Monday, September 22, 2014

Our First Day of School

Well, it certainly wasn't the day I had imagined it would be, but all things considered it was a pretty good day.

The kids were excited about getting back to doing school work except for the fact that they were all suffering from a case of the grumpies.  Grumpiness aside we enjoyed some moments of brilliance!  The kids love the new setup and thoroughly enjoyed using their workbooks.  Sean seems extremely keen on working on cursive writing as well as learning where a lot of our English words come from.  I have a great book called From the Roots Up and it goes over different Greek and Latin words that we use today and gives the meanings and examples.  Emma-Lyn is keen on working in her journal and seems eager to do her workbooks.  Nate, unfortunately, was feeling under the weather and had a less than stellar day.  The poor guy didn't even want to colour.  He ended up lying down on the couch in the living room while we finished up our work.  Levi enjoyed puttering about the kitchen until it was naptime.

This year we all signed a letter of intent that stated that we would be prepared and willing to learn, to ask for help when we need it as well as contribute to a joyful and loving home.  Will we get this right every time? Probably not, but at least it's there and we can go back to that note to focus and move through our challenges.  I also posted the Peric Family Motto which goes like this:

As a family we resolve to...

Be patient and kind
and not envy or boast
We will not be proud.
We will not be rude, self seeking
or easily angered.
We will keep no
record of wrongs.
We will not delight in evil
but rejoice with truth.
We will always protect,
trust, hope and persevere.
This is what we aspire to be. There will be days when we get tripped up and fail, and that's okay.  We'll pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and be reminded of who we are and who we would like to become.  

We don't have a routine so much as we have a rhythm to our day. This also is posted on the wall and the children have copies of it and the motto in their binders.  Our day looks something like this:

  1. Get up and dressed and make bed.
  2. Chores
  3. Devotions and breakfast
  4. Say good-bye to daddy
  5. Dishes
  6. Outdoor time for 20 minutes
  7. Calendar time and snack for 20 minutes
  8. Working independently for 20 minutes—if time allows you may play.
  9. Science/ Geography for 20 minutes
  1. History/Art for 20 minutes
  1. Math for 20 minutes
  1. Lunch

Quiet time
Read Alouds
Help with supper prep

That being said, none of this is written in stone and I can see us tweaking it along the way to suit our changing needs through the year.

This afternoon we had swimming lessons which the kids are always excited about.  Nate stayed home with Grammie and Levi and had a nap.  Sean and Emma-Lyn swam like fish and loved playing with their friends.  By suppertime Nate was back to his happy little self and nachos were enjoyed by all!

The kiddos in the clothes they picked out for our first day.  Okay, so Levi didn't pick his cute outfit but I'm sure he approves.  Nate was lying down at this point so unfortunately I don't have a picture of him.

 Hanging out in the living room.

He looks like such a little old man.

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Crazy, The Fun and the Hectic

It's been a busy few weeks since our trip to Quebec.  We enjoyed setting up our tent again at my folks' place for a weekend.   We went to the Museum of Industry again, this is one of the kids' favourite places to go when we visit.  And who can blame them, they have great interactive exhibits and the price is right.  We also went to Shebenacadie Wildlife Park which is also becoming a family favourite.  This time we wandered down to their interpretive centre.  What a delight!  So much to see and do.  We found out that Nate has the wingspan of a Mallard Duck, Emma-Lyn had the wingspan of a Peregrine Falcon, Sean had the wingspan of a Barred Owl.

We spent some quality fun time at the Celebration Zone in Charlottetown.  There was always lots to do and see as well as share the experience with friends!  We also got to check out the tall ships when they came sailing into the Charlottetown harbour.

Our homeschooling group had our annual Not-Back-To-School picnic out at Canoe Cove at the beginning of this month.  It was a great day for meeting new homeschoolers and laughing and dancing with old friends.  A great way to start the homeschool year.  That being said, we haven't begun our formal bookwork yet, we've had a few other things to do first.

My mom found out that she had breast cancer again and had a mastectomy done at the beginning of the month.  I went home by myself to help out and just be with my family.  It was such a blessing to be there.  I loved every minute of it.  We laughed, we talked, we sang and just had a wonderful time together.  My sister and I chased frogs around the pond and laughed ourselves silly.  My mom is doing great and recovering very well from her surgery.  So looking forward to seeing them all again at Thanksgiving!

When I returned to the Island it was time to switch gears and enjoy a week long visit with my father-in- law.  He lives out in BC with his wife Dona.  It was nice to have this time with him and the children enjoyed getting to know their Deda a little better.  I think the highlight for me was seeing them give him big hugs before going to bed and seeing the big smile it put on his face.

And now, we're just taking this week to breathe and ease ourselves back into our fall routine.  It has been an amazing summer and I'm kinda sad to see it go, but I know there are more adventures awaiting us around the bend.

Found this little guy walking across the road at Sheubenacadie so I got out to rescue him.  Funny how quick the little guys can go when they know they're being chased!

This girl can climb like a monkey!  I loved the monkey bars when I was little.  I tried my hand at going across and I made it, but it sure wasn't pretty!

Time to swing!

Guy Smiley
A Lynx.
Such a cool microscope at Shebenacadie!

Our humble little camp site at my folks' place.

Loved this little humming bird.
So peaceful!
From left to right are my uncle Frank, my mom and my uncle John.  My uncle John was visiting from Alberta and it was great to have the chance to visit.

Uncle Frank and his wife aunt Holly and uncle John.