Back to school pictures.
I have seen so many pictures of kids with their shiny new shoes, back packs and lunchboxes over the past few weeks. They are cute, smiling, and getting on the bus to start a new year.
Our school year start is drastically different.
There's no 7am wake up call and rush to get dressed, eat breakfast, and head out the door. There's no rude awakening into 6 hour days and homework.
Nope we ease into it. PJ's and easy days for a little while. It's easier on the kiddos.
It's way easier on Mommy.
This year for the first time I'm handling 3. Kindergarten, 5th grade, and high school (with some college too!) How's that for a spread? And while Daniel hasn't started full on yet (we're still waiting for some books to arrive) He had to get online for the Kindergarten readiness test.
Now my dear sweet child had a tendency to blurt out whatever comes into his head. (Thanks to 2 big brothers and a father who was born without a filter, that is sometimes quite colorful) So we had to have a talk about words we don't say while online talking to the teacher. These of course involved bodily functions, body parts, and gross noises.
Yep... sometimes you have to spell it out for them.
He was a little nervous, making fart noises on his arm and talking in this weird, quiet, helium sounding voice.
But proud momma moment, he did quite well.
And can I say? There are times when I question my decision to homeschool. Days when my children are driving me crazy or I don't feel like I'm doing it right. Times when the thoughts of them missing out on things like recess and that first day of school excitement run through my mind.
But then I see my little man, shirtless and smiling, glad that Mommy is his teacher. I hear the things he already knows and can't wait to teach him more. I see the light bulb go off over Nathan's head when he understands something and I know its because we've taken the time to explore it. And I see Anthony learning, and growing, and understanding the world around him in ways that lead us into discussions that wonder far away from anything found in a textbook.
So here's Daniels first day of school picture. A moment that made me appreciate that my babies are at home, that I am blessed beyond words to be able to be here with them, teaching them, and watching them grow.
...And that Daniel didn't say "poop" while he was online with the teacher.