I made a simple rule for myself that ensures I always read my scriptures, every single day. I am not allowed to read any books until I have read a chapter/section in the scriptures. Since I quite enjoy reading books, this works great for me and I haven’t missed a day of reading in months. (I also have Read Scriptures as one of my daily to do’s and I really like crossing things off my list so that helps as well.)
My beautiful mother is 75 today!
Saturday I braided Ani’s best friend’s hair. She’s very rarely had her hair braided in her life and only once did she have beads so we decided to go all out. She wanted rainbow beads and when she put her glasses back on after I was all done, her glasses matching her beads was just perfect. It took about four hours. It always seems to take four hours.
Today is Fritz’s first day of 10th grade!
Last school year we had the kids’ clothes out and ready but tracking down shoes and socks that got lost while they were getting dressed took quite a bit of time while trying to get out the door. This year we’ve moved the backpacks onto hooks in the laundry room so that’s freed up lots of space on the toy cabinet. So I tried putting their shoes and shocks in that space.
This has totally changed our mornings. No searching for a missing shoe (or two). No running back upstairs to get a new pair of socks only to find the missing pair moments later. We can tell at a glance which kids haven’t gotten their shoes on yet so no almost leaving with bare feet. Honestly, I think that one simple thing alone – putting the shoes and socks on the toy cabinet the night before – shaves five minutes off the time it takes us to get ready and out the door in the morning.
On Sunday I did Mayci’s hair all fancy for the first day of school. She’s got 17 braids, pink and blue beads, pink and blue cuffs, pink ballies, and so much product in her hair (two kinds of shine n jam, foam wrap, and the Magic 3). It took almost four hours but turned out absolutely adorable.
Five of my kids were off to school this morning. There was a little hiccup when Anthony refused to get in the van because he thought bringing his nap mat meant he was going to the preschool (they have naptime in pre-k), but we got him in the car and once he realized we were dropping him off at the big school all was well. Nicholas thought it was entirely too early to be arriving at preschool (he’s not wrong). The twins are enjoying being the only little ones home and having their Fritz all to themselves (the virtual school he’s attending doesn’t start until next week).
Last Year of Preschool
One thing that will not be an issue for the kids at all when school starts on Monday is waking up on time. Through the entire summer, they never got up later than 6:30. No wonder we’re always tired!
I got phone calls from Zeke, Mayci, and Anthony’s teachers yesterday. Anthony will have the same teacher and assistant Mayci had. This is a relief. He also trusts and has a bond with the assistant from when she was at his preschool before she moved to the elementary school. Mayci has a kindergarten teacher who was teaching kindergarten there the year Adrian was in kindergarten. I’ve only heard good things about her. She commented that she already knows Mayci. Pretty much all the teachers know Mayci. She’s a very outgoing and friendly little girl. Zeke has a teacher who is new to the school, but not the district. She had no problem labeling everything with his preferred name when I explained his birth name is a bit of a trigger. She also quickly clued in that he was relatively recently adopted from foster care. We’re very happy with all three assignments.
Mayci finished pre-k knowing all her letters and the sounds they make. Since I was planning to teach Zeke how to read over summer break, I decided to include Mayci as well. She’s reading super well. Here she is reading the story from lesson 53 of Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. She’ll have no problem at all in kindergarten.