I’m amazed at how quickly these September weeks are flying by — which begins with how fast the days seem to go. There’s one thing with homeschooling I’m fast discovering: It can suddenly be 4:00 p.m. and nothing resembling school has happened. Luckily, when you’re educating at home, you can turn anything into a teaching moment, and I’m getting better about approaching life in general this way. I’m also trying to have one or two short periods of a time each day when we intentionally work on subject areas…numbers, letters, geography, you name it.
Of course, there are trips to the library, reading books aloud, play time, and getting outside. We have co-op school two days a week and just joined a local homeschooling co-op for a monthly activity, too. It all makes for very full days if you count errands, cooking, laundry, cleaning, keeping a social calendar, blogging, and finding time in between it all for paid work.
The life of a busy mom, right? I need to sit myself down, breathe deeply, and take a swig of something delicious. (Even though it’s just virtual, I’ll take it any way I can get it.) This salted meyer lemon and sage presse, originally from Bon Appetit, is bound to do the trick. Citrus drinks always seem to work no matter what the season, and since it’s still not quite cold out yet, I’ll keep enjoying anything made with lemon. Here’s my high and low this week:
Low: It took me the better part of the week to finally get over a bad sinus cold. They can really take the wind out of your sails. Because I was so wiped out, I couldn’t always make it back up after the girls went down to get work and writing done, so I felt a bit rushed and behind all week.
High: Watching my girls make progress with what they’re learning. It’s amazing to see things “click” in their heads or watch them suddenly be able to do something they couldn’t before. To think where they were this time last fall… It’s incredible, really. Also, the weather here has been absolutely gorgeous.
Bonus question: What’s your secret talent? I can parallel park like no one’s business. The rest of my driving skills are pretty average, but I can get into spaces that appear impossible, and usually in one attempt. I call these my “Italian parking jobs,” because when I was in Italy I would see so many parked cars touching each other. My husband insisted I take a photo last year of one particular spot I got into outside our house; I was literally less than half an inch from the car in front and the car in back. I guess this is what happens when street parking is at a premium where you live and there’s a lot of opportunity to practice!
How was your week? Please help yourself to a lemon and sage drink and tell me all about it. Hope your weekend is slow and happy, and I’ll see you back here on Monday!
Image: at Machu Picchu, by Lisa Malveaux