Finally after two weeks, we got this house DONE! And thanks to my wonderful husband, all of the laundry is done. He helped me this past weekend more than some husbands help in a lifetime. I'm grateful! When I say the laundry is done, this means folded and put away! I've tried all kinds of schemes and ideas on how to keep the laundry DONE and the only one that works for me is two loads a day. One in the morning then dry, fold and automatically put away and the same at night. If I'm lucky, there may be only one load but that is HIGHLY unlikely with another child on the way! I know tomorrow I have to wash my sheets and since they are king size that's a load all by itself. Trying to get this house up and running and today I feel like it was successful. Two weeks without a schedule and two weeks of disorganization was causing depression. I was beyond stressed.
What's for supper?
Well I thought I would be daring this week and plan a menu for the week. Usually I like to plan one for two weeks but being pregnant and having morning sickness makes it difficult. This is why menu planning was DARING! I have no idea what will sound good next week and what sounds good now may not sound good for months. Since I was in the mood for fresh ideas, I headed over to Pioneer Woman for some new or already used recipes. I cooked many of her recipes last year and had forgotten how easy she makes it with all the pictures. So this week we are having her Lasagna, Corn Casserole (and I am using my own BBQ ribs recipe that I do in the crock pot) and Chicken Spaghetti. Jeremy loved the Chicken Spaghetti when I made it last year. Then I bought some easy stuff for those nights ("Fancy Grilled Cheese" and Soup) when I don't feel up to cooking a full blown supper. Of course we will have lots of leftovers from Lasagna and Chicken Spaghetti. I told you I love Italian when I am pregnant! Oh and I will share with you sometime why I call my Grilled Cheese "Fancy" because it really is "Fancy". :)
How's the School House?
Since you asked, it's challenging, fun and ever changing! Right now we are finishing up the year with lots of reading. My hope is to have them full blown in love with books by the time June hits and by August I hope the Library card is plum wore out that we have to request a new one. We should be finished by the middle of May with curriculum! YEE HAW! We started a Biography today about Grant Wood. This is a book I read a loud but it's also a book Josiah could easily read alone. If you are not familiar with Grant Wood, He is the artist who painted the American Gothic. He grew up on a farm and loved to draw and obviously became world famous for his paintings. Reading a Biography for kids is where the Charlotte Mason point of view comes in. We are reading about REAL PEOPLE! In the mean time, I am learning so much too. I love what Karen Andreola says in The Charlotte Mason Companion. "In History we are surrounded by men long dead, but whose speech and whose deeds survive..." I tell you I am refreshed over and over again every single time I read a page from this book because I am reminded of why Homeschool is BEST for my family. Each day, because my point of view is changing, I am finding such richness in this new way of thinking in regards to my style of Homeschool. I am not as frustrated and upset which is how I feel when I sit for hours with Josiah working on "worksheets". I feel like using this Charlotte Mason Companion allows me to be the Mother God created me to be. Here is something I read today that got me excited about this call on my life as a Mother. Look at this! "The greatest maxim of all is that children should be brought up as simply and in as domestic a way as possible and that (not interfering with their lessons) they should be as much as possible with their parents and learn to place the greatest confidence in them in all things." -Charlotte Mason Companion
What am I reading?
The only way I can turn my children into book worms is by me doing the same. I have been reading a lot lately and I've purposely made sure the kids have seen me with my nose in a book. Today we walked down to the mailbox and I was excited to see this book in my mailbox! There is another one of her books I am waiting on and a few more I should have by the end of this week for the kids. Every book I read is usually a book suggested to me. Every book I read to the kids are also books suggested to me. Well I did find the Grant Wood book all by myself but that's it. I love reading what my friends say is good! I need all the suggestions I can get.