Friday!! It's Friday!!!
Fridays are one of two things for us
during the school year...Free days or Co-op Days (which are just as
fun). Our Co-op meets twice a month on Fridays and we have 19 families, over 50 kids. This Friday was our first Co-op day of the Spring semester. With this first class day came a few changes for our group.
We used to meet from 9:15am - 1:45pm with lunch in there for 45
minutes. Due to scheduling issues with the church who is allowing us to
use part of their building and ideas from great moms in our group, we
started this spring with a new time of 8:30am and ended at 11:45am.
This accomplishes several things...we
don't have to pay the church extra for cleaning they might need to do
other than the regular upkeep...moms don't have to make and pack lunches
and then attempt to socialize during lunch while feeding all the
kiddos...if we have a trip to take for the weekend, we can leave earlier
or we can just go home earlier to chill.
This first Friday went fantastically...here's the breakdown...
7:10am I wake up and start my new Angela Thomas devotion, Choosing Joy because I'm done with my bible study (yes, yes, after 7 months I'm done and it rocked my heart!)
No coffee first thing this morning, just my new found chocolate-honey-yogurt-coffee mask.
7:25am I start helping J get dressed and
ready (interpret this to mean...I pull the covers off he is holding
onto with his dear life and force him to roll over so we can start on
the socks and pants). As he begins to come to consciousness he screams
"It's a Monster" and then laughs at himself b/c he is just soooooo
funny. (I still have the mask on)
7: 35am J is eating his homemade
breakfast of Kellogg's poptarts and vitamins. I get dressed then finish
packing up our stuff to take.
7:45am SP wakes up, I get him dressed
and ready. We all brush our teeth, I make coffee to go and load the
car, I load SP then J comes out and gets in the car. (Have I mentioned
I've owned a minivan now for 9 months and I LOVE IT. J gets in and out
8:15am we head to co-op. We make it
with 1/2 a minute left ;-) Oh yea. And I'm blessed with friends who
always offer to help us carry stuff in. Not sure
8:30am co-op begins. New changes introduced, rooms assigned, I lead a quick devotion (we all take turns at this during the year) and everyone is dispersed.
8:45am First Classes - SP gets to play in the nursery with his 3 buddies for the next few hours. J heads to God's World News class and I get to help in the Gamma (3rd/4th grade) class Chess Club/Games class.
9:30am Second Classes - J heads to the
Zeta's new Home Ec class. The 3 boys in the group aren't incredibly
excited about this, but when it's over, they have all learned to sew a
button and made a fun drawing around it (J drew PacMan and the button of
course was one of the white dots). Such a creative group of moms we
have! I head to the nursery, it's my time to play with SP and his pals
10:15am Third Classes - J and I both head to Where Fore art
Thou? The Zeta Shakespeare class I'm teaching. Again, the 3 boys
aren't incredibly excited about this one, but I win them over with "we
will also learn a few Shakespearian insults". Yea, I'm that kind of
cool teacher ;-)
11:00am Fourth Classes - J and his Zeta
group now get their turn in the Chess Club/Logics Games class and I get
this 45 minutes off. All moms get 1 class time off during the day.
11:45am we are done! I really, really
like this new schedule. Several of us head out to get lunch and we meet
back up at a local park for an hour or so. We can actually visit and
the kids enjoy playing. Ok, so J hasn't been a "playground" kind of kid
for several years b/c it's just difficult physically but he takes his
PS Vita with him and is happy as can be showing it to friends.
2:00pm we are home, SP is down for a
nap, J is relaxing in his room and I spend some time finishing a sequin
ball I started the year J was born and watch a couple more Ugly Betty
I LOVE Fridays :-) We have some
incredible families in our co-op. I used to pray for J to have good guy
friends to come up along side of him, friends who would not just want
to "help" him like they so many times did in public school (not knocking that, they just didn't have time to really get to know each other)
but guys who just want to be around him because of who he is. He has
that now. He has several incredible guy friends because of our co-op,
friends he gets to spend quality time with outside of "school". And I
have to add that the 3 girls in the Zeta class have become incredible friends with the guys too, it's an awesome thing to witness. God is so good. And SP just keeps everyone at co-op giggling...and out of breath catching him ;-)