Terrific Tuesday started today, which was unplanned but needed. Emily had this idea a few weeks ago for us to have Terrific Tuesday once a month - a day for playing games, doing random art or science projects, or just whatever. It might even entail a field trip or lunch out. Anything somewhat educational that is off our regular course.
Anyway, I let the girls do an art project of their choice. Emily chose to shape beads around wire hooks to bake in the oven.
Basically, she traced a shape onto foil and then filled that shape with the beads. Unfortunately, they didn't melt around the hooks like they were supposed to, so we'll have to try again.
Katie collected some clothespins and pom poms (or as she calls them, puff balls) for her art project and ended up making a butterfly.
She flattened the coffee filter and colored it with markers...
Then she sprinkled drops of water on it...
Painted the clothes pin...
Attached a pipe cleaner and voila... a butterfly!
The only other thing we did today was our MFW history. And we didn't even make it all the way through that. We spent about five hours in school today and didn't accomplish near as much as I thought we would have in just three to four hours. The beginning of each year is always like this for me and I know that it usually takes at least a few weeks to find that groove. So I'm not discouraged yet!
Later on, I went to see The Help with my friends. The book was excellent and the movie was great, too. We went for a bite to eat afterwards, which was a great time to catch up. It's been a while since we've gotten together and it was nice to get out for a while.
When I came home, the kids instantly wanted my undivided attention. Really, these little people just can't get enough of me! You would think that they would want some space after spending all day with me. They acted like I'd been gone for days! I have to admit, it's nice feeling that loved. :)
Bedtime is a chore. Emily was still awake last time I checked at 11:45. Katie was asleep but hadn't been for long. She sang herself to sleep. I could hear her precious voice. I guess I'm just going to have to wake them both up super early one day so they'll be more tired that night. This means I'll have to deal with two grouchy children for a day. Maybe even a grouchy me! I'm not great at getting up early, or going to bed early. I need to discipline myself better. If it weren't for us wanting to finish school by 2:00 or so, I wouldn't be bothered by starting later in the morning. But for the sake of having dinner prepared on time, getting Emily to gymnastics and church activities, we need to have school work done earlier. I pray for God to help me with this!
So that was our first official day of school this year. I still believe this will be a great year and I believe we will push past some stumbling blocks.