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Morning! No, that's not a typo. I put two weeks on this thread because I'm taking a week off of all writing starting Jan 1st-Jan 7th, resting up for intense revision work. The boys don't have school this week or next, so we might well head out into the wild, and boat and/or do some hiking to waterfalls if the weather isn't too bad. We hiked Christmas Eve and that was heaven. Almost no people at all, on only the wind and water to keep us company. Ended up writing poetry for the first time in a few months, and that was nice, too.

Today's work is much the same as last weeks: chores, groceries, writing, reading, painting. Trying to get in a comfortable routine before revisions hit. 

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Enjoy your time off.

DH working OT today.

School with DD 

House work.

Exercise. 

It's too cold outside so it's an inside day. 

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Two more days before my break. Lots to do!

House: laundry, dishes, cat boxes, bedroom, bathroom

Cooking: breakfast for dinner: eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes

Writing: query and synopsis for the first draft WIP, Beta reading comments for 150 pages, emotions course exercise and watch module 2 again, personal reading, blog post

Art: continue current picture, sketching

Boys have this week off and next week as well because I'm working and it's really, really tough to work full time at writing and school, part time out of the house, and still mostly keep my temper. So an extra week off is good for all of us right now.

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'afternoon! 

I'm getting sick.  Argh!  But all is generally well.  We were due to start up again Jan 2., but I need more time for planning work ... on the other hand, I think the boys need more structure.  So probably some sort of soft start. 

Today I finished my "course of study" for early modern/chem for the boys & the family & made sugar cookies with younger fellow, also took a nap.  To do: some brief step sessions for me, run with boys, clean a bit, garden a bit, get dinner on, and get us to role-playing tonight.  Also: prep my character.  Younger boy is DMing the game, should be cool. 

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I don’t know what is happening for school. This week is still winter break for local schools. And we are busy getting medical evaluations and insurance evaluations after dd’s accident. I am hoping to get back to “normal “ next week. 

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Dad is in control of school today and he gave her the day off.

She did do her Bible time and she did a science experiment with me before Dad got up.

We took her to a Noon Year Eve party at our local library this morning. WOW, it was crowded!

Mini grocery shopping. 

We stay home on New Year's Eve. We usually sleep through the whole thing.

She does have school tomorrow. It starts her second semester of first grade. 

 

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Morning. No school. I'm supposed to be not writing. But I have a few things to finish up with a synopsis and a character profile. After that, I plan to do a few things around the house including taking down the Christmas things. 

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Morning!  And a Happy New Year to you, Accountables.  Y'all are one of the New Year's blessings. 

Today: I am definitely sick.  Boys are down a bit, we'll see how that goes.  So I need to both rest (so I recover) and get enough exercise (so I can sleep).  While lounging about in my PJs I'm knocking out school plans, will try to hit cleaning & gardening at least a bit today, boys' rooms need some attention so I'll try to get them working on that. 

The List (which may take a few days -- maybe into next week; so it's good that CritterFixer opened a two-week thread to start us off!):

  • finish planning Week and Day plans, and reconcile the plans with my Course of Study notes (using Barnhill's "Put Your Homeschool on Autopilot" to scaffold this); the rest of planning is Procedure Lists (for stuff that has its own lesson plans); Lesson Plan Lists (for stuff I need to design); Organization (get stuff where I can find it, make sure we have it all, corral science & art supplies so that I can get my hands on them easily & either acquire what we're lacking or jot down stuff in the books a week or two before we need it); draft Loops (maybe try 1 week art, 2 weeks each science & history, then 1 of outdoor construction to get our "tree house" functional and the garden up & running for spring); Visualization & Implementation stage. 
  • outdoors: clean out the garden (lots of various dead stuff this time of year); find a place to plant our potted fig tree; decide on some plants to put in for a hedge; total extra credit would be cleaning out stuff near our bedroom window and planting clover seed. 
  • indoors: normal housework, follow my cleaning plan, do a bit of holiday cleaning (for 1/2/3/4/5/6 of Jan)
  • holiday notes for next year -- haven't done this yet. 
  • and sometime this week -- yearly planning for me! 
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Happy New Year!

Hope you feel better soon S.J.

All school done but writing. 

