Wednesday, September 9, 2009

has it been almost a week since I last posted?!

Oh my. I swear I have the best intentions, I really do. You must forgive me for neglecting the shop here. It makes it difficult when it's been this long to fill you in on all that's been going on. Suffice it to say though, it's been busy as usual.

We are in full-fledged back to school mode. No more nicey-teachers holding off on homework for that first week of school. Nope, from 3:30-4:30 every day, it's controlled chaos at it's finest. 6 little thinkers swarming the kitchen table, plugging away at math facts, spelling words, independent reading, math worksheets, letter formation (for the kindie-gardners), while 4 pre-k's vie for mom's attention just long enough to get a snack, drink, potty break or other. It never fails as I have Grace reviewing flash cards, Sam reading independently for 20 minutes, I'm listing off spelling words for Alice or Emma to write down (Heaven forbid, they'd be on the same list!), and Mary and John circling all the letter G's on their paper...Frank hollars from the bathroom "Mom, I pooped!!" (code for...come wipe me now!) The doorbell's inevitably ringing for the fourth time, because nobody in our neighborhood does homework at this time, and again I hollar from the kitchen "when you see them outside, they're done!" Terrible, I don't even bother answering the door anymore. Sorry if you've stopped by at that time, and heard me yelling...I swear I thought it was the neighborkids!
Yep. If we can make it through homework hour each day, we can make it through nearly anything. I'm grateful for the hour of quiet time in the house that precedes the school kids' homecoming...a time when the four at home are napping, John's just left for work, the house is tidy for a bit, and I can breathe, pray and be grateful for all these beautiful blessings God has given us. He is good!


Stacy said...

I know completely what you're talking about with homework. We do the same at our house, homework right away when they get home (of course they have to have a snack first though). Otherwise it would be impossible to get them to come in from outside later to sit down and do it. I think when they get home they are still in that school mode so it's easier then. We also have neighbors that are consistently ringing our doorbell as well. When I heard that you yell out to them and not answer the door, I had to laugh because I do the same thing as well. Now I don't feel so bad for doing it knowing I'm not the only one! :)

Anonymous said...

I must admit we leave homework for after supper. After they get off the bus mine must run around and eat. So we're the quiet house in the neighborhood after supper. Homework, showers and bed at 8:00, 8:30 and 9:30ish (but don't tell the friends because NO ONE ELSE in the grade goes to bed that early).

Anonymous said...

We are absolutely an after school- or on days mom works, as soon as we get home- homework family. It seems that if we wait until later someone is always "too tired" (maybe mom?).

On a totally unrelated note. . . does your friend still clean houses?

jamie said...

this mom would definitely be lacking patience if we waited till later...

and yes Amy still cleans. you can contact her through her website at

I think you'll be glad you did!!