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A couple photos of some good moments this past week homeschooling. It's a total grind and totally worth it. I'm definitely a student of balance right now. Trying to figure it all out. As a homeschool parent, it's always really interesting to hear what people have to say about homeschooling. Often I prefer for them to not say anything because sometimes it's really judgmental. One thing someone said to me yesterday was that she feels sorry for the younger kids (toddlers, preschoolers) in homeschool families. And I was kind of like, yes and no. My Maeve gets to see so much of her sisters and be so involved in their lives. And she gets so much less time with kiddos her age. I try to remember that what is really happening when people offer their thoughts on homeschooling is they are often running through a pro and con list of what it would look like if they homeschooled themselves. Unfortunately it sounds more like I'm being analyzed... Anyways... there's lots of reasons why I homeschool. And one of them is that I'm prioritizing sister relationships over friendships with other children. Every family looks so different and has different needs and wants. I really truly believe that there is no one right way for everyone. What I need to work on is not taking people's thoughts about homeschooling as criticism. 

Anyways... back to my cute kids! I pulled out playdough for Maeve this week. Big win! And then there was this little scene of my girls reading while eating their lunches. So awesome! Another reason why I homeschool... my kids have more time to read for pleasure.

It's always great when a homeschool activity is so fun that's it's an acceptable Saturday activity! This past week, we learned about skeletons and then we made spines from gummy lifesavers and pasta. The kids were really excited to eat the treats! We also had a little friend join us for the activity. Remi is like family to us, we love her so much! 

We had our first week of school last week and it went great! I like homeschooling my girls, although I won't lie, I'm tired! Our first day was a little crazy, but that's what I expected. We had a great start! Next week Holly and Greta start classes twice a week in the afternoon. I think that will be the perfect addition to our week. Maeve is in these photos because she plays a very active part in our homeschool ;)

And the living room... I may never had a tidy and clean house ever again. 

Homeschooling feels really right for my daughters this year. It's so much work so it's really important for me to have this assurance. Here we go! 

A couple times, the girls and I have done a little bit of homeschool on the grass by the river, while the cleaning lady cleans our apartment(!!!). The girls definitely like it better than I do. I should probably loosen up a little! But I feel like I'm yelling when I read. Again, need to loosen up! Today, we read for a little bit and then I let the girls play before Maeve's nap. All three of my daughters were 20 feet down the river bank from me. Maeve was so, so happy to just be a part with her big sisters. And Holly and Greta were celebrating every time Maeve stood up. It was seriously the sweetest and completely worth the yell reading. 

PS: we brought two headbands for Greta, but both of them broke. Greta has worn a headband every single day for years. I'm totally hesitating buying her a new one because I love her hair without a headband.

A joy of homeschooling... taking the morning off to go see the eagles at Couer D'Alene lake. 

We loved being outside on this chilly morning watching these magnificent birds. 

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