DD and I took a walk this morning. I'm trying to get more active. 

Park time.

Family walk before dark.

DH is going to be working 7 straight days starting tomorrow. 

 

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Morning. I'm painting today, but also have a few cleaning and cooking projects on my list today. But mostly, I'm trying my level best to relax for this last week or so of break.

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Jean, hoping for your daughter's speedy & thorough recovery + grace & ease navigating the medical/insurance system.  And Mo1, thinking of you as your DH heads into a long chunk of work.

Critterfixer, happy New Year's hug & thanks for these threads. 

Today: keep chunking away at my list.  I've done a generous amount of planning, cleaning, garden cleaning, and napping each day so that is good.  Also, boys have kept toes in piano practice & doing some chores. 

ETA: would love to make & freeze some scones for quick breakfasts.  Since they won't be holiday scones I ought to amp them up with some whole-grain flour ...

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Morning! 

Today DH is around & agreed that we could get dinner out tonight, so I'm focusing on the planning.  My Uber Goal is to get a working draft of the necessary procedure/lesson lists (procedure lists for stuff where we cycle through the same thing for each section, lesson plans for things that need to have different aspects in different lessons) and loops today, get some exercise, and be a decent human.  The rest of it can wait until tomorrow.  🙂 

I'm sort of overwhelmed and so am making an achievable plan here:

  1. get all subjects/courses onto a chart sorted by "Open and Go", "Procedure Lists", and "Lesson Plans". 
  2. my focus this particular term is trying to stick to WTM guidelines for formal school and not make anything _more_ complicated, though I can simplify where needed.  So #2 is to simply draft procedure lists using WTM guidelines for all subjects, and make adjustments to my chart as needed. 
    1. currently on booklist: finished younger booklist and added high school level Guest Hollow resources to elder's list: next, do elder's WTM + Build Your Library + Ursa Minor (?) lists, Guest Hollow American history lists;
  3. Draft lesson plans for things that need them.  This includes assigning page numbers for history resources & lining up American and World history where needed. 
  4. Get all the plans into a notebook/notebooks I can use. 
  5. Memory Work Binder: set it up; walk through this step-by-step guide to memory work (if anyone else tries this, you'll want Day5 which is hard to find)
  6. Order supplies. 
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Popping in to say hello. My break from writing isn't working, but I'm sticking mostly to character profiles. Those don't count. LOL. Painting a lot, and working on some transparency exercises in preparation to paint some ghosts from one of my stories. Should be fun. 

No school for us this week either. I had planned to work this week, but won't have to, so it looks like I have the week off to paint more and get more of the character profile completed.

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Church today

Lunch with Daddy

Park time where we bumped into her cousins. Bonus!

Storytime with cousins at the library plus crafts.

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Oh, my!  Still in planning/organization.  I know it will pay off, and am also quite bored with it! 

I don't know if we'll "start school" this week or next.  A good compromise would be to fit a day in on Friday, if I can get the planning done. 

For today: keep at above planning list (younger's booklist was missing a couple of sections so I'm editing that and then getting back to finishing elder's); cut boys' hair; piano practice, piano theory, bit of reading, bit of math; basic housekeeping (15" cleaning an area, 5" straightening a room, pick up a few clutter-collecting spots, have boys work in their rooms for 5" or so, laundry away, sheets switched out, dinner made); exercise for me. 

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We have done Bible time and she has read a science and nature book. Now she is watching an animal documentary. 

She will do more reading and some writing.  She will also do some math. Arts and crafts along with audiobook.

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First day back at school over the break.   It's not going well.  Some children might not make it to this evening.  

I overslept.  I overslept because I was up late because DD11 was up late.  Then, trying to get all the kids up, even a hour later than I told them I was going to get them up, everyone was grumbly and grouchy.  Then, we got a text that DH's med refill was ready, and at the same time, he texted and said he *NEEDED* the meds today.  So, hoping to get everyone moving, we ran out grabbed that.  I tried to be nice and get breakfast out, but then McDs was out of the chicken DD11 gets so she cried all the way home.  *sigh*  Then the kids fought while trying to finish their breakfasts, and DH is emailing me over and over (isn't he supposed to be working?!?!?) about getting the insurance enrollment done.  I always do it so that is why he was emailing me but srsly if he has all that time to email back and forth maybe he has time to do it himself? lol  Really, I know he doesn't have the time and I had been planning to do it anyway.  (we won't discuss the fact that the deadline for getting it done is not untill the 17th.

