It's been an exciting and boring week all at the same time!
For me, I've been working on the 5 Days of Music Appreciation and also the launch of SQUILT Volume 1. It's been BUSY.
The kids haven't had much on their schedules this week (next week will be very busy for both of them, so I wanted them to lay low this week). I've been so pleased with how they have chosen to spend their time and how relaxed our week actually has been.
I haven't heard "I'm Bored!" once this summer.
Oh, there have been a few times when someone has pouted because they don't have something "to do", but if I ignore them for a few minutes they generally go away and find something to do.
I attribute that to homeschooling. My kids are at home a lot. They have to come up with their own things to do. We don't run around a ton and my husband and I have intentionally set the bar low as far as outside activities go. We're not hermits by any means, but we are definitely less "involved" than lots of other families we know.
How then, have the kids occupied their time? Here goes:
- Lots of batting practice in the garage and back yard (Grant)
- Helping me with dinner guests two nights in the past week (Anna)
- Practicing LOTS of piano by choice (Anna)
- LEGO creations (Grant)
- Repurposing old t-shirts (Anna)
- Reading (both)
- Wii Fit (both)
- Always Ice Cream (Anna)
- Bike rides (both)
- Playing with friends (both)
All of this goes along perfectly with a book I have been reading: 10 Ways To Destroy The Imagination of Your Child.
I HIGHLY recommend this book. It might make you a little angry because it forces us to deal with some painful truths about our society's thoughts on children. Reading it has renewed my desire to just let my children BE without me structuring their time or activities so much.
I think our society has gotten so "noisy" that it is a GIFT we can give our children to have time for NOTHING.
Time without television, video games, hand held devices, and other distractions is a necessity if we're going to produce adults that are capable of interacting with others on an emotionally intelligent level.
I'm pretty fired up about this topic this week, so I think it's time to move on!
We love our children, but we also love time away from them. It gives us a chance to talk about adult things and reconnect.
Now that Anna is old enough to babysit we can go on date nights more often.
This week we tried a new restaurant that was WONDERFUL. I had shrimp and grits - and for dessert we shared a Guinness Cake. Oh.my.goodness.
I love my husband so much - and this cake comes in a close second! ha!
The Gift of Hospitality
Anna loves it when we have company to dinner.
Our pastor came to spend the evening with us and Anna made him a belated birthday cake (she had to make our family's favorite birthday cake for him) and made sure we had place cards and a beautiful dining room.
We played the funniest card game ever after dinner and had a really good time.
I love her heart for hospitality. She gets that from my mother, who lovingly lets her help prepare special dinners and projects every time we visit them in Florida.
I must admit - hospitality is not my gift, but I'm getting there.
What Grant Has Been Up To
Every now and then Grant loves to organize his LEGOS.
He has one organizer that he mostly works from and he vowed to organize it even further this week. It took him a couple of hours, and then he was creating up a storm.
He hasn't been so excited about reading lately. I did find, however, a new baseball series and he is LOVING them. The Ballpark Mysteries are just a bit under his reading level, so they don't take a lot of work for him to read. He finished the first two in the series this week, so I need to get him some more!
We enjoyed a lunch out together one day while Anna was with a friend. I love spending individual time with my children because they are completely different than they are with their sibling. Do you know what I mean?
Grant has logged each and every step he has taken this week. If you have a kid that's obsessed with numbers, a pedometer is a good thing!
The 5 Days of Music Appreciation
This was a fun week for me on the blog.
I got to write about my favorite subject: music.
It has been a dream of mine for many years to write music curriculum for children. It is my hope that this simple to teach music appreciation curriculum will bless many families. I am hard at work on Volume 2: Classical Composers.
Links to the other days in the series include:
That's it! Next week will be quiet here, as I have one child on a mission trip and another child at baseball day camp. My husband and I are spending a day together and the rest of the week I am making it a vacation for myself.
Come back next Friday, however, because I will have a post ready.
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