The Best Day Ever

Today was a great day, and I have A LOT of pictures to share. The boys all slept in until almost 7, so I got a full 45 minutes to myself before anyone woke up and started begging me for a sandwich. It was amazing!! I felt like a new woman. Then I told the boys that I was throwing out the homeschool plan I just made and was going back to the “unschooling” approach and they were super excited about that. I still make them do handwriting every day just because I’m still not super confident about that happening naturally for my boys. I also have Kender read independently and practice the piano, but everything else is now interest led.

Today’s Activities

Legos. Lots, and lots, of Legos.

Rhett made this for me 

I was tired of Rhett and Mason fighting over Legos, so I moved a desk into Rhett’s closet. This is where he keeps his “special” Legos so Mason can’t get them. He used to keep them in the school room, but I got really tired of my school room being trashed all the time. I’m hoping he’ll keep them a little neater now that they’re in his own space.

Here are a few of his most recent masterpieces:

I thought Rhett’s Lego space was super cool, and thought Kender needed his own little nook too. So I put my portable desk in the corner by his bed, and now he has a place to sit and draw comics, or write in his journal.

I made the boys these little envelopes to help teach them about tithing. I thought they turned out pretty cute!

Kender helped me weed the potato patch. I planted them last year after I harvested, and they’re actually sprouting!

Little potato plants!

After all that stuff, we had cousins over for an afternoon of sprinkler trampoline and video games. Best. Day. Ever.


Tonight Ryan had the idea to surprise the boys with some stargazing. He got them all ready for bed, then let them go out on the trampoline for some last minute jumping. After about 20 minutes (much longer than we’d normally let them jump before bed), we went outside with some blankets and joined them on the trampoline. We had to wait a while for it to get dark enough to see the stars, but it was really special to spend that time with the boys, and they had a blast with it. We talked about constellations, and even saw some sort of UFO. At first we thought it was an airplane or satellite, but it was moving too fast. Then we thought it was a shooting star, but it was a bit slow for that, and it came back across the sky in the other direction. It didn’t make any noise at all, and moved back and forth in a straight line. It looked just like a star, aside from all the movement. Any ideas? (update: it was a Starlink Satelite)

Our amazing night time selfie. Didn’t realize how bright my screen would shine… And why is Ryan unaffected by it!?

The night sky! So cool that my phone has this feature!

When Ryan put the boys to bed, Rhett told him that it was scary when I was taking all those pictures of the darkness lol. They went right to sleep, and hopefully they’ll sleep in tomorrow! It’s my birthday, so I definitely will!

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