Friday, October 15, 2010
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Wednesday, October 13, 2010
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Thursday, September 23, 2010
Todd worked a half day with Sean landscaping and then on his way home he passed us driving through town. We did a u-turn (which I am famous for) and headed back to catch up with him. He knows me well and went ahead and pulled over knowing I couldn't resist turning around to see him. The kids loved it and we got to touch base! Later that afternoon we were home and decided to go out to dinner. Before we went to dinner of we stopped by Replay to exchange a Wii game we got a few weeks ago, Star Wars Clone Wars for....Kung Fu Panda Wii game. To some of you this may be an insignificant point to our day but we have been WAITING to do this for WEEKS and the kids have lost much sleep over this transaction, when it would happen, what they would get, how much it would cost and the fact that we said everyday we are not doing that today. So the fact we got to do this tonight well lets just say...the boys were over the moon about this new game and now just want to head home to play and not go to dinner. Since they are not in charge we did manage to go to dinner and then we came home to play. The boys seem to love the new game; there has yet to be any buyers remorse, unlike our first purchase of Clone Wars. I think it is a good lesson to learn young, think hard about your choices and don't rush into anything, hopefully it will translate to much more important decisions later in life!!
Monday, September 20, 2010
After picking up lunch at Wendy's we were on our way and arrived at the lake around 1:30. Grandbob picked us up at the dock and then off went! Since we had dad with us today we were able to get out a 3 man raft that is pulled behind the boat. Adam was a little nervous about it and Ryan was fearless about it...Todd was excited and in the middle of the boys! He of course briefed them on what to do if they were to fall off the raft and then assured them it would not happen! So they are settled and Grandbob starts up the boat...slow at first, then we were off to the races, going in circles, cutting back into the waves. It was a perfect day to have such fun since there were hardly any boats out today, I kept forgetting it was Monday. After a while I decided this should be the day for me to try it too. So Ryan got in Todd's lap and I got in the raft. It was the most fun I have had in a LONG time as well as the hardest I have laughed and screamed in a long time. I was very lucky I did not get thrown off. Grandbob was doing a great job as the the driver almost too good!
We came home to have dinner, take baths, and hit the hay! Adam was very thankful that he didn't stay on the boat and that he tried the raft! He said it was the greatest time of his life!!
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
We had a wonderful weekend enjoying the company of our dear friends the Millers from Maryland. Ryan and Sandi and their 4 girls came to visit and it could not have been a better visit (well only if they had stayed longer)!! Their girls range in age from 7 to 7 months as do ours...however they have one more blessing tucked in their pack than we do the kids played great together. Sandi is a homeschooler and was great encouragement to me in figuring out a plan for us with school. She gave me some great insights that I can try as well as helping me figure out a worksheet, yes a 2nd grade worksheet, that did not make sense to me. She agreed that the directions/activity were not the greatest but did show me what they were talking about. I felt silly last week when it didn't make sense but decided to ask her anyway!
We stayed up late talking on Saturday night and then got up early for church on Sunday! They got to come and experience the launce of the Read Mountain Campus at FCC, which means we watched the recorded Saturday at 6:00 service, while the RMC had Pastor Ken preach live. It was a great service and you hardly noticed that he was not actually there!! Check it out here if you want to learn more... www.fcclife.org
After church and many introductions we headed out to lunch at Dynasty, one of our kids favorites, you know everyone loves a Chinese buffet for the chicken, fries, fruit and ice cream. Well most kids anyway and it was a hit! We went back to our house after lunch for little one to nap, the hubbies and older kids played Rock Band, and Sandi and I visited some more! We ended our visit later that afternoon with Todd's favorite… a photo shoot!! Taking pictures my husband does not mind but when it turns into many different combinations and retake after retake he looses his enthusiasm. So at least I continue to give him good "material". Well that was our wonderful weekend...now I guess it is time to start school! Stay tuned for updates this week on how we continue to walk through the 2nd grade adventure!!
Thursday, September 9, 2010
With Bible study starting at 9:30 we need to get to pre-school and get right home! We are heading down Main Street when I begin to put on my make-up...I know this is not the best idea but sometimes it has to be done. So at the 1st red stoplight, avoiding eye contact with the Salem Police Officer sitting next to me at the light, I begin to quickly put on my eyeliner, or at least what I thought was eyeliner (more on that later) and so on. It is a quick process and I only applied at red stoplights, which I was hitting a lot of! We get to pre-school, Ryan tells me he is not going to cry and is not scared to go to class. Awesome!! He walks right in only to find out we forgot to bring his show and tell! I was bummed and I knew he would be too...but it is only the 2nd day so we will have plenty more days to bring back Obi One:)!!
