Schoolmarmee Gets Ready and Gets Set…

Mr. Gore and I have spent the last 24 hours preparing our home for what feels like the biggest day of my life coming up on Thursday…

the first day of school!!!

My parents have been planning on keeping the children for us for 2 nights so we could celebrate our anniversary (on June 11th), but things kept coming up, and the date kept getting pushed back…

but then the stars seemingly lined up and we used our baby-sitting card for this Monday and Tuesday night. What was initially supposed to be a romantic staycation at home turned into a bit of a work holiday, but we have had such fun together as we have enjoyed the luxury of working and thinking and planning without interruption, and completing projects in our home that have been on a waiting list since at least 2011.

In hindsight, I honestly can’t think of a better way to kick off the schoolyear, and I am shocked at what we have been able to accomplish without the children underfoot.

Maps have been hung, wire baskets have been drilled into the wall, the furniture has been rearranged, groceries and supplies have been purchased, the yard has been mowed, presents have been wrapped (that’s right…in Mrs. Gore’s Home Academy, we don’t do school without a few presents!), and tomorrow afternoon after the children’s naps, they will come home to a house that is ready to educate and to inspire and to celebrate!

Honestly? I could weep and sing and run and dance all at the same time.

I haven’t been this excited since Miss Sunday’s 3rd birthday party.

You see, I love my kids. And I love being home. And I love being home with my kids. And I love school. And I love clean houses. And I love celebrations…

And tomorrow through at least Friday will be a conglomeration of all of the above, to the point that I am doubtful that I will be falling asleep anytime soon. Especially since I had a Dr. Pepper at 7:00 p.m. (I knew better, but you can’t eat Chinese food during your staycation without a Dr. Pepper…). I feel like Leslie Knope the night before the Pawnee Harvest Festival, surveying my handiwork and my realm with a manic smile. Even the most negative cynic could not bring me down tonight…

And while I am almost positive that I will someday look back and chuckle at my utter naivety concerning the monstrous task that is ahead of me, I am determined to walk confidently and optimistically through this week, to grab the homeschool bull by the horns, to be a cheerful and chipper Pollyanna, and to entertain the notion that even this time-consuming and self-sacrificing act of voluntarily being the homeschool teacher to at least 3 children will be as beautiful and as lovely and as enjoyable as I imagine it will be.

I’m sure there will be days when I wake up late, when will I feel selfish and want to watch “Live with Kelly” instead of teaching, when all 3 kids will be crying at the same time, when there will be nothing to eat for lunch, when I will be up to my neck in laundry, when I will wonder if I was an absolute lunatic when I decided to homeschool…

but today? I am full of hope and gratitude, for only God could have brought me to this place, and so I know full well that He will continue to work in me, even as I teach my children how to read and write and – Lord, help me – do arithmetic.

I have another full day of cleaning and baking and prepping and grooming tomorrow, and then, once naptime is over and my Mom brings the kids back home…its the day-before-school cookie and present party!! Depending on how my day goes, I’ll either be baking Pioneer Woman’s Homemade Whoopee Pies or sending Mr. Gore after a box of Little Debbie’s Oatmeal Cream Pies.

I’ll let you know how that goes…

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some mopping to do!

One thought on “Schoolmarmee Gets Ready and Gets Set…

  1. “I feel like Leslie Knope the night before the Pawnee Harvest Festival, surveying my handiwork and my realm with a manic smile.” Best part of this blog post!!! Enjoy!!

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