Back to Real Life

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This Christmas break has been one of the best we have ever had.  Truly!  There were no expectations, no hurrying to get somewhere, Mr. Bits had almost two whole weeks off and we were all together!  The days were full of sitting or doing whatever came to mind.  I think we have all been dreading the reality of today, but it was nice to get back into a groove.  The kids started school today, and it actually went smoothly.  No arguing about starting a routine.  I think they secretly were excited to get back to a normal routine.  I actually started cleaning my house and putting the decorations away.  I am not putting all of them away since we celebrate through Epiphany, but I did want to get started.  My urge to have a clean house was just too overwhelming.  The tree will stay up through the weekend though.  Part of my urge was due to the fact I have a small surgery on Friday.  Nothing too huge to worry about, but I will be down at most a week, hopefully not even that long but we shall see.  I want to make sure the house is in order so that no one has to worry about anything.  Of course it includes the schedule for Mr. Bits to keep up with, and I know he will do great, but I think us mothers worry sometimes!  It’s just that we know the schedule so well!

Thought a great deal about my new mantra today.  How have I given of myself this day?  I realized that on a daily basis we give so much of ourselves that we forget to really see it.  Making sure to devote my attention to the kids when they are wanting to show me something.  It sounds small, but it is so tremendously huge!  I cannot forget to do this and truly be in the moment or I will miss out on so very much!  A small thing given of myself this day.  The dinner put on the table, the toilet that was cleaned, the homework that was helped with.  All of this may not seem like much, but it is my way of giving and I am thankful for the opportunity.  I also thought about how giving of myself means that I must take care of myself, and so here I sit in a quiet space journaling about the day.  Therapy for my soul, and peace that is needed.  This moment of remembering to savor and be grateful for the gifts that were given to me this day.  What a journey!

Peace to you all this night, and thank you for reading!

School Update

So it has been a while since I have given an update on how school is going for all the kids.  I truly cannot believe that the school year is winding down.  Another thing I cannot believe is that Oldest Bit is turning 14 on Friday!  Say it isn’t so!!!!!!!  It seems like yesterday that I held him for the first time and next school year he is in high school?!

Unbelievable!

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Here he is, Mr. Fourteen year old!  He is super excited about entering high school next year.  He absolutely loves the online school that he has been attending, and has made a name for himself because of his maturity.  One of his eighth grade teachers contacted the high school science teacher and requested that he attend  the dissections happening at the main office.  So my eighth grader hung out with the high school biology class, and was commended for being the most mature one present!    I am super proud of him!

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Middle Bit is growing up so much!  He has struggled with dyslexia, but this year, I have really noticed how much he is improving on spelling and reading.  We have enjoyed getting books on cd and listening to them while he follows along, and I think this helps him tremendously.  He participated in the state science fair and scored an excellent in his division.  I am proud of how much he has grown up this year!  Great kid!

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Little Bit still struggles with fighting about school, but she is really starting to realize the importance of remembering what was learned and applying it to the next day.  Some weeks are better than others, but even with her fights, she is making almost straight A’s.  I cannot believe that she will be in the fifth grade already!  She is a smart cookie!

 

That gives you a little update on our school.  Summer is  on its way, and so is a break!

Hope your school days are going well!

Love,

Suzy

Oldest Bit

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Our homeschooling year is going well.  The kids have been attending an online school, and they have loved it.  The school has been challenging, yet it is so nice to be able to complete assignments at their own speed.  Yes, they have to complete a certain amount by the end of the week, but there is no time limit during the day for them to get it done, and this truly helps, especially with the different learning styles my kids have.

Oldest Bit has learned a great deal about himself this year.  He has blossomed through all the activities that he has been a part of.  In co-op, he has learned that public speaking is not so scary.  He has played his banjo in front of a large group of people.  He is excelling at basketball.  And even though he has a teenager attitude, he still gives me hugs and tells me he loves me.  How absolutely wonderful.  I cannot believe how fast he is growing up, but I have had so much fun watching him mature and come into his own.

But the child cannot take a normal picture!  Every time I was about to click a photo, he would change his face!  Drove me crazy!

Oh, I love you Oldest Bit!  Please time, go a little bit slower!

Love,

Suzy

Back in the Swing

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Oh the New Year!  Always a slam back into the swing of things.  Last night, there was an overriding grumpiness that seemed to hover over the family.  Back to work, back to school.

