Today was our first day back after a break from hitting the books!
We spent a few weeks gearing up for the new year, and taking a well needed, well deserved break, and have gone back to it.
As you can see my boys are getting a little too old to be thrilled about our traditional back to school photos. Note cheese-y plastered on fake smiles.
They even went so far as to work diligently to avoid looking at the camera.
We have enjoyed our first day well enough, as unorthodox as it was for a first day back.
We had a few early risers who hit the books very early, and then we chose to get ready and change the scenery before too much of the day disappeared on us.
We took advantage of the short lines and ran some early morning errands. It afforded us the opportunity to practice our every day courtesies; waiting patiently in lines for our turn, keeping ourselves occupied in a non-obnoxious way, making pleasant conversation with people.
I think it worked out well for us, because it gave us a break, before returning back home to finish off the book work.
Fortunately, we have had lots of cooperation today, because we have also chosen to reinforce a forgotten policy, whereby tech time must be earned, and only after the days' responsibilities are taken care of, rather than the kids making the assumption that they are 'allowed' to have tech time 'just because'.
I give it three days before the novelty wears off and we have to work to keep this going.
But for today, I'm proud of the work they chose to put in on their first day back to it.