Did I forget to mention that we’re expecting baby number 4? Sometime in August, most likely, our new little one will make the grand entrance into this world. We are planning for a home birth like we had with our first two children. The last few weeks have seen me prepping a box of birth supplies, making list after list of projects to do and meals to prep and freeze, and trying to implement habits and routines for our days and weeks that will, hopefully, carry over into the postpartum weeks. (Like getting my kids to actually do their chores!) I feel really good about where we are. I feel well in spite of the extreme heat and I feel ready to meet this new life. Almost ready. Not too soon, though, little one…
I have also been spending quite a bit of time on the next homeschool year because I know how important it is for me to feel like I have a plan I can implement. My brain will not be able to put a plan together for some time after the birth, this I know from past experience! If I have the map for where we are going and have a step by step to get us there, then, hopefully, I can just show up and encourage them on their way. And read, read, read.
On Thursday Ayden and Willow will both have an evaluation done on their progress academically since this time last year. This is a requirement of the state and I feel confident that they are doing well; this in spite of my abilities to teach them and more a result of the incredible ways they learn and grow. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned about homeschooling this past year is that the plan is necessary for me but not for them. They are learning all the time.
Already this summer we have had three amazing, educational experiences just dropped in our lap. First, the kids picked out specific sunflower seeds, planted them, and are watching them grow. They are huge and will not bloom until the end of August. Second, we had a little wren couple build a nest in one of our hanging baskets. Over the next 5 or so weeks we watched the little eggs be cared for, hatch, be fed all kinds of spiders and bugs, and we were there the morning all five of them jumped out of the nest and flopped awkwardly around the porch learning to fly. It was amazing. Third, after we learned about honeybees from library books we were able to get pictures of a honeybee collecting pollen from one of our sunflowers. This learning thing is real life and I feel so, so lucky that we all are getting to learn together.
The summer has been a hot one so far with maybe a week’s worth of cooler days – the kind of days one is incredibly grateful for. We have spent many evenings at the pool and many hot afternoons watching the World Cup in the comfort of the AC. We went to the mountains for a weekend in June and it was exactly the break I needed at the moment I needed it: restful, fun, centering.
July looks like finishing up preparing for the birth and baby while enjoying the bounty of summer’s produce, late nights, and time in the water.
August will see us visiting with my brothers and sisters, welcoming our wee one, and resting together as a family.
September, I hope to be getting back on my feet as far as homeschooling goes. Maybe not till mid-late September… and then a gentle walk toward Fall.