Welcome to a day in our home!
If you're new here, let me give you the cast of characters:
- Mowgli, 8 1/2 years old, 3rd grade
- Bud, 6 1/2 years old, 1st grade
- Hawk, 3 years old
- Tigerlily, 1 year old
I was up at 6:00 this morning. I spent about one hour working on the computer and then I turned on a thirty minute workout video. The kids wandered down shortly after 7:00. Mowgli picked up a chapter book that was in the library bag and began reading and stayed there till he finished the book. After I completed the workout, I sat down and read a chapter in my own book. (Three Times Lucky) because Mowgli was still reading and the other three were playing quietly with blocks. I didn't want to rush right into something else when everyone was already so content.
Then, I took a quick shower and sent everyone to get themselves ready for the day and do their good morning jobs (get dressed, brush their teeth, wipe down bathroom counter, make beds, pick up room.)
Then it was time for breakfast. (Peanut butter toast and fresh pineapple.)
While I was getting breakfast prepared, Mowgli got out the thank you cards and said he was sending one to his grandma.
I typically eat breakfast and lunch right after the kids. That is so I can read aloud to them while they are eating. Today I read one chapter from Caddie Woodlawn (and I cried! What a terrific story with some meaningful lessons!) And then we played a few rounds of Rhyme Out!
While I ate breakfast and tidied up, the kids played in the backyard. I also switched out some laundry.
I put Tigerlily down for a nap, then we sat at the table for "Mom School." Today Mom School consisted of reading a Chapter out of Story of the World Volume 1, Bedtime Math (Hawk loves that he gets to answer a question too! We love the app as well as the physical book) and I read aloud some Celtic fairy tales to go along with our current history topic while the boys colored in their Story of the World activity books. The big boys finished off Mom School by writing an entry in their journals. Mom school lasted from 10:00-11:15.
For the next hour Mowgli and Bud worked on the daily work that I had written in their planners. Bud spent some time on the computer doing Math Seeds, practicing the piano, and practicing for the spelling bee.
Mowgli did the next assignment in his math book, which was a quiz. (He got 100%, which always makes him really excited! He is doing Teaching Textbooks 4 right now.)
He did an assignment from Fix It! Grammar (which I think is a fabulous program!) This kid can diagram a sentence!
He then completed his music theory assignment from his piano teacher. (Bud had already completed his.)
While the boys were doing that, I was getting dinner in the crock pot and preparing lunch and answering their questions. (Turkey sandwiches, sugar snap peas, and orange slices.) Mowgli unloaded the dishwasher before lunch as well. He unloads all the dishes and he helps Hawk with the silverware.
We always read stories during lunch. (12:30 now) They begged me to reread a couple of these several times. I loved hearing them giggle over and over at I Will Surprise My Friend!
After lunch they ran off to play and I made Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars. I don't know why, I just did. I cleaned up the kitchen for the second time today.
At 2:00 I got the boys set up with our favorite art videos from Art For Kids Hub. Then I put Tigerlily down for another nap and laid with Hawk, who fell asleep quickly. For the next hour we had quiet time. The boys did art while I laid on my bed and read and rested. The boys weren't ready to be finished with art when I came down, so they continued for another hour.
Mowgli spent some time in the afternoon playing some math games on the computer, at his request. Mowgli and Bud also spent much of their later afternoon working on perfecting their magic tricks. (They are currently taking magic lessons.)
We had a snack.
And then we finished off our afternoon by getting all bundled up and going for a walk.
We returned home at 5:15 and Edwin was home for the day 15 minutes later.
We had dinner. (Mandarin chicken) And cleaned up together.
Then Edwin took the oldest three to a movie with their cousins. (This is totally out of the norm for us but we were invited to a corporate event of theirs and they had a blast!)
I stayed home with the baby, did some decluttering, gave her a bath, snuggled and read stories, put her in bed, then spent the rest of my evening reading. (Hands Free Mama and Three Times Lucky) The guys returned home shortly after 9:00. We didn't do our usual scripture reading or read aloud since it was late and the kids were tired.
Today there was very little contention, we had plenty of time outdoors, spent a couple of hours reading, I arose early, and I had dinner prepared in advance. All of these are a recipe for a really good day.
That's a wrap.
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