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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

So Long Summer, Long Range Plans, and Home on the Range


 So, the teacher side of me couldn't let go of a little pre-planning as I get ready to start my new "job" this week as a stay-at-home-mom! I created a long range plan to help me map out a variety of different activities and traits that I hope to focus on these next 10 months. I wanted to include everything from Character Education teachable moments, Themed Crafts, Field Trips, Community Service to how I could structure some learning times for both Riley and Maggie. I'm still not sure what our days/weeks will end up looking like, but I just wanted to have some ideas in place to serve as a guide. I then went one step further and designed a Weekly Family Planner.  One of the big reasons I wanted to stay home was because I felt like my life was not very balanced. I couldn't figure out how to juggle keeping up with my job, housework, meals, family time, and more importantly, my spiritual life. So with my new job, I want to be very intentional about how I spend my time. I want to look at each day with purpose and see it through Christ's eyes. I believe my most important mission is to love God and others and to teach my children to do the same. I know there will be many days where I will miss teaching and the cries and crankiness of my children will not always be so tolerable.  But I want to try and take the opportunity to focus on 2 little lives (instead of the usual 18-20 in a classroom) that are under my care for a full year and see what God has planned for us!  He's got the ultimate Long Range Plan already figured out! :)

 We spent our last day of summer today as a family going on an "amazing adventure" as Riley would say! We took the LightRail Train to 7th Street station and went to the ImaginOn Library today. We were a little late for the storytime, but still able to participate in 15-20 minutes of the songs and stories. Then we checked out the Arthur exhibit before heading to lunch at one of our favorite eateries, Mert's Heart and Soul.  The kids were getting tired by this point, so we headed back home on the train and made it back mid-afternoon in time for naps. What a great day together!




We celebrated Dad's birthday last week when he came home from his camping trip to West Virginia.  No, he's not really 31 again, but we didn't have any other candles in the house besides the ones we just recently used to celebrated R and M's birthdays.  We had a few simple hand-made gifts (since we're trying to cut back on our expenses), but I think they still went over well.  Here's an original artwork dedicated to Daddy because he does some of the best elephant sounds around! 





 We didn't quite make it all the way through our summer list of things to do, but we at least put a dent in things. Here's Riley and Daddy doing "hard work" on the back porch together! Too bad the rain decided to wash away 1/3 it the next day, but luckily the company gave us some more paint for free.  Now if it'll just stop raining long enough to actually finishing the process.


We'll miss you Daddy as you head back to work and we know you'll miss our laid-back summer schedule. We'll be praying for you and know that you're going to inspire and motivate a whole different generation of kids to be the best that they can be! And when you get home each day, we'll be ready with hugs and kisses and we'll have all kinds of new games that you can play! 

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