If you were in my living room right now…
I would offer you a cup of coffee (partly because I’m tired from driving ED early in the mornings to her soccer games this weekend) and I’d have some cookies baking in the oven. That sounds overly domestic of me, but the truth is we had signed up to bring cookies yesterday and I ran out of time to bake the entire batch! I’m not a morning person, so we baked half the batch and RAN out the door!
Then we’d start to chat and here are some of the things I would tell you!
I sound kind of yin and yang about my life, don’t I? I think we all have this balance happiness and worry that we carry around. I hope that you have more happiness and joy at the moment than fears, stress or worry.
So, now that I’ve done the highlights, let me go into a little more detail about life here! 🙂
Last weekend, Grandma and Grandpa wrote to invite us down to spend time with them at the Outer Banks of North Carolina. They had rented a house and had plenty of room for us. What to do… what to do! We canceled our various activities/lessons, packed up some books and headed out of town! I can’t say we traveled lightly…
Did we actually USE these books, though? Well… um… we got a few hours of work done several mornings… It was enough to make me feel okay (since we have other things coming up this fall and holiday period). But honestly, we spent a lot of time at the beach! So, no we didn’t actually use all of the books and notebooks we brought with us. We did “the basics” and not much beyond that!
The weather was perfect (83°-88°) and the water was really, really warm! We had a couple of scary moments with the riptides. The kids spent a lot of time out in the water on boogie boards. There were a couple of times when it was hard for them to get back to shore. Luckily for me, Hubby was out with them. They had to ease their way parallel to the shore, but they told me they really had trouble making any progress in any direction (forward or side-ways). It was definitely a reminder for the kids to be mindful of the power of the ocean waters.
The kids are full on with their activities (I mean aside from our jaunt to the beach). ED just loves soccer. In fact, she and I came back earlier than the others so she wouldn’t miss her games on Saturday morning.
I actually love her soccer practices because I use that time to go for long walks and have even started jogging in short bursts.
That’s a big thing because of my crazy ear/balance issues a number of years ago. I am still sea sick moving my head around because half of my balance system was removed. [This video post “What in the world is semi-circular dehiscence” explains my torturous journey (sea sickness, constant ringing/buzzing/churping/cicada-sounds 24/7… plus extreme sensitivity to noise including my own voice or movement which would make me nauseous and ill) & 6 surgeries… with the final one leaving me deaf in that ear and having the vestibular (balance) system removed, etc.]
Those small bursts of running feel amazing for this former marathon runner! 🙂
Also, I’ve been outside a lot in the evenings and have really seen some lovely sunsets this fall! Check out the sunset as I waited for ED to finish up her soccer practice a few weeks ago! It was every bit as pretty as the picture below (I didn’t doctor the photo!)
Apps and Tech Tools We Use in our Homeschool
As for the blog, I would tell you about all the Pins I’ve been making (and adding into the website here). I think I told you a couple of week ago that I am starting to make Pins (and the fact that I really haven’t ever been on that platform… see this Pinterest Post for more about that new journey!). I’m just trying to make slow, steady progress… a little bit at a time! It’s been fun seeing the shares… and for me, it’s really fun going back into the old posts! As you can see, I’ve made pins on everything from our Free Fall Skip Counting Pages (the link takes you to the blog post, not to Pinterest) to the post I did years ago with 15 Halloween Party Games! Here’s my Pinterest Homeschool Den page if you are interested in checking out more of what I’ve made recently!
Then, before I started to berate myself for all the undone tasks and things I haven’t gotten around to… I would really want to hear about your most recent wins and what’s going well!
I think we all have to stop ourselves from thinking that we’re not doing enough, right?!!
We homeschoolers have to keep our chins up and remember that this is our one beautiful, fabulous life. Just as we should compare ourselves to others, we shouldn’t compare our lives to the long to-do list of things that “should” be done, right?!!
That reminds me. Last year during our writing workshop, I wrote this really fun post (it was fun for me to write at any rate!!) all about self doubt creeping in…
Do you have what it takes to homeschool? Of course you do, but let me tell you a little story!
At the beginning of the year, this figure is so distant, we don’t realize it’s there. But just about this time of year, it starts to make an appearance.
Sometimes it just pokes its head around the corner. Sometimes it creeps unbidden into our lives.
And what is this shadowy figure? It is self-doubt! I’ll stop there… you can read the rest of it here.
On that note, I’m done being philosophical!! Time to do a quick run to the grocery store (we’re out of milk and bread and stuff)! I’ll wish you a fabulous homeschool week ahead!
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