Monday: Remember how busy my week was last week. Well, sometimes God has a way of slowing you down when you don’t seem to be doing it yourself. All of our weekend plans fell through because the stomach bug ran through our house. Thankfully, it wasn’t a horrible one, but it was enough to keep us at home. Which, honestly, was nice.
Dad declared Monday a holiday from school (something mom would NEVER do!) so we all just lounged around. I even found my sewing room! I worked through several unfinished projects there: adding elastic to a crib sheet, repairing a skirt for Lia, redoing the elastic in a free-to-me diaper, and the ultimate find of the day:
This little number was cut out a year ago for the 4th of July to match the girls’ outfits. The odd thing is I cut it out in an 18 month size! Micah was only 6 months at the time! Once I sewed it up, it fit perfectly! I figured I was just going to have to chalk it up for a loss!
Tuesday: My turn to recover from the sickness. Why does it take mom longer to bounce back than it does the kiddos? Thankfully, Ty was home while I was sick and today was just spent relaxing. I also attended the Sonlight Live Webinar to celebrate 20 years of Sonlight. It was something else with over 1000 people vying for prizes and clamoring to hear speakers!
After the webinar was over, I did some Sonlight with my kiddos! lol Still reading in Across Five Aprils. It’s proven to be a difficult read for our family. Hoping to be finished with it and on to Caddie Woodlawn by next week!
Tuesday night was spent in my new outdoor swing next to a lovely campfire built by my son and husband at the begging of my 4 year old.
Wednesday: Got up rather early due to a major backache; subsequently, I ended up dozing off and on during the morning hours. I’d wake up, do a few things, herd a few children, and collapse back on the couch again. Finally, by 11:30, I felt more myself.
We ate a quick lunch and crammed a ton of Sonlight in for the afternoon. It felt soooo good to finally finish Across Five Aprils! On to Sarah, Plain & Tall and Caddie Woodlawn! (In case you are curious, we are doing Sonlight Core 3+4. this year, hoping to finish up by September and move to Core 5.…I am really excited to move into Core 5!)
Thursday: Seems to be backaches that get me out of bed these days. Nothing like pregnancy to make you long for sleeping on your stomach or back!
I did a few pages of Rod & Staff preschool book A with my 4 year old after his chores were complete, then moved to Phonics Museum with my Kindergartner. So far, she’s learned the letter sounds for A, M, and B. It’s so fun to see the lights come on in her little head! So far, the price tag for Phonics Museum has been worth it. I think both of us needed the structure it provides. Because Phonics Museum has a built-in handwriting course, I’m not using A Reason for Handwriting with her as I usually do. Wish I had known this before I ordered her new book. Guess I’ll have to chalk it up as a loss.
I’ve recently begun having coffee with my 9 year old daughter in the mornings. There is a distinct difference in her attitude when we get to have this time together. I decided to start doing this for several reasons, but a major contributor was this quote from Michael Pearl’s article The Best Medicine:
When you become a source of pleasure to a child and they feel that they are your source of pleasure as well, they become dependent upon that relationship for their continued pleasure. They don’t want to do anything to break fellowship with you.
I noticed quite some time ago that Megan does best with people she perceives to genuinely be interested in her and her thoughts. It isn’t selfishness she is exhibiting, but rather self-consciousness. If she knows those around her like her for who she is, she is the most loving, servant-minded little girl that ever there was. I knew I needed to make a better effort to bring her into fellowship with me, so that she would think twice about throwing fits over school work and balking at chores for fear she might be met with my disapproval.
I did get some attitude from my 12 year old son over doing school today…might need to have some coffee with him too. (Too bad he hates coffee!) He is quite the self-corrector; however, and came to me later to apologize for his behavior. Hoping to get some time alone with him today as well.
I did 3 English lessons with my 9 year old today as well. She had been missing them due to Mommy not being fully recovered. We do English almost entirely orally with her. Sometimes it is me who works through problems with her, sometimes Daddy. Math and English frustrate her terribly and because of her particular needs, we’ve chosen to make it as painless as possible. The Assignment Binders have done wonders for her so far, but still English plagues her. It ‘s not that she has trouble learning the assignments, but she is easily overwhelmed and frustrated by little mistakes. God gave her to me to learn patience I am convinced.
Friday & Saturday: I’ll be at a homeschool convention working some and enjoying the sessions as well. It will be the first time in several years Ty has not been at my side during a homeschool convention, and frankly, I am sad about that. He’ll be out being a mountain man, and since I am much too pregnant and warm-blooded to be a mountain woman, I guess I will just have to be content as a homeschool mom.
Hope all of you have a lovely weekend!
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