Memo to Mr Nobody: If a bag, bottle or plate is empty, place it in the bin/sink, there is no excuse for leaving it sitting in the fridge/pantry.
I’ve spent the past two days binding the children’s 2012 academic and art work into their keepsake books. This is always followed by plenty of reminiscing, treasured books indeed.
Gathering my thoughts towards this year’s academic direction. Thinking a resurgence of poetry, memorisation and catechism are called for. Past that I’m not sure there will be much ‘re-inventing of the wheel,’ more a re-commitment to what is working (and what needs to be working) After a decade and a half of homeschooling we don’t need massive changes, we’ve found our groove, we just need to re-enthuse from time to time.
One area of re-commitment is accountability, certain children avoid handing in assigned work if they can. After a discussion with PC and the children regarding motivation we’ve settled on using screen time which is always a great motivator. Screen time will henceforth be only on Friday and Saturday afternoon/evenings, and only if Dad ‘signs off’ on work completed on Thursday night. I’m rather a soft touch, PC not so much. This will have huge benefits in many areas of our life:)
Sick children here, miserable summer colds with horrible coughs. Little ones rather emotionally fragile. Praying Bella’s immunity holds good.
Holidays are going way too fast, not sure how long we’ll have our College children home for. Only yesterday all our children lived at home, two years ago our first left, a year later our second, only another year and our third is off. Where have the years gone? The time has passed way too fast, though as Laura says “it’s bittersweet”, we miss them, yet we’re so proud of them, watching how they rise to life’s challenges as they venture forth.
Jack Jack served Sunday Mass for the first time, this week, and with his brothers. He made nary a mistake, but most impressive was his demeanor. JJ is an anxious child who agonises over new situations, he agonised for weeks before he was courageous enough to serve, then Sunday he was completely confident!!
Suspect it won’t be often our four oldest boys will serve together, so this was rather a special moment and I’m so glad we captured the moment.