Thursday begins about 5:30 AM when Andy leaves for the airport. I should get up, but I go back to sleep until 6:45. Around 7, I find that the twins are up and have opened all the drawers to Farmerboy's dresser and are climbing them like a ladder. This dresser is not attached to the wall. The boys therefore begin their day with serious discipline.
Then we move on to breakfast.
The twins are their usual whirlwind in the morning. After we all do catechism together and I read aloud to the bigger kids, I sit down with them and we do "math" (what they call workbooks). They like having books like the older kids. Both of them go through several pages of Modern Curriculum Press Phonics K because circling is a novelty. Then it's on to Montessori animal puzzles.
We get the Botany puzzles out, too, but they're a little more difficult. Katydid gives a lesson on parts of the flower.
And again, outside after lunch with tulips.
It's about 55 degrees and the wind is blowing 20 or 30 mph. Cold. But sunny.
Gareth tells me the twins are playing in the garden, but a few minutes later they take off up the hill. Fortunately Katydid follows them (with the camera).
Here they are in the woods. Without telling me where they were going. Gareth, Farmerboy, and I spend about 30 minutes looking for them. When they all come out of the woods, they get the "Tell me where you are going first" lecture.
Then it's time for a nap, and book work for the three older kids.
Then we have pancakes for dinner in front of the TV.
Then I read a bunch of books to the little boys.
Then it's 10:00 and I wrestle them to bed.
At nearly 11:00, we all are finally asleep. Just a typical night when Andy is out of town.