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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Summer is gone, but memories are good!

Well, the kids start school tomorrow and we say good bye to so many things. Gone are the careless days of summer with nothing to do; gone are the days sitting by the pool; gone are the days lounging at the beach 'bagging' the rays as my dad likes to say. What am I talking about???

We had such a full summer, there were never 'careless, lounging" days! True, we had a great summer. We spent a week at the beach with great friends, we baked yummy things in the heat of the summer, we went on long bike rides, we worked on our tans, Savannah and Nathan learned to surf, Alyssa learned to sew better, we bowled, went to free movies, played with friends at the pool, had sleepovers, made a visit to the ER for Savannah, read lots of books, planted a garden and ate the results, visited with family, watched outdoor movies, slept in occasionally, stayed up late a lot, Nathan went to cub camp and did TONS of scouting things, and we all had a great time.

I don't wish school would start. I wish we had another month of summer. Part of this is because when school starts, I start 'work.' As the primary educator of my children, I start working tomorrow. I would love another month of playing with my kids. That is the other part I wish we had more summer. I want more play time with my kids.

I got a lot done, but it is never enough. So many sewing projects I want to do, so many photo albums to update, so many chores to do, but this will never end.

My kids are growing up so fast, and the ages they are will end and that is not something I can put off. If I put off spending time with them, playing with them, then it will just be gone. My to do list will always be there, but my kids won't. I have to remind myself of this daily and remember that this is why I choose to homeschool my kids, so that I can work with them, play with them, teach them, develop a close relationship with them , instill good values in them and help them build their testimonies each day.

This is just a bunch of muddled thoughts, but it is something I have to remind myself of as I start teaching tomorrow. I choose to do this and I better choose to do it right so that I can develop a great relationship with my children, so they will come to me before anyone else, so they will hear my words in their minds when tough choices come and I am not around. So, here is to another school year! And it is going to be GREAT!!