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All the public-schooled kids in our area are out of school now, so all the summer activities in our area are starting up.  Let me tell you, the kids are wishing we hadn’t taken quite so many breaks throughout the school year!

Right now, it definitely fits our lifestyle best to do school year round, though.  With teaching two different grade levels and wrangling a toddler and infant, we need the flexibility to be able to take breaks as we need them throughout the year.  Plus, we travel quite a bit which requires more time off.  It’s kind of nice to be able to take those trips and easily be able to take the time off from school.

We’re still able to take time off this summer for travel, camps and other activities, but we still have quite a bit of school to get done as well.

Today was the first day of our 2014-2015 school year.  Ordinarily, we would have started earlier, but with Kaylee’s birth at the beginning of August and our trip to Branson at the beginning of October, I decided to wait until we got home to start.  We’ll end up doing school into the summer next year, but it will be fine.

This year, Ava is in second grade and Kelvin is in first grade.  Add a toddler and a newborn to that, and you have a recipe for chaos!  It was chaos this morning, and Kaylee even slept until 11:30 am!  I can’t imagine how chaotic tomorrow will be when she doesn’t sleep in (she rarely does).  It will certainly be an interesting year!

I have my 20-week ultrasound tomorrow!  I was very hopeful that we would find out that the subchorionic hemorrhage was gone, but after more bleeding the last couple of days, I’m pretty sure it’s not.  It could definitely be smaller though, which would be good news!  We’ll just have to wait and see.

In other news, we are back to school this week.  We’re splitting a week over this week and next week (because we still have craziness going on and can’t do school every day yet…plus I’m still catching up on stuff like quarterly taxes, paying bills and looking for insurance like don allred insurance ) and then we’re taking another week off to visit family.  When I looked over our school calendar for April, we’re only doing one week’s worth of school the entire month!  It’s been kind of nice to take a break, but it won’t still be nice when we’re still doing some of our school in July!

I’ll try to be back tomorrow to update after my ultrasound!

It’s almost time for us to dig back in and finish off our last ten weeks of this school year.  Can I just say that I do not feel refreshed and ready to get back to it?

I’m not sure where all of my extra hours I was supposed to have during this break have gone, but they have up and vanished.  We’ve been so busy anyway, I’m not sure exactly how we’re going to start squeezing school back in next week!  Oh well.  10 more weeks.  Just 10 more weeks.

One of the things we’ve added in that has kept us busy is taekwondo for the older kids.  They love it (mostly…Ava loves it and Kelvin is having some motivation issues, as usual) and they are just the cutest little taekwondo people ever, right?

I have two baskets of laundry calling my name and then I think I hear my pillow calling, too.  I know I haven’t been sleeping enough lately, so it’s time to fix that before we get back to the routine, too!

Right now we’re in the middle of a super-exciting spring break.  Where’s my sarcasm font when I need it?

We’re taking time off to be able to to deleaven and spring clean our house.  I’m almost done with the upstairs, but I still have the sewing/storage room and Chad’s and my room to do.  And next week we have to start on the downstairs.

I’m mostly dreading the kitchen, because since the main focus is deleavening, obviously that room will be the most work.  Too bad I can’t make it more fun by adding in picking out new kitchen cupboards and counters from here ! Haha. But alas, it will just be cleaning for now!

The funny thing is that we were having major attitude issues about school before we started our break.  Every day since then, Kelvin (who had the worst attitude of all) has been begging me to let him do “four days of school today”.  I know better than to hope this will last until we actually start school again!

Since we haven’t been able to spend much time outside due to the cold weather, I decided to sign the older kids up for some lessons at the community centers to keep them active this winter.

So Ava will be starting a ballet and tap class!  She so excited, you’d think it was ballroom dance lessons from the Dance Doctor ! We have all her shoes and leotards ready and she absolutely can’t wait!

And Kelvin will be starting basketball.  This will be his first class without Ava in the same class, so I hope he does OK!

Last year for Kelvin’s birthday, we got him his first bucket of Lego’s.  They were such a hit with both of the big kids that we bought another bucket for Ava and a specialty set for each of the kids.  I foresee Lego’s being the most-asked-for gift for many upcoming birthdays/holidays/events in the future!

I love that it keeps their minds active, whether they’re following the directions or coming up with something completely on their own.  And once they have their creations built, they add in other toys and have elaborate games.  Definitely one of the best toy investments we’ve ever made!

Recently Kelvin was studying the sun in school, so I made him and Ava a sun-themed snack to go along with it.  This is about the only time we’ve seen the sun in the last few days, so it was a welcome sight for everyone!  LOL  We didn’t even have to travel and print postcards in nyc to see a glimpse of sunshine.

All I did for each snack was lay a peach half upside down on a plate, cut carrot sticks into thin strips, and arrange them around the peach in a sunshine-pattern.  The kids thought it was super-cool….unfortunately, not cool enough to eat, though.  Oh well.  You win some, you lose some!

 

 

We use My Father’s World curriculum for both of the big kids right now.  And that curriculum relies heavily on exposure to good children’s books.  They sell literature packages to go with each grade level, but all those books cost a ton!  And why do that when we have an amazing library near us?

We can request books for free online and they set them aside for us, making it easy to collect our books quickly every few weeks and then let the kids play in the children’s area.

Here is what our haul looked like this week:

And that’s just enough books for two weeks!  We are so lucky to have such an amazing library!

 

We survived our first week of the 2013-2014 school year!  I’m truly not sure what I was thinking when I decided to start school the day after getting home from a 10-day trip.

But we did and it was…..fine.  There were some attitudes, which were probably mainly due to trying to get back in routine from our trip.  But I may or may not have thought almost this exact thing more than once:

Anyway, Kelvin started kindergarten!  This first week was a lot of review, but he still did awesome!  I can’t wait to watch him start learning to read this year!

Ava started first grade and so far it seems really easy for her.  I really hope it challenges her more, going forward.  It’s so easy right now that she’s always trying to rush ahead instead of waiting for me to explain things and make sure she really grasps the concepts.  I might have to start quizzing her on things that are that are USDA approved just to shake things up and get her attention!

See my desktop carousel that I keep all our supplies in?  That was my splurge for this school year and I love love love it so much!  So does Carter…he apparently thinks I arranged all those supplies so that he has easy access to them.  It’s fine for the most part….he loves to color and I let him use crayons, markers and colored pencils.  But it really hacks me off when he starts using the dry erase markers on paper and/or dumping the paper clips all over the floor.  LOL

And since there was an action shot of the boys, here’s one of my pretty princess.  🙂

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