Day 1 Step 2- The hardest part was prepping the land and getting rid of all the grass and weeds for our perfect spot!! 💪💪💪 . . . So proud of my girls and their dedication to get it done!! We are all learning valuable life skills from my daddy and I'm forever grateful. 💖💖💖
It's been a back breaking, incredible 2 days of Gardening school with Grandpa and we have accomplished so much! 💪💪💪 . . . Day 1-Step 1 included picking out the perfect spot for our #garden, purchasing #lumber, and unloading the #wood.
It's not quite summer yet, but it sure feels like it! Today reminded me of when the older 3 were younger - hours of outside play, art, and kids helping bake ❤ And we still squeezed in a dentist appointment, reading lesson (Ollie is doing so well!), dishes, laundry, and dinner. #homeschoollife#5kids
Seeing those first spring shoots and spending days with your hands in the dirt, especially after a long winter, is such therapy— and I’ve come to realize it doesn’t matter how old you are to feel this way.🌿 She’s been helping me with a little flower bed spring cleaning (because I never manage to get it done before the snow flies), and was eager to tamp in a few new perennials while we were at it. We’ve nearly exhausted the plantable space we have, but each year we seem to sneak in a little something more. And as long as she keeps asking to help, I’ll find bulbs + seeds to plant— fulfillment for us both.
Today's theme during #homeschool was "M is for Messy" and we took advantage of the gorgeous sunny weather to make lots of fun messes together. ☀️ #littleadventurer was just finishing up cleaning the pudding "Mud" from the dinosaurs and giving the soapy bubble baths and took to pudding tasting and face painting silliness next! 😂
Fine Arts Co-op today was a good one! Our April gathering included a poetry teatime, face painting and self portraits, Act III of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, hymn singing, and we began learning the 13th century round, Sumer Is Icumen In — which the kids (and mamas!) thought was hilarious with its line about billy-goat farting.🐐🙊Even homeschoolers know farts are funny. 😉 #finearts#homeschoolcoop#wildandfreechildren#wildandfree
One of the hardest parts of parenting and really life I think, is letting go of what others think or what is expected of you and being confident in your decisions. And in our family we often go against the grain. 🙃 We decided the best thing for our daughter was to homeschool right now and I remember being worried about what others would think, that in some way I was doing her a disservice. But it has been a big blessing and was exactly what our family needed and I wouldn’t do it any other way. So to all moms struggling to make decisions out there, remember your mama heart knows what is best so listen to that above everything else!
I used to be scared to talk about hard things with my kids. After all, they’re so young, so innocent! But they are people just like us... they have that innate sense of right and wrong, they sense injustice, and all on their own they can see heroes in the midst of darkness. 💕 We walked past this war memorial today on a carefree trip to the library and cookie shop. My 5 year old stopped in her tracks and said “what are those words?” So we went closer as I told her that the words are the names of people who died in wars - they died protecting us and others. 💕 She was quiet and touched the individual letters of a name. “What’s this name?” So I read it. “And this one?” So I read that one, too. “Wow, they are so brave. That is really sad, but they are so good.” 💕 I thought we were taking the day off from school today. Jokes on me.
This boy, the one that tries my patience the most and pushes every single button I have. He is the one that makes me question my mothering every single day. But he is also the one that loves the most and cares so much it hurts. We have highs and lows but those highs are the best, they carry us both through those lows. Today was such a mix of both but when he was giddy with excitement and practically jumping out of his skin because those once tricky letters had now been mastered that was definitely a high and sign that maybe I’m doing this Mom thing mostly right.