Now that we are a homeschooling family I try to keep to some sort of schedule to make sure we actually commit to school time. Mondays and Thursdays are our "big" school days with circle time and several activities, you get the point. Tuesdays and Wednesdays have a few things to get done and Fridays are the catch what we missed or just get out of the house day. No matter which day it is we do school during my littlest's morning nap.
When the little cuddle bug sleeps in, there is no morning nap. While this has only happened a couple times I am starting to get better at improvising. The baby wandered around us while we did circle time. She interjected some baby talk 101 while we did our Spanish and Sign Language practice. I helped her do her own baby friendly sorting activity while her sister did the cool one I had prepared for school. Then it came to our art project...
The plan had been to finger paint an apple tree as we hadn't done much sensory stuff this week. While I LOVE finger painting, and painting of any sort, and getting messy in general...Mama only has so much sanity and today's did not stretch to having two kids and most likely a dog covered in finger paint. Luckily my preschooler asked if we had apple stickers and it turns out we have an odd abundance of them so the girls both got to do some sticker apple trees while I prepped the cooking segment of school.
Having two kids underfoot with a hot oven, apple peeler, and knives is pretty much a safety nightmare. When in doubt, bring the toys out. I led them over to the several "centers" of play and let them have at it which gave me a whole, nearly, five more minutes. I can't really blame them, apples are awesome.
My preschooler helped me stuff some apples with raisins and syrup and spices (did I mention we enjoy messy?) while I finished peeling some additional apples to bake for applesauce tomorrow. It all finished just in time for my husband to come up for lunch and help pull it all out of the oven.
(Now, to all the moms out there: If it seems like I'm super-mom, well I am, because we all are. This job, if you show up and try, you're super mom. But if it seems like I have it all together and things are all rosy that would be a BIG stretch! I just simply omitted the tantrums, baby eating unknown things off the floor, preschooler sticking stickers to her baby sister's face, losing my patience during circle time when my preschooler had to run to the window for the fourth time because she thought she heard the trash truck...you get the idea. I add this because social media does enough to warp us into thinking we "should" be doing a better job and this blog is NOT about that at all. You are doing awesome. Keep on mom-ing like a boss.)
I'm grateful to roll with it. (No seriously, this is not my strong suit so when I do it with some grace I get very excited.) I'm grateful to have it go fairly smoothly. I'm grateful for the apple theme and all the fun things we can do with it. I'm grateful for the fun farm and apple tree toys I bought back when I was a nanny and para nearly a decade ago that have come in handy with my own kids. I'm grateful to have toy rotation which keeps half or more of the toys off my floor and makes them new again when they return. I'm grateful for this homeschool journey that is helping teach me and my daughters so much! I'm grateful my little one is catching up on sleep. I'm grateful to know that teething has an end date. I'm grateful to simplify today and still feel like we covered everything.
How do you best roll with changes to your plan? How do you simplify when it starts to go awry? What was your "win" today?
May we find the little wins in each day. May we learn to be flexible while still pushing for what is important. Have a beautiful day!