:: It’s our first day of “school”. The morning consisted of “orientation” and shopping. We discussed our new daily routine, wake up times, chores and responsibilities, etc. We also went over the proper care and use of the things we have been given (are my kids the only ones that think they have to “decorate” everything??) and then we went to Staples to take advantage of the sales without the crowds –since everyone else in in school. It was a lovely and productive morning and it bought me some still needed planning time this afternoon. You see, yesterday was going to be my day to finish planning but I chose instead to spent the bulk of the day holding my granddaughter. I chose well. :: Insert gratuitous baby picture pinched from son’s Instagram account here ::
:: I’m loving our new schoolroom setup. You can’t tell from the picture up there but my computer is at the other end behind that white board. It’s perfect because I can work and still be accessible to everyone. The two youngest are to my left and right and I can slide right over and help as needed. I’ll do a schoolroom tour post soon and show you around. I’m really grateful for the space we have in this house. The college student on the end (aka Anthony) stopped by after class and decided to do his homework with us.
:: My online break was shorter than I had hoped but still fruitful. I will be implementing my no internet plan for Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays starting next week. I am looking forward to the imposed restrictions as they have worked well for me in the past.
:: Apparently August and September got confused about the weather. August was unseasonably mild. We barely went to the pool last month at all. Now, it’s as hot as, well, August. The pool is closed for the season.
:: I’m ready for fall and for the days to get cooler (note I said cooler, I did not say cold nor did I mention the “w” word) and yeah, I’m ready for some pumpkin . . . everything. A pumpkin spice latte sounds very good about now –as long as I am sitting in my air conditioned cool house that is– and since I don’t do Starbucks I will be using Mary Ellen’s Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe. YUM!
:: I am in a place in my mothering and homeschooling that I have never been before. I am homeschooling four children and I have neither a babe in arms nor in utero. I am not nursing and I have no toddlers. My charges are 7, 10, 12 and 14 years old respectively. I have a reliable vehicle. The possibilities are many.
:: That being said any of my older children reading this need to remember that should you decide to visit, a text or phone call is advisable because there’s a very good chance, if the weather is nice, that we won’t be home. Yes I am talking to you two who were sitting on the patio when we came home today and yes you son who showed up later.
:: Time to finish up. The sky has turned dark and thunder is starting to rumble overhead. I need to round up children from the neighbors and make sure everything outside is secure before what looks like a pretty good storm rolls in.
I’ll leave you with a bit of my meditation from this morning. It struck me as so very apt for the first day back to school: “Teach me, O my God, the prudence which leads to You by the straight path of duty and truth.”
OK sure, here are some more pictures: