Why the Tree of Life?

6.20.2010

Back Home

Everyone is back home. Kirven is home from camp, and Dunagan is home from Grammy and Grandpa camp. It was quiet without the boys, and the house exploded with clutter when they returned. But I was thankful for the clutter today because it means everyone is back.

We're jumping back in with lessons, in earnest, tomorrow. It is hot outside. All day. And will be until October, so I'm thinking of this as our second session of first grade. Kirven will start "second grade" in November when he turns 8.

Kirven and I are moving on the "ight" word family tomorrow, which will also include lots of other long "I" vowel words. And we'll do long "O" and "U" next before switching back to a math block and doing fact families.

Now that Dunagan is 5, I'm thinking of him as 'kindergarten,' and he'll be doing more things focused for him rather than just listening in on Kirven's work. I'm planning on teaching him to braid this week.

6.14.2010

Quiet

Things have been quiet around here. Kirven has been gone for a week at camp. He comes home this Friday. Dunagan also spent the last week away with Grammy and Gramps. He came home yesterday afternoon.

I had forgotten how quiet it is with one. It was very nice to have Ayla alone, and it is nice now to have Dunagan as the oldest and just the two of them.

We spent the morning with friends at Bull Creek for our weekly hike. Dunagan and Ayla both waded through the stream, catching anything they could. They even found fish eggs. We want to take Daddy and Kirven back and go swimming at the waterfall. We came home with pruney feet and ready for naps.

Speaking of... time to go wake them both up!