Homeschool, Belly Buttons, and our Homebound Weekend

Both my daughters want to homeschool next year. I’m surprised by this because they each loved public school this past year. I mean looooved.
I’m ok with either decision they make. Homeschooling is freaking hard but I do love it. The hardest thing about homeschooling is entertaining a toddler while trying to teach. Ember interrupts everything. We can barely read books anymore because she spends the entire time pulling on the book and screaming. She’ll sit quietly, happily in my lap while I read her books but if the other kids are nearby she freaks out and gets angry.

So this summer we’re going to do some summer school stuff. I want to see if it’s even possible with Ember around to teach the other kids effectively.
The idea of going back to homeschooling actually terrifies me. I’m so overwhelmed with everything lately. Four kids is a lot of work (fellow moms with four+ know what I mean, right!?) so adding the huge burden of educating all of them is pretty intense. I will have to change a LOT of things about how I used to homeschool to be able to manage. Like, as long as math and english get done formally then all of the other subjects can be done in a fun way.

So anyway I asked Sierra what types of extra things she’d like to learn about in first grade and she said cooking! haha
I have been super super sick (you know that, of course) so I was only going to make her spaghettios for dinner. I let her open the can and pour it in the pot and stir it. She was pretty thrilled with herself for cooking dinner. πŸ™‚
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Somehow belly buttons were being talked about a lot that evening.
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And the kids wanted to compare theirs.
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Which is pretty fun because they have such different bellies and belly buttons!
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Ember is a pretty fun, silly, happy toddler…
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Unless mom is working in the kitchen. Then everything in her life is terrible.
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I mentioned that last week when I was sick I was miserable and wishing Allan was home to help out. We’re all still suffering from intestinal issues and currently I’m debating whether or not to go to the doctor tomorrow with all four kids (not fun) but anyway, Allan being home Sunday was heaven.
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Brooklyn is growing up so much! She is so capable lately. She can do pretty much everything for herself (I mean, not laundry and can’t wash toilets or dishes, but ykwim) and is getting so tall and just… big. I can’t even believe she’s my daughter. I’m proud of her and surprised by her every day!
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Even when eating waffles he has to do something spiderman. (We still don’t have a table, it’s hard finding one that’s the right size and price)
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Ember started climbing the oven this weekend. Allan and I weren’t excited about that.
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“Luckily” she fell (when it wasn’t on) and that freaked her out and she hasn’t climbed it since! Yay for hopefully avoiding severe burns when the oven is on!
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Allan made a bunch of burritos (my older daughters favorite food on earth) for lunches for the next three days.
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We had a really fun, crazy game of family tag. I don’t like having a big house but I even had to admit it was nice for this game.
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Allan went in the pantry for something and Ember closed the door on him.
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We’ve been talking about making a new trade system. Something I read online about trading minutes read for minutes they can watch TV. Allan and I are trying to work out the details before telling the kids. Otherwise if Brooklyn hears anything about it when we’re planning it and then we dare make the smallest change she’ll have a meltdown. Girl can’t handle change.
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After the long day (week, really!) Allan and I were laying on the ground together while the kids played around us. I saw the pretty light coming in the window and snapped a couple pictures from there on the ground.
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My kids love to weigh themselves.
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Their current weights are:
Brooklyn: 56.4
Sierra: 43.2
Payson: 35.8
Ember: 21.4
(Ember usually weighs two pounds more but she’s had that stomach stuff)
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Ember got upset when the other kids got a turn.
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More reading.
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Pictures from my iPod this week.
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