The weeks are passing quickly, I am now at the half way point in this pregnancy and all seems to be well. The spring sun is beating down on our home and it feels fabulous, the snow seems to have finished for a while. We had our end-of-year meeting with our home education facilitator yesterday, which was strange because I feel like we are just starting a new thing.
That is how I am spending most of my hours right now. School with the kids, mixed in with appointments. Blogging and blog reading have been relegated to the late evening hours, while the kids are in bed and dh is working.
I feel so much more productive, the kids and I are accomplishing so much more learning and engaging with one another. This morning we had a lively discussion with Daddy about our Bible reading. Lots to be gleaned from Luke 4 where he is talking about the temptation of Christ. Good juicy stuff! I think there is way more learning to be done in a few moments discussing our reading, asking provoking questions, than in weeks of worksheets.
Also on the productive end, we spent Tuesday cleaning house before our facilitator came on Wednesday. Walls, windows, blinds, bookshelves, floors. I felt so darn good about myself by the end of the day! Of course in the daylight I realized I had scrubbed much of the paint off the stairwell walls. Oops. Damn Magic Erasers! Good thing they have yet to be painted. The newly painted walls stood up pretty darn well.
I am finding lots of little moments during the day's teaching to do a bit of reading or play with my little kids, and after we are done for the day or while they are working independently I can grab a cup of tea and relax. I thought I would be giving up all of my 'alone' time, by not taking any during our school hours. But I actually feel like I am getting better, more concentrated moments for myself. And after they are all in bed, my time is my own, it feels positively luxurious.
Of course things like laundry are constantly falling behind, but we are all learning to better fit in little bits of house upkeep into our new schedule. The first week I couldn't seem to keep the house from completely falling apart.
Last night my 10 year old did his green belt testing in Taekwondo. He earned his belt and therefore he will move to the intermediate classes, which are on the same nights as his brother's. This shall free up some time for us and make meal prep easier, at least on the two nights where they have no TKD. Yay!
I know this is a rambling post, as mine usually are, sometimes I just need to get a bunch of stuff written down. Maybe one day I will really write!
Don't forget to enter my Heritage Maker's birthday giveaway!