Thoughtful Thursdays

Esther takes pre-ballet!

Thoughtful Thursdays… I am not sure how our home school co-op came up with such an alliterative name for our weekly classes, but I do know that for me, surviving Thursdays takes thought – and a great deal of it!

These little darlings are going to be sheep in the Christmas recital!

The packing alone is a monumental task! Thursday mornings I assemble my classroom materials for the two writing classes I teach, get Esther dressed for ballet, and then proceed to feed everyone breakfast and pack seven lunches and two dinners. The children must remember their notebooks for writing, dance clothes (which include multiple shoes, leotards, tights and hair pins), and their music for band as well as their instruments. Christina teaches a few little girls a hand- sewing class so she brings her supplies for that.  Bethany, Nathan and Sarah take track after ballet while the older girls go to Appalachian State University and participate in a science lab. Thus track clothes and lab notebooks must be remembered as well.  Track ends at 7:00. Lab ends at 8:00.  It is a full day that includes writing, art, dance, band, track and a science lab! Our 12- passenger van is packed as if we are taking a trip off the mountain!

While I teach my first writing class, Anna and Christina babysit Esther for me. During my second class, Esther takes pre-ballet and she just loves it! I am so thankful she can participate in an enjoyable activity while I am away from her. All week long she talks about “my baway cwass with Miss Webecca!”. I’m so proud of her for paying attention and learning because she is the youngest little dancer in the group. I’ve never had one of my toddlers take a class so this is a new experience for me too! After my second writing class, I take Esther home while my other children take either band or art. She is able to get a much needed one- hour nap before I must chauffeur dancers from one church to another. My vehicle has been named “The Ballet Bus” because it is full to the max at 3:30 on Thursdays, transporting ballerinas!

Dinner on Thursdays is squeezed into the hour most of us wait for lab to end. Thankfully, it’s family night at Earth Fare so for just ten dollars, I can feed Daniel and me and all my track stars eat free! You can’t beat that for organic and healthy food for eight!

I won’t lie. By Thursday evenings, I feel like I’ve been run over by a truck. I am seriously tired.  The thought occurs to me, “Maybe next year we’ll give Thoughtful Thursdays a rest!” We unload the van. The children put their things away and they smile. “Thank you, Mama. Thursdays are so special. We love taking classes and seeing our friends,” I hear as I tuck tired dancers, runners, artists and musicians in bed.

The children are right. Thursdays are special. As I put my feet up and breath a sigh of relief, I make a mental note to go to bed a little earlier next Wednesday night. Thursdays require thought for sure, but the effort is well worth it!

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5 Responses to “Thoughtful Thursdays”

  1. Cindy Says:

    Well, now I feel guilty for skipping Thoughtful Thursdays because the baby and 2 year old seem like too much to lug around between all that right now. Maybe next year!

  2. Tina Says:

    Cindy, When I was in your stage you could not have paid me enough to lug everyone out the door for co-op classes. Things change as you enter different seasons! Yes, it’s a lot to get together still, but with a 15, 13, two 11 and and an 8 year old, it is a little easier. Also, the needs of the older children are different. They don’t have to all take naps. I love the fact that they can experience the benefits (but only 1 day a week) of some “extras” that I don’t teach at home. Esther does need a rest time and I feel like the Lord worked it out that she can squeeze in a short one even on our busiest day of the week. You are right where you need to be on Thursdays – at home!

  3. Tina Says:

    … And your comment has me thinking of a new post. When DO you take advantage of the many wonderful things that are out there v/s when is being home the most wonderful of all?…. It’s a juggling act for sure! We need to be intentional and prayerful and rest that the Lord leads. Will think about this more…

  4. Kristi from NC Says:

    Thank you for this great post. I thought our co-op day was crazy, but I think you have me beat :). Do you have any creative lunch ideas? Boy, that is a tough one for me!

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