- Jared working from home and could jump in and get the kids cleaned up while I was gone
- Easily rescheduled appointments for the rest of the week
- Our washer is on the same level as our living space instead of two floors away
- Two bathrooms!
- Less co op homework this week, so we'll be able to catch up in the next two days
- A full day "off" to just watch movies, sleep, not work, no major projects (I still ran a load of laundry and set the dishwasher to going), in the middle of the week.
- Leaving breathing room in our life so we don't panic when these things happen
- That I did my chores and picked up the house yesterday before I left
- Two kids that can handle themselves well during sickness
Other things to note was that Justin enjoyed listening to an audiobook about Camp 14 in the Korean War. We haven't listened to any audiobooks like that, so it was fun to discover that he likes that! He even said that he'd rather listen to the audio than read the book. Duly noted! And it reminds me of how my dad listened to many sci fi books on tape that he would get in the mail from the braille/blind lending library when he couldn't see well enough to read anymore. I was able to remind the kids of that today. It's important to make connections like that I think. Keturah was definitely down for the count all day today. She finally became slightly bouncy around 6 pm. After eating some soup, she wanted ice cream, but overestimated how much she could handle and had to throw half of it away. Abishai was definitely his normal self and he really does have a bad case of the trouble 2's. I don't think we are doing anything different with him, but he's a passionate little guy, so if he's unhappy, everyone knows it.
Now, Benaiah and teacher/parent conferences. Every single teacher told me how wonderful he is and a joy to work with. He's an example to the rest of his classmates. He's responsible. He's not snobbish, he's self confident. They want to make him a teacher's assistance in a couple of his classes. He has a love for learning. Pretty much, he's a teacher's pet. But who is this child? Because that's certainly not the kind of kid I had to deal with in the past. But instead of focusing on that, I reminded him and myself that Jared and I have trained him in these ways and he's now just finally applying all those lessons. For a couple of the meetings, we were in the teacher's lounge, and when we were done, we didn't get up right away, but a couple of teachers came in. So, here Benaiah and I are, having a regular conversation with 3 of his teachers and it didn't feel odd at all. I'm so grateful for Southside Christian School and how these teachers care more about the kids than academic performance. I mean that they do all they can to see these kids succeed, but they put a huge emphasis on a kids' character and relationship with God. It's awesome to hear that and to partner with these teachers, and even talk homeschool teacher to private school teacher about teacher stuff.
|Benaiah's first not at home school picture. 2016. 9th grade. 14 year old.|
|Abishai has figured out how to get under the bed. At least there's room for him this time. Usually I have too much stuff under there.|
|Bulldozing through life...Abishai rubs his hair on the carpet and goes up and down the hallway like that. Justin wanted to copy him.|
|Fun times yesterday snuggling in the hallway.|
|I love the baby in the bucket look! Jared took Abishai down the stairs to get the mail. Let's do this!|
|Watching "Cars" together. Justin hopes it will be Abishai's favorite movie. Abishai did enjoy all the songs this time.|
|Treats from California. Abishai's first big lollipop! I'm not sure how this is going to go since he's never really licked anything before.|
|Ring pops in the shape of Finding Dory characters and Hello Kitty nutella type dipping bucket.|
|Cookies in cream yummies.|
|For Dad's truck. Justin wants to put them in his room.|
|Abishai's using his sign for "open" asking Keturah to open her candy.|
|My treats, lots of coconuts.|
|Yes, I let the boy drive around the parking lot of his school. He as pumped. He also tended to stick too much to the left and wouldn't widen his circle. I survived.|
|Mommy had to hang out in the bathroom so Abishai came to visit. Cute tongue baby!|
|Abishai found a nice spot to read a book, right outside of Mommy's bathroom.|