Today, we are starting school. Only it looks a lot different than usual; I will only be teaching half my kids. My oldest kids are in 11th, 10th, and 9th grade. They have decided to get their High School diploma and hopefully their Associates at the same time, so I am no longer homeschooling them.
You would think that I would be super excited that my work load just got cut in half, which is partially true, but I'm also sad that I won't be spending as much time with my big kids as I have been.
Whenever there is a big change in your life it now becomes your new normal. When you have a new baby, having a bigger family is your new normal. If you move, your new home is your new normal, and so on.
I have been homeschooling six little monkeys and now this year I'm only homeschooling three, it is my new normal and I'm working on how it changes the dynamics of our family. I get a little teary eyed that I won't be hanging with my big kids like I've got to do their whole lives.
It's been fun to reminisce all the wild things we've done throughout the years. Some things have gone terribly wrong, like the time I had them all build London and then I lit it on fire to teach them about the Great Fire of London. They all cried and did not find the humor in it. We've also had some amazing times where someone mastered a subject, or they were so incredibly excited to share with me what they've learned, and just all the times we've laughed and enjoyed being together.
That chapter of our life is now done and my big monkeys are ready to grow some wings and start a new adventure.
My new normal is now to create some amazing memories with the four remaining monkeys. Just like any new normal there will be some time to adjust, but I know that things will work out because they always do.