Hello! I am so glad we can have this little chat on-line, where you get to choose your own background noise. The soundtrack of my home is a beautiful cacophony. Sometimes we have actual music on - Christian music, oldies or classical (when I am desperately trying to soothe my savage little beasts,) but usually the cacophony of my life is created by my little family of 8. Please, allow me to introduce them to you.
My 11 year old son, Polar Bear, is responsible and loving. He truly has a servant's heart. He contributes to the noise by asking lots of questions, making many observations, and growling loudly out of frustration when the 3 year old does not act like an 11 year old.
At 9 years of age, Cookie Monster is energetic, loves his siblings, and is always ready to forgive, forget and move on. He contributes to the symphony in our home by quoting movie lines, whistling, singing the wrong words to songs set to the wrong tune and always being in motion.
My 7 year old daughter, Strawberry, is like hot cinnamon candy. She is often heard playing make believe or singing in her sweet little girl voice that has not quite lost the last bit of lisp. However, when she is sent to her room for misbehaving, she slams the door behind her and treats us all to a display of her fiery side, screaming that she will get her way, because she always gets her way. Right, and pigs will sprout wings and fly.
Dinosaur, my 5 year old son, is a little gentleman, holding doors, pulling out chairs for me, and voluntarily sharing his treats with his little sister. He is also a superhero who goes by the name of "Hot Man" and has plans to take over the world, starting with Minnesota, in order to save us all from all the bad guys. His amazing imagination has him making all sorts of sounds and using all kinds of voices.
Apple Blossom is 3 years old and she is my sweet petite. What she lacks in size, she makes up for in personality. She is always right in the center of all the action, playing a role in the older kids' make believe and contributing her own ideas. She also is one to go about singing all the time, but she does her best to sound like a rock star.
Ducky is the baby of the family. She is already making great strides to catch up with her siblings by crawling at 6.5 months and now, pulling up to stand at 7 months. She mostly contributes to the noise levels of our home via happy squeals, giggles and shrieks. She is a happy baby and is shockingly quiet when she is unhappy. We actually had to get a baby monitor, after years without one, so that we could hear her quiet cries over the other hubbub.
My husband, Hubby, is quite gregarious. He is a bit of a Mr. Malaprop, which is a great source of amusement for me. The boys' desire to lovingly serve their family comes from watching their amazing father. He is a great husband, he listens to me, loves me and treats me much better than I deserve. This year we celebrated 14 years of marriage and 17 years in what we were warned was simply a "rebound relationship." I still like him an awful lot.
Then there is me, the mom. I am not exactly quiet, but I am probably the quietest member of my family. I always have something to say about everything. I just don't feel the need to say it as loudly as the rest of my family.
What makes my family happy is that we truly enjoy spending time together, whether we are working in the yard, cooking Super Macaroni and Cheese, learning about cartilaginous fish, or camping; all of us feel that life is better when we are facing it together. That is just one of the reasons we homeschool. I will share some of the other reasons in later posts.
I am happy to answer your questions, both about my family and about homeschooling in general. Meanwhile, if you see a big white van full of redheads bopping along to the oldies, that's me and my crew. We call that "music appreciation class." Please, pardon our noise.