I am no longer a homeschooling mama.
I have so much respect for all of the homeschooling mamas out there, to teach your children on top of all of your other responsibilities is a noble task indeed.
Now, I am a wake-up at the crack of dawn, get the kids dressed, hop in the car and drive during rush hour to take the girls to school mama.
This was a big decision for us.
It was hard admitting that I was not doing a good job educating them, my lack of discipline was keeping them from learning. That is not good.
I think this is one of the best decisions we have ever made, because our girls are thriving there.
The school they attend has me hoping deep down that we will be able to stay in St. Louis long-term, so they can graduate from it.
I love our girls and I want what is best of them. Right now I am overflowing with excitement for them and the experience they are having.
I love the location. I love that their playground is in a parking lot, I love that they have a garden and that the girls helped plant it, I love the natural elements like the pretty baskets and wood furniture that fill the classrooms, I love that the building was constructed in the early 1900's and has huge windows in each classroom that let in a welcoming light. I love that all of this will soon be normal to them.
I love this picture taken on their first day, outside the school.
I love that their outfits and the building doors are complimentary colors.
(just kidding, it does make for a nice picture though)
Most of all I am so happy that they enjoy it, that they are making friends, that they are cared for and that what we teach them about who God is for us is being reinforced at their school.
Part of their new normal is that I am not as stressed, which means I am much more patient with them. It also means that I have a bit more time to think and plan and just have coherent thoughts in general.
Part of the planning includes some "welcome home from school" surprises like tea parties, baking and crafting. I can't wait!
Do you have any special activities you love to do with your kids? If so please share in the comments. I love new ideas and I think we all love a little inspiration.