Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Breaking Ground- Again

 It's been over a year since our big reboot, and we are getting ourselves caught up!  As of today, the basement 2.0 has been dug out.  The girls are especially enjoying all the wonderful DIRT! Once the concrete is poured we will be right back to where we left off... and the lost time was well worth it to end up right where we are meant to be.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Fancy Free

Olive, the little ballerina, has been working hard!  Because she is only 6, she is spending her second year in the Pre-ballet class.  She will be able to move up to Ballet 1 once she turns 7.  To me, this is a blessing.  This gives her a chance to be the older kid in class for a change!  She gets to be a leader, which is suiting her just fine and hopefully pulling her a little bit out of her self-conscious little shell.  Another change for this year of dance is that Olive is finally old enough to be in the Nutcracker Ballet!  She will be an angel in the December 17th 7:00 performance at Whitewater HS.  The absolute JOY this child has for ballet makes all of the extra practices worth it.  What better way to enjoy the spirit of Christmas!

Mother/Daughter Puck Time

 Ivey and I did something we've never done before... We played hockey together!  Saturday nights are usually the adult co-ed league games, but we didn't have enough for an actual sanctioned game.  So, we had Open Skate... and Ivey was able to go out with the big boys and play!  We didn't start until 8:00 or so and played until almost 10pm, and she held her own!   

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Making a Childhood

 Our days are so packed, and they are just flying by us!  With that said, I do completely appreciate how much freedom homeschooling allows us.  Our days are not spent away from each other followed by hurried afternoons and homework until bedtime.  We have the freedom to explore our passions and interests... and those are what keep us busy.  For us, academics are important and stressed, but it is not life itself.  Just as it is unhealthy for adults to "live to work", children should not live for school.  There is more to life, to childhood, to a soul.  We are in this together, and for that I am so thankful.

The other day, Asa told me that he really liked his science teacher a lot.  "She's a lot like you!" he explained.  To him, it was just a comparison.  For me, it was a big deal.  My 13 year old likes and appreciates me.  I do not take that lightly.  I know there will be times when each of them struggle with authority and flex their independence.  But, if despite emotional ups and downs we can continue this relationship of mutual respect, I believe we will be just fine.  Without respect, nothing good can happen.