Our Christmas break is over and our life continues as normal. We started back to school on Monday. Books were all over the table, lesson plan notebooks were cracked open to see what needed to accomplished for the day, pencils were everywhere, children in chairs and wandering around, and I was in the midst of it all.
Life in our household before noon is quite chaotic. The toddlers are up and roaming around. Math questions are being protested, worked and reworked, cereal bowls wait for someone to wash them, laundry beckons from the laundry room, boys are told, "Get back on task!" Our home is bustling and loud. Sometimes it seems too much, having eight children ages 13-2, especially the two 2 year olds. (they're very demanding-most little princesses are) Other times, especially if "school" isn't involved I wouldn't have it any other way. Do you know how wonderful it would be to have a teacher come to MY house, gather the learners and teach them ALL the time? Oh my! Just thinking about it makes me giddy. Unfortunately they have to settle for me and I have to settle for knowing that I'm not teaching them nearly everything they need to know, but I'm teaching them enough and I'm teaching them how to learn, which is enough.
Cubbies started again last night after a two week break. That age is so precious. I think you have to be older and have gone through all the ages and stages to really appreciate 3 and 4 year olds. They are just wonderful creatures.
Today is Class Day. We'll finish My Side of the Mountain and start John Newton: the Angry Sailor for the older kids and start Baby Island for the younger kids.
We got bad news last night that Nathan's bootcamp graduation is postponed for a week. He and Sarah were so looking forward to seeing one another sooner. I told her we could drive by the fence while he's running so they could see each other. She didn't think I was funny. Now we're changing all our reservations. Fun.
Soccer continues for Joe. His All-Star tournamet is this weekend and the next. Jake turns 24 this week and heads to Hawaii to get married again. They were originally going to get married in Hawaii, but did a quick ceremony this summer. This is the official "big" wedding. They're the only ones going though. Really, they are the only ones that NEED to be there. :-) Jared and Miranda head off to Cancun soon.
Hope you're all having a great New Year!