Wednesday, July 31, 2013

All Is Quiet...

All is quiet on the Williams front. John is sick and went to bed at 3pm and the kids were all in bed by 8 pm. I managed to wrangle enough energy to clean up the kitchen, do a load of laundry and vacuum! Today has been a wonderfully needed day of catching up and getting quiet and still with the kids. Today enacted a slow "get ready for school" afternoon. I brought out some of their mysterious curriculum and we went through some of their overviews. The boys each did Math fact sheets and some explode the code. I read some of the Apologia science text for next week and we focused on listening and not interrupting.  I had Drew write some sentences, working on proper placement and upper and lower case letters. He also had his first cursive lesson on the letter "a." Then we read this great book about a Giraffe that goes to Paris. I finally figured out how to read a book to all three kids - the rule is mommy asks the questions, no one else can. This worked perfect, they all got turns and were intensely listening so they could answer instead of not listening and thinking of questions to ask.

Its going to be a rough reality for my kids - they spent 3 fun weeks on vacation, going to bed late, eating whatever, going to wonderful places like the Zoo or Papa's property and they watched too much TV! So we're on a TV/Computer fast for a long time!

Drew has Robot camp this week, its been a challenge for him to focus and pay attention. Its a constant struggle for him, especially after a 3 week vacation. It is so hard being the parent of the outside the box child sometimes. Drew is so curious - too curious and does not listen to instructions but is always thinking of questions - yet can't remember the answers after they were given. I do not want to stifle his questions but its getting to the point that they aren't very beneficial if he can't remember the answers to those questions. He is distracted by  his own questions.  So today in our hour of school I forbid him to ask any questions, I asked him all the questions, that way he had to focus. It worked so much better.

I am excited for school to officially begin next week, I am hungry for a routine to be back in our life!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Dear Grandma...

 Dear Grandma,

It was a delight to see you, even if you didn't really remember who I was. I loved how you laughed and enjoyed my kids. It meant so much to me that we could travel to Seattle and spend a few days visiting with you. For a brief moment I saw you, you got up after the above picture was taken and said you needed to help in the kitchen, you had that commanding spark in your eyes like you were ready to take on the world. My sweet Abby was taken with you, she loved for you to read her books. I remember you reading all 9 of us Granddaughters "Bubbles The Whale" when we were all small, we loved that book and sitting on your davenport that rocked in the living room. I was so pleased to see that same davenport in your new little room! Remember when I would spend the nights at your house, you would give Julie and I each one of Grandpa's white t-shirts and let us sleep in your comfy bed! Oh it is so hard to imagine you as growing old, where did all that time go?

 Grandma, I miss you. I miss the woman you were, so busy and organized. You always had blackberries for us to pick or can, cows or horses for us to ride and you gave me a love for numbers that defines my profession. You lived a hard farming life, then a hard life being married to grandpa, yet you always took it in stride and in the end, grandpa was the one who cared for you.
My favorite memory I'll take back to Texas with me is of you smiling and swaying to the 1930-1940's music being played at the care facility. Abby brought on the smiles as she danced and delighted all the older people, but she was dancing for you! I loved watching your face shine and smiles as you sat proudly so glad that she was your girl -  I hope you made some new friends with our visit! The boys loved showing their checkers skills - I taught them checks just a few weeks ago in honor of Grandpa - he always beat me!

I miss you sweet Grandma and the woman you taught me to be - remember having me pick and sell all those fresh cherries outside the market or bringing me ice-cream as I sat outside with your puppies trying to give them away? I sure remember a lot from those days in Happy Camp, it was a special time in my life where I spent a lot of time with you and Grandpa! I loved the beauty of walking down the lane, crossing the cattle guard, hiking up the hills or across the property and down to the creek. What great memories I have, I miss you Grandma, I'm sorry you had to grow older and forget all that is special to me. I just hope for a few moments we brought you joy and laughter.


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Tea Party

My kids love tea and so do I! That makes for some fun mornings in our house. I was impressed with their determination last week, they used a towel as a table cloth, a clothes basket as a chair and found our special tea set Daddy brought home from Vietnam last year. They even included cream and sugar! They were so tickled to sit and sip hot/sugary tea while  I read them a book.

PS - I especially love Abby's underwear attire and the boys PJ's!