Thank-you for all your encouraging comments on the state of my aching feet. 🙂 I’m sure they’ll get better. I think part of the problem is that I need better shoes. I thought mine were okay, but apparently not good enough for eight hours of standing!
Adrian has been home sick all week. He went to the doctor on Tuesday. He found out that he has bronchitis and got his-self some meds. At least now he has some cough syrup with codeine and can sleep better at night. He likely won’t go back to work until Monday.
Of course, having him home means less time on the computer for me. If I’m to get him to believe how busy I am during the week it just wouldn’t do for him to see me spend two hours on here, would it? 😉 Nah. I’m kidding. I really have been busy-ish. I worked all of this past weekend, and on Saturday we were with the Junior Forest Wardens (JFW) volunteering. We were helping with landscaping at our local community hall. We had a great turn-out of volunteers and the weather was perfect. Not too cold or hot.
The children had their other activities that I drove them to, and I joined the local homeschool support group. They had their monthly meeting on Monday night. It was so nice to get out and talk with other homschoolers. I knew a few people and look forward to meeting more. Dawn from Colours of Dawn has been a member of this group for years so I hitched a ride with her to the meeting. I tell ya. I am very fortunate to know her. She’s been doing this a long time and just has a great perspective on it all. I hope you know, Dawn, how much I appreciate you! 🙂 That night at the meeting there were some Japanese exchange students that came to give us a presentation. Some people brought their families along. Dawn brought her hubby, Sirdar, and two oldest children. I left mine at home ’cause I wanted to be a-lonnne awayyyy from the kids. 🙂
On the note of moral support: I have a friend who just joined the homeschooling world. She pulled her kids from full time public school and enrolled them at the part time program that we just left. It’s a strange thing to now be the one giving advice and support to someone new. I find myself saying many of the words that were told to me when I first began this journey three years ago. “It’s always hardest the first year”, “figure out your goals and homeschool philosophy and go from there”, “everyone’s daily routine looks different – you’ll find what works for you”, “you’re doing great!”, and so on.
I don’t give specific advice unless she asks for it because everyone DOES have a different philosophy on homeschooling along with their own reasons for pursuing the endeavor. Some people are very focused on structured academics while others focus more on teaching strength of character in their children.
I fall in the middle somewhere (which shouldn’t be too much of a surprise!!). Yesterday was a prime example. The children spent about an hour and a half on school work. Afterwards they were told to start their chores. R wasn’t pleased and was whining in a major way. So, for the NEXT hour he got a good lesson on obedience because he ended up cleaning the bathroom, vacuuming, AND dusting for me. I was almost disappointed that he finally figured out that whining wasn’t getting him anywhere because all of the housework was getting done! Anyway, I think that lesson was just as valuable as the math that he did – in a different way.
So, that’s my week. Homeschooling and looking after Adrian. Actually, besides one homemade chicken soup I haven’t had to do much “looking after”. He just spends his time in bed or on the couch. For some reason, I’m not very nurturing when it comes to my husband when he’s ill. When the kids are sick I get all gushy and lovey, but not when Adrian does. I mean, I do a BIT, but I don’t get carried away waiting on him or anything. He usually phones his mom in England for sympathy! And I say: Too right!!
Now, I’ve gotta go and see what you all have been up to. I’ve fallen behind in my blog reading. Have a great day!
Oh and by the way, Robinella. You don’t have to anything with Facebook if you don’t want to – you can leave it the way it is. Orrrr. You can start playing with it – it’s kinda fun!