The Reality – A Live Blogging Adventure: 4 Moms, 35 Kids

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Are you ready for an inside look into the homes of 4 larger than average families?  Want to know the real inside scoop?  Curious as to how much trouble the kids can find in a day?  Think our day is a walk in the park or more likely to be a train wreck?  Here’s your chance to find out.Connie at Smockity Frocks, The Headmistress at The Common Room, KimC at Life in a Shoe and myself will be live blogging today about the day to day realities of homeschooling a houseful.  We will be posting live updates throughout the day, so check back often to see if our day looks similar to yours or if you’ve never heard of anything so insane.

Today was slated to be a typical school day here at Raising Olives.  Here is our schedule if your interested in seeing how our day is “supposed” to look.  However, just to make things exciting two of the children (Matthew – 10 and Alyssa – 9) started coming down with something yesterday evening.

Scroll down to the bottom of this post for frequent updates.

5:30 Woke and moved to the family room to read Bible, after updating blog of course.

6:00 Let the children sleep in since some are recovering and some are coming down with the bug.  Mark leaves for work.

6:15 Amber (13), Kaitlin (12) and Alyssa (9) wake up.  Amber gets breakfast into the oven (coffee cake) and the others begin reading their Bibles.  Alyssa reports that her headache is gone and only her cold symptoms remain.

Colby (3) comes running in to claim his place beside me on the couch and is rubbing and kissing my belly and saying, “My baby, my baby. Mom will  you open up your belly so I can feel the baby kick?”   Carter (8) is also up and reading his Bible.

6:30 Reminded Colby several a zillion times to be quiet so everyone can read.  Amber reports that the buttermilk we were making yesterday didn’t set.  Looked and found out that the buttermilk we used as a starter was more than 2 weeks out of date, maybe that had something to do with our poor results.

7:00 Everyone disperses to get dressed, clean bedrooms, brush teeth and do their before breakfast chores.  Nick (1) wakes up grumpy and crying.  I think I’ll be having some company while I get ready.  And no, I didn’t get my Bible reading finished.

I shower and dress, change and dress Nicholas and Colby, brush the little boys teeth and start a load of laundry.  This in addition to solving anything that arises with the children while they get ready for the day.  I’m not sad when breakfast is slow.

Some of the items I attended to in this half hour that I can remember:

  • Two boys locked a third boy out of the bedroom so he couldn’t get ready.
  • The little boys fussing at each other (about 4 times).
  • Colby found only ONE of his slipper shoes that he wanted to wear today.  Evidently a very, very sad occurrence.  To console himself the one slipper shoe that he found is sitting beside his plate of fruit and coffee cake as I type.
  • One of the children searched through the dryer for some clothes and left clean clothes mixed with the dirty clothes getting ready to go into the washer.

7:38 Both bedrooms look beautiful resulting in a tie in the battle of the bedrooms.  Perhaps this is a result of me threatening to name names during live blogging when neither bedroom checked yesterday.

Alyssa is feeling much better, but Matthew is not.  He’s not eating breakfast and heads off to lay down.  We sit down to breakfast.

Suzanne (the college student who lives with us) is sleeping in, so we set her breakfast aside for her to eat when she is ready.

Ate breakfast amidst a cacophony of chatter, coughing  and requests to be excused to blow noses.  Went through our memorization box, laughed while Colby snuggled his slipper shoe.  Then the kids read (and laughed) about their day thus far, via the blog.

8:20 Set the timer for 30 minutes for chores.  The timer is for me.  I enjoy cleaning and will get involved in a cleaning or organizing project and ignore the children if I don’t have a reminder to stop and teach some reading.   ;)

Folded a load of laundry while I watched Nick flip and spin (“Watch, momma, watch momma”).  Found a sheet and two rag towels that were tattered beyond use, pulled a child’s sweater out of the lonely sock basket and wondered when the last time was that the children checked the lonely sock basket for matches and wondered how anyone had any clean socks whatsoever.

Alyssa starts practicing her violin and Colby (who spent most of chore time in the bathroom (go figure)) tries tying her up with a rope.  Discouraged from tying up his sister he starts on the fridge.

9:00 Switch and start another load of laundry and exhort the children who will be folding laundry later today to be sure to check the lonely sock basket.

Time for preschool with the youngest children.  Yesterday we started painting some salt dough sculptures that we made.  Today we will paint some more.

