Oh my goodness, fresh pressed raw cider is incredible! My friend, Jeanette, scored a real cider press on Craig's list and invited us over to make cider from our own apples. Our trees are loaded this year!
We have a schedule for schooling, a schedule for chores, a schedule for
food prep and a schedule for outside activities. They are pretty too,
all color coded. :) I simplified and prioritized. Prayer, school,
food, chores, outside fun/enrichment. Each schedule is working well so
far. The parts come together to make a very nice whole.
Organizing music and loading the schola binders while Regina preps work for the little girls
homemade explorers flash cards for early American history, a group effort
Monica and Regina drew works of art, the rest of us drew stick figures
I miss my big boys so much. I keep thinking those were golden days when they were all young and under my roof. I like the men they have become and I wouldn't want my grown men hanging around not making their own lives. They are finishing their education and formation at an amazing college. The boys and the college have expanded our world. And we are gifted with all new golden days here at home. We are humming along nicely.
Rebecca takes Alex pictures for me so I know he is alive and well :) Occasionally the boys even call!
Our first day at home with only the two little girls was pleasantly productive and quiet. The girls like to linger over a hands-on project and enjoy the details of my homeschool plans. The boys tend to have a more linear, check-the-box approach to school work and we have been boy heavy in our homeschool for a long time. The dynamics are shifting with the predominance of girls learning at home.
(You can see I have not figured out what to do with Lydia's hair as it grows out.)