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Thursday, September 15, 2011

A "Day in the Life" or "How It Really Works Around Here"


The girls got to bed on time and fell asleep.  I got up at 6am, fed the animals, made my husband's lunch, sat down for some coffee and computer time then worked out.  Following that, I had a nutritious breakfast ready for the kids and woke them.  They got up cheerfully, got dressed, made their beds, came down and did chores then we did devotions while they ate. Then the older one started school while I worked with the younger one and all went well until lunch.  Then the younger is done and I am free to help the other one and have our rich and delightful history and literature discussions.

Ideally.

Hi!  C'mon in!  The house is mostly company-ready because that is just how we roll around here.  (Whoops, lemme just grab that bra and hide it out of the way form where I threw it.)  Have a seat and I'll share with you how it really works, at least today.

I got up at 7am instead of 6am because I was up late reading, Cure Unknown, Inside the Lyme Epidemic by Patricia Weintraub.  (I highly recommend it, by the way.)
I didn't sleep well because Mike was in Jenna's bed and she was in ours.  Apparently she is in another round of bad dreams because she came in the night before as well. 

I fed the pets, made Mike's lunch, and hit the computer to check all my morning news, blogs, boards, Twitter and Facebook.  About an hour later, I had leftover white pizza for breakfast, put a pot of tea on for the girls and killed the 30 minutes I could have been working about playing Sims on Facebook.

Jenna woke up and sat curled up on the couch and I went to wake Rowan to take her Lyme meds.  She needed more sleep so I brought her a couple leftover pancakes to eat, some water and her pills and let her go back to sleep.  Nobody but me has done chores yet.

Things actually progressed well for awhile after that.  Jenna and I did Bible, literature and history together while she had her tea and chocolate chip pancakes leftover from yesterday.  Then she sat to do her independent work.  Grammar and outlining went fine, she did her science and independent history reading and then tackled math.  Which didn't go very well.  She got confused with terminology between fractions and decimals and melted down.  After she had calmed down, we did it together and she remembered it all from last year and school was done for her.  At present she is checking her email and working on her book.  Chores still aren't done.  She probably won't get dressed at all.

The 15 year old still isn't up yet.  This is often the case of late and it isn't a matter for discipline or of laziness.  The truth is, Rowan has Lyme Disease.  And if you are, like I once was, of the mind that Lyme is no big deal, let me just tell you that you couldn't be more horribly mistaken.  I won't go into detail but I will say that we have a very sick kid on our hands and so if she needs more sleep, it takes priority over everything else she has to do.  It is what it is.

To sum up, the school in my head no longer exists.  The school we have we do to our utmost.  It is a lesson in balance and faith, trust and letting go.  It is so difficult for me to overcome my perfectionist tendencies, my control issues and my schedules and work with what we have been dealt.  But I am because I have no choice.  And there are many blessings.

The ship of my life may or may not be sailing on calm and amiable seas. The challenging days of my existence may or may not be bright and promising. Stormy or sunny days, glorious or lonely nights, I maintain an attitude of gratitude. If I insist on being pessimistic, there is always tomorrow. Today I am blessed.”
~ Maya Angelou

2 comments:

Linda September 17, 2011 at 10:58 PM  

I almost didn't get past your first paragraph! I thought, "Oh no, not another one of those perfect home schoolers." And then I realized that you have a much more believable life:) I appreciate your honesty, and your ability to find balance in the life you have. Thanks for a great post.
Linda
Home schooling one ADHD child for 4 years and counting!

Gillian September 18, 2011 at 3:08 PM  

I'm so sorry about the Lyme disease.

I have ideal days too, but somehow they don't happen very often. My real days are much more like your real days!

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