one week down
one week of a new routine and schedule and finding our groove, and only 35 left to go!
i know that i’m way overdue for a bunch of summer posts, but seriously i don’t even know why i have a computer some days because i don’t even get time to turn it on. i even contemplated the cessation of this site because i don’t have time to invest in it, but writing is therapy to me and i’m my own boss so it’s not like i’ll fire myself if i’m a month between posts, right? right.
ahem… so i was talking about how crazy life is while we’re trying to find the rhythm of our new places here in time and space.
elliot and anne started school last week, just like the rest of north america. we started on monday and put in a solid 5-day week. i’m totally loving the sonlight curriculum, and can’t believe i went two years without it. shameless plug.
i had planned to take first day of school pictures of the kids (especially since it was anne’s first day of JK) but blah blah blah, i got busy. head’s up– i’m going to say that a million times more. I’M BUSY! i’m juggling two grades now plus elliot’s in grade one, and that’s WAY more involved than SK was. i’m not used to this before AND after lunch business, but i see ways of being more efficient with my time once i’m used to what we have to fit into a day.
we’ve had some struggles with discipline, and i said without hyperbole last week that i was ready to throw myself out the window of a tall building. i take comfort in knowing that every homeschooling newbie like me goes through this and that one day i’ll be the confident experienced mother with perfect doctor children that homeschoolers everywhere look up to. they’ll whisper my name to one another with awe and wonder and sigh wistfully while saying “i just don’t know how she did it all…” don’t correct me, it’s the daydream that got me through getting elliot to write a paragraph.
throughout the equally amazing and stressful week i refused to answer the phone, check my email, do laundry or be distracted at all when it was school time. i used lunch breaks to prep supper and after school i did all the other stuff that the house need me to do, returned phone calls, and even found a few moments to check email. i totally couldn’t have gotten through the first week of school if derek hadn’t been off of work and so willing and available to help. i have a good man :)
so by the time friday was here we were all pretty sick of doing stuff. i mean since the beginning of may we’ve been doing pretty much whatever we want whenever we want and doing it in our pyjamas. it’s been fantastic and also so hard to come out of.
i hadn’t looked forward to a weekend so badly since i was a student. friday night i seized the opportunity and prepped 7 bags of chicken pot pie filling to freeze for future last-minute meals, and an extra lump of pizza dough. i know, wild friday night, right? derek and i also made a pizza and ate it while we finished off season 3 of lost, and then he let me sleep for all of saturday morning. saturday afternoon the kids were so happy to just play in their bedrooms and the playroom, so i pulled out my sewing machine and made throw pillows for my couch. we ended up spontaneously going to the driving range with hannah & co. and then picking up fries that night, so i got the perfect day: tons of sleep, doing whatever i want, a dose of spontaneity and family time, and absolutely no meals cooked by me. wahoo!
that picture of my pillows makes me laugh because i remember showing the fabric to one of my sisters at the cottage and they were like “oh…. um…. for hallowe’en?” hahaha… people do that?! decorate their couches for hallowe’en? sheesh…. it took me a month to finally find time to sew those babies up they’re here long-term. i love orange!
so anyway… that’s been basically it. the crazy week where i had to pour all of me into the kids and the routine, and then me letting loose on the weekend. my creative elliot caught one glimpse of the orange birds and then begged me to help him make a stuffed bird for his stuffed animal collection, so sunday after church we worked together and pulled these out of a hat before i packed up the sewing stuff and cleaned the house in preparation for another week like the last, although hopefully this week i’ll have just one more foot closer to that groove that i keep talking about finding.