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Monday, August 16, 2010

Fortunate

Ready for week two! Kameron and I had a great time last week. It was a bit difficult getting into the routine and finding time for household things that needed doing as well, but I figure with some practice and determination we're going to do just fine! I was amazed at what the curriculum got into last week. He is reading up a storm and even wrote his own story! It is a keeper, that's for sure. It is written in true blue boy form. It went from Pat the rat being fat to Pat the rat being blown up and turning into a human! So special to me :0) One of our books is an Encyclopedia with a lot of pictures. He found a picture of a mummy and has been fascinated with it this past week. He keeps asking me, "Can we learn about the mummies today?" I can't wait to tell him that Wednesday of this week we'll be learning about those mummies! I'm excited that he's excited. It does my heart good! Here we are making a mammoth necklace after learning about the first people and what they wore. It was a lot of fun and he really got into it! Next, we studied the four seasons, and my son, who doesn't normally like to draw, created a beautiful poster describing the seasons at our house! It truly makes my heart glad that he is having such a positive experience. I am so very fortunate to be able to stay home with him. I thank God every day.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Being FLEXIBLE!

With the Lord's help, I have successfully completed my first two days of home schooling. I am a bit surprised, actually, at some of my decisions over the last two days. I am typically a by-the-book type person. Actually, you can pretty much set your clock on it! I thought I would adhere to a strict schedule with no deviations - meaning always starting on time and making sure I accomplished all (or the vast majority) of what the lesson plans call for. I wanted (and still do) Kameron to get used to a schedule and have no surprises or unwanted expectations. Well, this week so far has been as far from by-the-book as it gets! First of all, we started on a Tuesday! I can't believe this...it goes against all of my manic compulsiveness. My parents kept Kameron this past weekend, so I didn't get him from their house until Monday. So, we started on Tuesday. My plan was to start right at 8:30 AM...but we didn't start until 11:00 AM! Can you believe it?? Kam had a dental appointment at 8 and then we headed to the grocery store. After eating lunch and putting the groceries away we began school...and had a blast for the most part! (I have decided that getting a new puppy and starting home schooling within weeks of each other has not turned out to be such a good idea! The puppy demands so much time and attention, and I LITERALLY cannot take my eyes off of her! She eats anything she can get her little sharp teeth on and she has urinated and pooped in the house numerous times...all when I'm occupied with Kameron!) I'm beginning to loose my patience, so I'm praying that the Lord will continue to be my strength during this and help me remain calm and fair! If the puppy interruptions were not enough, Kevin and I are dealing with some pretty personal stuff that is emotional and taxing. (This is a situation outside our family and has nothing to do with our marriage :0) ) So, I started today at 8:30 AM sharp. Kameron needs little breaks every now and then, so we decided around 10:30 we would take Keely for a walk. On our walk, my neighbor, Janice, drives by and asks us if we wanted to go swimming at her sister's. At first the scheduling freak in me declined politely, stating that we were just taking a break and still had half of our lessons to complete. Then, as she drove away and I looked at my little guy, I realized that one of the glorious things about home schooling is that you can be flexible. That word scares me! I threw caution to the wind and quickly called her back and told her we'd be there in 10 minutes! We had a blast! I feel good about this decision and I'm kind of proud of myself for being flexible! Kameron had a lot of fun and was focused and excited when we got back home. We were able to eat lunch and finish up the rest of our lessons for the day! Who knows what tomorrow will bring, but I'm praying for endurance, patience and lots of quality time!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Keeping Her Occupied!

We've had Keely a week now, and boy have our lives changed! She is quite the hand full, but we love her so! She is precious, but demanding - as any new pup is. She is doing a lot better at night and is not keeping us up as much as she did the first few nights. She is sleeping through the night until about 4:30. Kevin usually gets up around that time anyway, so it is working out fine. She had her first visit to the Vet and all was well! She weighs 10 pounds and is healthy and very loved. I have to keep her entertained all the time though because she gets into any and everything otherwise! She likes to be stimulated mentally, so I bought her a puzzle cube where she has to try to maneuver the snacks out. She likes it a lot and it occupies her for quite some time! Kameron is so sweet with her...which makes me happy! He really needed a dog. Here is the latest picture of our little gal!

Expressions...Priceless








We made it safely back from Disn
ey and had an amazing time! It was truly magical for everyone. I think I even made a believer out of Kevin! We were ready to come home though...very tired...but very fulfilled. It was amazing to both Kevin and I to watch Kameron's facial expressions as he experienced new things. Things that were magical and precious. We kept wanting to snap pictures of his joyful expressions. They truly were priceless. This photo shows both of our expressions taken as we watched the fireworks on our first night at Disney. We are in the World Showcase section of Epcot. On display, holding both Kameron and I captive, is the nighttime show, Illuminations - Reflections of Earth. The look on Kameron's face says it all! The joy it gave Kevin and I to be able to give him this experience cannot be put into words. His excitement was catching. It was one of innocence with childlike abandon. I would not trade these memories or this experience for anything. It seems fitting to add the next picture here. This was taken on our last night in the Magic Kingdom at the Main Street Electrical Parade. You would think that after five days and nights of entertainment he wouldn't be so enthralled, but not so! He was excited until the very end. (And so was I as you can see in the background).
From character meals to trilling rides that tickled our tummies and heightened our senses, this is one memory that will not soon be forgotten by anyone in the Probst household. What a way to celebrate a fifth birthday!
Someone asked me today at church when we were planning on going back. I quickly replied, "Not for at least another five years!" In my opinion, if you go too often it takes away the magic. We are fully satisfied for now and have a Disney fix that will last us quite some time. I am so thankful that the Lord provided a way for us to go. We truly are blessed.