But I feel as though we allowed Christmas to linger this year.  We let ourselves rest and enjoy the season, which is something we tend not to do. Rush to get from one thing to another.  Rush to get the shopping done.  So I think our grumpiness came from the thought that we would have to rush.

We learned something this Christmas, and that was we do not have to rush.  Each day, no matter how busy it may be, can be savored and we can be in whatever moment we are in with all our hearts.

Today was our first day back to co-op, and even though we all love it, last night I was rushing around trying to get things done.  It hit me that I was not enjoying my time.  I was not savoring the moment of getting ready for the task, for the smiles on my kids faces when we go.  I was just thinking of what needed to be done.  It was up to me to change my outlook.  And isn’t that what I need to do with all the craziness of what I choose to do with my time.  It includes this blog.  I have not been enjoying my time, but instead seeing it as something I have to do.  I realized today that I am going to have more fun with this space.  I want it to be a place for family, friends and strangers to all feel at home and welcome.  I want to thank those of you who read this small space, thank you for caring about my family.

Welcome New Year, and welcome a new change in attitude.  Not necessarily a resolution, more like a life change.

Happy New Year!

Love,

Suzy

School and Computers

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We have officially started school today.  It has been a little more difficult than I thought to get the kids back into the groove.  Thankfully, the first day is always a little easier, and is made for easing kids into school again.

Since we are on a curriculum that requires the kids to do much of their work on computers this year, Mr. Bit and I went out and purchased 2 new computers over the weekend.  We have been saving for this occasion because we knew the kids would need the other three computers for most of the day.  I must say that after this morning this purchase was one of the best ones we have ever made!  I have a new found freedom to blog whenever I feel like it instead of before the kids get up or in the evening, and I am more excited to blog because of it!

Have you guys started school?

Looking forward to hearing all of your back to school adventures!

Love,

Suzy

Homeschool Update

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It occurred to me that I have not done an update on our homeschooling in a really long time!  So, I thought I would tell you guys our plans for the upcoming school year.

This year will be a little more busy than the past ones due to the simple fact that we will be diving into online school in greater depth.  All three kids were recently enrolled in a school that has attend a class once a week.  This class is online, but all students will have headphones and speakers so that they can talk to one another and check in with the teacher.  The kids are excited, as this school also has clubs and different ways in which they can meet with classmates in the community.  I am excited to see how this actually works.  It will be nice to not write lesson plans, but I am wondering how much freedom my kids will have to take their time on work and not hurry through.  I will keep you posted on how it goes for our family.

Another different aspect to our school year is a homeschool co-op.  We will be attending a new co-op that a few of us put together and I must say it is turning out way bigger than I could have ever dreamed.  Such amazing classes are being offered, and I am excited for my kids to be a part of this great opportunity!

As for now, we are enjoying our time together, savoring the outdoor play, friends, and fun read aloud books.

I look forward to seeing what all of you have planned for the upcoming year!

Have a great evening!

Love,

Suzy

Our Everyday-Moving Slowly Along

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Just keep shuffling away.  That is all one can do sometimes.  And so we do and are.  We are working hard on finishing the school year.  Since my kids are attending an online school, they must finish a certain percentage by the end of May. This can be a little stressful, but it does teach them about deadlines.  I will be continuing their science, math and reading through the summer with a more laid back and fun atmosphere.  It has been a crazy school year with travelling, but the kids are doing great and it looks like we will be home schooling again next year.  The only thing different will be the online school.  We will be transferring them to a school in which they will actually be attending class, seeing their teacher and discussing with fellow students.  I am kind of excited to see where the online school community is going.  We will also be going to a co-op.  I am helping five other women put together a co-op for next year.  I am truly excited about it as it will be a non religious co-op.  All faiths, all people home schooling people welcome.  There has been a huge response to this already which shows a need in the area!

In other news I am shuffling along at spring cleaning my home.  I have gone through almost every closet, and purging!  I am amazed by all the room we have now!  I will post some redo’s later this week.  I will be putting together a yard sale and in turn putting the money towards Betty!

I keep thinking how there is nothing big or important that I am doing in my life.  I see others making a difference, and I want to do the same.  But I realized yesterday that it is the little things, the simple choices we make every day that make even bigger impact on this world.  Like home schooling, and trying to teach the kids what it means to be a family.  How to help others.  Cleaning out our house so that we are not burdened by what we have.  Making these smaller choices, this shuffling along day by day will grow into a huge deal.  Isn’t that important?  I think so.

Have a wonderful day everyone!

Love,

Suzy