Happy Friday, y’all! It’s been an interesting, roller coaster week here. Last weekend was good. Josh had another music performance. This one was at his school, held as a fundraiser. It was much better than last year’s fundraiser based on no other criteria than the fact that it was held in September instead of July. Read: It was much cooler.
It was also more enjoyable for us because Josh got to play on more songs. He plays guitar, mainly, but some drums. I love listening to him play, whichever instrument he chooses.
Monday. Oh, Monday. It was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. The worst in years. School was pulled into it and became part of the problem, but it really wasn’t about school. I had this to say about it on my Facebook page:
If you’ve seen a couple of my status updates, you know that yesterday was an absolutely horrible day. I was tagged 3 different times in a post from a lady at church, asking about homeschooling. I ignored all of them. It was really not the day to ask me about homeschooling, even though the stuff that made the day horrible wasn’t, at its core, about school at all.
Today, though, I had this to say: “Yesterday was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day in which I wound up online looking up what would be involved in enrolling my kids in school. Thankfully, those days are few and far between. Seriously, it’s been years since we’ve had a day that bad and it really wasn’t about school. Even as I was considering the school route, I knew in my heart it was absolutely not what I really wanted to do.
I guess all that to say, homeschooling isn’t all rainbows and unicorns. It’s hard. There are nights when I can’t sleep for worrying. There are days when I’m convinced that it was a terrible decision, but when the dust settles and the tears (mine) stop, I know there is nothing else I’d rather be doing.”
That’s the honest truth, y’all. Just for the record, the kids have no desire to go to public school and my graduate has no regrets.
The color is terrible, but this was my prescription for a much better Tuesday: A run to strengthen the body and clear the mind. God’s Word to feed the soul. And sweet tea because…well, just because it makes me happy.
Thankfully, the rest of the week has been much better – which is good since it would have had to try really hard to be worse. We’ve spent some time reviewing mitosis this week since the kids quiz scores weren’t as good as I’d have hoped. I’ve heard that our biology text gets a bit easier after this unit. I just want to make sure the kids understand the highlights.
I found this helpful mitosis worksheet online that seemed to help. We also had a lot of fun using eQuizShow, which lets users create their own Jeopardy-style boards for review. That was possibly made more fun by the incentive I offered – a Chick-Fil-A ice cream with a minimum combined score.
Yesterday, we finally made it to the meiosis chapter. Let me just say, talking about sex cells with a middle school kid results in much giggling and blushing. No, it wasn’t me.
We’re in Week 1 of Unit 2 in our Ancient Civilizations and The Bible. Week 1 involves a lot of reading and listening to CDs, but I think I’ve done a much better job of spreading it out this time. Listening to a track or two before lunch and the rest after has really helped, I think. It helps that the information on the CDs is really interesting.
This weekend is a big deal. On Sunday, I will officially be a mom to a houseful of teens. My baby turns 13. Megan is kind of my mini-me. She looks the most like me and, like me, has lots of words. She enjoys writing (when it’s not assigned) and reading (I never thought that would happen). She loves gymnastics and can’t wait to make team. She’s recently decided to give softball another shot.
She can’t wait to wear make-up and really wants to dye her hair with pink, purple, and blue streaks. I’m sure I’ll have a photo of that soon.
I’ve noticed a weird phenomenon with both Josh and Megan. It’s not that I want to hurry the years along – they go by quickly enough without any help from me – but with both of them, I found that I was excited for them to turn 13 because I’d already thought of them as teens for so long. Josh has always looked older than he is and Megan – well, I guess she’s wanted to be 13 for so long that I’m excited for her. It should be a fun weekend!
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