We are a little late on doing our first day of school pictures (as usual). This year like every year is a little different for us. We have some new extracurricular activities scheduled which means we are a little more strict on our morning schedule to get our lessons completed (blessing #4 can't sleep in as long as she wants!).We are also doing our weekly homeschool co-op again which is the highlight of our kids week. Thankful for the opportunity I have to be home with our kids all day and homeschool. Its extra work but I wouldn't trade it (well on most days). I love that we can pour into our kids the truths of God, creation, the authority of scriptures, how to think through things with a biblical worldview and most importantly how much Jesus loves them. I have so many fond memories of discipling our kids through the years and grateful for them. I really love watching them learn, grow and develop their personal interests. I really like the close relationships they have with each other.
This year Blessing #3 has a part time job now which she loves and is taking college courses online again but this year hopes to take three. She is continuing to work on her art portfolio for college scholarships. Also, has just started taking guitar lessons and is planning on auditioning in a couple weeks for vocal in our churches youth band*. Blessing #4 has wanted to do dance lessons for years, so instead of drama we found a Christian dance studio and she is taking lyrical dance -which she is totally loving it. We also signed her up for a six week ballet class for homeschoolers where she will be learning the dance moves as well as history of ballet and studying certain ballet performances. She also will be doing open gymnastics. (*update-she is part of the band now and is so excited)
Blessing #5 is doing Trail Life which is basically a Christian boy scout program seeing he is total all boy this is right up his alley and he is super excited about it. He is also going to weekly gymnastics with blessing #6 which is great for sensory input. He is above in math and reading like crazy-beyond any beginner reader so we will see how the 1st grade curriculum we have works for him. We may need to bump that one up so he's not bored although we are huge on making sure they know all the phonics "rules". Blessing #6 since the first day we had her in China has always had dance movement and flexibility like we have never seen in any of our kids-like she can do complete splits! So after much prompting from my oldest daughter and prayer we signed her up for gymnastics. She will also take part of the homeschool dance ballet program (only the class for younger ages) that blessing #4 is doing. We will see what happens with all this. Hubby and I are not big fans of putting your kids in too many activities because childhood goes so quickly and play is very important for development.
Our traditional first day (not to school) homeschool lunch - Blessing #1 created this: grilled peanut butter with bananas and chocolate chips...the kids always love it and it is a special treat for them.
Blessing #1 is in his senior year of college! He is working for a professor and looking into grad schools as well as opportunities to take a gap year. Blessing #2 is in her junior year of college is in the choir and has a job on campus. Looking forward to what God has planned for us this school year and seeing all the growth academically, physically, emotionally and spiritually in our children this year (and us).