What a fall day looks like NOW

Moving from a neighborhood with baby trees to a piece of land with very mature trees, fall now looks a little different.  Here’s how the boys spent their Saturday afternoon.

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AND the tree is only halfway done!

P1030698 P1030701 P1030704I was very proud of them. Mac,especially, worked his tail off.  He never complained. (Patrick took quite a few breaks….) Shelby was the only one not thrilled. He was not allowed to do his normal leaf frolicking during the raking.  So he had to watch from the sidelines.  He was happy to give out love during breaks, however.

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Funness

I knew I wanted to take the boys to Curtis Orchard this weekend.   With the weather gorgeous on Saturday, this was my thought. However, we had that day pretty booked, so we decided to go first thing Sunday. We planned to be there when it opened and since it was forecasted to be a cloudy and almost rainy day, I thought for sure it wouldn’t be crowded.  I was right…for the first 20 minute. :)  It was still a great time. The boys did the corn maze for the first time and earned a free wagon ride!

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Entering the corn maze for the first time!

Entering the corn maze for the first time!

Early this week, Daddy and Patrick challenged Mac and me to a carving contest. He claimed he could make a cooler A’s pumpkin than the Cubs pumpkin we wanted to do.  So, once we finished with the game fun, we got busy selecting the right pumpkins for our contest.

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Mac and I were so very fortunate Grandma was there with us.  We ran into a few challenges and she had the perfect solutions for us!

And because pumpkin patch fun and pumpkin carving wasn’t enough for our day, I okay’d painting of the smaller pumpkins as the boys wanted to do.

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Me, the Interventionist

So, the new job is going well.  There are aspects to it that are challenging, but the actual work of teaching students in small groups…heaven. :)  I teach everything from basic letter blends and word parts to the gifted fifth graders of the school.  Totally a blast.

I love my classroom this year.

I love my classroom this year.

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I actually get a full class once a month with our 7 Wonders focus.

I actually get a full class once a month with our 7 Wonders focus.

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The time Mac hit me with bricks

Mornings.  It’s usually me working on five things at once, getting us all ready to get outside for the bus on time. Usually I’m calling the boys numerous times with prompts to stay focused and get moving while making breakfast, lunches, checking homework folders and backpacks, making sure all medication is given – especially at this time of year with that corn coming down! Most mornings, I do all this without thinking about how busy I am. My mind is usually on my work day already and I know what I need to get done and just do it.  But occasionally, I get overwhelmed and upset, especially when I can’t get it all done in time.  It really wears me out sometimes with all of the things I have going on in my head in the mornings. (It reminds me of this meme:

8ec6a98d86500b33805167ff4b14f570But I digress…the point of this post is coming up!)

This morning while I was making breakfast, packing lunches, checking homework folders etc…, Mac was quietly watching me while eating his pancakes.  After watching me get the lunches finished, he looked at me and said, “When I’m grown, you won’t have to do all this, Mom.”

It was like a ton of bricks hit me in the chest. Literally.  I know I’m supposed to cherish these times.  I already look at my boys and think, Where did my babies go? And I’ve always said, I won’t be one of those mothers that misses the baby stage. I want my kids older….but I’m taking that back.  I do miss them as babies. I do miss their preschool days of sweetness and just loving on them in the evenings.  No chores. No homework. Bathtime was play time.  I miss it all.  And I know that one day when they’re teenagers and barely home or needing me, I’ll look back on these days and miss them.  And to think that one day, I won’t have them at all hits me hard.

So we had a nice little chat about empty nest years and it was a great reminder to me to cherish these days, no matter how chaotic they are, because one day I won’t have to do all this.

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It’s Another Smart One!

Patrick brought home his first round of weekly tests for first grade.

All are 100% A+

All are 100% A+

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