Monday, September 16, 2013

Take me out to the ball game

Little kid sports are so funny!

John is playing baseball this fall.  It is his first experience with team sports and it has been something of a bumpy road these first couple of weeks!
John is the youngest one on his team and from what I have observed, the only one that didn't already have some baseball knowledge going in.
Practices have been nothing short of torture for everyone involved, but we haven't let John quit because I knew that his resistance was just a lack of confidence.  
His coaches have been great!  
So patient with him, despite his refusal to ever run the bases!
Saturday was his first game and like practices it started off a little rocky.  He refused to go up to bat or into the outfield the first inning. 

 Brad pulled him out of the dugout and had a little man-to-man talk with him and the next inning John went up to bat, hit the ball and actually ran to first base!
He ended up getting out on third, but that didn't even matter.  When he walked back to the dugout, everyone cheered for him.  Even other kids parents!  
(Have I mentioned how great this team is?)

His time in the outfield was less productive, but at least he went out there!
John got the game ball when it was all over!
He was so excited and proud of himself!

He had practice again on Sunday and for the first time he went with no tears, participated the whole and even called baseball "FUN" when he got home!

Play Ball!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Back to School

So I had this whole "first day of school" post ready, and then I forgot to post it.

And then I just kept forgetting.

The homeschooling three kids everyday reality has set in and I've realized that keeping up with a blog is much easier during the summer.

So anyways, here it is (finally)!

Our official "back to school" picture.
This was taken before heading to our CC community day, hence the backpacks.  I don't usually make them put on their backpacks, go outside and then come back into school.

We meet with our CC group on Mondays.  In the mornings they break up by age into their classes to learn new memory work for the week and do art and science.  They also each give a 2-3 minute presentation on various topics each week.  

My kids have been blessed with amazing tutors this year!
I am so thankful for these women!

After lunch, John has PE for an hour and the girls have a sign language class.  Then we go home and I make them go swimming or do something independently so that Jami and mommy can rest.
(I don't know why doing nothing while the kids are in CC every Monday exhausts me, but it does!)

Tuesday through Friday we have school at home and this first month has been really good!  After the initial shock over the increase in work that comes with moving from K/2nd to 1st/3rd, the girls have settled into a nice routine. 

 John usually ignores any work that I set out for him in favor of legos or play dough.  But sometimes he can be bribed into doing an activity with mommy.
  Especially if making a huge mess playing with rice is involved!

 Jami usually alternates between playing school
And being really "helpful!"
All in all, this school year gets a big thumbs up so far!