This was supposed to be the week that we would get a lot of work completed because next week is going to be a really busy week with outings and appointments scheduled all but one day.
It didn’t take long to figure out that things weren’t going to run as smoothly as I had in mind. My husband is a contractor and since the boys were really young, he would encourage them to help out on home improvement projects around the house. As they grew, he began to take them to help out on his jobs once in a while. Now they are at the age that they want to work and begin earning money. My husband worked out a deal with them that they could take turns helping him on some of his jobs. He pays them and they make more than they’d likely make at McDonald’s and are learning skills that will serve them well when they have homes of their own.
The problem is that we’ve always been able to do the majority of our work together and now we can’t. I’ve had a hard time adjusting and to be honest, our school days have pretty much been a wreck all week. I could really use some advice on this from mom’s that have already begun to experience this in their own homes.
That’s not all that threw our week off though. My husband had a surprise day off on Monday. Things just don’t get done around here when he’s home but we’d much rather spend it with him anyway. I tried really hard to talk him into taking off the rest of the week and hightailing it to Ohio since I’ve been so homesick but one thing held us back…lack of money. We are in the process of paying off yet one more bill so right now our money is focused for that purpose, but next month we can celebrate because now we have only ONE more payment left!
Tuesday I met with friends to say good-bye to one that has grown very dear to all of us. Since we first arrived in Alabama, there have been four of us that have enjoyed getting together on a regular basis and now one is being called away. We met at Atlanta Bread for snacks and talked, laughed and refused to cry as the time slipped away. We are all going to miss her and her two precious children that we call ‘the little's’ because at 6 and 8 years old they are so much younger than our children. I refused to say goodbye because I just know that we’ll be able to visit her and keep in touch, at least I hope so.
Wednesday we actually had a good school day and I got caught up on laundry with my new-to-me Freecycle washer. Of course we haven’t found a dryer yet but the great outdoors have an amazing way of remedying that problem while leaving our garments smelling amazing!
Thursday we finished a bit of schooling before meeting with a few other homeschooling families for lunch. I only knew two of the moms and enjoyed meeting some new people. While the moms talked math, sports and curriculum, the kids busied themselves with a game of football that seemed to last for hours.
Friday was another off day since my husband had yet another day off work. See, we really should have just taken the week off and sped away to Ohio.
So, exactly what did we accomplish this week? A little bit of this and a little bit of that and other than reading, not much. The kids did read a lot though! My oldest is reading Addicted to God, a small devotional that he’s really learning a lot from, World Changers about William Wilberforce and The Case for Faith and the Bible where he is exploring the New Testament. I’ve really been seeing some positive changes in him as he learns and grows in his faith.
My middle child is reading everything history which at the moment are old Landmark books that we found in a second hand store. This week he finished a book about King Arthur, which he felt was boring and now he’s moving on to Paul Revere and the Minutemen.
My daughter, who I can’t keep up with is upset with me because she wants to read Mean Girls Gone: A Spiritual Guide to Getting Rid of Mean by Hayley DiMarco, but I haven’t previewed it yet. It seems that she’s read about every other book in the house so in desperation she began reading Fast Food Nation. I won’t tell her that was on my list for her to read this year. For two days she’s been telling me really nasty facts that she’s learned about the fast food industry. I think our days of eating out are over!
Well, that’s the lowdown of our week, not a lot to tell but next week will be incredibly busy. I hope I can find the time to blog!
Don’t forget to stop by Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers to see how the week went for other homeschooling families.