“Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. ”
-Mary Jean Irion
The sun rose. Our alarm clock rang and signaled the day beginning.
With the morning came the sound of voices moving down the stairs and little boys ready for good morning snuggles
–ready for snuggles and breakfast, that is. Because food always comes first for boys.
They hurried from the table happy for a little time of play before starting their chores and school work.
They built and flew airplanes, rode bulls (each other), tussled, laughed, and shouted.
Then the morning routine began, and they were off to dress, brush their teeth, and do a few chores.
School consumed the morning as we studied language, multiplication, practiced oral reading, and did a spelling exam.
In language Zachary has been practicing note taking, a skill not as naturally learned in homeschool. For the oral section
we watched a documentary on salmon and paused it whenever he needed to note a fact.
That most mornings include some school time on the couch with boys squished on either side of me
and often one crawling behind or on top of me, has become one of my favorite parts of homeschooling.
I love this stage we’re in when the boys are so affectionate and love to spend time together.
Most mornings we do kindergarten and preschool, too, just because
the little boys so love doing schoolwork and beg to work in their workbooks.
On this day I hadn’t given Ian assignments and he was so sad that there was, “No[s]ing (nothing) much to do.”
As soon as I suggested doing a lesson of reading he was as happy as could be.
Sandwiches have become a favorite lunch for the boys. I’m pretty sure the sandwich’s popularity has as much to do with the fact that
the boys can make them on their own as for the sandwiches tasting so good. Zachary made a ham and cheese sandwich
while Ian made peanut butter and honey sandwiches for Paxton and himself.
After lunch the boys headed outside to play in the fresh air and sunshine. Sometimes they need
a nudge to head outdoors, but once they start playing they don’t want to come back inside.
I love to see them active and to hear about their imaginative play.
They always have great adventures and inventions to describe when they come inside.
Everyone loves storytime. Sometimes we read through chapter books, and other times the boys
each choose a book they would like me to read to them.
After naps and quiet time Zachary worked on school a little more then had some time to play.
Around four o’clock the boys checked their afternoon chore list and did some
straightening and cleaning. They are such a big help to me as they’re learning
to be responsible and dependable workers.
Steve came home from work making this one of the best parts of our day
because we were all together again. He always lifts our spirits on days when we’re dragging.
Sometimes appliances break, and the laundry piles up while we wait for a replacement.
Laundry is patient, though, and will wait late if it needs to.
For now there was time for games and to use the day’s last bits of energy.
All too soon (for some of us) and just in time (for others of us) it was time for bed.
On this night the boys had a slumber party in the living room. Steve entertained them with stories
of which he has an endless supply. Then there were final hugs and kisses and
we said, “Good-night,” to three much-loved boys and to
another beautiful, ordinary day.