He’s the best daddy, and they are the sweetest sons. I’m blessed!
The littles and I were goofing around today, passing a little Magnadoodle back and forth. Ava and I were writing 3-letter words and sounding them out. Of course, Jaden didn’t want to be left out of the action.
So, when it came to his turn, we was concentrating very hard but having a difficult time getting the results he wanted. I asked him if I could help him write it.
“Sure,” he said.
“What do you want it to say?”
“Bildad the Science Guy.”
“I want it to say ‘Bildad the Science Guy.’”
I think our brief encounter with Bill Nye and our current readings from the book of Job have gotten a little confused in this 3-year-old’s brain.
We made it! Day ONE of the Rumley Family Homeschool 2012-13 is complete!
It went really smoothly, and if I can pry my tired body out of bed at 6:45 every morning, the smoothness might continue. Might.
Behind the smoothness of it all was this slightly panicky feeling that I was doing a juggling act and about to drop something.
But, you know. That’s motherhood and homeschooling for you.
I’m loving our new school room. It’s all set up, except for a pad I need to make for a bench…Which I’ll try to post about later, if I remember. We have more space, especially in the hugamongous closet, which is great for this mama who has tons of crafting supplies besides the actual school supplies!
Here are a couple of pictures of the school room…
Alrighty then, would you like to see pictures of all the kids on their first day of school? No? Well, it’s my blog, so I’m posting them anyway.
Did you notice that the girls wore pretty dresses? They came down this morning with those on. I thought it was awfully sweet of them to dress up for our first day.
I’ll admit, it was a little tricky to juggle three kids’ educations. We do history, science, and read-alouds all together. But each of the kids needs separate math and spelling lessons, and Grace also does English lessons. It’s a little crazy!
But it’s also more convenient in a way to have Ava in school, because she stays in the school room the whole time, which means that Jaden sticks around the school room, too. In previous years, Ava and Jaden have played in another room while I did lessons with Grace and Caleb…and that translated into a lot of naughtiness.
So, more juggling and less naughtiness. I think I can handle that.
And then while I was teaching Caleb’s spelling lesson, Grace helped Jaden learn some phonograms…
The older kids were so kind to the younger kids when they were “teaching” them. I think this is going to be a really good thing for the kids. The teaching role will help solidify concepts that the big kids have already learned, and, well, it’s always good for the littles to learn new things! Not to mention that it’s a huge help to me!
I was especially excited this afternoon to find that Grace’s handwriting has improved as she’s gotten older. She has beautiful cursive, don’t you think?
And I was also happy that Ava FINALLY got to open her new math books and start learning. She’s been asking for so long…but we just didn’t have time with the move this summer. So, her happy day is finally here!
I know that we will have difficult school days where one or all of us feel like quitting…but today was a good day, and I’m praising God for that! Homeschooling is such a gift to our family!
Not all the “lasts” were bittersweet.
Last 25-minute drive to church = a relief.
But there were two “lasts” in particular that were bittersweet.
We’re thankful for the many ways God blessed us at our home in Alto.
You turned THREE yesterday! I can hardly believe it! This birthday is bittersweet to me, because now it seems that the baby/toddler phase of our lives is ending! You are definitely not a little baby anymore. You run along with your brother and sisters, keeping up with them pretty well. And you’re a smart little guy – articulate and quick to learn. I’m thankful for that! But you’re not a baby anymore.
In fact, today you’re wearing big boy undies. Because you decided you want to be a big boy. I’m ready to stop buying diapers. I guess I’d better be ready to stop having a baby at home.
If I had to describe you with one word it would be DELIGHTFUL. You make me laugh so often, with the funny things you say and do. Lately, you’ve been hiding your face in embarrassment whenever I giggle at your funny antics. I hope you realize I laugh with joy, not because I’m making fun of you. You bring smiles and laughter to my life, just like your daddy does.
I’m proud of you for learning to ride the little black bike (with training wheels) ALL BY YOURSELF last week. You’re amazing! Pretty soon you’ll be zooming around without the training wheels, I’m sure.
As you grow, Jaden, daddy’s and my prayer is that you will grow to become a boy (and then a man) who loves and serves Jesus with all of his heart. Let Jesus use your fun personality and your smarts for His glory. That will be the BEST way to live!
I love you with all of my heart,