Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Moving on Up!

The boys just finished another great year of school!  I'm reluctant to use the term "grade" anymore... mostly because I don't want the kids to feel that a certain grade (4th grade, 5th grade, etc) is even important.  We are ending our 4th year of homeschooling.  That is enough.  To constrict yourself to a certain grade is too restrictive.  Plus, I have no answer for it.  They took the standardized tests for both 4th and 5th grade this year (thankfully, they think testing is fun... especially since I get to drop them off somewhere else with a bunch of friends!).  4th grade tests are back, and well above average.  It will be interesting to see where they lie on the 5th grade test, but it will only be that.  Interesting.  I am taking this education thing step by step.

At this point, I have no preconceived notions of their timeline to graduation.  It is a free-flowing process, I guide it and we find our path as we go.  I embrace the changes that we are allowed to make year to year.  Actually, I embrace my freedom so much that I only plan for my girls to be in preschool for one more year before I bring their education home.  I have no doubt that they will both be reading well by that point, and they already have a very healthy foundation for the importance of learning, through watching their brothers.

One night, we were driving back from the grandparents' house.  It was well after bedtime, but the girls really needed to bathe.  On the drive, Olive asked me if I could please tell her to go home and finish her math.  She wanted me to say to her what she has heard me say to her brothers, to start on her work when she gets home.  How cute is that?  So, instead of the desperately needed bath, or hitting the bed in a timely manner, the girls sat at the table with whiteboards and markers.  We had a full blown handwriting lesson... even though it was an hour or more past their bedtime.  Love it.

And so, I have put another year of Inman Hybrid Homeschool Program in a book, and set it up on my shelf.  We had a year of beautiful memories and newfound friendships.  It was most definitely worth all of the sleepless nights, the tears of worry, and the agonizing decisions that had to be made.  It was even worth the numbers being in the red.  And now, I am going to kick back and enjoy a gorgeous summer before starting it all again!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Big 1-0

My boys are now 10.  It has been a decade since I survived my time in that hospital room... since I held my breath and prayed that they would survive just one more day in the womb.  I a in awe of the little men they have become.  They are responsible, bright, loving, and kind.  I could not be more proud of either of them.

I used to sit up the night before each of my kids' birthdays, pouring over old videos and pictures of their birth in the silence of a still house.  Now, I sit with them all... who are sitting in my lap and leaning over my shoulders.  Asking questions.  Laughing at how tiny they were.  Squirming at their gooey little naked bodies on the screen.  They have all grown into such amazing little people, and I am incredibly thankful for the privilege of being their mommy.

The boys had a small family party on their actual birthday, and opted to wait for a big joint triple birthday extravaganza with Anna at the lake!  They will be inviting school friends for an overnight birthday bash.  Fun!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Sick Days

Wow.  What a week.

Last weekend, it rained buckets, trapping us inside only to go out and stand in poo-water up past our ankles when tending to the animals.  No fun.

Then, on Sunday night, Asa came down with a stomach bug.  He was up at 3am, heaving.  That was when the fun began.

On Monday, we hunkered down.  Asa had a high fever, and intestinal issues.  Then, Ivey developed a fever.  Luckily, she only had the fever... and nothing else.

I knew we weren't going to be able to have classes the next day... and if it spread to others, which it probably would, I would be a time bomb of germs on Thursday, as well.  With only 3 in-class days left, I hated to shift things, but I moved classes to Friday and Monday.

Fast forward 2 days.

Addison came down with a 102.3 fever on Tuesday.  Asa is STILL sick.  He has a fever, headache, and has to camp out in the bathroom.  He is skinnier than ever, and pitiful.

Besides one day with a big nap (unusual for her), Olive has been happy as ever.  Actually, Ivey has been bouncy and all smiles, as well.  It's just hit Asa so hard.  And, I have no clue how long it will last... and when "normalcy" will resume.

I am betting that I will have to cancel classes on Friday.  With standardized tests next week (which homeschoolers actually have to pay for, and it's not cheap), we can't risk infecting others... and I am teaching too many of the classes to have it go on without us.  Sigh.  The best laid plans...

In between the insane amount of laundry we are accumulating, doing the boys' chores, getting them through schoolwork (when they are up for it), milking the goats, bottle feeding the kids, countless hours of zombie children staring at movies, shows, and electronic devices, the girls and I have had some pretty fun moments.