Homeschool Happenings.

August 17, 2015

Good morning all! While most of my household is still asleep and my coffee is still hot this morning I thought I would fill you in on what is happening with our homeschool adventure so far. 
On Friday the kids and I had our first day of "Friday School" with our homeschool co-op, and it was a hit with my kids, and me too! :) 

Here we are heading to Friday School.

So during Friday School the kids are grouped up according to their age (preschool, Kindergarten, 2nd grade) and they have 3 hours of classes, rotating each hour to a new subject. The kids had a great time meeting some new friends and Jacey Lynn is absolutely loving the music class she was in. Colt was excited to try out his Geography class and Dakota was thrilled they fed him. :) Archie will join the nursery next week but this week Nana very graciously keep the big guy while we tried out the 
co-op.  Two of the hours I help with the kids classes but one of the hours I have a break with some of the other moms. Bless their hearts they spent the hour answering all the million questions that I had and gave me so much encouragement! They also gave me some great tips and tricks to help our school year run a little smoother and I could not be more thankful! After classes the group brings their lunches to a local park to let the kids play and the mamas chit chat. It was fun to see the kids group up with their new friends and have some fun! 
I was so nervous to attend this first one but I really didn't need to be. They welcomed us with open arms and the kids are already counting down the days to when we get to go back!

We haven't officially started here at home. I decided to stick to the public school calendar and they start the 2nd which is a Wednesday so i am planning on starting the Monday of that week. Our school space is almost finished. I have a few more things I want to get done then I will give you all a tour....if that is anything you would like to see? Just let me know! :) We decided to go with the Abeka curriculum but I will explain all that in another post.
I have had a few of you ask how we are feeling with all this so I thought I would fill you in on that this morning also.  I would be lying if i didn't say that there was still some nervousness creeping in but I think once we start and find our new normal that will go away. It definitely has been a little odd seeing everyone post their back to school pictures and knowing that ours looks a little different this year. However I think this is the most at ease I have ever felt with a school year approaching. It always felt so unnatural for me to send my babies away to school. The weeks leading up to school I was always a crying mess, anxious about them being gone the whole day, making friends, eating enough, going to the bathroom. All the stuff that every other mama stresses about. We were very blessed with some amazing schools and teachers so I know that all my babies were loved and taken care of but it was still so hard to send them off, and most Sunday nights I was right back to that feeling. Now don't get me wrong there were absolutely days where year round school sounded great! :) but the majority of the time I just missed them like crazy. I know my helicopter momness is to blame for all that but that is just the way I am wired. I know there are some of you who think that is absolutely crazy, and that is no problem at all. :) As my sister always tells me "One goal different paths". We all get to do this parenting gig however our heart tells us to do it so I hope that no one feels like I am getting preachy. That is absolutely not my intention at all! This is just our journey as it is happening and what we are feeling. :) 
I also have received a few emails from people asking how Nathan and I are handling this. On a side note you sweet readers who have contacted me thank you so much for all your encouragement and kind words! I have loved "meeting" all of you!! Okay back to Nathan and I. This has actually been pretty great. Now we do have a great support system but ultimately this is on he and I. This has opened so many deep discussions on our family. What our goals our, what we want for our kids, what we want for he and I. I'm sure for most of you this is normal conversation but for us it's new. I wish we could say we had deep conversations like this all the time but for those of you who know my Husband know he is a man of few words. :) We just didn't make it a priority, until now. The other night we sat down and talked about each kiddo what their strengths and weaknesses were, what character traits we wanted to focus on with them, what our hopes were for them this school year and how we could customize this school year for them. I think moms and dads can see kids differently so it was neat to see how Nathan saw the kids....rather than me telling him what he should see. :) So as of now I would say this has been great for us. Now who knows maybe once real life sets in we will be singing a different tune but I will be sure and keep you all posted! :)

Happy Monday!!  

Weekend with the Fam Bam

August 11, 2015

Sorry I have been quiet for a few days we are trying to cram in a little more summer before school starts for everyone and this past weekend the kids and I decided to sneak  away to my parents house. 
My favorite part of the weekend was when we all loaded up and headed to a neighboring town to check out the peach farm. My kids seriously ate their weight in peaches. They were in heaven and now want a peach tree for our back yard. :) 

I will warn you that these pictures are in a complete random order but it's late and I am to lazy to make it right. Also I forgot my camera so all of these pictures are phone pictures from my family members and myself. :)

Princess Pete picking a peach. 

These two were joined at the hip most of the weekend. 

And this boy ate so many peaches off the tree I thought for certain he would be sick that night. 

Dakota decided he would only pick peaches if Papa would lift him up to pick them. Poor Papa fell into his trap. :)

They ran from tree to tree trying to pick the perfect peach.

Papa, Bunny and Jacey just walkin. 

Archie was a big fan.

Auntie Libby with the babes.

Our attempts at peach pie and cobbler. They actually turned out great! Good job Libby and Bun!!

I told you these were out of order. :) The kiddos were excited to ride in the back of the truck through the field. 

Back at my parents house these two boys tried really hard to get that bird feeder down. 

And this handsome boy caught a butterfly that hung out for a while. 

Back at the peach farm little miss was enjoying a peach, and check out Colton laying down behind her! :)

Bo thought the peaches were pretty great also, 

So did this sweet thing. 

Dakota spent most of the time at my parents house digging for a lizard. 

Dakota and Archie sharing a peach. 

My sister and her fam. 

And that was a sneak peek of our weekend. While we are enjoying the last bits of summer but this mama is sure excited to get back to a routine! 

In case you were wondering....

August 5, 2015

I forgot about the clothes I put in the wash at 9 this morning and had to rewash them again at 9 this evening. I showered at 4 this afternoon only to remember I haven't done laundry in forever and had to hunt for a shirt that didn't have that much baby spit up on it.  My children's supper was ice cream and cake from the ice scream social at church. I tried to make 30 minute rolls which turned into 30 minute hockey pucks (hints the ice cream for supper)
A child (who will remain nameless) decided once again that their underwear was the proper place to use the bathroom, to which I lost my mind and was one second away from my head spinning off.  I swore to put all the legos and barbie dolls in the burn barrel if they weren't picked up. My husband attempted the 30 minute rolls and actually succeeded, asshole. ( I say that with love) To which I responded by hiding in our bedroom and drinking a beer...or two. 
My children came up at 10 complaining about not having supper so I gave them one of the good rolls and sent them back to bed. 
And that about sums up the day. 

Oh August.

August 4, 2015

This pretty much wraps up our feelings here at the Hemphill house. We are trying to squeeze in a few more chances for fun but the reality that "Monday" is right around the corner is sinking in. 
My to do list is long with all the things that I planned on doing this summer that haven't quite gotten done, I have been trying to find a better system for meal planning,  getting new chore charts up, setting up a blog schedule, and staring at our summer to do list that still have a few things to do. 

Picnic, camping, VBS, fishing, drive in movie, aquarium, water park, roller skate, fly kites, tie dye, play uno, to be exact.  Now I had hoped we would get all of these done but in reality that probably won't happen. Maybe a couple more will get marked off and I'm good with that. We have had a fun summer but I think we are all ready for our new normal to start to happen. We are ready to get back into our routine.  The kids are getting excited as our homeschool curriculum starts to trickle in and  I'm doing super important stuff like  

color coordinating one of our bookshelves. and spray painting the legs of desks gold. You know the real meat and potatoes stuff. :) I hope to be able to do a tour of our school space here soon, and fill you in on what curriculum we decided to use.  

But for now I must tackle the large amount of dishes in my sink and the laundry that is slowly starting to take over our house.