An apron with her sister high heeled boots that we have forbidden her to wear because they are so loud.
My work the other day-the brush pile! It felt so good to get outside and work even if I am paying for it in wrist pain today.
He is such a good speller.
Bursting with excitement.
Yes I know nothing is ordinary now but I am trying to keep it as ordinary as possible. We are having fun homeschooling-I LOVE IT. That doesn’t mean it goes smoothly at all. I keep thinking of the moms with colicky babies or any babies and then kids who need help learning and I’ve been there and know that this is hard! It is so much easier now with only two kids that need supervision. We are working out the glitches together-like kids bickering.
Here is the rough schedule that has worked for these three days. (Matt is on spring break, Andrew (16) is on his own with school and is always willing to help me.)
We get up when we get up. Usually 8 (heck not the older kids). Showers and bed making and slow breakfast. Patrick usually creeps down earlier and watches a little TV and then I send him up to do his bedroom chores.
We have tackled a family job each morning. I want to incorporate real life practical learning. Today we washed the inside and outside of the car. Yesterday we picked up some sticks in the yard and I gave the kids a few quick inside jobs. I am going to make a list and see if it could be something the youngest two and I do together. Cooking, cleaning, organizing, how to fix things. Pumping gas is up next!
I have in mind doing school work from 10-2ish, with lunch while we work. Today I sent Patrick on a race around the block when he was hitting maximum overload. He timed himself.
On rainy days we are going to watch a documentary together in the afternoon.
We decided for the week to have a movie night every night. We’ve watched The Greatest Showman and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. (If you have any suggestions of really good movies-no cartoons, let me know!)
Janey was jumping up and down when I told her we are going to do a project for her habitat study in Social Studies. I LOVE PROJECTS. (The project will consist of a poster board and construction paper and lists about the ocean and dolphins.) I have to think of one for Patrick that interests him.
I love being home. I love the kids being home. Attitude is everything-remember. Simple expectations so there is little to no stress and lots of play. Simple meals, simple jobs.
I am still working on 40 Bags in 40 Days. I had a bag full from the boys closet that is going to Goodwill. I am not doing the hard spring cleaning with the kids home as much.
Abbey and I are tackling her room and closet today. More photos soon on Instagram and I will post here this weekend. The garage is a big one and I am excited to get to that this weekend if the weather is decent.