Stop getting out paint stuff and try to help Amber get online to do her math. (Tech problems)

As the rest of the children finish their chores they begin doing their independent school work (math, Greek, handwriting, composition and other fun projects that I put into their work boxes).

9:30 The little boys are having so much fun painting, we decide not to stop yet.  A whole jar of red paint has been dumped onto the floor.  I’m very thankful for hard wood throughout our living and sleeping areas!

Alyssa (9) continues to practice her violin (yes in the same room as “preschool”).  The little girls (5 and 6) sit at the kids table (yes, in the same room as “preschool”) and chat as they work on their handwriting.  Amber (13), Kaitlin (12) and Carter (8) continue to work on various school assignments some are in the “preschool” room and some are at the dining table.  Matthew (10) is sleeping in his room.

9:43 Sit down with the 5 youngest and work on memorization.  Colby makes sure he and big brother have guns, just in case.

9:48 Send the little boys to wrestle, switch the laundry and start listening to my three beginning or early readers.   Alyssa is finished with violin and begins her other work.  Kaitlin (12) practices piano and Amber (13) moves to the violin.  (We don’t always do it in this order, the order in which they do their independent work is up to them.)

10:07 I avert a near catastrophe, albeit a common one, and remember to pull dinner out of the freezer, chicken lasagna.

Continue listening to reading while looking over completed assignments.  The two youngest boys escape downstairs and I know they’re fine by the shouting and banging that escapes up the staircase.

10:20 Check on Matthew to see if he can join us for Bible, read alouds and discussion.  He brings a pillow and blanket and lays down on the couch.  Amber passes out carrot sticks in the kitchen, the little boys miraculously appear.

Bible reading with the little ones spread around on bigger ones laps.

Colby tells Amber (whose lap he’s sitting in) that the baby in mommy’s tummy is his, but that mommy will make her (Amber) a baby next.

10:40 We move on to some history reading.  The four youngest are allowed to pick a quiet activity.  Today the 2 little boys ask to go play outside on the deck.  Nicholas gets his finger shut in the sliding glass door.  After some comforting, fetching of guns and soldier hats, we are ready to start.  The girls begin folding their laundry.

10:45 Stop and deal with the fight that breaks out between the two little boys.  Give Matthew a cool cloth and some ibuprofen for his nasty headache.  Back to history.

Encourage Colby and Nicholas not to pound on the outside of the house with sticks.

11:23 Since Matthew is feeling miserable (and I’m beginning to not feel so hot), we decide to call it a school day.  Matthew heads back to bed and we allow Colby and Nicholas to come back in the house.

I pull another load out of the dryer only to discover that one of the little girls put their self-inking stamp into the laundry.  The girls point out all the purple stains as they fold their clothes.  I remind them to check the lonely sock basket.

I help Carter and Alyssa with their art assignment.

Thank you to my real life friend The Happy Housewife for some link love, although I’m pretty sure that she just called me crazy.

12:09 Sadie (6) and I start making lunch, tuna fish sandwiches with pickles and fruit.  Matthew requests chicken broth.

The younger children are drawing, older ones are finishing up art, math and music.

12:15 My kids love helping in the kitchen, as soon as Sadie and I started lunch this was what happened.  Since I’m obviously not needed in the kitchen I scour the house to assess the damage.  Colby and Nicholas had taken most of the pillows off of the couches in the living room, so  I asked them to come pick it up while I removed 6 books, a battery and a lone sock from where the cushions were removed.

Everyone pitches in to clean up before lunch.

12:50 The children sit down to eat and I check email, catch up on Twitter and load some pictures to the blog.

1:15 The kids work together to clean up from lunch.  They are motivated because it’s sunny outside, for the first time in a long time and outside play is next.

I start thinking about getting something to eat for myself.

1:30 The kids head outside to play and bring me lots and lots of bouquets of flowers.  Glad I have my handy-dandy shot glasses;)

Suzanne comes home and grabs lunch.

1:58 Tell the children it’s time to pick up and come inside.  Nicholas isn’t happy with the turn of events.

Deal with Nicholas.

Accept another nice bouquet from Carter (8) and this one comes with a love note.

