First Day of Homeschool + Running out of Gas!

Thursday was Sierra and Payson’s first day of school!
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Sierra had huge expectations on the day after all the attention that went to Brooklyn this summer getting ready for public school.
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We went to Target the other day and got her some school supplies. She was kinda picky about it until I explained to her that although we bought Brooklyn a bunch of stuff all those supplies went to her entire classroom. That her backpack and lunchbag and pencil box were the only things she actually kept as her own. That calmed Sierra down from the case of the “gimmes” she was experiencing πŸ˜›
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She ended up getting crayons, colored pencils, a pencil box, a notebook, a backpack and some new clothes. She was thrilled.
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Payson loves to be included in everything his sisters do. He insists on wearing his Cars backpack every time we drop off and pick up Brooklyn from school. I think that’s so cute!
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I’m not sure if I’ll homeschool him or not once he’s 5 years old and able to go to public school. I think I will but I’ve learned after the experience of homeschooling Brooklyn that there are no absolutes! Even to someone (me!) who thought in absolutes before!
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The next pictures are from Friday. Oh boy that was an interesting day! Brooklyn had her bobcat day ceremony at school. That’s where they recognize the students who got student of the month and also a grade level performs. Friday the 5th grade class performed.

So Brooklyn really loves when I go to things like that so I me and the three little kids of course went. It was at 9am.

After the ceremony I went to breastfeed Ember in the car before heading home. Then I changed a massive blowout diaper with no wipes! I dumped water from my water bottle over her and used spare diapers to wipe her with. It was crazy. Shame on me for leaving the new package of wipes on the counter!

So then I get back in the car to head home and the air conditioning isn’t working. I mess with it for about a minute, feeling worried and frustrated, when the car starts shutting off completely. And I notice the gas light is on. Oh my gosh did I just run out of gas?? YES πŸ™

And I left my phone in my purse. I only have my camera bag with me. And I’m a 10-15 minute drive from home because we live out in the middle of nowhere >:-(

So I go into the school office and ask to use their phone and ask if they can look up Allan’s work phone number (I don’t have it memorized!) and thank heavens I was there because what would I have done without a cell phone broken down on the side of the road?? We live off a freeway, it would have been bad.

Allan is really busy at work because it’s month end close (they turn in all their reports for the month and stuff like that) but what can we do? Call a tow truck or roadside assistance and pay a bunch?
He decides he has to come help me out. His work is an hour commute away.

*sigh*

So me and the three little kids hang out in the office of the school for a while. After 45 minutes I couldn’t keep them quiet or entertained anymore (I didn’t have one single toy or anything for them) so we went for a walk around the school. It was hot but it was better being a little sweaty than sitting there with my kids screaming while the secretaries and nurse and principal are trying to work in the same room!
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Thankfully that was the lowest temperature day of the month. It “only” got to 101 or 102 that day.
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In the shade of the building it was tolerable.
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I was bored out of my mind and feeling stressed because I don’t have time to have stuff like this happen. Taking pictures takes my mind off things πŸ˜‰
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Allan had stopped and got gas in a gas can and showed up just after 11am.
My hero.
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I felt so awful for making him come home from work. But we’ve been married for 9 years and there have only been two times I’ve called him home from work! Yes, just two! I got a flat tire when I was pregnant with Ember and he had to come help me and then this time.
I told him we really need to get my name on our triple A card! His name is the only one on the card and I’m the one who would really need that!

He worked from home the rest of the day because commuting an hour back seemed like a waste of time and gas.
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I fed us all lunch and put Ember to bed and finally around 1 we started our school day!
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After circle time and music time we do our journals. Payson just practices his letters in a little notebook while Sierra writes.
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He’s actually really good at writing for a 3 year old!
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The little person on the page is Ember and that’s why he wrote all those Es. And the E closest to Ember on the page is almost touching her hand and he told me she was holding the E. He’s so freaking cute!

Homeschooling Sierra is so different from homeschooling Brooklyn. She willingly, happily does everything. She wants more, more, more. When I first started having Brooklyn do journals she fought so much. Getting her to write one sentence was the battle of the century.

I told Sierra she only needed to write one sentence every day for now but could write as much as she wanted. She asked if she could tell me what she wanted to say and I’d write it and then she could copy it. She told me a full paragraph’s worth of stuff about her first day of school and copied it all. In adorable little handwriting.
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This page says:

“The first day of school. Ember first thought of something to do. (Music time) This is the second thing we did, mom got out a puppet and started talking with it funnily.”
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I feel terrible that those are the only school pictures I’ve taken so far!! We’ve done SO much! There have been a lot of fun things. Since I don’t have pictures I’ll have to just write about them. You don’t have to read this if you don’t want to, this is just for the kids’ school scrapbooks πŸ™‚

-Made handprints with paint with their names, ages, school year
-had a puppet teach them all about our school year and how it would go (this was a huge hit!) we use the puppet during circle time mostly but also to transition from activity to activity. My kids ADORE the puppet teacher’s helper <3
-used an ink pad with tons of colors and copy paper to make thumb/fingerprint pictures. I bought a book with ideas for that and they made birds, trees, dogs, cats, butterflies, flowers, etc. Oh and don’t forget the elephant, Payson would never be happy without an elephant somewhere on his page!
-lots of music time with a box of instruments I got at the school store. Ember is a big fan of music time
-letter and number of the day though both kids know their letters/numbers already
-filled in the first couple days on a 100 days of school chart
-put stickers on the days we’ve been in school on their own printed September calendar
-read stories
-learned about counting and adding using math manipulatives
-Sierra did her usual reading
-some worksheets on the letter T
-lots of games and fun

There was more but I can’t remember now. I’d have to check my planner and I can’t because Ember is nursing πŸ˜‰

These last pictures were taken three weeks ago. The day we got back from Texas!
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This was the Monday after we got home from Texas.
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2 thoughts on “First Day of Homeschool + Running out of Gas!

  • I want to cry for you thinking about changing the explosive diaper with no wipes, and THEN running out of gas, having to call Allan, and THEN having to entertain all the kids while waiting in the heat!! POOR THING! πŸ™ I would have melted into a sobbing mess I think! That would stress me to the max!!! You are more woman than I am!!

    On a side note, I love these pictures and the fact that you are documenting these moments of pure insanity that is what REAL LIFE is all about! πŸ˜‰

  • You are wonder woman. I've called Tim home from work dozens of times in our 12 years.

    Is Brooklyn making the I love you sign in that last picture? I can't tell, but thought it was cute. In our family, that is the last thing we do with each other every single day as one of us leaves.

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