Monday, October 3, 2016

My Monday

It's been such a long time since I have actually attempted doing a Monday post, I made it a goal to do one today. I tried my best to pull out the camera and snap photos of the boys in their "natural states" 

I was up at 4:45- headed to the gym. On the way there, my contact was driving me nuts. As soon as I parked I pulled my contact out, flipped it around and put it back in. It went in easier than I thought it would, being in the dark and all... until I was working out and couldn't figure out why one eye was fuzzy.... I got home to try move my contact around and realized I was touching my eye ball and NO contact!! I lost my one and only contact. I have been needing to order  contacts and haven't and now I am stuck wearing glasses until I can get new contacts. Which is awesome. Eli was excited to see that I had glasses just like him today. This was a total Monday morning moment.

The boys were happy this morning. Thank heavens.
We had breakfast- played dress up, you know, the usual.

After Marshall leaves for work, I am able to get the boys settled enough to start our school day. It was a little rocky to get Ezra into the mood and I didn't push it. I never want him to feel like I am forcing him to do this.  We did some jumping jacks and even took a couple breaks to ease back into school after the weekend.

I had a client from 9-10:30 or so and the boys played downstairs nicely (surprisingly!) the entire time. It's nice when I can get a little work into our day.

We had a great day of learning. I prepared all of our worksheets, games and ideas for fun learning last night. Our letter today was X. We worked on math, counting by 2's and 5's. We dove into an incredible lesson on Noah- we made an arc out of snacks (the boys LOVED this!) I even put together a little flannel board of Noah and all the animals. Eli could have sat and played all day.

We have a pretty mandatory outside play time after lunch until "quiet time" and the boys were living it up! Ezra's engineer brain took total control trying to make a train system with the wagon to the little red trike. He hunted for sticks of the perfect size to fit into the holes to hook the wagon handle onto. I watched him create and experiment and try and try again. I loved how persistent he was. He soon realized that tying little ropes would probably work out a lot better than the stick and hole method. When he succeeded we all cheered! It was very exciting for everyone!

  When the excitement from the makeshift train wore off, They dug. They invited the world to dig with them and they all worked together for their simple cause. To dig and to get messy doing it. They enjoy sitting in the shady shadows of out backyard sitting on the cool, dirty ground. I am such a neat freak, but the joy it brings to their souls keeps my anxieties at bay. (somewhat)

After naps/quiet times, piano practice, toy clean up, uncle mike's haircut and dinner...
we had family home evening. Marshall asked Ezra to teach it. Ezra (reviewed) and taught us everything he learned about Noah and the arc. He is a sponge and remembered even the tiniest but such important aspects of it all. (I am proud teacher)

Afterwards, Marshall led the boys to the kitchen to make rice krispy bars. I love sitting these moments out and watching from the sidelines. The boys LOVE working along side their dad and making a special treat blows their minds.

It was a great way to start off the week! I am looking forward to a couple more sunny days to spend outside with the boys.  My house is messy from our day. Laundry to fold, school stuff to prepare. Here is to the week!

Happy October!