This is a picure of Griff from one year ago this week. Can't believe how much he has changed!

I'm feeling change creep up on me in a lot of ways...and I like it. Really. Well, for starters, I've changed some things up on my blog and that is always fun. I've added just a few things on the sidebar in the last couple of days. But these are just minor things.

Fall is coming! Woo hoo! Can you feel it? I can't quite smell it in the air yet, but I sure can feel it. We are no longer experiencing hot, hot days. This is nice, but I'm wishing that we could just get to the eighties. I know, I'm so demanding! But our big change comes tomorrow morning. Seven a.m., to be exact.

My cousins children, "T" & "B" will join us tomorrow! They will be in my care during work hours, Monday through Friday. I can't tell you how excited I am. We've been looking forward to this all summer. We had a trial day last Monday and it went fantastic...all four of the kids were great. Heck, I even took them out to the park and Wal-Mart!! I don't even like to bring one child to that darn store but there is something about the power of numbers that sure helps the situation...and maybe the fact that B is five and a girl:)

I expect to have days when I'll want to throw an adult tantrum and pull my hair out. I know they'll come. But I have those days now...when I want to run away and stop being mom. I know I'm not alone in this:) But I view this opportunity as a true gift...I am so sure that this is the thing for us. Last Monday I felt such confirmation while the kids were over. It was busy and loud, at times, but I felt such a peace and so in my element. I can't wait for tomorrow!

And this brings me to the next change (of plans)...no former preschool for Parker this fall. I had gone back and forth all summer and was leaning toward yes until the day I had all of the kids. Things felt so right at home and Parker was definitely experiencing some of the social aspects of school. I decided last week that Parker didn't need to go this year because many of the aspects of preschool that I was excited about are now going to be met at home. Also, the thought of packing of all of the kids for drop-off and pick-up and coordinating that with B's kindergarten schedule was daunting.

So, all that to say, we'll be doing a little bit of school at home...since we'll basically have a preschool here with a 1, 2, 3, and 5 year old! Academically speaking, let's just say I was one of those annoying, overly ambitious, first time moms and I taught Parker just about everything before he was one and a half. Okay, not everything, but enough that I now think he is smarter than his teacher. I've learned my lesson...I haven't even started to teach Griffin anything like that...he's just going to be a kid for a while:)

Oh, and another thing...Parker will start SoccerTots later in the fall...can't wait!


Vintage Mommy said...

Oh Amy! My heart is practically racing--in a good way! :)

One of the reasons I wanted to keep my Jared home for Kindergarten this year was the thought of taking all four kids with me to do the drop off/pick up thing twice a day.

Remember what we said about teaching our own kids when we had coffee for the first time?


Strange how God moves and makes something daunting so very natural and appealing, isn't it?

I'm happy for you. Please let me know if you need ANYTHING. I have oodles and oodles of teaching stuff/craft supplies and ideas from my teaching days just sitting around in boxes in my basement.

Vintage Mommy said...

oops! I forgot to change my Google profile...that was me, Jenny. You were probably thinking, "Who IS this?!"

Stacey said...

Sounds exciting! Have fun with it!!

Ruth said...

Have fun with all the kiddos! And Fall is definitely in the air where I live, I love it.

From the Woodlands said...

That's so cool Amy! When you think about it they are this age for only so long, I remember my daycare Mom's missing out on so much and later realized it and cut their hours away from their kids by a lot.

Have a fun, fun time! And I too am looking forward to Autumn, yeah!

Jenn @ Munchkin Land said...

What an awesome decision that you made for Parker! =) I have to agree with the first poster (Jenny), isn't it funny how perspectives change when faced with the decision?! I never thought that I would keep Devyn from preschool, or that I would be as anxious to "teach" as much as I am.

It sounds like a WONDERFUL transition is taking place for both your children and your cousin's children. I can't wait to hear about your escapades!

By the way, Devyn still talks about Parker constantly these days. Your little guy made quite the impact on my daughter. =) She even prayed for his protection and that monsters would stay away from him last night. Loved it!

Sue said...

Have I mentioned that I LOVE the new blog design? ... that I love you pictures? ... that I love your music? And I was so nourished by spending time you last night!? :) Love you

Liz @ My Full Cup said...

Looks like you have lots of exciting changes going on. Sounds like you are enjoying your days too. I love your excitment about taking care of your little ones!

Btw, love the new blog look!

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