Amazing what a mess just four of my children can make, isn't it?
But at least it's creative chaos. They are all engaged in something that isn't TV, video games or gossip with friends.
This photo is probably the heart of the issue about homeschooling for me.
I really like my kids. Of course I love them, but I also like them. I like to be near them. To work on projects with them. To know what they're reading and to share a favorite book of mine. To share a good joke, or the world news. To discuss politics, astronomy and garbage trucks. I can't imagine missing all of this with my children.
And so I've been busy lately. And my 50 mm lens isn't working (it's hard for me to be motivated to take pictures w/ my kit lens).
Life with 13 can be busy. Yesterday just before school, Mordecai threw a little plastic toy at Avi, and she put her tooth all the way through her lip. Thankfully, mouths heal so quickly, nothing other than ice and some love were needed (we've been through this before, and even had teeth go through tongues). Last night we went to a very special Cub Scout meeting (more on that later) and took not only chicken curry, cupcakes and thirteen children, but our cat as well. We didn't even notice until we unloaded at the church, and out came our cat. He must have hopped in while everyone was getting buckled. So far this week we've had: Keepers, a Cub Scout field trip, MOPs, my girls baby sat, Grump Therapy, our Arrow of Light ceremony, and Jubilee has a doctor's appointment this afternoon.
As for Keepers, it is a group we started ourselves that grew so quickly that in less than a year we now have a north and south Keeper's group. You can check out the link. For our own group the purpose is a special times set aside to focus on our girls, teach them useful skills, build relationships with them and have fun. To answer your question, Sonya, our older boys work on Scout stuff, and we have a friend who volunteers to watch all the little ones.
Hope you all have a great weekend.