We took school outside the minute the first cool snap came blowing through town!! There is nothing like carrying your books and blankets outdoors and spending the day out in the fresh air and sunshine!!
Andrew is just a little whiz in math and it is the neatest thing to watch. He is technically in first grade, but is already about 20 pages into his second grade math workbook!! I love that he is able to grow and progress at his own pace. It's one of the best things about homeschooling!! There's no moving on without understanding or waiting around once you've mastered the content.. it's such a natural and organic process and makes so much sense to me!!
One day, all the big kids were at my moms and Samuel and Rhett were home alone with me for the day. While Rhett napped, I decided to do something fun with my little Mawmaw. We don't get much one-on-one time, so this was a sweet treat for us!!
I got out the paint and cookie cutters and Samuel went to town.
Samuel has been my most mischievous little man. From standing in the wagon in the road getting the mail, to putting the running hose into Wade's lawnmower gas tank, to bringing my car keys to the backyard ditch, he is a nonstop handful, ha!! When I talk to older moms or read blogs with older kids, they all share how so many of these rambunctious, adventuresome qualities can be sharpened into traits that we admire and desire for our sons. I've taken hope that, one day, these traits will be virtues. He is strong, determined, innovative, and resourceful. He is wild and wiry, tender and wonderful. And while his curiosity and playful spirit can get him into trouble, I pray that he forever keeps both, using them to glorify God and draw others to Him.
A little man in the making. Very much a little boy in this moment.. a boy that throws footballs in the house, writes on the walls, and stomps bugs that come inside.. but, I pray, a man of quality and character in the making.
At first, Samuel used the cookie cutters the way they were designed.. but quickly flipped them over to use the thicker side to make a more solid design. I was so impressed!!
While I cleaned up the paint, I told Samuel to go jump in the bath. A few minutes later, I walked in to see this:
Samuel had filled the entire tub with water and dumped out a bottle of bubbles. He doesn't do anything halfway, that's for sure. Hahaa!!
He laughed and laughed at being able to blow bubbles in his Santa beard!
Oh, how I love you, my little Samuel Wade. Your request after bath time every night for, "Rock me, mama, wagon wheel" alwaaaays makes me stop and smile. As rushed as we may be, I simply have to scoop you up and sing a few lines while I sway you back and forth. You love it and I love it and my heart once again thanks God for you.