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My Oh So Messy Table ~ Priceless

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Today was one of those very stormy spring days. Dark and gloomy with thunder and lightening that kept my 3 year old’s bottom on my lap and hands over her ears.

Today was one of those days that mommy had things to do. While the laundry had been washed and folded and even put away there were still so many other things on the to-do list.

Today was one of those days that didn’t go as planned. Storms had us inside, frightened children kept chores from being completed.

Today my 3 year old crawled up into my lap and buried her head in my chest. I closed my eyes and rested my check on her forehead. When I opened them that’s when I saw it, straight ahead was a sight that made me give a great big ole sigh. The table was cluttered with more than the eyes could take in. The motivation inside of me to clean kicked in and I almost jumped up to tend to the mess that blanketed the table when my 3 year old clasped her fingers tighter on my arm. I Hugged her tighter and gave my messy table the stink eye. I started to put each thing that didn’t belong back in it’s rightful place in my head. Not sure what that was going to do but I’m never in cleaning mode so didn’t want to lose my momentum. As I categorized and planned my attack for cleaning that table I realized something.

I loved everything on that table. I appreciated everything on that table and besides the clutter itself, everything on that table was priceless.

Here’s why…

Cup of Coffee – There are no words…

That large stack of library books – we get to go and pick through hundreds of books at our local library any time we want for free. My kids love books and they learn so much from them.

Wipes – the ability to clean up my disgusting babies in one fell swoop.

Adult bible and bible for children – the most important part of our day and sometimes it’s the first thing that goes forgotten or pushed to the side, but not today.

Dinosaur bag – this was my oldest sons first back pack that made him feel like a big boy, my youngest son who is 1 year old today gets to feel like a big boy with this same bag. (This mama is getting all teary eyed up in here.)

Venom Cup – these hold my children’s precious drinks. Usually water and milk, (thank the Lord for a child who prefers that over juice;)

Centerpiece – we all need something pretty to look at.

High chair tray – this keeps my youngest safe while he eats.

Materials for kids crafts – crafts that teach my children how to be creative and artistic and most of all it’s our happy place.

Purse – this precious thing holds almost everything I need while I am on the go with all my kiddos.

As I looked ahead and had my aha moment, I suddenly didn’t feel the urgent need to clear away all of these priceless things from this priceless table that I used to eat at with my parents when I was little.

So I sat and held my daughter until the storms passed.

Sometimes it’s okay to look at a mess and appreciate the beauty in it!

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My 3 Minute Shower

This was my day, it reminded me of this post I wrote last year. Yes, my 3 minute showers are still a thing!!

Mommy Lanes Adventures

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I have become a master of the 3 minute shower. My shower time is cut in half with each child I have. I used to be a long shower taker, I would shampoo and scrub, lather and rinse and maybe lather again. I would condition and repeat. I would RELAX. Then my first little one came and my 30 minute shower dropped down to a 15 minute shower. He would sit nicely in his bouncer right in the doorway while I showered so I wouldn’t have to be away from this precious angel for long or I would wait until he napped and would jump in for a semi leisurely soak in the warm and RELAXING shower. My 2nd little one arrived and boy was I in awe. I cuddled and snuggled and frothed with delight but again my shower time dropped to about 8 minutes. The lathering never…

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School Madness at Home

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Today I got My Father’s World 1st grade curriculum for my oldest son. We won’t start until fall of this year but it has been between this or Sonlight for about a year and I just couldn’t go back and forth in my head anymore (I’m about to go nuts!) so I went ahead and jumped the gun and bought MFW.

My reasonings for this was because they both have great reviews, they both have a schedule laid out for me, the only difference and really deciding factor was the price. This being our first full year of homeschooling I just couldn’t imagine shelling out almost a thousand dollars when I’m not sure how it will even work for us and at this time I’m only planning on homeschooling the elementary years but I’m always open to whatever comes our way.

All that being said I got this box of books and worksheets and ideas and activities and although there is a laid out plan I can’t help but feel overwhelmed. I’m sure once I get it organized I will feel a little better. Lets hope anyways.

So what are your thoughts? Has anyone ever used or is using My Father’s World? How does it compare to other curriculums? I realize that I have already bought it but would still love to hear some feedback.

Here’s to over preparation and uneasiness!;)

When You Know it’s Working

About two months into this new homeschooling adventure and I finally got a pretty reliable sign that both of my children are getting something out of it.