On top of all that, the girls are taking elventy billion years to get their work done, DS7 keeps annoying them, DD9 is now in the bathroom playing while sitting on the toilet.  

And my mouth is still sore from last week's dental surgery, everyone has a good case of the sniffles, DD11 is tired too because she was up so late and that lovely female monthly visitor chose yesterday to show up.  

 

Can I crawl in a hole and just start over tomorrow?

 

Oh, and, guess what, I forgot to order school supplies over break.  So we have pencils....but most have the erasers chewed off, and we have a half of one pink eraser.  We also have no pencil sharpener because DD9 broke it over break (it wasn't an expensive one, just the only one we had.)  And we are down to two dry erase markers.  So everyone is also spending eleventy billion years searching for a functional writing utensil.  

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We are playing school by ear due to DD’s concussion. She finally seems to be listening to me regarding rest so no sign of her yet today. I am ignoring my own discomfort with not having our usual schedule. It’s not like I don’t have tons to do including more flood cleanup. 

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3 hours ago, happysmileylady said:

We are gonna finish getting the 3Rs done and then call it a day.  Rough day back.  

oh sweetie, hugs!  What a day.  Try to be good to yourself.  I'm sending thoughts of pencil boxes that refill themselves, pencil leads that stay sharpened and erasers that never wear down & can't be bitten off... 

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3 hours ago, serendipitous journey said:

oh sweetie, hugs!  What a day.  Try to be good to yourself.  I'm sending thoughts of pencil boxes that refill themselves, pencil leads that stay sharpened and erasers that never wear down & can't be bitten off... 

I have ordered pencils, erasers, sharpeners, and expo markers.  They will be here Wednesday.  And I am now watching some trash tv and planning out my day tomorrow.  

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Good Morning!  We managed to get up and moving earlier today, so that bodes well.  I am not planning to go anywhere today, and that should help too.

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Morning. More painting today. I finished two pieces yesterday, leaving me one to finish. But I have a couple of art exercises I want to do today--one online, and the other from a book, so I may not finish the third one until Wednesday or Thursday. 

I'm really enjoying my time off from heavy duty writing. But I'm told I have to get back to work probably starting Monday. I do feel mostly recharged and ready to tackle things, so that's good. I do have some writing related things to do today as well. I have writing exercises from module 2 in my course, and reading. Not a bad day at all. 

On Thursday, though, I've got to sit down with a new calendar and work out the next schedule and determine when we can order curriculum. Boys are about to finish math and Latin both.

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Morning!  Today is a Great Planning Push.  Well, as much as I can manage it; the boys need: piano; exercise; some math & reading; and to be fed.  All of which takes time & perhaps a trip to the grocery store.

But still: planning, here I come! 

ETA: procedure lists/lesson plans are done for younger.  !!!  Off to do them for the older dude!!!

ETA #2: Finished older dude's!  whoo-hoo.  Nap then exercise.  🙂 

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Ok, our morning is done.  Kids are gathering some laundry up then lunch, then some math, a history show, and then just some free reading.  This time next week, we will be at art class at the rec center, and that runs the rest of our 6 weeks, so the plan for today is a bit light.  At least, I hope we will be at art class, the enrollment hasn't hit the minimum yet.  

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And we all feel like crap.  Miserable head cold.  DH did go to work.  I feel so crappy I was almost hoping he didn't so I had an excuse not to do school. 

BUT, he went, and my kids are up......well, the girls are.....so we are going to push forward.  

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DH just sent me a text a little bit ago.  He had car trouble getting into work.  He's feeding me information like a half a sentence at a time, so I am not quite sure what's going on.  Something about the clutch and it will need to be taken to a mechanic.  I am assuming he actually made it in to work, but he hasn't answered that question yet.  Or whether or not he needs me to come get him now, or later.  Or how the car is getting to the mechanic.  

DD11 is getting started on school, DD9 and DS7 are finishing up breakfast.  

