We have been having such a great homeschooling schedule this year. The boys are now old enough to work without constantly distracting each other. Plus, now that I have more "students" than kids who mostly just play, the older ones aren't just constantly trying to sneak off and get out of working because their younger siblings are playing. Make no mistake, they really are not overworked and deprived of time with their younger siblings - they have all of their "seat work" (i.e. boring Math and English worksheets and books) done before lunch every day, leaving our afternoon time for the funner, more hands-on interactive subjects such as history, science, geography, German, art, etc.
And then there are the almost daily things we do for fun. That's where the "zoo" part comes in.
So far in the last 2 weeks, we have...
- gone to the zoo - sadly, no pictures because I forgot my camera at home. I was surprised how much water the kids kept downing during our 5-hour visit, until I got back to the car and saw that it was 109 degrees outside. That's fall weather, alright!
- done face paints: I am practicing for the chili cook-off our church is hosting next month
- had a visit from Grandma
- gone to the aquarium
- gone on a field trip to a local pizza restaurant with other kids from our church
- seen two of our chickens start laying eggs
- done lots of art projects
- and had a private church party at a local trampoline and skate park - no pictures because Dad took all the kids while I stayed home and got caught up on chores without little people destroying it all again behind my back. In retrospect, I should have just sat down or taken a bath or something of the sort instead, because the monkeys had all my work completely undone by the next evening.
I have been doing some extra sewing this week. Also, last month I started running every other day or so (ha! imagine that!). At first all was well, but after about my fourth time my right knee started feeling like someone was pounding a metal stake into it - all day long. It literally made me limp. I laid out for almost two weeks to let it heal, and am now happy to report that my knee is no longer in pain and I am back to running. I go at a nearby park when my husband is home, when he is not I go on the treadmill - for about 25 minutes each time. I get up early enough to run, and then even have time to shower and get ready, before anyone else is up. Let me tell you, running outside is a lot harder than on the treadmill. Plus, you have to wonder what people think when they see a fat mommy in a skirt doing laps at the park - but hey, being dignified is not nearly as important as adding years to my life, right?? (haha...) Hopefully everyone is too busy watching TV to look out their front window and notice me.
Well, it's back to the grind for now. Today, we are doing the usual stuff in the morning and working on German and doing piano lessons in the afternoon. Then I'm sure the kids will twist my arm into making them a treat or doing something fun, and bedtime will be here before I know it.
Have a great day, everyone! :)