7:00 ~ For the past 20 minutes I've been looking at the clock every couple of minutes. I can't sleep past 7 this morning. Places to go...people to see. For a few minutes I check email on my iPhone, nothing pressing.
7:15 ~ Get the coffee brewing. One of these days I just might get in the habit of setting the coffee pot before bed. But until then, it's the first thing I do when my feet hit the floor. When the coffee's going I'm off to shower.
7:30 ~ Start waking the kids. Ben's already up. He's been sick for a couple of days and slept a lot yesterday. While the kids are waking up I get to have a little computer time while I drink my coffee. I read a Proverbs 31 Devotional. I wish I had made more time with the Lord today. But I ask Him to guide my steps today and help me to be the mother and teacher my children need me to be.
7:45 ~ Talk to Brian on the phone. We have to decide whether I should take Ben with me, or drop him off at the church (Brian is there for Tuesday prayer with the pastors). He's feeling a lot better today, but coughing still. I decide to take him with me. He can sit and read at the park. The sunshine will do him good. If there are no other kids there playing then he can run around and play if he feels like it.
8:00 ~ A flurry of hair brushing, teeth brushing, book gathering, and dressing.
8:30 ~ We are all ready to go with 15 minutes to spare. Breathe.
8:40 ~ Remember that no one took their medications. Scramble to get meds in those who need it before we load up and go.
8:45 ~ Out the door. Gavin's algebra class is at 9:15 and lasts an hour and 15 minutes, so I drop him off and head to the park with Ben and Luci.
At the Park...
When we got to the park I set up my books for a little planning. My planner is filled in for the first semester, but I fill the boys' weekly planners in by the week.
That way if they miss a day or get off track I don't have to go in and make changes. Today, I planned to use my time at the park to fill in Ben's planner for the week.
When I opened my planner I found a sweet note from my daughter. She sure knows how to brighten a person's day! The kid's played a bit and did some reading and then we went for a walk. This park has certain trees labeled throughout so we stopped and noticed the different trees.
At 10:15 we headed back to pick Gavin up from his Algebra class. On the way home I had to stop by Kroger to pick up a few things. We have a gathering tonight for which we need to bring a "Mexican" themed dish, so I picked up stuff to make an enchilada casserole. Ole!
Back at home...
11:30 ~ As we drive down our street we noticed a dog in a neighbor's yard, an unfamiliar dog who's sides were so sunk in that we could count every rib. The kids ran inside to get him some food & water but by the time they came back outside he was gone. Even with a bicycle trip around the block he didn't turn up. They are keeping an eye out for him though and if we see him again we will offer food and then make a phone call to the animal shelter.
11:45 ~ Gavin fixed lunch for himself, Ben and Luci today. Turkey pastrami, sliced cheese, and ketchup sandwiches. (Ewwww) Glad I didn't have to eat that!
12:15 ~ Shortly after noon, once the dishes were cleared off the table, we got down to the business of school work. Luci has two pages in Explode the Code to work on. Gavin's writing two paragraphs about the humility and simplicity of St. Francis. And Ben is reading.
12:30 ~ Luci practices her cursive "P" on the chalkboard. Ben is still reading Freedom Train and Gavin is working on his grammar and then his science. Twice I catch Gavin having slid over to the computer, checking Facebook or looking through his iTunes library. After the second time he's told he'll be grounded if he gets back on the computer again before school is finished. I take a few minutes to work on this "Day In the Life" blog entry. If I don't keep up with it throughout the day, it'll never get written. I also take a few minutes for some email correspondence and website maintenance for our homeschool group.
12:50 ~ I read Moccasin Trail to Ben. He is really enjoying this read aloud! He works on a puzzle to keep his hands busy while I read.
1:15 ~ Gavin's been working steadily since lunch, and has finished his day's assignments already. He has a lighter load on Tuesdays & Thursdays because of his outside classes. He has algebra on Tuesday and Thursday. Beginning next week he will also be taking a Spanish Class on Tuesdays and piano on Thursdays that will fill his afternoons.
1:20 ~ I get Ben started on his math test. Gavin is reading with Luci. He is responsible for reading her history books with her each day. Some days he does this with willingness and enthusiasm, other days he does it grudgingly. Today he does it grudgingly~iTunes is beckoning him. He asks for an explanation of why HE has to read her history. It is for a number of reasons: (1) He has a somewhat weak background in World History. While he has a genuine passion for and knowledge of American History, he has always cared little for World History. By reading Luci's World History texts, he is gaining a bit of knowledge at the same time. (2) I think it's good experience for him to be responsible for helping to impart a little knowledge to his sister. (3) I think that it's good for their brother/sister relationship to spend this time together.
1:40 ~ I go over a lesson in multiplication with Luci and then get her started on a page in her workbook. By the time I finish Ben has brought me his math test to grade. He's missed two problems out of twenty and I give him his test back to see if he can correct his mistakes for half credit. I think it's his own handwriting defeating him. He corrects both wrong answers and gets a final grade of 95%.
2:00 ~ Ben wants to disappear for a few minutes, but I reel him back in for a spelling & grammar lesson while Luci is working on rewriting a sentence and moving the attribution to the end of the sentence. We are getting pressed for time. Luci's theater class is at 3 o'clock. Gavin is practicing on guitar. He's recently joined up with a band with a few other youth in our church. He's been spending lots of time practicing.
2:30 ~ Luci is practically dancing at the door in anticipation of her theater class that starts today. I still don't know where the classroom is once we get on campus. My email and my phone call to inquire about this have both gone unanswered today. I guess we'll figure it out when we get there!
2:45 ~ With the single exception of Ben & Luci's science everyone is officially finished with school work. The boys have chores to work on while I take Luci to her theater class.
While Luci's at her theater class I take advantage of the short break and dash into Spunky Monkie, a local consignment. I looked around for 20 minutes or so, but didn't find anything that made my heart go pitt-a-pat.
4:00 ~ I picked up Luci from theater class. She thoroughly enjoyed herself! The teacher said it is a great group of kids and she didn't have to work hard to "draw" any of them out of their shell, they are all natural performers. Luci proudly told me that she learned to faint today! And when we got home she demonstrated that new talent for us. I can tell already, this theater class is going to be entertaining.
4:15 ~ It's time to cook for our gathering tonight. Mexican is the theme so I am making an enchilada casserole. The boys have earned their video game time. All the chores are finished and I'm calling the school day complete.
Oh, and if your wondering, we never did see the dog again. I hope he found someone to feed him.