Hello Tuesday: I got a lot of inspiration from Ali Edwards' blog post about Week in the Life. I have to admit, it's been a while since I've been super excited about scrapbooking and taking photos - I still love it, it just hasn't been a burning source of excitement - this WITL project might be the ticket to renewing my passion for memory keeping.
So we didn't get up quite as early today as we did yesterday. Since Charlie drives Allison to school - this year earlier than ever before; and Mac and I are homeschooling, we can sleep in a bit. Sometimes I let him sleep while I get work done around the house. This morning I let him sleep while I wrote the blog post - I felt really rusty with my blogging skills - ie. uploading a photo and linking to things - it's been a while. And now, even uploading the photos from my iphone from yesterday - everything is taking longer than normal because I haven't done these photo things for so long - it's time to get back to having the photo processing and blogging as part of my regular routine.
He loves to sleep in - all day if possible. I love to have the chance to take photos of his eyelashes and toes like I did when he was a baby - Beverly Goldberg from the TV show The Goldbergs has a scrapbook of photos of her kids sleeping, I can appreciate that - although I usually just taking the sleeping photos on Christmas Eve. His feet are now bigger than mine and he is taller than me. And he is still my baby.
Today I wanted to make sure to get some photos of homeschool since I didn't get any yesterday and it is a huge part of our day. This year I got planners for both Mac and me. Having a plan written down ahead of time is good for both of us - we deviated from the plan and started with a science experiment instead of English - but having the plan all written down is a very, very good thing - especially when he tries to frustrate me - yes, he does this intentionally sometimes - he'll kick the table and make screetching sounds and then ask if he is annoying me - he says he finds it amusing to see me freak out. So I really try really, really hard to not let the intentionally annoying behaviors stress me out on the outside. I'm not sure how we are going to fix this little phase, but we will get through it. Notice my my reflection in my ipad? That was unintentional but pretty great.
I'm trying to get Mac to be more independent so I created a planner for him, this morning he decides to mix it up and start with a Science experiment first. I've planned to have a reading day for Science followed by an experiment day to keep it interesting. Yesterday, we read about gravity so today the experiment was the Egg Drop Test which is all about gravity - but he was disappointed because he'd done that experiment before, so we talked about changing the variables and I said I would do it along with him so it would be like a contest. He filled his plastic bag with water and the egg; I filled mine with last night's popcorn, empty yogurt containers from breakfast and a few bits of cardboard. Jessie the flatcoat retriever is always close by and usually up on the table with us.
He was less than thrilled when I told him he had to write a science report about the experiment.
Then it was a mad dash for me to get dressed in to car circle approved clothes and make up - Charlie couldn't pick up Allison again today - the default is that he picks her up because he likes to, but if he is too busy at work, then he calls or texts me and I pick her up. So far we are two for two for me picking her up. I don't mind, I actually like to pick her up even though it takes over an hour and the school is only five minutes from the house. I think I picked the wrong shorts for the top I picked so I ended up feeling quite frumpy - at least in the photos, I didn't feel like I looked too bad in real life.
And then I grab my purse and check the reminders on the door - check out the brother P-Touch label on the top of the door frame - "Go Have An Awesome Day!" - that's been up there for years, the one that you see when you enter the house says "Welcome Home, Everyone Here Loves You."
We haven't seen Ricki yet but I really, really want to - and for some reason Allison doesn't want to see it even though Meryl Streep is her very favorite actress. Go figure, I think maybe whatever I think is cool has to be not cool in her world these days. Speaking of temperatures, it is 97 degrees when I get in the car. Yeeouch. So hot.
Then quick over to the office to pick up a check and the uniform skorts that they couldn't exchange at the school office but she has to wear tomorrow which are three sizes too big for her even though she tried them on! And Daddy explains at length how to hem a skirt. Ok Daddy, we know, we know. Got to go to the next appointment, we only have a few minutes.
I usually don't like to see the wrinkles on my forehead or the dark circles under my eyes, but in this photo they really do capture some of the challenges we've been facing recently. But today is optimistic, we have figured out the problems and we are working on solving them. Everything is getting better. Oh, and take a look - it got even hotter - the car thermometer now shows 105 - it was 106 when I got in. And then we're off to pick up Allison's sports physical form so she can try out for a sport, maybe tennis. That she wants to participate in a sport makes me very happy.
And then we're off to the grocery store to get french fries, gravy and a turkey for Mac's "Traditional Canadian Dinner" as part of his social studies class. Allison takes advantage of this time to stock up on her snacks which we now keep locked up in a pantry cupboard and the other fridge; Mac doesn't have an off switch when it comes to food so we recently installed the locks we've been talking about for years. It is working to keep him from overeating and to keep some food available for Allison. The kids were actually very helpful with the groceries and taking in the trash. Good kids.
Dinner for three - Allison already sort of ate in front of the tv - we watched Victorious on Teen Nick together while I cooked dinner. Charlie's home late again and he and Mac and I eat dinner while Allison abstains and does her homework. Jessie helps with clean up and the dishes.
And I have to capture this sweet snuggly moment:
And then it's time for our daily bike ride with my 91 year old mother-in-law who lives next door.
Sunset and there are three dolphin a ways off our dock between us and the little island.
The kids watch some tv together in the kitchen - rootbeer and Hank Hill. While I fight with the sewing machine and the uniforms. Poor Jessie didn't get her walk tonight - she follows me around closely at a particular time of day when she thinks I might take her for a walk.
Allison watches the movie Superstar in her room and I read Chapter 11 of Harry Potter to Mac. Charlie is already asleep.