Happy Friday, y’all! You want to know something? I am ready for spring! I am just about tired of cold, yucky weather. It’s no wonder so many people suffer from homeschool burn out this time of year. I’m ready to go soak up some sunshine somewhere for a week or so. I don’t think I’m in any danger of burn out on the homeschooling front. I’m just getting really tired of the cold and gloomy clouds.
(Note: This is not the place where people from places where it’s really cold should make fun of me. Just consider the fact that it’s all a matter of perspective and from this Southern girl’s perspective, it’s been cold lately.)
The highlight of our week was Tuesday when we got to babysit my niece for our first “all day because Mommy has to work” day. I’ve got to say, it’s a whole lot easier this time around (I babysat her older sister a decade ago) because:
1) I get up much earlier than I used to back then, so I’m not having to alter my sleep routine to keep Baby B.
2) Instead of having an 8 year old, a 4 year old, and a 2 year old of my own, like I did back then, I have three other adult-sized people at home who are all willing and able to help.
We managed to get all of our schoolwork done along with some basic household chores and still enjoy having a sweet little baby in the house all day. See? Total sweetness:
For those who may be wondering, my younger kids are still plowing their way through Adam of the Road. There hasn’t been as much complaining, so I wonder if they’re finally starting to get into it. I’m afraid to ask!
I’m personally enjoying A Door in the Wall and look forward to read aloud time each day and both of the kids like Beowulf. It doesn’t surprise me that Josh does. I figured that one would be gory enough for him. I’ve been debating watching the movie to see if it’s something I’d let either of them watch. I haven’t gotten around to actually doing it yet, though.
Another highlight from my week is the sort that only other women who get excited about kitchen gadgets will understand. So, I’ve been making a lot of soups lately. (Oh, and I’ve found my #10 for my favorite soup recipes. I’ll post the recipe soon!) Several of them call for blending the soup in a blender or with an immersion blender.
Well, I’ve been having to ladle soup into my blender and, then, pour it back into the pot in batches because I didn’t have an immersion blender – except now I do! Last week, I splurged about bought myself this little Cuisinart immersion blender and I love it! I made broccoli cheddar soup this week and I couldn’t believe how well that little blender did and how much easier it was than dragging out my regular blender!
It’s the little things, y’all.
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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.