One of the children brings me a notice that the mailman still isn’t delivering our packages because of our ferocious dog. *voice dripping sarcasm when I say ferocious*

Change a diaper, wash some faces, read some bedtime books and put the little ones down for a nap.  The big kids spend 5 minutes cleaning up their respective areas. WHEW!

2:20 All non-nappers have quiet time (most have more Bible reading to finish) and request to read outside.  Of course they may!

I still haven’t eaten lunch, so put a leftover potato in the toaster oven.  Eat and head off to rest myself.

4:40 The boys must have been very tired because they sleep for nearly two hours.  The big kids also stayed quiet and occupied.  I read and rested.

I put the chicken lasagna in the oven and change a diaper. Some kids go out to play.  Some kids are doing research online.  Nick (1) snuggles with mommy, then is ready to play outside.

Sit on the front porch reading and watching the kids ride bikes and play war as the rest of the children trickle outside.

5:20 I wonder if any of the children would prefer to get dinner on the table instead of playing outside with Daddy who just got home.

I get some vegetables cooking and start setting the table.

5:30 Check the chicken lasagna and realize that it won’t be done when I planned. Turn the heat off  from under the veggies.

6:02 The troops come in, report that Nick (1) is terrific at throwing and catching.

We take two minutes to tidy up the house again.  I wonder how it gets so messy so quickly.

Sit down to dinner.

6:40 Family worship

7:00 The children work together to clean the kitchen while Mark supervises and I get the two youngest boys ready for bed.

7:21 The children and I head to bed.

I really should finish my post for tomorrow, a review and giveaway of the art program that we use and love, but I’m running a fever and just want to read for a while and go to sleep.

Mark still has a lot of office work to do on the computer and will probably try to catch some of March Madness tonight.

What do you think?  Similar to your house or crazier than you imagined or both?

Check in on the other 3 moms to see how their days are shaping up.

The Common Room

Life in a Shoe

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60 Responses to The Reality – A Live Blogging Adventure: 4 Moms, 35 Kids
  1. Kimarie
    March 18, 2010 | 5:47 am

    Morning! I’m “watching” the show!

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  2. Jodi @ The Homeschool Desk
    March 18, 2010 | 6:36 am

    Thanks for sharing your day Kimberly. I’ll be stopping in throughout the day :)

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  3. Annie
    March 18, 2010 | 7:19 am

    I am intrigued since I only have 2.5 children thus far. I am getting ideas on how you handle things at your home, how your schedule works, how the children respond to you and so forth. I am really blessed by you and your blog! Thank you for the updates! I will be tuning in as well.☺

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Thank you!

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  4. Abbie
    March 18, 2010 | 7:36 am

    Um…how did you sneak into my home? Our schedule’s a little bit different confounded by having to leave early this morning to go to something or other. Right now, I’m waiting for our four year old to remember to put his socks and shoes on…this will be be the third reminder I’ve had to issue today just for the socks and shoes.

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  5. Roan
    March 18, 2010 | 7:45 am

    Sounds like a typical day so far! I am letting mine sleep a little bit later today too (but I always regret it when I do this). It is almost 8:00, and instead of beginning school at 8, we will begin at 9 this morning. Only my 2 boys are currently awake. I need to shower, fix breakfast, and get the girls up and everyone going on their morning chores…..so we can be ready at 9:00!
    I look forward to checking on you throughout the day.
    Have a great day!

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  6. Heather
    March 18, 2010 | 7:51 am

    Hi! What a great idea:) So fun to hear about all your little ones. I will be praying for you today–that IS a lot of work, doing all of it & blogging about it. It is fascinating how it all flows with so many, though. Heather, with 5 kids, homeschooling 2:)

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    So what do you think? The productive part of the day is over and I’m looking forward to nap time.

    Do you have a better idea of how it flows?

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    Heather Reply:

    I do see the flow better! I hope you get a nap:) They sound like such good kids:)) And, you work hard with them. You are a great example!

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  7. abba12
    March 18, 2010 | 8:20 am

    Time for bed for us Australians, but thought I’d message and say, I’m amazed at the huge difference between the two bloggers I follow (Raising Olives and Smockity Frocks). One so organized, one so crazy, I’m not sure which I would prefer! I just love the contrast of Kimberly organising 30 minute chores with a timer, after serving a breakfast of coffee cake and fruit, while Connie franticly searches for coffee and discovers a lack of towels. I think my house is more like Connie’s! Go the crazyness!

    (Posted to both blogs)

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    So funny, I would not have classified our home as “not crazy”. Yes, organized, but I we rarely get it all done.

    I actually just got caught up on laundry last week. I actually took a picture of my obnoxiously big pile of unwashed laundry. Thought I might post it for a not me monday.

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  8. Jenny
    March 18, 2010 | 8:32 am

    Looking forward to following throughout the day. :o) Sounds like a great start thus far. Would you mind sharing sometime what a week of breakfasts looks like at your house?

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Absolutely!

    Monday oatmeal, Tuesday Dutch Puff, Wednesday eggs, toast and sausage, Thursday coffee cake, Friday cream of brown rice. We have either milk or juice and fruit most mornings.

    I have to get a great start, my energy doesn’t last much past mid-day. :)

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  9. Kimarie
    March 18, 2010 | 8:40 am

    LOL so I’m not the only one who has children spending chore times in bathrooms…? I feel so much better! Hahahaha!

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    What is with that??

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  10. Kara
    March 18, 2010 | 9:39 am

    Wow, now I feel really disorganized and lazy. I love your organization though and all you’ve accomplished so far!

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Don’t feel disorganized or lazy. It’s nearly 11am. My day, at least the productive part of it, will end in two hours. :)

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  11. My Boaz's Ruth
    March 18, 2010 | 10:05 am

    We had a late start today because we forgot to set our alarm last night, yikes!

    Luckily, my husband didn’t have to drop the boy off at childcare today becausae our provider is sick and our alternate doesn’t open until 8a, so it isn’t as bad as it could have been. But I still had to rush DS after he got up.

    What kind of memorization are you doing with the youngest? I assume that includes the 1 year old and 3 year old? What kind of memorization do you expect out of them? (Does it depend on how well they are talking at that age?)

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    It does include our 1 and 3 year old. They work with the big kids on all of the stuff in the memorization box, but then when I work with only the younger ones we do verses, passages of scripture and poems along with the Children’s Catechism.

    Most of our recitation we do together, so it’s very low pressure on the little ones. They don’t have to recite things alone.

    The three year old memorizes quickly (even the longer, big kid passages) and the one year old simply shouts out words here and there.

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  12. Sandpiper
    March 18, 2010 | 10:54 am

    I love hearing about your day! It’s just as crazy as mine! I have one question, how do you do workboxes? I have heard of them, but figured that with 6 kids(soon to be 7) we wouldn’t have the space for all those boxes.
    Hope you’re all feeling better soon!

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Great question! I developed our own system, different from others that I’ve seen.

    Let me try to explain in a nut shell. I have those plastic sets of drawers and I’ve stacked 3 on top of each other. Each child has their own set of color coded numbers with velcro on the back and all of the drawers have multiple pieces of velcro on the fronts.

    I have several of the boxes labeled, Greek, handwriting, history, writing, etc. for subjects we do every day. Then for everyone who is doing that subject I put one of their specially colored numbers on that box.

    So since I have 5 children who are doing handwriting that box will have 5 handwriting books in it and 5 differently colored numbers on the front.

    I do this with each subject and then have drawers that aren’t labeled for activities that we don’t do every single day.

    Each child simply takes off his colored number when he is done with that drawer.

    Does that make sense?? I keep thinking that I will do a post with pictures and all, but haven’t gotten around to it yet.

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    Sandpiper Reply:

    Thanks for your reply! Yes, that makes sense and what a great way to modify it for many children!

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  13. Christina
    March 18, 2010 | 10:55 am

    I do believe she called you Crazy HAHAHAHAHAHA
    No1lefthere-Chris

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    You’re right, what is up with that??

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    Christina Reply:

    LOL Cuz its the Happy Housewife.. And she can…(and shes not blogging with ya LOLOLOL)

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  14. Nicki
    March 18, 2010 | 11:31 am

    I’m enjoying this! In fact, I just may do one myself! It’s nice to know that you have to stop everything to ‘break up a fight’ or ‘avert a catastrophe.’ So reassuring.

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    ALL. THE. TIME.

    It’s one reason why I wanted to live blog, I don’t want people to think that we all just do what we’re supposed to do when we’re supposed to do it. I just don’t schedule “break up a fight” into my schedule or at least that’s not what I label it!

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  15. Lori
    March 18, 2010 | 12:11 pm

    Is it making you realize even more how much you accomplish in one day by writing down all that you do? I see you get up 45 minutes earlier than I do for some ‘me’ time. I love that. I’m going to try that tomorrow and do something for me in a quiet home. Also, do you cook ahead of time and freeze? Just wondering. I’ll stop back to catch up the rest of your day. Thanks for sharing.

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    We do cook ahead. I posted about our bulk freezer cooking. It has been such a blessing for our family.

    We save so much time on shopping, planning, preparing and cleaning up meals. I just have to plan and shop for breakfast and lunch and make sure we have veggies and rice for dinner.

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  16. chantelle
    March 18, 2010 | 1:02 pm

    Thank you for taking the time to do this.

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  17. Christine
    March 18, 2010 | 1:14 pm

    I am loving this, Kim!

    Sending the boys off to wrestle… stopping them from pounding the house with sticks… fingers smashed… fights…. Ah, it’s so nice to know that I’m not alone! lol

    You’ve almost inspired to me to try live-bogging one of our days. Almost.

    P.S. It was so nice meeting you at Blissdom. Sorry I haven’t connected with you since. Did you hear I’m expecting #7?

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    CONGRATULATIONS!

    You are certainly not alone and you have more boys than I do, right?

    It was terrific to meet you at Blissdom, I’ve cut back a lot on my blogging time since then and have done no follow up with anyone at all. :( However, I am doing what I’m supposed to be doing and the rest will just have to wait until my kids don’t need me as much. Honestly, I’m not looking forward to that.

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    Christine Reply:

    Thank you! Yes, I have FIVE boys!

    I know what you mean about not looking forward to not being needed… My mom always said the days may seem long, but the years are short. Time sure is flying by.

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    I thought that you were all lopsided like that, 5 boys and 1 girl.

    I like your mom’s saying, very true.

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  18. Shannon
    March 18, 2010 | 2:05 pm

    Wow! I’m worn out just from reading!

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  19. Kelly
    March 18, 2010 | 2:12 pm

    Sounds a lot like my home. We rarely get it all done, either, and I DID take a picture of my obnoxious laundry pile just this week. We have 6 so far, ourselves. Nice to read that we are not the only “crazy” ones out there. God Bless!

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  20. Amy Matthews
    March 18, 2010 | 2:36 pm

    I am so blessed by this live blogging. I have four children the oldest just turned five so we haven’t begun official homeschooling yet, just some preschool work. My house is crazy alot of days. I am so relieved to hear that you also have to break up fights and calm down toddlers. I thought my kids were just unruley. Maybe they are just normal instead?

    I am wondering did the noise ever bother you. I am finding that the more of them become vocal the crazier I have become!

    Also I would love love love to hear about naptimes at your house. I will search your blog and see what I can find.

    Thanks again!

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Noise still bothers me, although I’m much more tolerant and used to it now. It will still occasionally get to be too much for me and I appreciate quiet time when everyone gets a break.

    One of the motivations of sending the boys downstairs to wrestle or sending them out onto the deck is noise level They need to get their energy and noise out and I prefer they do it a little farther from me than my lap. :)

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    If you didn’t find what you were looking for about naps, please just ask. What are your specific questions?

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  21. kim
    March 18, 2010 | 2:51 pm

    whoa! i am exhausted just reading this. some of my days are just as crazy as this, but no where near as productive.

    my husband and i are in debates about homeschooling our oldest this fall. i am not good about schedules or organization. i have 2 kids, going on 3. i am not sure if this makes me want to run for the hills ;) i kid, i kid….. or makes me realize that if you can do this with all of your kids then maybe i can handle doing it with mine.

    i write this all as my 18 mos old is in his bed squealing rather than napping, my 4 year old is having her quiet time, and my house is in utter disarray following my 3 day stomach bug.

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    There is a lot of great help out there for beginning homeschoolers.

    When our oldest was 5 we didn’t do nearly the this much school and we frequently don’t get this much school done in one day. We homeschool year round so that if we don’t get everything done every day it doesn’t matter. We’ll just pick up where we left off the next day.

    When our oldest was 5 I just taught her to read and then when she started wanting to write I purchased a handwriting book for her. We didn’t begin most of the other subjects until our oldest was 7.

    I’ve posted about teaching reading and beginning to teach writing. :)

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  22. Mama Mirage
    March 18, 2010 | 5:50 pm

    Love it! It’s so nice to see that your family is so normal! :)

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  23. bunny
    March 18, 2010 | 8:40 pm

    Certainly have enjoyed seeing what you are up to! I miss you all and pray you get over this quickly!

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  24. Erin
    March 18, 2010 | 8:57 pm

    Thank you for letting us peak in your windows again today!
    I had to laugh at the great use you found for the Amazing Bible Timeline. ;)
    ~Erin

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    :)

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  25. Jay
    March 19, 2010 | 7:04 am

    Am I the only mail that read this post. that was awesome. Such rich and rewarding life instead of wasted watching sitcoms and triviality like most families in our country.

    I sent it to a bunch of ladies on my facebook who friended me from http://arrowcollectors.com/

    Do consider registering your family. We have 175 families registered now from most of the states. Consider reposting about it sometime, Kimberly.

    j

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    I think that I have two other male readers. ;)

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  26. jennibell
    March 19, 2010 | 7:34 am

    This is incredible!!! I just finished reading all four of your posts from yesterday — that took about an hour! Wow, what crazy and BLESSED lives you all leave. I have four but don’t homeschool except in the summer because I don’t like long breaks from routine. Each year I find it harder to send them back to school because truly, the more I’m with them, the more I enjoy them. They are currently 11, 9, 7, and 6. . .I love being a mom!!!! Thanks for these very real glimpses into your lives…I see now what my working-mom-friend-of-seven daily life must look like before-and-after school (she’s a teacher) — details like meals and chores. Whew! This makes me admire you all soooooooooooooooo much more!!!!

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  27. Katena Dyser
    March 19, 2010 | 11:56 am

    I have to h and it to u homeschool moms wow. i am the mom of 6 and can relate. Since we have moved to Wa our schedules have changed drastically. thanks for sharing and i am tired from reading it. congrats on the new baby soon

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  28. Dawna
    March 19, 2010 | 2:01 pm

    Your blog is such an encouragement and a blessing to me. I enjoy gleaning wisdom from other Moms… thank you for your inspiration AND your honesty. It is nice to see what a day in the Olive Grove looks like :)… looks a lot like ours although I only have two munchkins to look after and one to grow. Have a blessed weekend!

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  29. happyheartshelpinghands
    March 19, 2010 | 10:01 pm

    Thanks for live-blogging; I enjoyed it and, like a lot of the others who commented, am happy to see that our lives are very similar in many ways! Hope you are feeling better soon! I’ve prayed for you today!

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Thank you so much for your prayers. I appreciate them more than I can adequately express.

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  30. Elizabeth
    March 20, 2010 | 12:37 am

    Thanks for sharing! Just curious, how do you address with your kids playing war, and using guns. It seems to be a constant battle around our house. They pick it up from other friends, but my husband and I feel that it isn’t Christ-like. A constant struggle!

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Hi Elizabeth,

    My husband and I do not have a problem with our children playing war and guns, so we haven’t had to face that issue. We don’t let our boys involve our girls and our girls are uninterested, but beyond that we are fine with it.

    I would just say to state your expectations clearly and consistently enforce your standards.

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  31. Tracey (momtofivekdis)
    March 21, 2010 | 8:02 am

    I loved reading about your day!

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  32. Liz
    July 15, 2010 | 5:20 pm

    //Colby makes sure he and big brother have guns, just in case.//

    love it!

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  33. Sue
    August 27, 2010 | 5:48 pm

    Thanks so much for inviting us into your home for the day! That was fun! I think I might do a post like this on my blog once we get into the swing of our new school year.

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  34. jonniemomof6ak
    April 7, 2011 | 2:50 am

    This is great and makes me feel so adequate, I have 6 boys and 1 girl, and I know about all the constant noise. I am really begining to realize, that keeping their hearts is more important, than getting everything done. You are a super mom! I thank you so much for your blog.

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  35. Momof11
    August 25, 2012 | 1:05 am

    I enjoyed reading about your day! I’m amazed that it sounds so much like our house! I thought everyone else was organized and I had to hide. Thanks so much! Cheryl (Momof11)

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  36. Theresa
    September 17, 2012 | 3:17 pm

    Thank you for putting this schedule on your site. I googled for some guidance as a :) Christian expecting our 4th next April. I need to put aside the anxiety and get a routine down!!!

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