Monday, January 16, 2017

Real School

We have finished the first half of "Real School". Kindergarten. 5 days a week.  And everyday they ask me if they are going to school that day.  Sometimes a Yes is welcomed and sometimes it is met with a groan.  Overall they are loving kindergarten.  We do family projects every month and even though Vincent and Landen are in different classes they have the same monthly project.  These string pumpkins were for the October project.

I came and talked to Landens class about how we made the pumpkins.  They all liked the idea and Landen LOVED that I "was his teacher" (for all of 5 minutes)

The projects are right up my alley.  I love being creative.  For Novembers project we had to disguise a turkey, so that he wouldn't be served up for Thanksgiving dinner.  We disguised him in a pot of gold and his tail feathers were the rainbow.

They painted the clouds and turkey feet and then crumpled up tissue paper for the rianbow.  We glued rolos on for the gold pieces.

Life is busier in some ways, having them in school every day, but in other ways it frees up some of my time to get errands and chores done.  We've settled into a nice weekly routine.  It sure was a busy fall though.

Vincent learned that hard work pays off.  Earning him some Target money.  He had a goal to buy a Toad plush toy.  He had to do 10 big chores to earn him $5.  He asked me every day what chores I had for him to do.  Sometimes I didn't have any and he just had to patiently wait until there was work for him to do.  Amazing how hard of a worker he can be.

This fall we elected a new president.  With all the drama and hate that comes with this new presidency, I see it as a huge teaching moment with my kids.  I'm anxious to see what the next 4 years hold for us.  No matter what, we need to live our life for Jesus.  Change begins with us.  Show some kindness and grace and show some love.

These are my proud American boys!

my proud silly American boys!

My sweet niece was born in November.  Evelyn Elizabeth Elliott.

The boys LOVE her!

Jacob wants her to come live with us

 Landen didn't quite understand how she could be born on November 5th, when the whole time my sister said her due date was November 16th.  How come she is here early?!  He will understand that whole pregnancy thing one day when he's older. Like way older, I hope.

One day we were driving past my sister's house and Jacob asked what Evie was doing.  And I said "probably sleeping" and then Vincent chimed in and said "Sleep all day, Up all night!"  I was busting up! Where do 5 year olds come up with this stuff?

I feel blessed to have the work schedule I do.  It allows me to help out at the boys' school and I can be there for class parties and activities.

I joined them for their Thanksgiving feast.  Vincent chose to be a pilgrim and Landen chose to be an Indian.

I also helped them make their gingerbread houses in December.  What a crazy morning that was!! All of that SUGAR!!!

Vincent and Landen also had a Christmas performance.  Luckily they were on opposite sides of the stage and we didn't have a repeat of that one time when they were three, licking each others faces on stage at church during kids choir!

They are both doing so well in school.  Landen is excelling in reading and writing.  Vincent is excelling in math (and art).  And I am loving all of the moms I get to hang out with and chat with daily at pick up time.  These ladies support each other, pray for each other, vent to each other.  I'm grateful our kids all go to the same school.  They are my lifesavers.  And I tell them that pretty much every week. You all know who you are!

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