The Young Family

by Wendy
(South Africa)

The Young Ones

The Young Ones

The Young family consists of Mom and Dad, and our 4 blessings - our 12 year old (almost 13 she reminds us) daughter, our 10 year old son, another daughter of 8 years and our little scientist, 5 year old son.

Today our day worked well, but there are always those days that make our eyes go around in circles, but luckily they are few and far between.

I started my day at 5.45 am by dragging myself out of bed as I watched a movie last night with hubby and got to bed too late.

After my quiet time, I checked my emails, answered the most urgent then set out the breakfast. The kids were up at 7am and after getting dressed and feeding pets, we ate breakfast.

Chore time took about 30 minutes, our oldest daughter decided to help our son with his room as he is a packrat especially when it comes to his latest Lego creation.

At 8.30 am I read the Bible and "The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark" to our 5 year old as we are doing an owl theme. Then it was time for our older children to do Bible Study with me and our read alouds.

The rest of our morning was filled with Math and Phonics and notebooking about the American Civil War. In between I was able to do two owl crafts with our little guy then he busied himself playing with the toys in the schoolroom.

As Dad works from home we all stop at 12 noon to enjoy lunch together. Today was rice cakes and toppings with carrot juice!

After lunch I took 30 minutes to check emails again and then we did an art project. Wednesday is our art day as we only have to go out at 3.30pm for our little guy's sport. Each child received a prepared canvas to paint their favourite picture - our oldest chose a photo of her beloved dog who passed away this month, my middle two a cartoon dog and my youngest a camoflauge jeep from Richard Scary.

I decided to get in on the action as one illustration in "The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark" caught my eye. It reminded me of the scripture that says: "He hides us in the shelter of His wings" as the owlet is cuddling up under mother owls wing. This was my choice.

After art we each took 1.5hr to ourselves, mine were spent at the PC answering emails! Then it was time to leave until 6 pm. While I was out, our oldest cooked us a delicious meal of tuna steak ,salsa, coleslaw and greek salad - yum.

Now 7.30 pm has arrived and its time for bed...and I will grab a cup of tea and possibly watch a little TV with hubby. Not a bad day...but like I said - there are those which make me long for bedtime!

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Aug 23, 2007
What a great day!
by: Marianne

Wow Wendy,

The day you have described sounds smooth sailing and very peaceful!

I like your idea of working with the youngest first - it gives them a good morning "dose" of mum, before you might be called away to the attention of the older ones - with more lengthy academic needs.

Good to see that Dad gets a special part of your day too! Lunch with the family, and time with you in the evenings.

But... how do you get up at 5.45???

Well done!

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