Our second week of school was MUCH less stressful than our first week! I can't even begin to describe how much of a relief this is to me.
Of course at the end of last week, I was giving myself pep talks: "It's just the first week. We're still getting into the swing of things. It will get better." But there was still that little nagging... concern... at the back of my mind that we were starting the year off with a struggle and it was only going to go downhill from there.
I'm so glad my louder "voice" was right.
Hunter got an 'A' on his first spelling test! He worked really hard on his first week of words. He begrudgingly learned some new things in math (he strongly dislikes new concepts in math - he only wants to do things he already knows how to do). He struggled through science, but that was basically because he wasn't paying attention to the questions; he often gets into the habit of reading the first few words of a question, guessing at the rest of the question, and then answering the imaginary question instead of the real one! The second time through, he did much better :). He is still enjoying Black Beauty, and is almost finished with it, at which point he will prepare his first book report! We started the new reading comprehension book this week, and I really like it. It's much more in-depth and creative than the one we used last year.
Kaleigh's main schooling right now comprises learning to read, memorizing verses for Sparks, and growing her comprehension of numbers. I am taking a "play" approach to Kindergarten; most of her "work" is done through games that we play together, or observations as we go through our day-to-day life.
We are still waiting for another foster placement. I'm ready (or at least, I *think* I'm ready) for more kids in the house, but I know God's timing is perfect; so whenever I'm tempted to start getting impatient or anxious about it, I just pray and ask God to give me peace and keep His hands on our future little ones, wherever they may be right now.
The cooler weather has been such a blessing this week. I just love fall! This segue from summer into winter, when the temps are hovering in the 50s and 60s, is my absolute favorite time of year. I need to find the battery charger for my camera, so that we can get outside and take our school pics while the weather is so perfectly crisp!
After being sick all last week, and spending all of this week trying to dig out from under the pile of laundry and cleaning and shopping and dishes, I was glad to be able to get a little more organizing and unpacking done in the office today. I still have TONS to get done, but every little bit helps, and the office is where the majority of the unpacking is left to be done. Getting that area organized has been a daunting task, but I think once I'm through it, a big part of the remaining unpacking will go fairly quickly.
I had more I wanted to include in this post, but my head is pounding like crazy, so I think it's time to stop typing and give my eyes a break from the computer.