I’m close to caught up! How about a recap of our September?
We started September with a bang when the pest company found termites on our property. No activity on the house, but they were closer to the house than I would like and we could see some of their handywork on stray paper bags and other things. So, I gave them all our money to put out a bunch of bait traps around the perimeter of the house. Being an adult is expensive! 🙂
Isaac started STEM scouts. Now he gets to look awesome and adorable in a lab coat and do fun science stuff every week. It’s his thing and it’s fun for him to has his own thing. He also had his speech classes start again. He goes and does this every Friday afternoon.
Ethan got braces! Did I mention that? Only 29 more months to go until he is done!I’ve invested in special threading floss so he can get it in around the braces and I also bought those little brushes to fit in all the little grooves. We also got a special flouride prescription. It’s a whole big ordeal to do tooth care now. It will be worth it, though!
Our church had an on-site women’s retreat the last weekend of the month. It was a fun concept. Friday night was a social/game night. Then we went home to sleep in our own beds and came back on Saturday morning for breakfast and to listen to a couple different speakers. I met some people and I came away feeling really encouraged and grateful.
Nathan is a part of men’s group that is meeting on Tuesday nights online. He doesn’t even have to leave the house. It’s led by our pastor and Nathan is really enjoying it.
Audrey turned 11! I almost forgot to mention that. To celebrate her birthday, Audrey and a friend of hers and I went together and took a trail ride. I have to be honest and say that I was nervous on that big horse, but it went fine and Audrey loved it! I also made a bunch of cookies for Audrey to bring to hand out to all her classmates at tutorial. She had a great birthday.
14 years! I’m so glad I get to share my life with Nathan and so thankful for our kids. I couldn’t have dreamed up what our life looks like now. It’s so much better!
August was jam-packed with starting up our regular school schedule.
Ethan started going to school that is not in our house and that really changed up the entire feel of how we start our day. I realize now how spoiled I have been. I guess people get used to whatever their “normal” is. For our family, “normal” is having all the kids at home with me. “Normal” is being able to have everyone get up at 7:00 and not really have to worry about getting dressed that quickly or prepared to leave the house because most days we don’t have anything to be at in the morning.
Tutorial started up again also. We drop off Ethan at 7:45 and then we head to the church where our tutorial meets. We check in and have a short devotional and announcement time for everyone and then we are all off to our classes. Audrey has PE, Drama, Science, Writing, and Civics. Isaac has Inventors and Explorers, Lego Story Starters, PE, Math games, and Science. I have 2 hours of 1st grade Galloping and Globe and 2 hours of 2nd grade Cantering the Country. We finish up at 2:00 and then we waste a little time before we need to pick up Ethan at 3:00. Thursdays are the day when I come home, sit down and then don’t get up again 🙂
At the end of the month, Ethan got braces! He looks like a teenager now. He was very resistant to the idea and I was feeling guilty about how much he was dreading it, but he has adjusted well. We’ll be back on Nov 1 to get them adjusted. I guess we’ll see then, how well Ethan is taking care of his teeth! The dentist said this will be about a 30 month process. I did the math on that and realized that if each of the kids has 30 months in braces and they all start at the same time, we’ll be in braces at this house for quite a while!
Ethan had an eclipse party at school. They all had the special glasses and they had several practice sessions to make sure they were safe 🙂 I was still a little nervous about having the kids stare at the sun for a long time. At home, Audrey, Isaac, and I used boxes that Nathan cut a pin hole into and face away from the sun and look at the reflection. We learned that there is a huge difference between our area of 98% totality and the areas just north of us that 100% totality. Still, very cool to experience!
The other big update is that we decided to make the move to attend a church that is in our community. We’re enjoying being able to be at church with people in our city. It still feels a little awkward to be new, but time will fix that!
I think I left off with Ethan heading off to school and promises of photos. I’m going to attempt to catch up on the last two months.
It’s going to take more than one blog post though 🙂
Ethan is doing really well at his new school! We had our back to school night meeting for the parents and I got to meet Ethan’s teachers. One of them I already knew and that went a long way to reassure me about this school year.
Here’s our first day of school photo. It’s not great because something is not working right with the photo editor I have installed here. I’ll have to figure that out later.
Ethan wasn’t super excited about this change. He didn’t like the idea of needing to get up and be out the door early in the morning. (Relatively early– ha! We’re used to slow mornings at home) He also wanted to be done with school stuff earlier in the day than the kids who go “off to school”. Two months into the year, when I ask Ethan if he had to choose home school or this school, he says he can’t decide. That’s good progress.
I couldn’t be more pleased with how it has gone. Academically and socially he is doing really well. He’s learning things, he gets along really well with his classmates and his teachers are enjoying having him. In two weeks, the first quarter will be finished.
On a personal note, I have a 7th grader? One of Ethan’s classmates is almost 6 feet tall. This growing up thing is getting real!
(Stay tuned. . . next post will cover family updates from August)