He’s the best daddy, and they are the sweetest sons. I’m blessed!
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!
My six-year-old’s core muscles are infinity times more toned than mine. He loves to do headstands…
You get 10 points if you can identify the music in the background, which is Caleb’s new favorite band.
Back in the summer of 2010, we took our kids on a little vacation at a cottage on Lake Michigan. It was wonderful and relaxing and refreshing.
It was our only family vacation ever, until now!
Luke and I got a great deal on the Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City. So, we decided to make some more memories!
You know, there is something to be said for not overindulging in activities like this. Because vacationing is so rare for us, our kids were BEYOND thrilled with the whole experience. Checking into the hotel room, making ourselves at home, playing in the waterpark, eating out, EVERYTHING was an adventure for them.
They actually got along nearly the entire time. Smiling, playing together.
It was GREAT.
So, let’s get to the pictures!
They napped on the way there.
The lobby has a really warm and welcoming feel. It’s huge, for one thing. But it also smells like a cinnamony potpurri, and there’s a fire in the fireplace.
Oh, and there are taxidermied animals everywhere. That gives me warm fuzzy memories of my childhood, as my deer-hunting dad mounted five deer in our living room.
We spent the entire first afternoon in the waterpark area of the hotel. It was great fun! There is enough in there to keep a family busy, that’s for sure!
The only bummer was that Jaden was not really liking the water. I floated on the lazy river with him for quite a while that afternoon (in lieu of naptime). 🙂 You can see his grumpiness in this picture…
That first night, they slept like ROCKS. They fell asleep quickly, and slept hard all night. That was a blessing! I did hear them a couple of times through the night, but not as much as I thought I might.
And the good news was, Jaden loosened up a lot, and really enjoyed his second day in the water!
(That was Grace on the yellow slide, by the way.)
Grace and Caleb loved riding the big tube slides with Luke and/or me. I wish we had pictures of those, but we were having too much fun to stop and take pictures. 🙂
It dumps 1,000 gallons of water every 5 minutes.
Caleb loved standing under it. Jaden loved watching it.
None of us loved saying goodbye to the waterpark that night.
Luke Pricelined a different hotel for that night (hello, $45!). So, we were able to stay at the water park until almost 9pm, and then head over to the other hotel for a good night’s rest.
The next day, we had a yummy breakfast at the hotel, and then drove along the Grand Traverse Bay for a little while, enjoying the sunshine.
Family vacation was super successful. Thank you, Lord!
Friends, Easter is not about bunnies or eggs or chocolate.
It’s not about pretty dresses or hats.
You all know it’s a holiday that revolves around a pretty gruesome murder, a period of intense mourning, and an indescribable celebration of victory!
Truly, I don’t have words for the thankfulness and joy I feel on Easter Sunday. Jesus’ sacrifice for us on the cross is the pinnacle of our faith. And so Easter is a VERY special holiday.
It’s for that reason that I wanted to dress our kiddos up. Not because I think Jesus loves us more if we have pretty clothes. Not because I think you have to dress up to go to church. (Come to think of it, I think it’s a little silly that I’m having to explain myself, but I guess it stems from this post I read.)
So, I decided to make some skirts and hair bows for the girls, and ties for the boys. (Skirt tutorial here. I just added a third tier.)
I asked Luke if he wanted me to make him a matching tie, and he gave me the death glare. So, for the sake of our marriage, I refrained. 🙂
Here are some pics of the kiddos on Easter Sunday…Be warned, the first ones were taken before our early Easter breakfast at church, so Ava’s smile hadn’t gotten out of bed yet.