School this year consists of our homeschool co-op on Mondays where the kids take fun classes like Acrylic Art, Let's Vote!, Creative Dance and Ark Encounter. It's momma's day off from teaching too so it's great for all of us. My girl has discovered a love for dance and she's also taking a ballroom dance class on Saturdays. I can't wait to see her recitals, both are coming up soon! The rest of the week we do our homeschooling and they are both doing great. They really are getting quite independent and that does make things easier for me. We also pared down our classes this year and are focusing more on the basics. I think last year we tried to cram a little too many extracurricular type subjects in and it ultimately just led to burnout and made our school days way too long. I know all too well that high school is coming quickly so we are trying to enjoy our easier days and really get all of the fundamentals down before that time comes. I'm so thankful to have lots of homeschool moms whose kids are just older than mine to go to for advice about things. They've assured me I should not stress about high school quite yet, but enjoy these middle school years with time for field trips and reading for fun and time outdoors.
I took some photos of the kids on their first day of school. I remember that my girl was so not in the mood for photos and was acting the perfect part of a seventh grade girl that day. I still got lots of good shots though and actually waiting to post them has made me appreciate them more. Here are my favorites!
He's got the smolder down. :)
She had been begging to dye her hair blue for the longest time and our sweet friend came over and helped me do it the day before these photos were taken. It looked very cool and was a bunch of different shades of blue and purple. It washed out so quickly though!
She was really not in the mood for the 7 fingers shot. And I really wanted a pic of the 2 of them together so they had to be ridiculous and all I got were silly ones. Oh well, it's the real them!
By the end of our little shoot everyone was in a good mood. I love this shot of her eyes! They are such a pretty blue!
My favorite part of every first day of school post...the collages! How cute was she?!
She's changed so much yet she's still the same. :)
Oh, my sweet boy, he was so little! I like seeing how his teeth have changed.
He's looking so grown up too!