Day one was awesome, day two, more overwhelming. I underestimated the impact of having two to teach, it was still quiet and easy, just a different dynamic. Duder has been beyond excited about being homeschooled on his days home with us. I’ve been a bit worried because he’s used to having 3 full days of just me and him time. He did good today though, he loved it. He looked so flipping cute standing up with his hand over his heart saying the pledge. When we started he looked at me with big bright eyes and said “Hey, I know this!!!”. I’d say our biggest obstacle today was how much more Taryn got distracted because she was seeing what Teagan was doing. Read: correcting Teagan to make sure he did everything her way. Oy. I lost track of how many times I heard “but he’s doing it wrong!” It wasn’t wrong, it was just his way, not hers. I also learned that Duder can cut a mad straight line all the way across a page. He was cutting up a puzzle. Taryn was so excited he did that the right way, her smile jumped off her face and she yelled “You did it bud, you did it!” My heart swelled seeing her encourage him and cheer him on. So school went really well today. I’m still waiting on Teagan’s curriculum, but Latin arrived today so we will dive in to that tomorrow. I’m also waiting on our art book to be printed, so in the meantime we are just doing valentines day crafts for art. T loves it, she’s very crafty. Oh, and you know how I mentioned yesterday about creating a nutrition curriculum for kids….no need! One already exists that was written by the Food Renegade. I’m about to go hit *buy*. Have I told y’all the Food Renegade is going to come hang out at my house next month?! Tis true. She’ll be speaking at a food and health get together for moms that I’m hosting. I absolutely cannot wait!! Anyway, back to our day…
Our plans to head to the museum downtown almost got thwarted. We figured out this morning that our refrigerator totally crapped out. It’s been acting up a lot but this was the last straw. To the tune of several thousand dollars by the time you count the cost of a new fridge and over $600 in organic food and supplements lost. I shed quite a few tears this morning. Ugh. We cannot survive without a fridge. Our pantry is pretty bare, we don’t eat boxed, canned or processed foods, almost everything is fresh and needs the fridge. I can’t feed us out of the pantry. We lost sooooo much, it just makes me sick to even think about it. Jase handled buying a new fridge today and I have the bad food waiting on me to deal with before I can go to bed tonight. Have I ever told the story of Jason’s refrigerator buying history? That story is legendary around here. 5 hours, in Best Buy, with a 5 year old in tow, hemming, hawing, browsing, taking notes, looking at the doors, vents, nuts, bolts, reading the manuals, seriously…..it was just so, so….long. Ty doesn’t remember it, and jumped at the chance to go with Jase tonight. I remembered it, like it was yesterday. I swore never again so I came home. He’ll never live that story down, but he did redeem himself with a smile and was home in less than an hour. It’s funny how much marriage and children change your efficiency. Annnnnyway, I decided it wasn’t worth crying over today and took the kids the museum and then we all went out to dinner at beets. I have no clue what we’ll do for breakfast or lunches tomorrow, being gluten, dairy and soy free means we can’t just go pick up takeout or have the boys eat lunch at school. New fridge arrives in the morning and I have a mammoth grocery trip planned tomorrow evening. I’m glad I let it all sit and wait for later though, we had a blast at the museum! We were there almost 4 hours, that’s the longest I’ve ever stayed and the kids loved it.
You should check out snap kitchen. It is a healthy take out place. They have gluten, dairy free stuff.
Lyndsay – I am so proud of you. You are an awesome mom!!
You are such am amazing mom! I admire your strength and patience so much. It takes a special kind of person to homeschool. I have 3 kids too and I could not imagine doing what you do on a daily basis. Goodluck with day 3. Thank you for sharing your story!
Hope this article can encourage you as much as it does me. http://www.encouragingheartsathome.com/2011/04/20/the-bad-news-about-homeschooling-part-three/