Let me first say, we had a great trip to Florida. Our friends were so gracious, so generous, so welcoming and so patience with us. Hosting two middle age parenting novices, a two-year old and a five-year old is not for the faint of heart, but our friends handled it with charm and grace. My husband and I have been through a lot of changes, good and bad, in the past 12 months, it was so comforting to be with people who accept you for who you are, warts and all. I should have asked the wife about all of her home schooling experience, instead I vented about the overwhelming feeling I have now about this new phase in my life. She was so encouraging, and gave me great advice and materials to bring home with me. Their teen-age children were wonderful with the girls, many times they gave us a much-needed break so we could rest, relax and catch up with our friends.
As I stated before, it was wonderful to see my husband with his old friend, including the two of them doing cannon balls in the swimming pool. We ended our vacation going to Canaveral National Seashore, an absolute beautiful and natural wonderland. We frolicked in the waves at Playa Linda Beach, and saw what sand dunes really look like full of indigenous palms and vegetation. We saw four alligators on the wilderness trail and my girls were very excited.
It was also great to get home. Today was our first full day home. I have become quite a homebody, I guess. With a break from swimming lessons for the next two weeks, we started home schooling again to include phonics, reading, handwriting, and math. The little boy who I watch came over, and he practiced handwriting and phonics with my daughter in the morning. Then they played with the slip and slide until lunch. After that all three took a nap, but my oldest couldn’t sleep so we started on her new Math workbook and made good progress. As I sat with her at her little red table near the window in the playroom, I felt so comfortable teaching her like it was meant to be. All of the fears just melted away.
Today was also day one of no Pull-ups for my youngest child. She did really well in the morning, but as the day progressed she had three accidents. She loves to drink milk, and will drain a cup in less than a minute. I think I really need to limit her liquid intake later in the day. Thank you all for your helpful advice and commenting on potty training. We bought some Princess underpants which are still in the packages. She really loves them, and I hope she can wear them on her third birthday which is only one month away.
All in all, it was a great day!