We've just begun Week 2 of our hotel adventure......I'm choosing to call it an adventure to make it seem more appealing ;D
We are beginning to fall into a kind of routine now. I get up and grab a shower at 6, and try to wake the kids around 7. We have breakfast (hot chocolate from the front desk is a Gang favorite!), get dressed, comb hair and brush teeth. We are usually ready to start school around 8:30.....
Since Sophie is still not in school, she has been helping me out by teaching Matthew his math lesson! And speaking of Sophie, thanks so much for all of your wonderful suggestions about a school program for her! We've decided to go with George Washington University Online High School for the rest of this semester, and she is in the process of applying for acceptance into the program. It's a private, online college prep school, and there is an extensive admissions process (student essays and teachers' letters of referral)....we're getting all of our paperwork together now. Their semester starts next week, so she won't be behind at all. We plan to keep our options open for next year, with a possibility of sticking with this new online school, switching to a private school or maybe even starting college early!
Emily is able to finish up her senior year online with our high school in Kansas, so she works for several hours each day as well. We were so blessed to have this option available and are excited to return to Kansas in May to see her graduate with her class! She's actually heading back to KS in a couple of weeks to take charge of the lighting for the high school's musical production....and she's counting the hours ;D
Josh and Noah are enrolled in Alpha Omega Academy online and are doing well. We work until lunch and then sometimes have an hour or so more to finish up after lunch. I try to get laundry done during the morning hours...it's costing us about $10 per day to get our clothes cleaned....ouch!
Today Josh is working on a science experiment that he has to complete outside. It's nice to get out from behind the computer sometimes!
Here's Caleb at lunch :D I'm so happy we bought a highchair for the hotel, but it's a cheapy and it reclines a bit too much....he just falls asleep in it!
After school, we usually try to do something fun, although the weather hasn't been very cooperative lately- lots of rain. Today, however, we have beautiful blue skies and warm temps, so we're spending the afternoon outdoors!
The ladies at the front desk gave us some chalk in our welcome basket (!), and they told us to go decorate their front entrance! Gotta love Marriott ;D
I have to say that my first impressions of the weather are good. I love the fact that we can usually go outside without a coat in the middle of January, and the temps are mild enough for the kids to be able to play outside most days. But when we can't get outside due to weather, there is SO much to do here for kids and families! I can't even begin to count the number of indoor play/adventure parks there are here, including inflatables. Makes me wonder if it's due to the summer heat?!
Today we found some fun little lizards to entertain us!
And I've been able to open the window to our hotel room and let some fresh air in....hmmmm, makes me wonder, if this is winter in Atlanta, what is spring like?!
And although I know it's likely to be hotter than hades this summer, I am certainly enjoying the weather right now!
We close on our house next Wednesday, and it won't be a minute too soon! But I have to say that I am really loving Atlanta, despite the living-in-a-hotel situation :D The shopping is not to be believed and it is so beautiful here! I'm so excited to head down to the coast and explore Savannah (4hr drive) and maybe even Charleston, SC, which is about 5hrs from here. I am really happy we get to live in the deeeeeeeep south, and I look forward to checking it all out once we're settled!
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