Stellan’s glasses lasted three days. He left them on the floor while he changed out of his church clothes and someone – who remains silent about their involvement – stepped on them.
Like I said. Toddlers in glasses is no joke. He’d been doing so well though. His replacement frames are ordered and I ordered another pair online just for good measure.
It’s a good thing he’s cute.
Liberty began her college classes. So far so good. Day two we created an hourly schedule for all the kids. She’s working 11-5 weekdays and adding schoolwork makes life more interesting for sure. Co-op starts Tuesday and will make things all the more fun, throwing many more classes in for all. We’re looking forward to it… but I also slightly dread the end of summer and it’s relaxed pace.
Sterling has been doing some mowing jobs for pay this summer. My days often consist of hanging out, waiting for him to mow. Now that Eden is working too it means taking all six younger kids with me. So super fun! Or something. One kind homeowner allowed us to bring chalk. She gets her yard mowed AND her driveway decorated.
The kids got smart this last time and packed lawn chairs. Bless them. I brought my laptop and worked on that while Sterling fought to push mow an overgrown lawn. Four hours later… there went my plans for the day. I’m torn. I can load up the zero turn lawn mower in the trailer and I do it in a fraction of the time – but then I’m doing his work for him. Or he sweats and toils but it’s all his doing. I’ve changed my mind every time I bring the push mower and bring the zero turn for a few times after that. I don’t know which is the better answer. Once he has enough to buy himself a riding mower, that will help. Until then I’ll hang out in stranger’s driveways in lawn chairs and have passerby’s stop and ask if I need help. No, I don’t need help. I just need the boy to walk faster!
It’s been a good summer. Lots of new things to figure out, lots of changes, quite a bit of downtime, and a lot of external and internal growth in children. Liberty is very nearly looking me in the eyes these days! Eden is 5’3” and done, but Liberty is going to pass me and my 5’7” by Christmas at this rate. Elliot is learning to read. Stellan is learning how NOT to treat his glasses. Sterling is impressing even himself with how many pushups he can do. Ruby has passed up Sterling in height for the moment. Pierce is rapidly approaching Charlotte’s height. Next up: back to school photos. We plan to be ready for co-op hours early just for photos.
Hours. Because that’s the only way it might happen.