Monday, September 27, 2010

Almost felt like Fall today ...

We had the hottest summer on record here in Virginia and have only had a sprinkling of mild days the entire month of September. Today was rainy and the temperature was pleasant. The leaves seem to have made up their mind and have started the process of changing.

It was the perfect day for the boys to put on their boots and head outside. I am almost certain Benjamin tried to eat something that was covered in mud. Either way they both had a glorious time ;) So much so, that we didn't even pick up with lessons in the afternoon for Samuel.

School is going well
School is going good
School is going okay
School is going.

Honestly, all added up, we have more above average days than not. It's the moments that don't always deserve the honorable mention.

The running late, overwhelmed, baby screaming, toddler screaming, momma screaming, no dinner cooked, laundry heap, Algebra II makes me twitch, scary car smell (like is something dead in here?), no make-up, NO 6+6 DOES NOT EQUAL 66, are you serious?, you gotta be kidding me!, I'm not gonna tell you again!, Help me Jesus ... moments.

Moments.

I cannot ever recall being more tired in my entire life and newborn babies can't touch this kind of tired. At least then the entire world gives you a reprieve ;) When you homeschool, the entire world gives you the "I told you so" and besides I can't act like this whole shindig is impossible or else they'll be right!

But they are right ... sometimes.

It really is impossible.

And God is all about impossible. You know He has done more miraculous things than help a homeschool mom get through her day ;)

But there are days when it does seem to be a supernatural occurrence when we all make it through the day alive. I started homeschooling three years ago and if I have learned anything at all in that time, it is that this whole process has little to do with academics.

Like I just told Samuel today during our little Wigwam making party that it was all about attitude not about the craft.

I may have said it more like, "WE CAN MAKE 72 OF THESE BLASTED WIGWAMS OR WE CAN FINISH THIS ONE. EITHER WAY, YOU WILL DO IT WITH A GOOD ATTITUDE BECAUSE MAKING WIGWAMS IS FUN! YOU GOT IT?"

See what I mean?

So after the Battle at Little Wigwam we booted up and went outside. All kinds of miraculous things happen when my boys go outside and they are able to "release their wiggles".

It's almost supernatural ;)












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10 comments:

Leslie said...

SO true! Love the pictures -- especially Benjamin's expression in that last one!

Jenn said...

Those wigwams were a pain in the rear!

lori said...

thank you...thank you...and thank you Kim.

Amanda said...

AMEN and AMEN! The wigwams were actually fun for us but we waited until almost bed time when he wanted to actually do it instead of going to bed. My manipulation worked well! Now only if we would have remembered to leave the hole in the top for the smoke!

Jill said...

Kim, I am so with you! It is so not about the academics. It is about raising kids. So glad I came by to hear from you today!

Lisa writes... said...

LOVE that dirty face!!! And your shots of the baby in the earlier post--ADORABLE!

Wendy said...

So true!

Love the pictures!!

the Curriers said...

I read the beginning of your post and wondered if you wrote it or if I did!
Then I read the wigwam part and realized that...nope. Not even attempted. Only Brianna and Cam got the privilege of having a creative homeschool mom. :)

Paula said...

I love this post...because many days I feel like I in survival mode and you know what..that is okay. God will honor our efforts.

Christina said...

Yes, this post resonated with me too. We found the smell though. It was a piece of cake (from last month's field trip I think).