Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Back 2 School Time On the Farm

Back to school at anyone's house is hectic.  New routines, new teachers, new friends and maybe even a new school create stress and anxiety.  Around the farm school gives Nana a much needed break after a summer of wrangling 3 farmkids but it also means you have to stop at a certain time to get kids from school.  Then you add in homework and the need to get to bed at a decent hour and it can throw your whole schedule off.

This year 2 of the 3 farm kids are in school.  

Our oldest started 3rd grade this year and as you can tell by the look on his face he was less than thrilled to have to spend 6 hours a day away from the farm.  

The youngest farmboy started preschool 2 days a week.  He was super excited and actually begged to go to school everyday from the start of the school year until his school started.  

And the farmgirl is still just hanging around at the farm with Daddy & Nana.  I'm sure she is enjoying this "brother free" time.  

What does a typical school day look like for us around the farm?

Since I work off farm I drop off our oldest at school and take the 2 littles to the farm.    Our preschool program is only 3 hours 2 days a week and since my office moved to another town I can't just run him over to the school anymore.  So 2 days a week Nana or Daddy takes the middle one back to town for preschool.  Then pick up begins at 12 for our preschooler and 2 for our oldest.  Which means someone runs back to town to grab them.  Once everyone is out of school and home there is snack time, down time, homework time, play time and chore time.  Somehow homework time gets pushed way back to the back LOL.  Chore time has to be done before I get back from work because it includes practicing with their show stock which is at the farm not our house.  Once I pick everyone up we are typically home by 6:30.  We then have to finish up homework, get supper, baths and ready for the next day...not to mention we have to also take care of the animals that live at our house.  

Needless to say we are still trying to get our routine down...It makes for quite the challenge.  We will get settled into it but it takes time.  Any b2s advice from other farm moms??

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wednesday Words: God Gave Us Angels

It's been ages since I have actually posted and even longer since I reviewed a book.
I rediscovered this book recently while organizing our bookshelf.

The book is geared towards children 3-8 which is perfect since the boys are 8 and 3.  Having both ends of the age range allowed me to see how they reacted differently.  Our 8 year old, who doesn't enjoy reading, felt comfortable enough with the book to read it aloud.  Our 3 year old loved the illustrations and detail on each page.  

The book does a great job of explaining angels from a Christian point of view.
The story is arranged so that the cub is asking questions to Papa bear.  The questions are ones that my own children have asked from time to time such as...

What do angels do all day?
Will we become angels when we die?
Can we see angels?

The most impressive part is that the answers are sound and obviously based on God's word,
 however there are no scripture references.  

Overall we liked the book and I'm sure will read it repeatedly but I would love to see references be added so that parents can easily back up the answers with scripture.