Sunday, April 17, 2011

Homeschool Mother's Journal -- Week 13

The Homeschool Chick

In my life this week...
We took a few days of vacation early in the week to enjoy having my parents visiting. I think my parents got more than just a peek at how crazy our lives sometimes are. Late Friday afternoon, some of Lauren's doctors decided that they needed to see her first thing Monday morning (7:30 am).  Another doctor's appointment was rescheduled at the last minute and fell during their visit too. Thankfully, we still managed to squeeze in a quick birthday celebration for Addison, a baseball game for Brennan, some fabric shopping with the girls, and more.

In our homeschool this week...
After a few days of vacation, we had a hard time settling back into a routine. Maybe next time we'll try to schedule our break for the end of the week instead of the beginning. It probably would have been easier if I had prepared lessons ahead of time and had them all ready to go when vacation's over.

Places we're going and people we're seeing...
The first part of the week is packed full of all the usual appointments, activities and baseball games. This weekend should be a lot of fun. Both of the big kids have been working all year to prepare for the Leadership Training for Christ competition in Rogers, AR this weekend. We have a large group from church going, and the kids will be competing in puppets, choir, song leading, drama, and more. We're all super excited!

(Note: the kids are even more excited now that we realized our mistake in making travel arrangements. Since we're new to this church, we didn't know that most of the kids ride the church bus/van and the parents follow along. Silly us just assumed that our kids would be riding in our van. Thankfully, there was still room on the church vehicles so that they can ride with all the "cool kids" on the bus.)

My favorite thing this week...
My mom taught me some of the basics of my sewing machine and how to sew patches on Brennan's scout uniform, and I had a lot of fun exploring a sewing shop on the other side of town with her.  I love looking through all the cute patterns and pretty fabrics. I have moments when I think of how much I'd like to start sewing. Then I realize how little free time I have and decide that maybe I'll just stick with knitting -- it's easier to toss in my tote bag and work on here, there, and whatever waiting room I'm currently sitting in.

What's working/not working for us...
Not working -- bedtime. Lauren went to bed an hour and a half ago, and she just wandered in here to get me to untangle the hair that she tried to braid. Unfortunately, late nights do not equal sleeping later in the morning. I have no idea how she functions on so little sleep.

Homeschool thoughts/questions I have...
I just downloaded some of the new The Old Schoolhouse Planners, and I'm trying to figure out which forms I want to use to make my master binder for next school year. I think I'm going to try a new weekly schedule form for Brennan this week and see if we like it better than our old one.

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