"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. What I can do, I should do. And what I should do, by the grace of God, I will do." -Edward Everett Hale

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Here We Snow Again

Last year was the winter of all winters. Snow days weeks, bitter cold and more snow days. Personally, I'll be the first to agree with Elsa, the cold doesn't bother me anyway, especially now that I have my own heater on board. However, warmer temperatures are more desirable where children are involved. Coats and car seats aren't made for one another and a 'shoes are optional' kind of afternoon is the best of all.

But the absolute worst are those nasty snow days. One or two, here and there are a must for any childhood and quite enjoyable at that. But when they stretch together or become a weekly occurrence, then it's enough to drive everyone mad.

While elementary students haven't had any official snow days, Monday and Tuesday of this week brought two, two hour delays. Unfortunately in our house, a two hour delay does not mean two extra hours of sleep for anyone. It's basically business as usual, just a little longer time spent in pajamas. As a result, it's a little harder to get going and a lot harder to leave a house full of siblings in full play mode...

And for Lila and Easton, any type of delay means a complete cancellation. So that's two November snow days on the record for the preschoolers.

Someone may have cried on the second day of hearing "No school!"


And someone else was just fine with the news...


And yet someone else is filled with excitement at the sight of the first flurry. Visions of snowballs and snowmen followed by hot chocolate dance in his head...


And I'm thinking here we go again.

Sigh.

It can't be any worse than last year...

Or can it?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

H is for Homework

Piper came home on her first day of school disappointed due to the lack of homework. Apparently she needed no time to adjust to the vigorous demands of kindergarten. However, the teachers felt it best to give the students a few weeks to settle in before the homework started coming.

From the very beginning, Piper has done her homework immediately upon walking in the door. I'm not sure if it's because she's a real go-getter or because she wants it out of the way to free up her evening for more important things. I'm leaning toward the latter. It seems that school has infringed upon her play time and she has just a few short hours to fit it all in.

Even on the most beautiful of November days, when I suggested just to play outside for the afternoon, Piper insisted on getting it done then and there...


Now there's another student with homework responsibilities. And my "busy" girl is more than excited. While we've always been expected to reinforce concepts learned at school, our preschoolers didn't have official homework. Even now it's just for a select few to prepare for kindergarten. Yes, this tiny girl is on the kindergarten track. And with the right people (key words: right people) on her team she will thrive. Oh how I will miss her preschool teacher. The Lord knew exactly what He was doing when he led us to her classroom. Now to pray for the same for kindergarten.

"I love my homework, Mommy."


But one boy is more than a little envious. Oh, sure I can give him assignments to do, but there's no fooling Easton. From Chinese school to preschool homework, Easton is determined to keep up with Lila. He just can't understand how she can count in Mandarin and he can't. Maybe next year...


 For now I'll rest in the peace that comes with this enthusiasm for homework. Whatever the motive, it's getting completed without a battle. Just one more thing to savor, because as we all know it won't always be this way.



Friday, November 7, 2014

Road Block

For the past several weeks, I've been trucking right along in this pregnancy. Oh sure, there have been sick days, sleepless nights, and a few other complaints. (I'll spare you the details.) But for the most part the weeks have passed without incident. Life went on, as usual, with little to no change.

Early on I was advised not to lift more than 20 pounds. While that sounded like a great idea, I thought there must be some exceptions to this rule. Surely this didn't apply to everyone. Especially a strong, healthy lady such as myself (insert sarcasm). But now, on the brink of week 30, with faltering hips and a vulnerable back, I'm beginning to think they're on to something.

As lightning flashes through my legs, I admit, maybe they do know what's best. Perhaps it's not a good idea to be packing kids around right now. So, in an effort to make a change, I start at the most logical place.

The 40 pounder...


He actually took the news well. Maybe he understands more than I give him credit for. For instance, just the other day we were playing our Cat in the Hat game. My challenge, and challenge was not used lightly in this case, was to "slide under the trick-a-ma-stick with the toy man under my left arm."

Without missing a beat Levi commented, "I think you're going to have trouble with this."

"Really, why do you say?"

"Umm, your belly is big."

Here is Levi pictured with the trick-a-ma-stick...


And, by the way, he was right.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Say Cheese...

Piper

~Kindergarten~


Lila

~Preschool~


Easton

~Preschool~


Levi

~No School~



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Pumpkins Are Orange...

And carrots are too.

Fresh from the preschool garden...


School-grown carrots!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Hello Third Trimester

Yesterday I became a member of the Third Trimester Tribe.

Thanks to my junior photographers, I have some blurry great pictures to document my induction...


If this one's anything like the previous two trimesters, it will be short lived.

And then it'll be time for the next adventure...


The Fabulous Five Federation...

I can't wait.