Ingrid is home right now, playing with fabric and her stuffed animals. We just did puzzles together and read in bed while Otis is napping. She's not sick, it's not a day off. We just didn't send her back to school after the holiday break. I couldn't be happier.
The past month or so has been very trying. Lots of temper tantrums and crying, lots and lots of yelling on all of our parts. I felt a real disconnect and was just not happy. I didn't understand why my daughter was acting out, why our house felt so stressful, why my life felt like nothing was getting done.
And then we had the holiday break, and after our travels to MI and the kids getting over sickness (more or less) things calmed down. We had our nice slow mornings of coffee, breakfast, playing, reading, games, and happiness. Otis' naptime was time for Ingrid and I to spend together, or for her to have rest time and me to get things done. There was peace in the house, there were so few temper tantrums I've almost forgotten how horrible they were. Tears are still there sometimes, but only when it's time to eat or rest.
So when school started back up again, we just decided not to send her back. Instead, we painted.
And then threw the kids in the bath with some shaving cream to "paint" with.
And did more puzzles.
And went to story time, which Otis LOVED! He thought singing songs and clapping hands was pretty okay.
We'll try again in the fall, but if it gets back to being that stressful, forget it. I used to wonder if I could be a homeschooler, if I had the patience, or could follow through with it, but now I know I can do it if it's what's right for us.