a fairly regular basis. No schedule, no plan really, just building memories and having fun.
Then I realize that if my dd was only 3 weeks older, she would be going to school as a kindergartner. AAAAACCCCCKKKKK! Since my sweet dh isn't totally sold on the whole homeschooling experience (he doesn't mind me doing it, just something he doesn't want to do!) I have told myself that this year is my pretend Kindergarten. So school it is and it is for real, kinda.
Now I am remembering all of my friends laments about their children bawking at school, discussing real tricks to get them to buy into school and all of their vents about their day. Day 2 and it is HARD!! LOL! Can't school just be a TV program about letter sounds?? Hey, wait, I used that - Letter Factory!!!
Anyhoo, Kylie is loving her school, it is Luke that is making me chuckle. He sits down and follows along and two minutes in he pronounces that "I am done!" And promptly gets up and walks off. I have some fun things for him to do throughout the morning but his little personality is so different than Kylie's at that age. He just makes me laugh.
They say it takes 21 days to make a habit and I need habits! I have let my eating, sleeping and lack of excercise overtake me! Things have gotta change!
So here is my plan.
- Wake up before 6:30 - have some quiet time and coffee and be out the door at 7 - Run - either at the gym or outside (way too hot!!!) - Go to bed before 10:30pm
My hope is that by excercising, I will want to eat better and drink my water. Then I will get back down to a healthy weight. I just feel blah right now!
I will edit this post daily for 21 days to keep me accountable in my undertakings! Anyone want to join me??
Day 1 - up and out of the house - ran 2 miles, walked 1 - drank my water and kept it in good point range through weight watchers. - I am dead tired so I now I will be snoozing way before 10:30! Day 2 - up and awake by 7 - my ds woke up at the same time so no excercise yet! My plan is to go tonight and walk 3 miles after they go to bed. - drinking my water and eating well! - I am sooo ready for bed and it isn't even the evening yet! Day 3 - up and out - ran 2 miles and walked 1 - just trying to get my groove back. - drank my water and ate well! - went to bed at 11:00pm - oh well!
Today my fabulous in-laws took the kids for a day. They are going down to Melbourne to pick up Nana (dc's great-grand-mother!)and are spending the day at the zoo. I know they will have great stories to tell upon their return! Thank you Nonni and Poppy!
So while they are gone, I am going to read, spend some time finishing up my homeschool plan for this year and enjoy the quiet! Wait, I still have 7 boys here so quiet is relative.
A few months ago, Linda shared a video of her girls singing a beautiful hymn. Their voices blended together so well and it just sounded wonderful. My kids watched it over and over again and really enjoyed it.
So Kylie wanted to sing a song of her own. This was totally made up on the spot as you can tell but we had fun none-the-less!
It has been such a good summer so far. Long days of swimming, playing outside and listening to the daily thunderstorms from the safety of our porch. I caught these pictures the other day when the kids were outside playing. The grass is so green from all of the rain and our kids cheeks are pink after the day at the pool. I couldn't resist!
Little House in the Big Woods , Little House on the Prairie , Wind in the Willows , Marry Poppins, The Ordinary Princess ,Farmer Boy, On the Banks of Plum Creek, The Incredible Journey, The Boxcar Children,
soft sounds of breathing, people reuniting at airports, giggles, the smell of cooking food when it is cold outside, pencils scratching on paper, the smell of books, hugs,space heaters in the basement,good music,warmth of the sun,stolen moments with my husband, children playing, fun neighbors, spontaneous trips, fun toys, spending time with friends, dinner out, soft breaths of sleeping children, pool time, bright flowers on the porch, spontaneous outings, sun kissed cheeks, movie nights,
Making the Most of Where We Are Planted
Hike, Gold Mine, walk downtown, take a bus, ride the train,