Monday, September 27, 2010

Baby Face

You've got the cutest little baby face....
I'm up in heaven when I see your face....
baby face.....
la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la..........
baby face.....
Remember that song?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Keepin' up with the Gang

Zack has spent the last two weekends working on the yard doing landscaping....
He added plant beds all along one side and part of the back of our house....
AND he made the kids a rope swing!

So, the kids spent the entire weekend out in the yard enjoying the swing and hangin' out...
We had beautiful weather!

And the cooler air made me want to do a little decorating for fall- my most favorite season!
I even found pumpkins at Wal-Mart ;-)

All the kids enjoyed the rope swing- even the nerd ;-)

And Caleb.... well, he's either spittin' up or droolin'!

And here's a cool picture Allie took of her own hand- notice the ring on her finger is a cross!
Nice symbolism ;-)

Friday, September 3, 2010

Working out the kinks!

Look who's 4 mos. old, weighs 16lbs. 6oz., & is 25in. long....
Can you believe it?!
And even though I miss his newborn days, I sure am enjoying his sweet smiles, adorable giggles and coos, and his fun little personality! Not to mention the fact that I can put him in his exersaucer or on his play gym and he can entertain himself for brief periods of time, which really comes in handy when my kitchen looks like this...

Yep, you're looking at $800 worth of groceries after a 2-cart stop at Costco AND a 2-cart stop at Target Supercenter!
And after spending almost 5hrs (between 2 stores) loading it into carts, and then unloading it into my car, and finally unloading it into my kitchen (with a few pauses for nursing- oh, and a Starbucks break!), I still had to put it all away!
And at 8:30pm, that was not an option for this little guy....
Nope, he wanted to eat and go to bed, so of course I obliged ;-)

I mean, after all, I don't need sleep.... right?

And the mess in the kitchen could wait.

And wait it did! Yep, it sat there until 10pm when I finally got a moment of peace.... when all 5 boys were tucked in their beds and the house was strangely quiet. And, with a little help from Allie, it all managed to get put in its place.....
So, you might be wondering why on earth I waited until the late afternoon to go shopping in the first place- NOT the best choice, right?

Well, it has to do with the fact that I am now a homeschooling mom of 8, and the time that I used to have kids away at public school and would get all my errands run, is now the time that I spend teaching!

And I know that you're dying to ask....

so, how's that workin' for ya?!

And I'm not gonna lie.....

it's been rough!

IN FACT... I can't tell you how many times I've had the thought run through my head that it's NOT too late to send them back ;-)


And I keep trying to tell God that He's made a mistake- I'm not supposed to be doing this.

Oh, and I definitely have moments of feeling sorry for myself- you know, when I'm being selfish and missing my ME time ;-) (not that I ever had much to begin with, but it was more than it is now!)

But, after 2 loooooong weeks, I think I'm gonna stick it out, see it through, and try to ignore those annoying little doubts that keep creeping into my head....

you know- the ones that remind me I am now SOLELY responsible for my childrens' education

that I don't remember what an "antecedent" is, so how in the world am I gonna teach it to my 6th grader (forget the algebra altogether)!

oh, and that my kids are gonna hate me

and that things were so much easier before

that my little ones aren't getting the attention they deserve

etc, etc, etc....

Yeah, I'm gonna stick it out and try working out the kinks as I go.

Looking back, the first week went pretty well for the most part, but then, I was only working with Noah (my 2nd grader). That left Josh to help entertain the little kids and hold down the fort. My reason for starting Noah first was so that I could get comfortable with his material before I had to split my attention between two different curriculums (Noah is doing Calvert and Josh is doing K12). Noah was a little bored as I struggled to "teach," but we managed.

Week 2 was spent getting Josh started- slightly more challenging as much of it is on-line! But by Thursday, we were fairly comfortable, so I added Noah back in-

only one word to describe THAT day...


Yeah, it was ugly.

I feel like I'm at a slight disadvantage as my kids started out in public school, so I don't have a clue as to where they are in their learning or how they learn best. Maybe if I had started teaching them from the beginning I would be more comfortable? I guess it's too late to find out, so we'll just have to go with it ;-)

And because they started out in public school, they know what it's like, so they can compare.....

uh, that's not fun

I get to hear things like my teacher did it THIS way.....


Uh, I try to say that in my head.

And I can't tell you how many times Josh has written little notes and left them all over the house for me to find that state things like....




Just kidding on that last one, but I'm sure he's thinking it ;-)

And Noah, well, Noah has decided that he forgot how to write with one hand, so he's taken to using both of his hands when writing-

It takes him twice as long to get things done.

Oh, and he's bored.

And does he HAVE to do that?

I mean, he already knows how to do it.

So why does he have to do it again?

My kids are definitely not feeling accountable to me.

Yeah, it's a struggle, and I'm feeling bad for the little ones. Caleb does well because I have him in a Moby or with me most of the time, so he's good for now, but Matthew and Jacob are being neglected.

Well, that's what it feels like to me.

I've been trying hard to keep them engaged and keep the t.v. off, but it's a struggle. When they do watch t.v., I've been putting on Veggie Tales or Your Baby Can Read or, if push comes to shove, I break down and let them watch a Mighty Machines video (those really cool truck and machine movies that show them how things work)!

The original plan was to do preschool with Matthew, but I'm still trying to figure out how to fit that in. I ordered "Before Five in a Row" for him and should be receiving that series soon, so that will be a great teaching aid, but when to do it will be a challenge. And I'm still trying to figure out exactly what he needs to learn before starting kindergarden next year. For now, he's more than happy learning to use scissors and he's enjoying cutting up everything in sight ;-)

Anyway, as you can see, we have a long way to go in working out the kinks, but I know that the rewards will be great, and I intend to continue to do what I feel I am being called to do. I'll take the good with the bad, and I'll learn from both.

And, for now, when anyone asks me how it's going, I'll tell them what I've been saying for the past few days....

ask me in a few months ;-)

Well, that's it for homeschool, but I did want to add that Allie auditioned for and got a main part in the upcoming fall play at school- soooo excited for her!

Break a leg, girlfriend!!


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