Quiet Mornings

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I love these mornings when Wyatt is in preschool and Charlotte and I have a couple of hours together. Just us. It is so nice. I admit it, I was so reluctant to send him off to preschool this year but it has been a wonderful experience for him and for all of us. As his first year of school is coming to an end (already!) I am filled with many emotions--excitement for Summer, dread for kindergarten in the Fall...and a little bit of reluctance that school is already over for selfish reasons. The break the kids get from each other, and I get from their fighting a few days a week, is so nice, it really is. There, I said it. Totally selfish, I know. Wyatt only has school three days a week for 2 hours each day, it's not much. But it is a small break. Does anyone else that stays home full-time feel this way? Surely I am not that abnormal.
I am so looking forward to the summer though, I really am. We already have several things planned including a family camping trip that the kids are so excited about. I know this summer is going to fly by and I am going to be sad when it is over so I am just trying to enjoy these last few weeks of Wyatt as a preschooler.

I am not a big planner so this is not completely in my nature but I am trying to plan some things for us to do this summer; a few projects, books to read, mini-trips to take with the kids, things I know they are interested in learning more about combined with some fun activities. I am reluctant to use the word "homeschooling" because these are things we often just do anyway, in our daily life, but I guess the difference is that I am trying to put a little more planning and thought into it I guess... maybe a loose version of homeschooling...unschooling or whatever you want to call it.
There is no school for the rest of the week so tomorrow morning the kids and I are headed down to my parent's cabin with my mom for the day. It is supposed to be in the mid-60's and I am keeping my fingers crossed it does not rain. We are all looking really forward to a day *away* !


  1. Awww, Charlotte is so sweet:)
    And I love her name.
    It's been on my "future childrens names" list for a few years now. :)

    Quiet mornings? Oh yeah....

  2. I'm sure you're not the only one and I know that you're not abnormal. It's good for everyone to get some breaks away from each other and some time with mom all to themselves. Important stuff happens then- like maturing and learning independence and bonding.

    As for your summer, have you ever checked out This Vintage Chica's summer un-schooling ideas? She did it last summer and it sounded like it was exactly what you're talking about here, some fun and some learning with a little extra thought put into it. I meant to check it out, but I'm thinking I never did because I don't really have a clear memory of it right now, but it sounded like a great idea.

  3. I'm not a stay-at-home mom and usually when I'm home I have kids here....I know it sounds terrible, but sometimes I just want to be home ALONE! I want the peace and quiet and not the constant demands. I completely understand where you're coming from!

  4. I hear you totally!
    Janey is only in school half a day and I love our lunch time together! I will certainly miss that next year when she is full day too. Togetherness is wonderful but you need those breaks to recharge and fully appreciate your time together!

    AS far as summer plans go, we make a list every summer of what we want to do...from practice subtraction facts, to lunch in the park to see a movie. We can all add to the list and we have fun checking things off as we accomplish them.
    Enjoy the night!

  5. I'm around kids all the damn time. I savor moments alone...even if it's just to use the bathroom.

    That being said, I am counting not just the days, but the hours until it's me and the kids...all day, all summer long. I'll get a few breaks when The Offspring go to my parents' house. But I love the lazy hazy days of vacation.

    I used to plan stuff...but since our school year is so regimented, we enjoy just letting it happen...whatever that may be. My teaching habits don't wander too far off, so learning moments are never far away.

    Have fun at the lake. I'm jealous.

  6. We haven't sent Fynn off to preschool yet... but I'm almost drooling over the prospect for next year (though we'll probably wait one more year... since he's a November baby he'll miss the cut off and has a few more years before Kindergarten) because of the fighting... the constant at each other in every way possible (good and bad) stage that we're in now. Yikes!
    Photos are gorgeous :)


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