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  1. This, too! It seems like with 4 libraries to choose from, we wouldn’t run out of things to read, but with some libraries’ emphasis on tech gadgets (& others’ on lots of programming, which is great, but not to the detriment of the collection!), it’s not unusual for my girls to feel like the libraries have little to offer them.
  2. One thing about one of mine (small towns each with a library) is the over-emphasis on electronics/video games, to the detriment of emphasis on reading. 😣
  3. The library found the books that were charged on my account on the shelves! 🎉🎉 Vindication! 😝
  4. Play practice was canceled due to the threat of severe weather. An afternoon AT HOME! 😲
  5. “Karen” calls me about lowering interest rates on credit cards we don’t have and never have had. 🤪
  6. Thanks, Chris! One child spent about 4 mos in intensive OCD treatment (partial hospitalization) a few years ago. The anxiety piece for the other child is somewhat new, so we’re navigating new territory with this one.
  7. Okay, maybe this is adolescent humor, but considering the fact that I spend all day, everyday with two adolescents and two little boys, maybe it’s not too inappropriate. 😝
  8. Morning. Ugh. Last night was a difficult night with my two very anxious children having some issues. We’ve been on this diagnosed-anxiety disorder wagon (OCD, specifically) since 2016 and it can still be a wild ride, especially adding in puberty. 🤯 Prayers appreciated. This morning: —coffee + quiet✅ —make sure kids know what to do (ha!)✅ —work on grass cutting for a couple of hours. I started doing the majority of our mowing last year because dh works a busy and demanding job and travels a lot. Mowing is a pretty prodigious task here in the hot-n-humid south. We have a long growing season, especially when the summer is wet so the grass doesn’t burn up. Ours is embarrassingly tall right now but it has been so rainy we can’t get a good day to do cut it. This morning starts the process. Let the fun begin!✅ —shower✅ —school with boys✅ —lunch✅ —touch base with girls✅ —dd13 to play practice (canceled! 🎉) —take girls to shop✅ —supper (what on earth?)(leftovers!)✅ —visit my parents? ✅ —grocery run? MUST DO: —call about SAT testing for OLSAT administrators ✅ (did next-best-thing: called a former test admin for our co op and asked her my question) —fix SAT schedule and email moms of kids taking it —call library and ask them to look for some books still charged to my account✅
  9. Cut my class loose early because 2/3 of the class was absent. Now how to spend my newly-discovered free time? 🤨
  10. On to CC class prep. Y'all are making me feel better about my own brain fog with your anecdotes! 😂
  11. The author event was a success! Our co op got to host Irene Latham (novelist, picture book author, and poet) in an event sponsored by our local public library. I was the contact person because apparently I am the mom who is the most enthusiastic (most over-the-top😝) about books. I also have met Irene on a number of occasions and have corresponded with her over the years as a wannabe book blogger. Anyway, I was a wee bit anxious that we wouldn’t have a nice crowd, but my peeps showed up to the tune of 34 kids and adults. That seems like a respectable crowd, doesn’t it? Anyway, the event was lovely and I think the students got something out of it. And I can mark another spring event off my list. 😅
  12. Saw this on my CNN email newsbrief this morning. Praying for quick apprehension of the suspect!
  13. Morning, all! Another “one of those days” here. look for overdue library books ✅ (location of some is still a mystery) Coffee etc✅ shower + dress ✅ math with boys and prod girls on theirs (dd13 online class + dd14 test✅) figure out lunch 😵✅(lunch out) leave for author event ✅ unlock church without setting off alarm✅(No problems—alarm wasn’t set 😅) Make sure we have the technology we need ✅ author talk! ✅ Dd14 to pick up dress ✅ dd14 to appointment✅ drop other kids with dh✅ prep cc class✅ teach cc class figure out tomorrow
  14. Many condolences to @ScoutTN and @Jean in Newcastle.
  15. We picnicked and visited and fished and played. A good time was had by all. On to the next thing.
  16. ✅one load of laundry cycling ✅history reading with dd13
  17. Ugh. I CANNOT get moving. Part of it is that I stayed up too late last night laughing at YouTube videos with my teens. Worth it, yes, but that doesn’t give me energy this morning. Part of it is that we’re entering two crazy busy periods—this week and next we have three days in a row of out of the house activities. You’d think after a decade of homeschooling I’d know that this is how the springtime is and be prepared to cope with the freak-out feeling. Nope. Still freaking out internally. And also lethargic because it’s a coping mechanism to avoid the stress of getting it all done. Not a little of this is also exacerbated by the fact that I’ll be solo parenting all week next week, and idk how on earth I’m going to manage to teach my night class AND manage soccer and play practice. That’s weighing heavily my mind. I’m really looking forward to May when my CC class will be over and I can focus on JUST mom-ing and homeschooling. Thanks for reading my brain dump. 😬 I feel lighter enough now to at least get up and re-engage with kid wrangling and air traffic controlling. 😝
  18. Is it only Tuesday? 😅 shower✅ coffee, etc.✅ pack lunches✅ co op end-of-year picnic ✅ take food/visit my parents (time permitting)✅ take dd13 and her friend to play practice✅ errands (Sam’s, bank)✅ pick up dd13✅ ds8 soccer game✅ home for supper (leftovers?)✅ prep for tomorrow
  19. Instead of figuring out tomorrow, tonight I opted to work on Wednesday night's CC class because the next two days are super busy with out-of-the-house stuff. So I'll have to figure out tomorrow. . . tomorrow. (I'm doing that a lot lately.) Being two days ahead on my class feels pretty good, though. Now off to check on the laundry and then TO BED! Good night, all!
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