It's Saturday. Such a lovely day, and today in particular shows me what I've been missing with two kids in school.
Bit Boy is constructing an art/computing project using computer bits purchased last month at our church's rummage sale. He hopes to have it done by the NoCo Maker Faire the first weekend in October. Lego Kid and Hot Dog are down working on the new EV3 to build a chassis for an FLL robot for Hot Dog's team to test. They're all happy, working together, making things, and learning without even realizing it.
It hasn't been like this for a while. Bit Boy is carrying 12 college credits, including Calculus I. He's being academically challenged for the first time since starting school. "I might be a 'B' Mom" he told me with concern. Lego Kid has been enjoying the social aspect of middle school, but has been overwhelmed with the volume of homework and writing. "Mom, will it always be like this? Will I have any time for myself before winter break?" Hot Dog is missing his brothers, and feeling a combination of overwhelmed and bored with a schedule that includes lessons for violin and piano, 4 hrs of FLL practice/week, chess club, jujitsu and soccer. He says he'd like to give up FLL, but since I'm the coach, and have no older kids around to take care of him if I'm not home, he'd have to come with me anyway. He might as well participate. I've been feeling super busy, not with my own stuff, which has taken a back seat this year, but just with my 'work' as a taxi driver for 3 kids all going in different directions.
It's nice to have this day at home, interrupted only by a much anticipated soccer game for Hot Dog. We used to have days like this, one after the other. I think my teens are happy to be in school, so I'm happy for them. But, my oh my, homeschooling is sweet.