Friday, October 31, 2008

Life just got a whole lot easier!

Have you ever noticed that when the little guys cant walk, life seems to be so much harder to deal with. Its harder to go out of the house, getting in and out of the car is difficult, managing play time. Not to mention the fact that there's not much to do outside the home when the little one is non mobile. Its not like they can play at the park or really enjoy what you are doing because they cant get involved with it.

My littlest one is 18 months old now and has been walking for a few months but only just recently got the hang of the whole thing. He doesnt wobble so much when he takes a few steps and he runs quite well. So now that the weather has cooled off sufficiently enough that we can do things outside for more than, oh say about ten minutes, we've been going to the park. He absolutely loves it! We have found a park that is toddler friendly for the most part and he loves to just get up there and play. There's one particular slide that he loves and he gets on that thing time and again. I think its because there's a slowdown after the turn in it. The playground has another slide but its a straight one and he goes too fast and bumps his head on the way down.

We went today after his well child checkup and had lunch. He was just so content to sit with me on the grass and eat his lunch while his brothers were off playing on the playground. It was so nice to be able to relax in the grass and not have to worry about him because I didnt have to constantly be chasing after him and holding his hand. I had to worry more about his big brother pushing him down the slide because the baby was taking too long.

I think that this right now is one of my favorite seasons with my kids. All of them are old enough to understand commands and follow through with it (doesnt mean that they WILL but they can), and they are all big enough to handle themselfs without needing to be hand held the whole time. It's nice and a very sweet change of pace.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Sucessful Homeschooling

I can say that we are sucessfully homeschooling. Thursday last week my oldest came to me telling me that he could read a page out of one of the little reader books that we have. I told him that was wonderful and that he should read the whole book. So he went back to his room and read it. The whole thing. I am so proud of him. He's really doing a wonderful job. I love the fact that he can read things on his own now.

Another wonderful aspect to homeschooling him is the fact that he's helping his brothers to learn as well. A friend gave us a LeapFrog brand word whammer so that the boys could practice their letters and putting together small words and I think that the little boys have gotten better use from it than the older one has. It has a feature that sings the ABC's and so they all get together and sing the ABC's. Its so cute to watch and listen to them doing that because they dont exactly get the names right (well, the older one does but the middle one tries and misses and the youngest just knows the tune) and they dance to the tune, but they are all having fun with it. I love it!