Friday, June 6, 2008


I finally had the chance to post this entry. Anyway, everything is going well here in Virginia and the kids are growing fast.

Ian is almost done with pre-K and he really enjoyed this second year of preschool. I have to say that most of the time, our mornings were great because he was willing to go to school. Sometimes he would get himself ready for school on his own!

Stella is getting potty trained, as we speak, and we still need some seriuos work, but it will happen, right? She wants to go to preschool next year so hopefully that will motivate her.

Joel is the best baby ever! He started to sleep through the night at 4 months old! That is nice considering the fact that Ian started to sleep through at 14 monhts, and Stella at 12 months. He is sort of crawling. He slides on the floor, but he goes everywhere like that. He loves real food and he is really talking his baby talk.

Curtis is working hard on our new house. It really is coming along and I can't wait to move in soon. I believe it will happen in 3 months or so.

My parents are coming to visit us in November, if they can get their visas, which it should not be a problem. That will be awesome!

I am busy raising these 3 little ones, and I am finished taking some Accounting classes at RCC. It was crazy but I managed to get an A on those two courses. I like taking a class at a time at RCC because it keeps my brain working in a non-baby mode, if you know what I mean. I am working out at the gym about 3 or 4 times a week. I am taking a Pilates class which is so awesome, and a step class which totally rocks. I am also learning Belly dancing (I bought a video that is really good), and I am finally getting the moves. It is really hard and I am very sore from doing it, which it shows that it is a good workout. My sister will be proud of me, since she is a good bellydancer. Oops, I don't know if she will appreciate me sharing this :)

Also, we decided to homeschool Ian next year. We are very excited about our decision because we noticed that Ian does really well with a one-on-one approach. There is one homeschooling support group here in Kilmarnock, and we are thrilled to see that he and the other children are going to have plenty of social activities (which is very important for Ian and for me). He is going to have P.E. once a week at the YMCA. The teacher is a P.E. teacher who is going to teach the homeschoolers for the second year. Ian will also be in the very popular yearly play put out by the homeschoolers. We went to see their "Wizard of Oz" play at the Lancaster players and we were blown away by their permance, which was directed by a professional drama director.

Anyway, we are going to have a busy summer with lots of activities ranging from Bible School, to art classes and plenty of playdates.

I hope everybody is doing well and please send me a note sometime.

P.S.: Stella says that Snoopy is doing fine :)


Heather said...

Can't wait to hear how the homeschooling goes. That's great that they have group activities like that in Kilmarnock to support the hschoolers.

What kind of curriculum are you going to use?

Vivian Patton said...

It is a classical education that follows the Trivium method. There is a book called "The Well Trained Mind" by Jessie Wise, and I am following her curriculum. I read this book 3 or 4 years ago, and I loved it. The trivium (3 roads) is a 3 stage process: the mind must be filled with facts which is done in the Grammar stage, the second stage is the logic stage, then the rhetoric stage in which the child learns how to express conclusions in an organized (written) manner. Anyway, the entire curriculum for the 12 grades is given on this book. I will follow the book, but I will also customize the lessons according to Ian's needs. If you are interested in checking it out just for fun you will probably find it in your local library.

Heather said...

I've heard of that method. Sounds good, from the little I know about it.

You're gonna be busy! I don't think I could do it - hopefully I won't have to!

Nick said...

Wow, you are really busy. Sounds fun and can't wait to see your new house when its completed.