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Not Back to School Blog Hop

I love back to school time! I love new school supplies, new curriculum, and I love taking pictures of the kids to show what grade they are in. I like having the memory of their little faces so excited to get started on their new grade.  Here are some pics of our first day back!

The Artist

 

Tinkerbell

 

Froggy and Monkey

Monkey

Froggy

My Crew

 

I hope everyone is enjoying the beginning of the school year as much as we are!

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Our First Week Back

In my life this week…

This week has been very busy! I already shared with you all that I have been trying to find a coop for the kids to attend. I think I have found it! Seriously, who knew it would take that long to find one. I spent hours on Google trying to find the perfect fit for our schedule, classes my kids will actually enjoy and of course that fits in the budget. The best part…I found one that is only 1 day a week, and this works fantastic for us! Next week will be even more busy. I start an awesome blogging class, Hello Mornings begins, and I get to attend my very first blogger conference next weekend! I am so excited, and will let you all know how it goes when I get back.

In our homeschool this week…

Monday was our official first day of school. The “schedule” has wake up time at 8 for all the little ones. They were so excited to get going the first kiddo rolled out of bed at 6:50. I really didn’t plan on doing a whole days worth of lessons. After all it was the first day, and so I just planned on letting them check out all the new curriculum. We ended up completing a full lesson plan that day, and every day since. I can not say enough great things about our curriculum choices for this year! My son who has hated math since he was in Kindergarten is now asking to do his math. This is HUGE for us.

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

Prayer! I am pretty sure prayer will be my answer to this question each and every week. I could not imagine trying to get through my day without it.

What’s working/not working for us…

Last week our schedule wasn’t working for us. I now have everyone on the new schedule, and it is working fantastic for us. The kids are in bed by 8:30; they are asleep by 9, and this gives Matt and I some much needed quiet time together at the end of the day. Our house is functioning so smoothly. The only down side is that we are not totally adjusted, so the one night we had to be out late, it really threw the kids off. I am sure as everyone gets more settled in, it will get easier.

I’m reading…

7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child’s Potential by Zan Tyler-This book is a must read! Go pick up a copy today, you need to read it!

I am also reading The Mom Walk by Sally Clarkson-This one is fantastic and another great read for any mom.

I’m grateful for…

I am so very thankful for my four amazing kids. I love that they are flexible, and have maintained a good attitude through all the changes this year. We are finally finding something that works for us. After trying all the wrong things, their mommy finally got smart and gave it to God. It is amazing how great things go when he is in the driver’s seat!

I’m praying for…

I have been praying for connections with other like minded homeschool families. I am praying for all of my kids to find close knitted friendships.

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Making Progress!

My August 3 in 30 Goals:

  • I restarted my diet. It is a diet that I did last year and lost 65 pounds before our cruise, but I have gained back more than I would like to admit. So, it is time to get back to it! I do really well as long as I don’t cheat, and putting this out there for all of y’all to read is going to make it very easy to NOT cheat!! So my 1st goal is to stay faithful and not cheat. I have not cheated at all and I am down 11pds in 2 weeks. :) I leave for DFW next weekend though for a conference. The plan is to stay on track while there, but lets be honest a road trip is not the best place for strict diets. I will try to stay on target as much as possible though!
  • To memorize scriptures. I have never been very good and memorizing full scriptures. I can give you summaries, but I want to know them word for word. The verse I memorized this week was – Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the rock, His works are perfect, and all His ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.
  • Getting my family on a set bedtime. Last month one of my goals was to start waking up before the kids to have my quiet time.I have done pretty well with that, but now I need to get our bedtime on a routine. I want to have “me” time at the end of the day to unwind and have time with my husband with out constant inturruption. I think it is important for us to have time together each night, and with the kids staying up as late as we do, it just is not happening often enough. With school starting the kids have been in bed by 8:30 every night and asleep by 9. This has been wonderful!! I love having time with my hubby to talk about the day and spend some quality time together. I have been getting up every morning between 6 and 6:30. I have gotten to where I crave that quiet time. 

How are you doing so far on your August goals?

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