We had a first haircut (for my 3yo) and a first lost tooth (for my 5yo) this past week. These kids are just growing up way too fast. (Sniff.)
You'll notice they look remarkably similar to last year's. ;) I am so thankful that my kids don't mind wearing recycled costumes, because new ones weren't happening this year!
I took just the older five to a friend's All Saints' party that evening and they had a blast.
This post from Nancy at Sage Parnassus expresses so well why I love liberal arts homeschooling:
"But what I wanted to mention here is this; as a philosophy of education, Charlotte Mason is so intertwined with the whole person, including the spiritual, that there is an unbelievable, distinct comfort and joy in continuing - even when life hurts and comes undone."
There is something so richly comforting about a Charlotte Mason education. On the hard days, on the stressful days--that's when I'm thankful for (not, as one might expect, overwhelmed by) our beautiful booklist. The Mother Culture that comes along with homeschooling is a balm to a weary soul. (Okay, so I could drop math. ;))