I'm NOT pregnant.
Here is the why behind that decision:
It worked pretty well last year.
My Love is still on a sea tour and will be deploying early next year.
We wanted the flexibility of the homeschooling schedule so we could be with My Love whenever possible.
Really, that was the primary reason FOR homeschooling: Flexibility/time with Daddy.
But when we found out his schedule (And realized how very little we will see him over the next year) homeschooling didn't really seem to make sense for us.
I've never been a die-hard homeschooler.
I guess you could say I'm reluctant at best.
And I was really, really, really nervous about starting up school knowing that a deployment was staring me in the face.
I was beyond nervous. I felt overwhelmed.
I knew that no matter what I did - one of the areas (at least!) I'm responsible for, would fail.
He wanted to alleviate some of that pressure.
I finally admitted to My Love that I was dreading starting school.
I was terrified of the work load it would bring.
And I didn't know if that terror was because I am lazy and just didn't' want to DO the work;
OR if it was because I was adding work I wasn't supposed to bear.
Sometimes, it is really hard to tell the difference.
"Whitney, we're sending them to school."
I almost cried, I was so relieved.
God knew all along we would be here. He planned it out so beautifully.
For them to go to school, they are required to have physicals and updated shots...back in June when I made their annual appointment, the first opening the Doctor had was on Tuesday, September 4th.
The First Day of School.
The day I was going all over the place enrolling them.
So, on THAT day - unknown to me 3 months ago - I went to: 2 schools and picked up paperwork; the Pediatricians office and had 2 physicals and 3 children caught up on shots (highly NOT recommended); had String Bean do a reading assessment; dropped off paperwork; saw 2 classrooms; met 2 teachers; and did all the back to school shopping. (Thank you Target!)
Did I mention ALL 4 were with me the WHOLE time?! I was exhausted.
So now, String Bean is happily enrolled as a 2nd grader at the public school for our neighborhood; and Jumping Bean is attending Kindergarten at a small Christian preschool/Kindergarten down the street. They are both over-the-moon excited! AND - they only missed 1 day. :)
We've been at this for one week now...and everyone is thriving. This house is loaded with 3 over-the-top-off-the-charts extroverts - and all 6 of us are loving this change.
For the first time in forever, My Love came home to a clean home, a good meal, caught up laundry, happy children, and a happy wife.
I think that about sums it up. :)