Back home we go...a friend at Bible study asked if something was wrong with my eye, it look red to her. I told her I had just probably rubbed it and that no nothing was wrong. Fast forward to the end of the day and upon looking in the mirror as I go to wash my face I realize I put my lip liner on my eyes this morning!! I guess that is my own fault for putting make-up on in the car. I laughed even after my long day and figured if only one person noticed it couldn't have been too bad or maybe no one else wanted to say something who knows!!
After Bible study ended at 11:30 I quickly packed up a lunch for us and we were off again now heading back to pick Ryan up from pre-school by 12:00. We stayed at the school playground for a picnic lunch with friends. It was a beautiful day and the kids had a blast, especially Emily in the swing, pictured above. After the playground and heading home we began school. It was a little different since we didn't begin until 3:00. We started with Bible and he managed to knock out his 2nd memory verse, 1 Peter 4:10 "As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another." We also had another first today...Adam says "I wish we had not decided to home school", this was after looking at his handwriting book and feeling like it was too simple for him. I assured him that practice and review of things you already know is apart of learning whether you are at home or at school. We finished after handwriting with reading and comprehension and then called it a day. We will just need a few weeks to get into a groove.
After dinner tonight Todd went off to the basement to play football with the boys and Emily watched from her saucer while I made some popcorn. The boys then took a break, had popcorn and drinks while watching some football on T.V. Finally Todd got the boys ready for bed and tucked them in while I fed Emily and put her to bed. Another day done!
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
The highlight and quote of the day was when I asked Adam to open his Spelling book and start on page 2...he looked at it and his eyes got big and with a great sigh he tells me "uhh this looks like a….Kindergarten book”, (pause and then goes on to say) “actually I think some pre-school kids could do this." We both just looked at each other and laughed out loud!!! We skipped ahead a few pages and did some more challenging tasks but it was great to see and hear him speak boldly about what he knew. I look forward to many more fun filled quotes from the boys. Each day of this week will be a challenge learning how to manage the kids at such different stages while still engaging each of them in a fun way.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
We arrive at pre-school right on time; Ryan and I head into school! But first we stop by and see Ms. Sherry and Ms. Sandy whom he had as teachers for his 1 and 2 year old classes. After a few hugs and some fun talk about the UVA Cavaliers winning this past weekend (go Hoos) we head back down to Mrs. Holley’s class. As we approach the class we hear one of the children screaming and crying to which Ryan says “I don’t want to go in there...it is scary!”, so the fun begins…Ryan does come in after a few minutes of convincing (and me going in) sits down at the puzzle table and poses perfectly for a picture. Phew…it was going to be fine…until our little friend becomes hysterical and Ryan follows me out of the room. We get back into the class and now Ryan is screaming and crying and is being peeled off of me by Mrs. Holley! I leave the room immediately and burst into tears! One of my good friends consoles me along with Adam telling me “mom I know Ryan will be ok and have fun at pre-school, don’t worry”.
As we drive away from school I realize the daunting task that awaits me at home…school for Adam…he begins to talk to me in van “mom I cannot wait to start home school”, to which I respond “me too” (a slight crack in my voice). We get home and while I feed Emily some breakfast Adam picks out his 3 subjects that we will do today after Bible. He chooses History, Science and Math…so off we go to our school room. He is ready to go and we start with a prayer for our day and for Ryan and then right into our devotion. It was the first moment that I felt the true calm come over me…not the calm of earlier that I was forcing to prevent me from completely melting down but true peace from God that He is the one who will be working in this time in our family. I need to be leaning on Him for my strength.
Driving to back to pre-school…going over the events of the morning in my mind I began to think about the pangs I had, the question I asked Todd, “Have we made the right decision?” I decided that I would probably be having these same pangs of questioning our decision if we had sent him back to school. Regardless of whether this decision was right or wrong the fact is that my regret will not be this year of time with Adam; teaching, learning, laughing and yes maybe even crying but my regret would be if I never had this chance. This may be the first and last year of homeschooling, but it will be an adventure that we will remember for years to come!!
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