We got everything on our task board finished except a couple of things by lunchtime. We went out to lunch with my dad and then the kids begged him to drive us up below the dam at Keystone Lake. We drove out and ended up spending about an hour and a half there. We kicked off our shoes, waded in the lake, felt the sand between our toes, examined the algae, found some feathers, watched the storks and pelicans, searched for pretty pebbles, and Jake decided to wade out as far as he could and then SIT in the lake. He was soaked from the neck down.
We got home around 2:30 and finished up our schoolwork just after three.
It wasn't until after dinner, when I finally got a few moments to myself alone in my room, that it hit me. Tears actually came to my eyes as I realized just how much I had missed "doing school" with my kids. Sitting with them and discussing important things, thoughts and ideas. Hearing them ask deep questions and think through things on their own. Just being with them, sharing the time. I have missed it so much over the past year, with all the extra kids here. I've missed enjoying my own kids. I'm so glad to be able to do it again, and I thank God for the opportunity.