 

ETA: Ok, so he says he doesn't need me to pick him up.  I asked several questions, that was only one of them.  So I said....outline the plan for me please.  He says "when I have more information I will let you know."

I really wish he would have said that first, instead of half a sentence at a time.  *sigh*  

My brain hurts.  

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Apparently the plan was for a co worker to follow him to the shop so he could drop it off and coworker could drive him back to work, because he just texted me that the car is at the shop.  

 

There is a step between “make a plan” and “execute the plan” that he missed.  The whole “discuss plan with the wife who said  ‘outline the plan” step.  

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Last day of break here (good Lord willing).  This morning is chore-y stuff & piano, at 1:00 friends are coming over for a D&D game my younger is running. 

The world seems sort of bat-#$%* ; I'm praying & working to make spaces of grace and joy and restoration.  One of the things I really like about our larger, Monday-evening role playing group is that there are people from different sides of the spectrum -- political, religious, you name it -- having a good time together & becoming friends & helping each other out.  So for today: clean the house, work in the garden, keep boys toes in some piano/reading/math, get everybody's bodies moving, have grace. 

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Today: a full schedule of subjects, at 50% of time on task, to ease us in.  Starting 'round 9:15, according to the plan.

Today: our school; piano; read-aloud at lunch; runs + fitness for boys; run + "ballet" for me; house cleaning; work outside some Spend at least 15" making notes for next holiday, 20" on school planning and at least 5" thinking about my MIL's upcoming birthday.  ETA: also need to get some vitamins/supplements & drugstore stuff today. 

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School done yesterday. 

Co-op was this morning. She is eating lunch and watching cartoons now.

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More painting today. Art teacher returned from Colorado with presents. I like the bracelet she got me. Tomorrow I've got to get the boys school stuff set for next week. I get to order the stuff we need to finish out the year next week.

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No school today.  We are all sicker than dogs.  And my entire face hurts.  Every time food gets stuck in the empty socket, I have to flush it out, which hurts like crazy, and then the pain just radiates across my jaw, both upper and lower, and up in my ear and gives me a headache.  And being sick makes it worse.  

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Ouch! That's not a good way to start the day. Hope you get to feeling better soon!

I'm officially off my writing break today. But I still don't have my edits yet, so I think I'll work on a short story and possibly submit one that I've had sitting around to a few other magazines. Other than that, I need to clean a few things, and get ready to start school next week.

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I am just still feeling pretty awful today.  I have one of those real deep hoarse coughs that hurts all over when you cough.  That stuffy/runny nose.  Itchy eyes, sore throat, and just feeling yucky. 

No school again (*sigh*)  I had planned to take the kids for a free ice skating lesson, but I just don't feel up to going anywhere.

 

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Hope you and yours feel better soon HSL.

Drop Dad at work.

Grocery shopping 

Did Bible time, calendar, telling time and math flashcards.

Currently at storytime at library. 

Needs to do cursive writing and read to me.

Audiobook in the car.

More shopping. 

Lunch with Dad.

Today rain. Tomorrow snow.

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Finished grading my very last homeschool history assignment. Dd had doubled and tripled her assignments so that she is all done with that subject for the year. (And probably forever since she hates history). 
 

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happysmileylady: thinking of you & hoping you feel better soon. 

JeaninNewcastle: hurrah!  What a milestone! 

Today: recover.  I am so burned out!  but there is stuff that needs doing.  I'm trying to work recovery time into getting-things-done and also trying to focus on the more wonderful things I'm building so that I don't feel so bogged down in minutiae. 

Today: did some exercise, watched some of SWB's YouTube videos and also listened to some of the middle-grades writing lecture while I exercised.  That was centering and helped me see what I can change.  With the hindsight granted by a couple days of 1/2-pace work I'm going to edit the plans I have so far:

  1. drop elder's Writing With Skill in favor of thorough writing across the curriculum
  2. make procedure/lesson lists that reflect a focus on depth + cross-curricular writing over speed for:
    1. history: elder, younger
    2. science: elder, younger
    3. literature: elder, younger

And prepare for tomorrow (prepare art & music work, write out schedules), for next week's school, and for Monday's game night. 

 

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