catching up… again

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Days are flying by here and I am not quite sure why.  We have our schedule of co-op classes, swim lessons, piano lessons- and up until recently soccer.  We also fit school work and the occasional field trip into the mix and all of a sudden it is time to get dinner ready and the boys are ready for bed.  We have a more set schedule this year than last with regard to school time, but even then the hours flies by and Dada is walking through the door (or more often then not, he gets home to finish up dinner and we walk in after him).

I have been very much enjoying this school year.  It isn’t as scary, things are going more smoothly, which means we are having more fun.  I just wish we had more time!  We have a different curriculum that fits our needs better, I know how to get Henry to do things (and he knows that he is going to do them) and Bennett is joining the mix this year.  All in all a great start.  Henry is blossoming this year and watching things click and watching new things intrigue him is a joy.  A few weeks back he was into stars and asking questions about the moon and stars- so, we visited a planetarium and checked out way too many books about stars.  His intrigue only lasted a few days, and maybe the amount of books I put on hold at the library was a bit of an overkill, but, he got his questions answered and can tell you where the big dipper is and that stars grow as they get older.  Plus he got a cool nighttime outing with Mama, oh how that boy enjoys his alone time.

Henry asked last week about the first Thanksgiving and asked that we get some books about it at the library- so this week we will read them and do some Thanksgiving activities.  He is still into the Boxcar Children and we check out a new one (or two) every week- we are going in order (of course), only 120 left…  Bennett has turned his hatred of chapter books into a new love and is joining us with the Boxcar books and is very excited to find “Benny” throughout the pages.  I guess we should have named Rory Alden or Jessie…

Construction is going.  We can see the end even though we wish it was closer than it is.  Just this last week we got windows, they installed doors and they are starting to prepare the wall to cut through to the existing house.  Very well timed as we are having a bit of a cold snap and there is just drywall protecting us from the elements on that side of the house…  Nightly dinner conversations always end on the topic of construction and our ever growing to-do list.  Chris needs a clone- there is no way around it.

Our weekends fill up with fun and work and by Sunday we can not believe it is the start of the week again.  I am forever grateful for my snuggle time with the baby to sit and enjoy the peace and the quiet (usually).  There is a saying around with a lot of mothers that the days are long but the years are short.  For some reason this last year the days are short and the year a flash.  I wish I could slow things down just a bit.  This new phase of childhood for our boys is fun, but I do find myself missing the more low key days where there wasn’t lessons or schooling- where we just played and I counted down the hours for Chris to get home.  However, I have never been so excited to see Henry reading new things each day- to watch things that he had no idea about just a few years ago become just an everyday thing.  To watch that kid score his first goal in soccer- so SO wonderful!

So there you go.  Nothing super exciting, but our daily lives nonetheless.  We are having fun, we are exhausted, we are learning and we are grateful.  Now we enter the season of birthdays and holidays.  Things are filling up even faster than ever, but also should be a very fun few months.  But this Mama is also thankful for that last few weeks of December where we have scheduled a break in school and plan on enjoy the season and stick close to the house.  Ah, yes… that will be lovely.

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