Monday Our day started on track with me having a quick 20min meeting with each of the kids to check that they knew where they were heading for the week. Both Josh and Jess went to work. While Nomi and Daniel studied, I was able to get one task done in the office and clean up the main living areas of our house. It always feels good to get the floor clean. Nomi and I both feeling a little unwell, so have a little nap and rest time. Then she continues with reading Shakespeare, and I prepare dinner and do some writing.
Mid afternoon we have friends come over. In order to have visitors on a week day, I’ve invited my friend to bring their dinner, and join us for an early dinner. We ended up inside as the mozzies were out and about. With each family eating their own dinner, it reduced the pressure to cook for company, and by making it an early dinner her young family were home and in their normal routines without too much interruption.
Tuesday – though we had a sluggish start (kids are feeling a bit under the weather with flu’s and colds) they both studied well till their finish time. Naomi then went into town and had some down time while waiting for the Girls Bible study, and Daniel also took the afternoon easy and spent time writing a story. Late afternoon Daniel and I found ourselves to be the only ones home – we enjoyed the peace! My day consisted of heading into town to catch up with a friend, pray with my prayer partner and do a little grocery shop. I did a few tasks in the office, caught up with an out of town friend over the phone, cooked dinner and scrapbooked in the evening. A very productive day.
Wednesday – Another sluggish start; having colds is something that we need to push through. When the kids were little we may have had a slower, easier day when they were sick but with highschool we need to push through – and to be honest, pushing through a cold is a life skill – once they get a job, they won’t be able to take a day off for a cold. Since we are one car down, I took Jess to work, then came home to catch up with a friend over coffee. I am having a very social week this week! The kids worked slowly through their study to-do list, and I finally got into the office. Daniel wrote for most of the afternoon, Naomi had a chiropractor appointment, we picked up Jess from work and then had down time for the rest of the afternoon (aka a DVD). These colds/flu’s are really knowing the kids energy levels.
Thursday – this was a day that didn’t go according to plan. It started well: when I woke this morning, Daniel had already started his chores (it was 5.30 in the morning so this was impressive!). Daniel stayed on track, completed his work chores (today he works for pay), and then he spent time sorting out some of our camping gear. Once that was done he read and wrote his story. Late afternoon he had Bible Study in town – I drove him as Joshua had different plans and wasn’t available. Naomi on the other hand was supposed to study as per usual, but lacked any sense of focus today (for whatever reason), so she spent her morning looking at drama/acting schools, both here and overseas. It was a bit overwhelming, so we discussed how to take notes as you browse so that her time was productive not mindless. She rested, and then spent the late afternoon doing art. My day didn’t go according to plan, as the kids needed to talk to me throughout the morning – but it did make me realise with the girls being home now on Thursdays we need to make our ‘work’ day or interrupted day Friday, not Thursday. So as from next week it will be study Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and then Friday will be a work, projects and catchup or reward for doing well.
Friday – Another study day. Peter asked Nomi though to help him make a sleeve for one of his Vet tools, so she did that first. He did most of the design work so it was really about taking what he wanted and doing the stitching. I spent the day in town on a better internet connection finishing off some scrapbooking. I had a whole house to myself (my friend was working) and it was very quiet and sleepy! It made me realise that it is nice having my kids around – I think I’d go stir-crazy by myself every day, all day. A little perspective, cause sometimes the dream of peace and quiet seems so elusive. In the afternoon Daniel spent time at the library, and seeing the dentist. Our family night was spent watching a DVD.
Saturday I consider many of the activities that the kids do on Saturday as learning experiences. Daniel had sparring with his Taekwondo. Naomi spent the morning ironing – which is a paid job for her. We then went to a friends birthday Nurf war party. I love having these opportunities where my older kids can be a big brother or sister to younger kids. They threw themselves into the nurf-games, even though they were twice the size of many of the kids. We raced home for Nomi to get some warm clothes and she had her first time volunteering at the picture gardens. Daniel had his first time going to the movies (outdoor picture gardens) by himself. The rest of us spent the evening with friends watching the rugby (well the boys watched the rugby, the girls nattered over paper craft catalogue!)
What I’ve been reading (Book or Online)
- How to rest and not feel guilty – I particularly enjoyed the encouragement to find the time that suits you and your family and make time for rest – it doesn’t have to be the same time that others around you rest.
- When life gets crazy, couples must connect – I liked this quote:And marriages don’t usually break up in a day.It takes countless days of careless acts piled one on top of the other until the marriage fades. Bonds that are meant to last a lifetime fray and hearts go to pieces.
- Spilt Milk – a metaphor for letting our children fail, and consequently learn responsibility
- Hey Kids! Why wait till Marriage
A resource we are using:
World Book Encylopedia – DVD-Rom Daniel reinstalled this DVD-rom on the kids laptop this week. It is a good alternative to letting the kids loose on the internet. Though Daniel can use the internet he sometimes prefers the encyclopedia as it is less choice; when he has a question he opens up an article reads it and moves on. It narrows down the searching options, and of course there is no other stuff that is going to pop up. We bought our version from Sonlight.
Since we had a study week not many photos were taken…
Also sharing and linking with others:
Throughout the week I share with one, or more of these blogs listed on my Link Parties page – but I share wrap up posts with: