Friday Free Day!!!!
Oh, blessed Friday (this will be the one
day that could encourage you to homeschool even more because it's a DAY
OFF every other week!!!!). I think I needed this day more than the
kids. SP is feeling better (I think the puking last night was more from
eating on such an empty stomach than virus), J has been very successful
in his lessons this week, T is home and I am tired :-)
7:30am my alarm goes off...I hit snooze.
7:40am...I hit snooze, although I do ponder getting up this time.
7:50am...I hit snooze for 20 minutes this time (my alarm has a timer you can change, LOVE that)
8:10am I decide to sneak out of bed, but
SP hears me, so I fully admit here to trying to lay back down and
playing "possum" in hopes he will lay back back down. No chance.
8:15am we moved to the living room to
watch some morning Jack's Big Music Show and cuddle on the couch. SP is
still in cuddle mode and I LOVE it.
8:40am Cuddle time is apparently over
:-( And the touching of everything begins...remotes, phones, computer,
you name it. In the process, he decides he wants to watch Toy Story
(surprised?). However, apparently during his morning "I'm going to
touch everything even though I know you hate it" routine, he pulled a
plug loose that causes sound to come from the dvd player. I can't
figure out which one isn't working so we give up.
9:10am - J comes in the save the day,
asks for a Toy Story dvd and invites SP to his room to watch it :-)
Have I told you how much I love my boys? But my big boy has become such
a great help to me (yes, he still has his teenage moments...as in
every. morning. he. must. wake. up.) But during the day, he is always
offering, not being asked much anymore, but offering to help me
entertain SP. Makes me so proud of who he is becoming.
9:15am - I get his breafkast together
(powdered donuts, a treat for he and T, they love these little buggers)
and get SP a snack and get on the computer. It's time to get the weekly
budget out, pay a few bills and find out just what I can spend on
groceries this afternoon. I also register J for the Angelina County 4H
Youth Fair in photography :-) (ohhh...photography...reminds me again of
the Canon Rebel I want for my birthday because I want to take good pics
like Mindy...and the 50mm lens...yes, I'm coveting!)
But I digress...
9:45am - SP pulls on the cord by the tv
that is somehow connected to the dvd player and the sound goes off. I
have no idea how to fix it, I unplug and replug to no avail. So...J
offers to come get Toy Story 2 and SP to watch together in his room. I
quickly agree to this so I can sit down and pay bills and find out just
how little we have left for groceries and extras for the next two weeks.
11:00am - I'm done, and depressed
(amazing how fast it all goes away!) so I work on laundry and sweeping
the floor while J and SP continue watching the movie. T calls to ask if
I want to go out to do the shopping or have him do it on the way home.
Well, let's see...he's been gone for 5 days and I've been home cleaning
puke for 5 days...which option do you think I chose?
12:45pm - T comes home early from work
we give SP something small for lunch. He has kept everything down so
far but we don't want to test it. I do recall feeding J sometime in
here...but since I'm now typing this on Saturday, I have already
1:30pm - SP is put down for his nap, T and I actually sit on the couch and watch a movie together! The Dilemma...it was ok.
4:00pm - I am FREE! T asks "So I probably shouldn't expect you home until midnight?" YES. I call and chat with my mom as I head
to wash and clean out my poor, neglected van. Then drop off the
plastics at the recycle center. I also take a bag of donations to the
Goodwill truck. Then just because I can, I browse through Old Navy
(thought about Ross but that is way too tempting to spend money..which
if you recall from above...we are low on this week) and I do find SP
some new socks with sticky things on the bottom (not sure of the
technical term for this). And while I found a fantastic Boba Fett shirt for J, I'm hoping it will still be there in a few weeks.
7:00pm - I finally make it to the
grocery store where I slowly shop. I stuck to my list (believe it or
not!) but still took my time :-)
8:25pm - On the way out of the parking
lot, I go through the Starbucks drive thru. Thanks to several Christmas
gifts I have approximately $55 in gift cards there :-) This will last
me all year! I order a grande no fat no whip white chocolate mocha so I
can heat it up in the morning before church. Yea, then I get home and
realize it's still Friday, ha! T being home during the week has thrown
me off, I keep thinking it's Saturday.
8:45pm - SP "helps" me go through the grocery bags, one of his favorite things to do. (And apparently while I was gone...once SP woke up, T took him outside to swing while J...played video games and Facetimed with his cousin)
9:30pm - SP heads to bed, J relaxes in
his room, I begin some yoga while T and I started watching Sherlock on
Netflix. I have found a new Netflix series addiction. If the first
episode is any indicator (and the opinions of my mom, Mindy, HB, etc...)
we will love this show!
And there you have it...10 days in the
Life of a Homeschooler. Each one different, each one provides it's own
"off schedule" opportunities. Thankfully 90% of our weeks do NOT
include puking, but you were the lucky readers this time, huh?
You have seen us skip Science several
times (it does get made up, I assure you), you have seen us "socialize"
(funny this always ends up being the biggest argument from those who do
not understand homeschooling, and in reality it ends up being the one
thing we all get more than we want sometimes. And it's the one thing we
can easily add more of or decrease activity in). You have watched me
do a lot of laundry, sit and just enjoy the quiet and get frustrated
with my boys. You have seen my kids in their pj's...A LOT ;-)
But mainly you have seen that
homeschooling is fun, it should be relaxing but challenging and it is
flexible. Especially when you have a toddler and a child with
disabilities...flexibility is key. Flexibility is hard for a lot of us,
I am just now getting it and not completely.
You have hopefully also seen between my posts and the posts of the other moms from GFG's blog
that we are all completely different in our approaches. We have to be,
because we are all different, as are our children, even if we use the
same curriculum. That is the one lesson that was hard for me to learn
because I wanted to compare myself with other homeschooling moms at
first. There are some incredible moms out there and they are WAY more
organized and on top of things than I am. They also seem to have more
fun with their kids while learning than I do. They seem to have cleaner
homes (whatever)...BUT I am learning that I am who I am and God has
made me mom of J and SP for His reasons. I will keep working with what
He provides :-)
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend
and I will be posting T's hunt pics in a day or two, he is sitting here
beside me reminding me to do so. He's just a bit proud of