What have we been doing? The weekend was filled with the zoo, swimming and a slow walk at the wildlife refuge so my daughter could capture photos of animals. I would say that the zoo is the craziest place to take my family of six above all other places. The parking there is horrible, there are wild animals at every turn, so many people and so many exhibits to cattle the kids through. By the end my husband and I are done. We got a membership, so will be using it, but usually we go once every couple of years.
We are roofers, so now that the weather is changing and spring is officially here my husband's phone has been blowing up. This is the first week in a little while that he has been out the door before the kids woke up. My 5 year old was confused where his truck went, and my 3 year old was trying to make him coffee at 9:30 to find out he was long gone. It is nice for everyone to be busy.
My 7 year old at home has been busy doing some math in the mornings and reading to her hearts content in the afternoon. We have been going to the library once if not twice a week to keep up with her supply of books. I am thankful for that. Her math keeps her a little less excited and is honestly the biggest struggle right now. I think I am going to add in a lot more online computer games to make it interesting and fun. Math fun? Ha!
My five year old is 6 weeks away from his kindergarten graduation. I honestly can't wait to pull him out next year, and he finally decided he wants to as well. It is weird to have all of the kids at home and then send him on the bus by himself. I watch him as he goes, and have been driving him a lot because of my own guilt even though he loves the bus. He has been having trouble with bullying a bit and is starting to not enjoy being left out.
My three year old is busy being himself. His speech and conversations have matured almost overnight as he is approaching four. He is going to a fun preschool next year with tumbling, dance and music, so I am excited for him.
My little guy is 8 mos old and crawls and sits up by himself now. He is saying, "Mamama," which I love because its obviously to me! At least I assume it is. He is babbling and interacting with his sibling. Such a cutie.
Yesterday I checked out a district homeschool program (gasp!) and actually really liked it. They offer a ton of options and programs. I know the stigma with participating in those and the threat, but everyone is different and each kid is different. I am a mom of change and open mindedness. I am just not open to my daughter being smothered any longer by tests and the common core math, or for her love of reading to be squashed. I have some questions for sure.
Today after sifting through a couple of sites I seem to have found a pretty good interactive learning site that is free with minimal to no strings attached. It is:
Now to end with a quote from Sharon Stone.
"I don't believe makeup and the right hairstyle alone can make a woman beautiful. The most radiant woman in the room is the one full of life and experience."