My dad is here! I’ve been saying: Grandpa is here! Let the baby be born! 🙂
My dad, aka Grandpa, flew in from Indiana on Tuesday afternoon. He is going to take care of the girls while we go to the hospital to deliver the baby. I can’t tell you how awesome it is to know that he’ll be here with the girls, and we can go focus on this baby 100% at delivery-time. I had been really stressing about having the baby before he got here (like, what if I went into labor in the middle of the night?!) – and now that he’s here, I can breathe a huge sigh of relief.
He is a Pastor at two churches, so he has a lot of responsibilities. We don’t take it for granted one bit that he was able to clear his schedule to come out to visit. We haven’t seen him in two years…way too long, if you ask me!
Obviously, the girls are over the moon about him being here!
Ginger started reading him books the second he arrived!
They’ve been playing Monopoly, Candyland, and catching him up on all the Disney movies he’s missed out on like Brave and Frozen! Today we went to the park and the girls had a great time playing hide and seek with him. It’s been so wonderful (and helpful!) having him here, and it’s only Day 2! Yay!
On Monday, Mr. M had a Craigslist find he wanted to go pick up wayyy on the other side of Los Angeles. It just so happened, his Craigslist find was located in the same neighborhood as Devon and her family!
So, he took the girls up to see Devon and her daughters – and they had a playdate for the afternoon and then went to dinner at Carl’s Jr. (or Carlie’s Jr. as Violet likes to call it). I stayed home because…you know…I’m miserable. 😉 I was so sad I wasn’t there – but happy that everyone had a great time.
They spent the whole afternoon together hanging out at Devon’s house. The girls had a great time playing the day away – they have so much fun together!
I didn’t think to ask for pictures until they got to Carl’s Jr. So, I got a lot of photos of the girls having dinner at Carl’s Jr. 🙂 Can you tell they had a blast?
This is Ginger’s “I’m so happy, I can’t even smile” smile! LOL
Ginger’s “cheeseburger” is only a bun and cheese, of course (in case you’re wondering…since she’s a vegetarian):
The big girls (age 8) got their own table. Don’t they look so grown up?!
And last but not least, Violet!
Mr. M is still working a bit (like right now – LOL). I say he is working a bit because his work hours are definitely more relaxed right now in anticipation of the baby and because my dad is here!
And my goodness, it’s so great having my dad here to help when Mr. M is at work! Before I felt like I was all alone all the time, and now I have reinforcements to help me with the girls, and it’s making all the difference in the world. It’s great!
This week, Paprika (8) finished a full year of Teaching Textbooks. As you may recall, she was up to 6th grade math but it was really frustrating for her. We decided to go back to basics, drill her math facts, and increase her confidence in math. So, basically, I set it up like a spiraling curriculum. She started 3rd Grade Math (Teaching Textbooks) about 45 days ago. Grade 3 has about 140 days (lessons and quizzes) – so she did 3 lessons/day – and finished the whole year in about a month and a half.
Now, she’s taking a little time off (she deserves it!) before starting back on 4th grade Teaching Textbooks. We’ll do the same pace, since it’s all review for her – 3 or 4 lessons/day. Because she’s done it all before, she’s able to do the problem sets pretty quickly. I anticipate she’ll do that in 45 days, too…then we’ll do 5th grade the same way and be back up to 6th grade by May or so.
I say 45 days because she does math 7 days/week – so it really takes only about a month and a half to do a whole grade level. We also supplement her math with a few other things – and so even though she’s “on break” now from Teaching Textbooks, she still practices math daily.
It’s funny because it sounds like she does a ton of math, but it’s really not a lot when you homeschool and have one on one attention and focused time. I think she spends about 30-40 minutes total on math each day- and I know if she were in regular school, that’s how long she could spend just on homework! Ha!
This is Paprika finishing up the last lesson of 3rd Grade Math- she was motivated to get it done before Grandpa came to visit! Now she’s “on vacation!” LOL 🙂
So, that’s the news around here! Hopefully, I will go into labor soon and the next time I update it will be with baby pictures. Can you tell I am getting antsy?! 🙂