Monday, August 16, 2010

So they will be Taught

Back in May, I was so excited to have Caden done with school.  The thought of not having to be anywhere at any certain time was so heavenly.  Being 'free'...no schedules, no extra-curricular activities....just plain ol' summer fun. 

Well, we did have alot of fun this summer.  So much that I really neglected this blog!  But I also learned something.  Not only do my kids thrive on structure and routine...SO DO I!  I am one who works well under pressure (I am a great procrastinator) and some of my best work comes out of having a deadline.  So since we never had to be anywhere, there was no 'deadlines'...and I didn't get much done except have a good time with my kids.  Sometimes being 'free' isn't as 'freeing' as you may think!

As the past week came closer I was aching to have the kids back in school. (So ironic, eh)  We need the structure.  I feel more productive....and the kids couldn't be more excited!

School came extra early for Sydney.  She has a late September birthday so she missed the cut-off of Sept 1st.  to be in public schools.  I enrolled her in a charter school near my house in their half day kindergarten!  I am not sure I will have her go into 1st grade next year, but wanted her to have the best opportunity regardless.  So at the end of the year we will see what we think, and most likely transfer her to Caden's school.  Since this was a Charter school...they started on July 28th!
(She asked EVERY SINGLE DAY when school started just so she could wear THIS outfit!)
Luckily another friend from the neighborhood is in class with her, and we get to carpool.  Sydney has loved getting to know Kamdyn.
Two whole weeks later...Caden finally started school!  It was really odd to have him home, and Sydney gone for those two weeks. 
 
(Mom!  The sun hurts my eyes!)
He is so proud to be in 1st grade, and I am really excited for his new teacher.  Last year he had 3 other kids from our ward in his class, but this time he is by himself.  It will be good for him to be able to make some new friends.
A new year brings new things!  We also added another family to our carpool so instead of me driving every other day...we take weeks!  So when it is my turn, I drive the entire week...but then have 2 weeks off!!!  I am last in the rotation so it has been strange not having to worry about that! 

The other 'new' thing is only having ONE kid at home...atleast for half the day!  Sydney doesn't get home until noon!  I am hoping to be able to utilize my time better, and catch up on some of those projects that I have been meaning to do! 

All in all I am so thankful for people that take the time to teach my children.  I am always in awe of those in homeschool...just not my cup of tea!  I am glad that my kids can trust another adult, and build relationships that will help them.  In someways it is sad to realize that my kids are growing up so fast.  Yet at the same time it makes me so happy to watch them learn new things...even if I wasn't the one who taught them. 

Here is to a year of fun and excitement!

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Suzanne said...

Sydney is so stinkin' cute!! I love her first day outfit. I wish I could have put Katherine in something like that but they have nothing out here so she starts kindergarten next year (although she seems ready now).
It was good to read your update, I really miss chatting with you :( We should get together and do lunch soon.

Heather said...

I am happy to see you blogging again!! We missed you :) I agree, we work much better with a schedule also. Sydney could not be any cuter! I love the flower!!

Gaylene said...

I love hearing about the first day of school. What a big milestone to see them grow and grow each year. It's so exciting and then it also makes me feel so helpless... time goes by so fast. We only have them for such a short time and then... they are all grown. CUTE PICTURES.

Charlie said...

Amaaazing!

Edie Mindell said...

I love your little girl's first day outfit. It really suited her...very girly and stylish.:-) It's really exciting to see your kids finally go to school and socialize with other kids.:-)Hope you have a fantastic school year ahead.:-)

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