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My 4 year old has been working through the book, Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons and we are about a third of the way through. Today we were finishing up an entirely different lesson about our left and right sides. He was looking at the work sheet and I could tell he was contemplating something. Before I could inquire he asks the following.

“Why in the word are g and h in the word right?” He pointed to the word “right” and those two silent letters inside that word.

I tried to explain that they were silent. We’ve only just touched on that in his reading lessons so to him seeing a gh in a word that does not sound like it has those letters in it was flabbergasting. I eventually googled his exact question. You can find the only answer I could find right here but to be honest I didn’t do a thorough search at all!

Anyways I am thrilled. I am thrilled that my son is recognizing letter sounds within words when we aren’t even doing a reading lesson. I’m thrilled that he’s interested enough to ask questions. My heart does a double pump when I think about it. One of the most beautiful things is to see my children learn something new, learn and be excited about it. It’s encouraging for someone who is planning on homeschooling full time.

I’ve seen improvement in my two year olds letter recognition as well. Before we started the school year she could only identify a couple of letters, 2 months in she already knows so many more and gets excited when she sees them. It really makes me so giddy! Giddy I tell you!

As for my Littlest, it wouldn’t be right if our 4 month old didn’t get a proud update from momma, he’s rolling over like crazy and grabbing stuff! I got a little emotional when this started happening, our last little one learning to roll. Oh my!

So homeschooling is actually coming together quite nicely. The kids are learning and my hair is still all intact. Intact hair makes for a good first couple months!:)

Happy Homeschooling!

My 3 Minute Shower

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I have become a master of the 3 minute shower. My shower time is cut in half with each child I have. I used to be a long shower taker, I would shampoo and scrub, lather and rinse and maybe lather again. I would condition and repeat. I would RELAX. Then my first little one came and my 30 minute shower dropped down to a 15 minute shower. He would sit nicely in his bouncer right in the doorway while I showered so I wouldn’t have to be away from this precious angel for long or I would wait until he napped and would jump in for a semi leisurely soak in the warm and RELAXING shower. My 2nd little one arrived and boy was I in awe. I cuddled and snuggled and frothed with delight but again my shower time dropped to about 8 minutes. The lathering never really lathered, the conditioning never repeated and the relaxing was short lived. My oldest was running around by then so I would usually wait until he napped and the little one was asleep. Yes I think 8 minutes sounds about right. Boy were those the days. Now my third little one is here and 4 months in I am basking in every moment. I am in full baby and kid mode at all times and my shower now takes approximately 3 minutes unless I want to get up at about 5 am (which will never happen) there is always a little one running, or screaming, or banging on something while I shower. There is usually a minimum of 2 visits from these little guys while I’m showering. They tend to come running in and peek their little heads in while begging for a snack or the crayons and as we all know, snacks and crayons can’t wait even 3 minutes to be had. In these 3 minutes I have time to get wet, shampoo quickly, condition for 30 seconds and barely get a lather on my lufa before the rinse begins, there is no repeat of anything and definitely no relaxing. The shower is usually off at minute 3 and I’m listening to make sure there has been no tragedies develop in the 3 minute gap that my kids were able to behave any way they wished. I imagine wild monkeys ricocheting off each other in my living room when I’m in the shower. There have been several times I’ve had to jump out of the shower because a bang sounded much too loud for there not to be an injury involved but luckily it has never resulted in that.

Honestly I’m pretty impressed with my 3 minute showers and I tend to scoff at my husband when his own showers edge on the brink of a full 30 minutes. He’s a really really long shower taker. He dawdles, lots of dawdling. I don’t think I could ever go back to that long of a shower even if I wanted to. It’s a sad fact but one that hasn’t left me too heartbroken.

I like to end my crazy mommy rants with a positive spin that will put everything into perspective. I will wrap this up with something I always tell my husband when the house is too messy or the cupboards are almost bare or in this case my short shower which barely has the chance to get me clean. I say “One day our house will be too clean for our own comfort and there will be no little ones to play with anymore and our cupboards will be full because our house will be empty and one day my showers will be as long as I want them to be because no one will need me as much as they do right now.” Now that’s perspective! This season of life is one that is going to be messy and rushed. It will cause chaos and there will surely be tears involved but our lives will be the better for it, our hearts will burst with more joy and love than can even be fathomed. This season will leave us wanting. So I will accept the 3 minute showers for as long as they will allow!