This week we've been here and there. Picking raspberries and lilies with a friend. Weeding the garden, harvesting some of it and also starting school with the kids. Originally I'd planned to start in September, but with this baby due in November I thought we should start early. This will allow for time off to enjoy the new baby or to move more slowly through the work, if needed. So far Elyssia, Garrison and Caleb LOVE their work. Elyssia is in 2nd grade this year. Garrison is continuing the learning to read process and working on learning to write and draw. Caleb is working on letter identification/flash cards, coloring and following directions. I think the biggest challenge is getting them to work quietly. They did pretty good for about 20 minutes, but then the younger two were done coloring. Kiersten LOVES to color! She is getting pretty good at identifying her colors too:). She gets quite upset when it's time to put them away. Her other big thing is that apparently she doesn't like Scott or I to sing when we're not at church. She says, "NO SING!" or "Stop that!" We don't obey her and find it quite amusing. Not sure why she doesn't like it, but something is going on in that little head of hers. When Scott measured the kids yesterday we found that Garrison is only 1 inch shorter than Elyssia! He's quite happy about that. She doesn't seem to mind too much. They're all getting quite brown from the sun, more so than any other year.
Here are some pictures from the last two days:
As I'm writing this post I can see Kiersten and "Cabub", as she calls him, out the window. They're sitting in the grass and eating lunch, while 2 butterflies circle around them. Scott is mowing the lawn and it's an absolutely gorgeous day! There's so much raw beauty around us and it's fun to see it through the kids eyes. I wouldn't trade this for city life, even if someone paid me:). The only way I'd go is if God called us there.
So, it's off to enjoy another day that the Lord has made(and possibly a nap with the little ones;).