We have heard nothing but daunting claims that 3rd grade is the most challenging academically. Man, I thought 1st and 2nd gave me a run for my money with my not so studious big girl. She comes by it honestly though. The academic part of school was not my specialty. Ha! I had the social part down though! Learning new skills still are hard for me. I have to work really hard to master something and Algebra was never one of those things. We are supposed to tackle multiplication, division, long addition and subtraction and ALGEBRA! What the heck!! I was planning on doing some tutoring with both girls this summer to hopefully get a head but we are into August and mostly have been just partying! I decided that since all I've done is work on the fashion part of school next year, I should probably get going on this "getting ahead biz". Math is her biggest struggle. I called a couple local tutoring centers and they were all so pricey! I thought maybe I would skip a formal atmosphere and get them something online that they would think is fun. Challenge accepted. We do Jiji math at their school but I wanted to try something not as familiar for them to hopefully keep it fresh. We landed on Splash Math and it seems to be going well. They start with an assessment and then we move on slowly through the different lessons to really hit all angles of the new skill. Both girls seem to be enjoying it and most of the time they are able to get the hang of it themselves. So far so good!
Today was filled with church and solid delirium for both the girls. They were so giggly and looney! This makes me nuts!!!!! I love the giggles but the loon nonsense makes me crazy! They just start getting ornery and stop listening. We have been staying up really late and I've decided it might be time to start inching towards our normal bedtime to avoid days like today. The day ended nicely thoug. I fired up my Chris Tomlin worship music and sent them outside to jump on the trampoline for 4 hours. Work that energy out while mommy get's rid of her crazy eyes.
Next thing that I can't understand is the sheer amount of food my family eats during summer! Any other mamas find this to be a struggle to keep up with? I'm talking meals and snack plates every hour! I really try my best to feed my family fresh and organic. I know this isn't for everyone but it's really important to me and something I try to stick to. We have a great produce stand around the corner from us that I make weekly trips to stock up on all of our fruits and veggies. I recently tried Butcher Box for our meats and we gather fresh eggs from our hens daily. My girls are super picky as I mentioned last week in my Mommy Monday post and my hubby is pretty picky too. I'll eat anything so I'm super easy I think! Erik is a big guy so to feed him is literally 3 servings of our dinner or meal.He likes what we have coined "goulash" meals. That means basically anything that looks like a casserole and is all wet and mushy together. He also is trying to keep the lbs. off so he wants me to make healthy " goulash" . What?! He loves mexican food, won't eat fish, no pork, minimal fruit and some veggies. Okay, good luck to me! My struggle is not spending an million dollars a week on feeding everyone. How does anyone else battle this? I think it may be time to get back to Costco trips!
Lastly, I had such a happy mommy heart this week with my whole gang together. If you have followed for a while you know my hubby is a police officer. We don't see him as much as we would like to. When he is home our time together as a unit is gold! He took the kids with him running errands the other day and came back with two games. They picked up LIFE and Battleship. We decided on LIFE first. We got our snacks all ready and gathered around our sweet new breakfast nook table to play. We giggled and played together for about an hour. Man do I love my little group. Time like that is so priceless and makes my heart so full.