Where is the time going?! It seems not so very long ago we were enjoying our first autumn back in territory where you can actually SEE the seasons changing. I just got back from a three-mile run in crisp, clear weather, soaking in the morning sunshine and trying to absorb as much of the beauty of the colored leaves as possible--I'll need something to hold me over 'til spring once the trees are naked again and I'm once more shoveling snow off the walk. We're trying to get outdoors as much as possible during the school days, too, as the weather has been beautiful (aside from a few much-needed rainstorms over the past week).
Our "normal" routine is back in full swing after our two-week vacation. Ahhh, schedules! We've finished two more weeks of Sonlight's Core 3. I don't think I'll ever get tired of hearing the kids beg me to read MORE when we come to the end of a day's history, science, or literature reading. Even Kenna is in on the action nowadays, chanting, "Mo-ore, mo-ore, mo-ore" when I put a book down. Sonlighter in training!
We have discovered the need to tweak a few parts of our daily schedule, but I figured that would happen. For example, Charis and I decided that her piano practice time needs to be during Lucan's room time; otherwise she has some extra fingers on the keyboard! And sometimes I've been doubling up with the boys, doing language arts at the same time instead of one at a time. This helps us finish sooner before lunch and gives the kids some extra outside play time. Some days I'm sure I'll need more one-on-one time, but it's nice to be flexible, right?
This afternoon we're heading to Young's to do their corn maze for the first time EVER! (How can we have spent so much time in Ohio and never have done this yet?!) This is our family celebration for Arden and Charis's birthdays. Charis requested a quiet family party, and Arden seems content with our plans so far, which is a good thing...after our history travels, we don't have a big budget for partying! Arden even wrote out a birthday wish list, which was very cute, written just like this:
A lego set,
A popout light saber,
A Book of sudoku Puzzles,
And a Bionicle.
Ane yes, he had underlined all the items! I was just impressed that the list was limited to 4 items, LOL. Since he already has a pop-out light saber, I think he has a fairly good chance of scoring what he wants this year!
Charis is turning 10, and for her rite-of-passage into double digits, I will take her to get her ears pierced. She opted to wait until next weekend, when Grandma and Grandpa K are here to visit. She's becoming quite the young lady!
I'll sign off here--it's time for me to shower and then get my hair trimmed before we begin our family adventures. I hope wherever you are, you're experiencing a lovely, blessed season!