Friday, September 6, 2013

7 Quick Takes- The evening edition



I realize that I have been neglecting this space lately.  I miss writing, I really do. I like to catalogue what we are going and life here.  I miss writing the funny, "what they said posts" too and I realized., the other day, that my kids are getting too old to say too many off-the-wall zany things! Oh, man, I miss the funnies!

But we are hanging on here and life is moving forward.  And this is what we have been up to, what I haven't been up to and some complete randomness thrown in there! Happy Friday everyone!

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1. Homeschool



We officially started school this Wednesday.  I had wanted to start WEEKS ago, but with the sickness that has been in our house, I just could not.  This was the first week we all seemed to be well ENOUGH to make it through our school work.

The first days of school went well.  There was only a minor amount of wailing, by K (2nd grade) who lost all confidence in his reading ability, even though he read over the summer.  So we had to start at the most basic of readers, but by today he was back on track and reading what he should. 

 
If you notice in the pictures, the boys ARE all wearing the same ties and shirts . . . this is no accident.  Thanks to Catholic All Year for the idea, I decided to have the boys wear "uniforms" for school.  (Thanks to OLD NAVY for their super cheap school uniform section!)


Working away.
 My 5 year old LOVED the idea and could not wait to put on his tie.  J was not a fan, but has been a good sport.  I did this in hopes to make school time different.  I know that is counter intuitive to homeschooling, but my boys really needed to learn that they could not just walk away from their work and go play legos whenever they wanted to.  And playing soldiers or legos in a shirt and tie just in not as fun or comfortable.  So far it has worked really well.  I am not sure if it is because we are in the "new school year honeymoon" or if the uniforms are really helping, but it seems to be a positive change.  Plus, I am a sucker for a man in a shirt and tie, so I love seeing the boys look so cute everyday!



 

 2. What I am not doing . . .

 Working out
I MISS working out.  It has been about two weeks since I have had a real good workout.  I, pathetically, attempted a run this week.  I had to stop about four times in a half mile due to coughing fits.  I gave up.  So, it is rest and working real hard to get this cough kicked out of my body and our house for me right now.


3. Adoption paperwork
 
 
I sent this stack of notarized paperwork, with a BIG check to our homestudy agency today.  Just. A. Little. Bit. More.  And we will have all our paperwork DONE (for now)!  I feel like we should get an  award for taking the longest to finish our homestudy!  In our defense though, I just talked to someone who said they did not have to do so many of the forms that we have had to do.  I am not sure if it is a China or agency thing.

4. Maybe some funnies . . .

We are learning about China right now in homeschool.  And as I read to the boys about China, A looked at me and said in an emphatic tone,
"Mom, let's just go there now and get our Chinese kid!"




5. Syria
 
I am NOT going there.  Except . . .What is he thinking???

I like what the Pope is thinking much more  . . . .



 

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7. Striving to be this woman . . .




2 comments:

  1. #5: Fasting from food is too easy for me so I'm fasting from Internet tomorrow.

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  2. That last one made me laugh! Hope you all feel better, and your boys look so handsome! Our kids uniform is just a polo and khakis, which is good for them since they have to wear it to recess everyday!

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