HSMJ – When I Wanted to Break Down but Didn’t

In my life this week…

I have pushed myself to the limits emotionally, mentally and physically. In a weeks’ time we moved to our new rental home, I cut ties with old friends, had to argue our educational choices with a family member and help a child on the spectrum cope with his new environment without losing my patience.

I cannot say I have dealt with it all perfectly (the craters on my face and aching body are proof of that) but I have tried, and taken six bubble baths along the way to help ensure my own sanity.

In our homeschool this week…

Despite the fact that half the house still needs to be unpacked, we jumped right back into schooling this week. It needed to be done to keep up some sort of our normal rhythm. Highlights of the week included learning about gravity with Science Jim at CurrClick Live and having my son remember Longfellow’s birth month, though I hadn’t even gone over it officially, during our tea time reading of one of his poems.

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

Pick up the Arrow Evaluation & Planning tool from Brave Writer. Even if you do not use their program, you will finish the evaluation with an “Ah Ha” moment. It is amazing how Julie makes you really look at and understand your kids.

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

We are heading out Saturday to explore our new community by checking out the annual Pig on the Pond event. It is a barbeque cook-off, chili cook-off, 5K, entertainment and more. We are all looking forward to a day of fun after this stressful week.

Things I’m working on…

I’m trying really hard to find a better balance for blogging, homeschool, household duties, family time and me time. So far, so good.

Something I am ogling or have my eye on…

The Brave Writer Curriculum. I have had the Writer’s Jungle, Jot it Down, The Wand and Arrow in and out of my cart for about two weeks now. After purchasing and using the evaluation though, I can tell you that I will be taking the plunge soon.

A photo, video, link, or quote to share (silly, serious or both!)…

My quote for the week to help keep on task with prioritizing my time and dealing with the move;

"Laziness grows on people; it begins in cobwebs and ends in iron chains.
The more man has to do the more he is able to accomplish,
for he learns to economize his time." - Addison


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