A Different Kind of Wondering

So the other day I wrote a blog post about the wonder of this life I get to live…the sweet faces of my kids and the day to day tasks that God has given for me to perform.  Sweet and lovely and precious.

There is another kind of wondering that goes on around here. Like, wondering if home schooling the kids is going to send me to an early grave. And yes, we are only two weeks in.

Or, “I wonder why I have asked Mack to take his Timothy shirt upstairs at least ten times and yet it is still downstairs?”

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Or, “I wonder how long Mack has been watching Power Rangers on my iPad in his dad’s office?”

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Or even wondering if it is too early to start a math lesson count down? Would it send the wrong message?  Gah, I despise checking math.

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“I wonder why there is a glass of water with a pencil in it in the bathroom?”

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“I wonder why there are screwdrivers in the living room? I wonder if this means Mack took something apart again?”

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“I wonder why we have a school room when they all usually end up in the living room?”

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“I wonder when we will get used to our new routine and not be overwhelmed by our checklists? I wonder when I won’t feel the need for a 2:00 nap….”

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“I am seriously wondering if Mack listens to a word I say during the timeline lesson each week. I wonder if he will always remember me slamming my hand down on the table to get his attention today while he was creating something out a belt and tape and a rubber thing while I was trying to teach about the timeline?” Let’s hope not.

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“I wonder what is the best way to keep up with these verses and many more we are to be memorizing this year?”

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I wonder how much a full-time chef costs?

I wonder if someone wants to come clean my house and keep my laundry going for free?

I wonder if fall weather will come quickly so that I can send my kids into the yard soon?

Oh, the wonder in one week of my life.

I {heart} my family!

We are wrapping up our summer and turning our heads and hearts toward a bit more of a routine.  I am still not anxiously looking forward to starting school work with the kids, but I feel certain that once we get started, we will be ready for whatever comes our way!

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First of all, THIS happened.  Ruby went to The Middle School building for Sunday School today.  Wowza! I remember like yesterday taking her to Ms. Shirley in nursery as a 6 week old baby!!!!  I could not imagine then what a joy Ruby would be to our family.  She is absolutely my favorite 11 year old girl in all the world.  I love her personality—how God has made her.  And I am so excited for her time in Middle School as she makes new friends and develops the friends she has had for so many years at church.  I pray she is a good example, a strong leader, and a compassionate friend.

We came home and listened to each of them tell all about their new classes over lunch.  Sweet times.

Then, I did some deep cleaning this afternoon, which makes me so happy.  A clean house is my love language…even if I am the one that has to do the cleaning.  The accomplished feeling I get after blinds have been cleaned and base boards have been washed is fabulous! Toilets sparkling and mirrors shining….amazing.  I did bribe the kids with a trip to Bahama Bucks after Molly started helping me.  I could see how much faster things would go if everyone pitched in, so I told the kids that after Dad woke up from his Sunday afternoon nap, he would take them all for a regular sized shaved ice!  And off to work they all went.  A little piece of heaven was happening upstairs in my bedroom and bathroom and their bedrooms.  And the bonus was that no one bothered Dad while he slept (though none of them ever bother their Dad while he sleeps).  They have no problem waking me up though, of course.  This reminds me of a story.  Mack, very assuredly, said to me the other day, “Mom, how is it that you are always wide awake when we come in during the middle of the night?”  Josh got a kick out of that.  I mean, really?  Does Mack really think I am just sitting in the bed, wide awake and ready to talk at 2:30am???  Crazy boy.

Anyway, back to whatever it was I was talking about…..

The house is clean, laundry is going strong, and we plan to soak up some sun tomorrow to put a cherry on top of our “wrap-up” of summer.

I’ve decided that we will start Tuesday with Bible, Reading, Math and Science and do that each of the following days of this week.  We will add Language Arts and History the next week.  We have to take it slow so that I don’t burn out in week 2.

Another bright spot of our weekend was time taking Family Photos!  I must say that I can see much spiritual growth in Josh’s life in how he reacts to Family Photo Day.  I schedule a family photo every two or three years.  It’s not like a quarterly endeavor, or even annually!  But Josh did not complain one single second about Family Photo Day.  He actually was quite chipper about it all.  I was so appreciative of him for not making it a laborious task.  The smiles were all genuine!

dormany family_-121Audrey Grace Photography took the pictures.  Audrey is a sweet young girl with lots of talent and a sweet personality!  Her family is very dear to us…we are so thankful God has allowed our paths to cross during this season of our lives.  From raising daughters advice and wisdom, crafts and funny stories and more, The Jones Family is very special to us.

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Love these little boogers.  

dormany family_-106Because don’t you also stand in the middle of a country road as a family?  Well, either way, I love how this one turned out!

dormany family_-139This is when Josh propped his arm on the barn wall and said, “You come here often?”

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We aren’t good at those longing looks while someone is snapping pictures of us….we save those for other times….but I’ll keep that information off this family blog.

So, that is what has been going on around here.  I mean, I did leave out last week when we, somehow, thought going to DollyWood in the summer was a grand idea.  While the water park was a good idea and they all enjoyed the rides there, the amusement park was beyond HOT.  I was basically melting as I walked around the park holding the bags and cups and waiting for them to ride all the crazy rides they love.  I admit, by Thursday late afternoon I was getting annoyed.  I was miserable and didn’t mind letting Molly know I would ride the Fire Chaser with her once more, but then we were going home because I said so!

Then, on the way home we were searching for a good radio station and heard the country song, “You’re Gonna Miss This.”  I cried. And for a second I wished I could go back and end our little adventure with a smile…..but I couldn’t.  But I mean, who writes songs like that????  It is such a sad song.  Very true, but very sad for this mama on that hot summer day!  Thankful for new mornings…..and cool mornings.

I do love my family!  Thankful for the time I have with them.

Planning for the First Day of School

It’s safe to say that none of us are ready to start back to school.  Being a home schooling family, the whole “start date” seems to elude me.  I can’t ever nail down that first day and stick to it.  I mean, we could start August 3rd, like our county government schools, but it has become a tradition to go to the pool on their first day of school…just a little perk of being in charge of our schedule.  Then, there is the Tuesday after they start, but that is usually our co-op Open House.  We go meet the teacher of their one class this year and then pick up some new uniform shirts, and then we may go get a Sonic drink because it’s probably going to be HOT that early in August…not to mention we will all be excited after seeing so many friends and meeting the teacher.  And there is liable to be a few more supplies we became aware of and will need to go to Target.  In Target we will get distracted by many lovely things, and by the time we get home I will need to start dinner.

So Wednesday may be our day.  We will likely ease into the schedule by re-aquainting ourselves with the school room and where things go and where things don’t go and who will sit where at our table.  We will probably see our chipmunk friend that distracts us morning after morning as we watch him from the window.  We will do Bible, History and Math and call it a day. Whew.  I’m tired already trying to do three subjects right out of the shoot. Plus, Ruby starts piano this afternoon.  It is best we don’t push ourselves too hard.

So Thursday we will be refreshed and ready to go—We will start with Bible, then go to History and Math and add Science.  They are all going to be working together on Science, and I am trying to encourage them to work independently from me in Science, for the most part.  I would like Ruby and Molly to take turns leading, but I am sure I know how this will turn out.  Ruby has a hard time taking direction from her younger sister.

Fridays are our light days.  After Bible, the kids will do Math and Science and any Language Arts they need to do for their co-op and be done!

So, it’s not that I don’t have a plan.  I do.  And I have all of my curriculum in the school room waiting for us.  It’s just the start date that kind of scares me.  I would like to wait until we are all eager to start….maybe the kids could start begging to do their math and then I would be excited to start school, but for now, we are all just enjoying these lazy days of summer.

The days have been filled with quiet,slow morning, breakfast whenever they want it, devotions some time before lunch and trips to the pool on a whim.  Or we stay in the house doing some reading and cleaning…we have played games, written letters to friends and cousins, watched many episodes of Little House on the Prairie, sewing projects, iPad games, coloring, and more.  It’s just been so nice, and i am not ready for it to end.  Problem is, I am not sure I will ever be ready for these kind of days to end!  And I have no idea when we will start making the kids go to sleep before 10:00pm….it will surely help them to wake up at a decent hour so we can start our school day before noon.

We have one more little three day trip planned before we start school….whatever that means! Maybe after our fun trip we will be ready to come back and crack open those books!  Highly unlikely, but a girl can hope.