Taking the “Labor” Out of Labor Day

Yes, I’m still alive. To prove it, I thought I’d drop by Ye Olde Blog, sweep away the cobwebs and update you on this crazy life of mine. I’ll try to keep it short, though, because my goal is to take the “labor” out of Labor Day.

Buckle your seatbelts and prepare for a random post.

School is going great. I love my students, my classes are fun, I have great parental support and I’m learning tons.  Seriously, I feel like I’m getting a second education! Being new to the classical education scene, I’m learning SO much about history that I was never taught before.

As for life with my daughters in a new school and an entirely different type of schooling, it’s been interesting. Yes, there were days of tears and wailing…sometimes the kids joined in, too. 😉 It was hard at first, but I feel like after much trial and error, we’ve kind of figured out a routine that works for us. The Eldest starts school at 8:30 and works pretty much all day long. She’s very slow and deliberate, so it works for her. I have to restrain myself from setting a timer or lighting a fire under her, but she always gets it done. The Youngest, however, was more difficult to figure out. We finally discovered that waiting until after lunch is best for her. I was scared to even give it a try (I feared that we’d be working until bedtime), but believe it or not, she works faster (and less tearfully) if she’s given the morning to play and hang out with the weenie dog. The irony: she always plays “school” in her room on at-home school days! Go figure….

I got to spend the weekend with my BFF who made a trip to west Texas just for moi! I’m telling you…there’s nothing like time with a friend to recharge your batteries. We went shopping and even had cupcake wars!

It rained this weekend! It was such a beautiful sound on my windshield! One thing that really disappointed me was that, after months of people begging God for rain, I didn’t hear one person show gratitude. Sure, it wasn’t a lot of rain, but it was RAIN!

For all you gals that think you bagged the best husband in the history of husbands, think again. My husband is the best, hands down. He spent his day off cleaning house while I was at school on Friday and he took the kids to the movies this weekend, allowing me to stay home in a quiet house and get my lesson planning done. He’s the best, I tell you. The BEST.

Today is my parents’ anniversary. I’m pretty proud to have a mom and dad who set an excellent example of godly, loving relationship. I know that not everyone is so lucky.

It won’t be long until we leave for our amazing trip to the Holy Land. I still can’t believe that I’m going, that our entire family is going! I have no idea how we will get 13 days worth of clothing in one suitcase or how we will keep up with school work while we’re gone, but it will work itself out, right? Riiiiight??

I think I’m developing an addiction to Red Bull. I can’t help it–I hate coffee and tea is just not strong enough for the 6:45 a.m. commute. Will somebody please invent a coffee that doesn’t taste like dirt?

Know what doesn’t taste like dirt? Shaun Groves’ new c.d. Third World Symphony. Actually, I don’t know what it tastes like, but it sounds really, really good. It’s hard for me to get past the first song, “All Is Grace” because I keep it on repeat, but there’s also a sweet remix of the old classic “Just As I Am.” You should check it out.

I think I’ll go to bed now. I’ve been trying really hard to finish my book club’s selection, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (the back story on the lady whose cells–HeLa cells–have helped medical researched in a bazillion different ways). I’m trying the Little Engine That Could approach: “I think I can, I think I can…” We shall see.

I hope your Labor Day was as unlaborous as mine! 🙂

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5 Responses to Taking the “Labor” Out of Labor Day

  1. Amy says:

    I’ve missed you, but it sounds like things are going well and that makes me 🙂

  2. Happy Anniversary to your parents. I’m still trying to find a schedule that works for us during ‘school’. My daughter is just really slow. It’s Math. She can spend all day getting her Math done. I’m not even sure what to do, but I know I must change something. Glad school is going well for you. I like how you adjusted your schedule to work with your daughter during her best time of the day. That’s a pretty awesome benefit of homeschooling.

    • Megan says:

      I was trying to tackle my blog reader on Labor Day. I thought I’d pat myself on the back while leaving you a comment about curriculum (you know, for getting back into the blog game), but a bazillion tries later, I just gave up. So….”Yay, Story of the World” “Cool–Drive Thru History (looking it up)!” <—That was my comment in a brief nutshell. 😉

  3. katiebice says:

    Blogging is hard to do during real life!!! I’m excited to hear about your trip soon! I wish I could spend all morning playing with a weenie dog.

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