Thursday, January 29, 2009

And They Lived Happily Every After

This story isn't actually about Joe and I, though we are doing our best to live "happily ever after." I just thought the pic went well with the title, and this is from Joe's birthday dinner recently.

I'm homeschooling the girls...well mostly Sophia at this point. Jossie joins us for a little of the learning, and then heads to go play before long. (Totally fine, that's what she should be doing). I still am mastering the art of a daily routine to stick's so against my nature, so we'll see if I ever make that happen. We really just didn't do much schooling after Sophia's diagnosis. Dealing with diabetes ended up taking up so much of my mental space, as well as my time, that I had to set a goal for January. The beauty of homeschool, is I can do that. I can continue to educate her over the summer if I want to, or whenever works for us.
I feel like I got into this because I had no other options, and now I'm starting to embrace it as something that is really good for our family. There is a ton of support in Oklahoma, because it's one of the easiest states in which to homeschool. So, I know several moms and there are a lot of co-ops, and support groups, resources for when they're older, homeschool sports and gyms, etc. I'm starting to see where the more my kids are with me, the better they are in social settings, not worse as the assumption is often made about homeschoolers. For my kids who tend to be shy, I think it's because there is less pressure and stress, and more direct training of character on a consistent basis, and therefore it's easier to be confident and be themselves when they're around others. It's still a work in progress, but aren't we all?
It has definitely gotten easier since we started again. I know it has so much to do with her body feeling better. In September, she just complained of being "too tired" every day. I thought she was just being gamey at the time, because she had a tendency to not want to do most things I told her to do. But, clearly she wasn't feeling well, because her diagnosis was October 6th. She is such a different person today than she was just 4 months ago. I keep planning on writing about her progress, but I want a lot of time and mental space to focus on it, and haven't had the chance recently. Soon, I promise.
Anyway, I wanted to share the stories the girls had dictated for me to write the other day. This is one of the most rewarding aspects, is getting to first-hand observe them as they are learning new things, and to see their excitement for learning. Sophia told me last night, "Mommy, I love school. I love learning new things, and I want to do it every day now." I liked that. So, here is her story. We were learning about reminiscing in writing, so this is her version...Jossie's to follow.

I am older now, and when I was younger, I was a princess. But now that I am older, I am a queen. I remember once when I was a little princess I got a new pair of two dresses. And then I went to princess school in them. When I was playing at school, I wore it for a lot of days and for a while too. And then it got very, very dirty. And then one night it was ball night, and I awas going to dance with the prince. The prince really wanted me to dance with him. And then he saw the dress was very dirty and he said, " Are you the girl I wanted to marry?" And then me the princess said, "I'll go buy a new dress real, real quick." And then I got back and I got married at the dance and then we lived happily ever after.

The End.

Jossie's Story:

Once I was a princess. I loved to dance. And I lived in a home that was very small. And so one night I loved my Daddy and he was so handsome that I wanted to give him a big hug. And so one day he wanted to pick a flower for me. And so then I loved my mommy's shirt, it was so beautiful. And so my sister and I wanted to play ball catch. And so then my mommy got married. And then we lived happily ever after.

Dee End.


Jeanette said...

What great stories. I can just hear them telling their stories about being a princess. It is good to have stories like that recorded somewhere! (give all the princesses and queens hugs for me)

Gayla said...

oh my goodness. cuteness defined!!!

i'm gonna need lots of coaching when i finally get a princess. all i know is bob the builder, dinosaurs, and legos!!!

Kelly said...

so precious, thanks for sharing, love you.

Christy said...

OK, those little munchkins made me cry. What sweet stories. I have never met little girls who truly think their daddy is their prince. I love it. You are doing such an amazing job. Don't grow weary.

Love you.

A Buns Life said...

Hey Anj! Looks like I have some catching up to do....your family is precious!! I saw that you had a blog on your facebook page....I'll leave you a note there so you know who I am. My name is nowhere on my blog, but feel free to pop by and read too! I've added you to my list! :)