Friday, October 31, 2014

And Then I Sent Them to School

For Halloween I thought they'd enjoy school uniforms.

And going to school.

All week.

It's official:  The Brookelet girls are attending a private school here in Australia.  It just got too hard to live abroad, handle the extra responsibilities of Michael's career taking off, AND homeschool.  A family in our ward sends their children to a tiny private Christian school and the mom had lots of great things to say about it, and, coupled with how fast our rental home was starting to look incredibly dingy, I thought it might be worth a go.

I sent Bluebird to Kindergarten for three months back in 2009, and hated every minute of it.  This time around...lo-o-o-o-ve it!  Of course, it's only been a week and we're still honeymooning in regards to it all, but it's been nice.  (Also, in 2009 I sent her to school because I was pregnant,* which makes any good day kind of hard for me with all the morning sickness.)  I have time for chores, the laundry is caught up, the kids have something to do all day long besides annoying each other and trashing the house, and they really love the extra-curriculars (sports, recorder lessons, violin lessons) at school.

Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats

Halloween isn't really a thing here (some people do stuff, but most don't), so on Friday I made them some secret Halloween treats and hid them in the bottom of their lunch bags.  When I picked them up from school, they were pretty happy with me and my mad treat-making skills.  It's great to have time to do some of those "extra" things with them.  I've not sewn Halloween costumes, or gone all-out on holidays, or made special meals for anything all these years because I don't have anything left to give at the end of the day.  This decision to send them to school feels healthy.  I get to just be a mom now, and it's wonderful.

Ghost berries!
Saw the idea here.
(via Pinterest)
I don't now yet what we'll do about school when we return to the States, and I'm not going to worry about it until we return.  Maybe this is just a sabbatical year off from teaching; maybe it's a year to realize a different direction for our family for the next seven years.  It'll all work out in the end.  I do think I will insist upon Latin and Logic as afterschool topics, should we choose to stay with sending them to school.  And there's always summer break to do some unit studies!  We'll see.

For the time being, I'm loving their cute little uniforms, and how Junebug waves to me as she trots to the playground each morning, pausing at the entrance gate to yell, "Bye Mom!  I love you!  I hope you have a good day!"

Life is good.

*(For the record, I am NOT pregnant.)


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