Thursday, April 17, 2008

Where it's at.

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!

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  1. Sounds like a lot is going on and you're getting a lot accomplished!

  2. Sounds like a lot got done. I discovered the problem with the Magic Eraser is if the walls haven't been painted in the last 5-10 years, it does take the paint off quite well. Especially when scrubbing off Sharpie.

  3. Wow! You are such and busy girl! And, halfway through a pregnancy! Awesome!!!

    "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." AMEN!!!

  4. Sounds like you've been busy.

  5. Nothing life a good spring cleaning!

  6. I can't believe you are 1/2 way through your pregnancy - it seems like it it flying by - WOW~!

    You are so busy and seem so productive - good for you.

    Take care and have a good weekend - Kellan

  7. Hey friend,
    I can sure tell you're feeling better inside and out! I'm sooo glad!!! I always, always feel better in the spring and summer. The winter is REALLY hard for me. You must live towards the south of Canada if it's warm there already. This is the first week it's gotten into the 70's here, and that's actually unusual here. I don't count on it really getting warm until mid-May.
    I got your comment. Thanks for thinking of me. I've actually meant to call you a few times, but just haven't yet! :-) I'm doing great, though. The warmth and sunshine truly makes me feel like a new woman. This week has been sunny every day. It started in the mid 50's on Monday and got warmer every day--today it's almost 80! Sunday, Baylee turns 11 and she's having a sleepover with three other girls tonight. She's so excited, she almost babbling gibberish in excitement! Then tomorrow Rog and I are taking she and her cousin to lunch at the Japanese Steakhouse and then a shopping spree. We are giving her money for it...that's what she wanted, to pick out her own stuff. She's a girl after my own heart! Last night we got free tickets to an Indianapolis Indians baseball game downtown. It was so wonderful. We had a great time. Anyway, how's that for a long comment?
    Later - Sniz

  8. wow. good day. far more productive than i am.

  9. you have inspired me...i am going to make sure to get 3 loads of laundry done before i got to bed tonight...and it's 10:45. hey its gotta be done!

    you are such a busy girlie!!

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  11. Hi MMM - from MM

    I am just taking the time to catch up on blogs and wanted to visit you for sure! I am so glad to have discovered your blog. You are such a sweet (and enviably productive) woman to have "met." Thanks for all of your very sweet comments. I have been praying for your peace as you await this precious little one. I am so impressed that you homeschool, especially while getting anything else done at all! I tried it for three years and now I have spent the last 3 years TRYING to get my home back to a liveable level. Let's just say that the door slammed shut for us in that area, but who knows what the Lord could do differently in the future. Despite all our struggles and a good private school, I still miss it a lot sometimes. I hope you have a wonderful Saturday full of good family memories. (And some quiet ones to yourself.) :)

  12. You're halfway through already?? Wow, where did the time go? Of course, it probably seems to drag by for you. Do you know what you're having yet?