I'm sitting in Starbucks on a Saturday watching people come in and order BOGO holiday drinks. I think that means that fall is officially over and that the Christmas season has begun. Seasons are a wonderful thing. We are starting to have seasonal routines as a family. But this fall we did something a little different. We did nothing. We didn't sign up for anything. We spent lots of time at home. I have to admit I'm one of those discontent people who has to fight comparisons. When I'm super busy, I covet free space on the calendar. And then when we're not super busy, I worry about whether it's best. The years are flying by at warp speed and I want the kids to look back at their childhood and think of it fondly. I don't want it to be too rushed because then we can't enjoy all the fun. But then I don't want it to be boring (because in my house that sometimes means we bicker more). It's a fight to be balanced as a family and I wish I was really sure that we were doing it just right. I can only pray that God blesses our efforts.
This fall was slow. We are doing some different things in school and I knew from the beginning that meant we had to be at home more. I'm teaching at our co-op. This is my first year teaching five, yes FIVE, grades. We are still plugging away in piano. We didn't really do sports. We didn't leave the house much during the day. We did lots of school. We tried to have people over, even though that meant sometimes they came over with only a semi-clean house and a not-very-gourmet meal. Home schooling older kiddos (this is for a later post) is not for the faint of heart. It's maybe my hardest season with them. It's a lot of work for everyone involved, especially me. And yes, I've had moments of feeling sorry for myself like I do every fall.
What's the point to this post? I guess it's just to document this fall in our family. We have spent lots of time together. I don't want to forget the moments. I'm thankful for them. They're not glamorous, but they're ours. I've been trying to pick up my big camera for more everyday moments. Usually I do that more on instagram because my phone is more readily available. But I love these faces all big and blown up with lots of pixels.
And just a few off my phone too :)