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September 8, 2008

A Day in the Life

Monday, 10:19 a.m.

It's 10:19, and no one has started school work yet.

Connor and I started our morning online, together reading some articles in the Guardian; one about how Barak Obama had wanted to join the military when he was younger, and one about CERN's Large Hadron Collider. Then he went off to his own computer to do research on antimatter.

Connor, Aidan and I rolled out bread, unloaded and loaded the dishwasher, and did laundry (OK, I did laundry). I reminded them (for the 87th time) that our swim classes start today, and so they need to have their swim trunks ready. They assured me that they are all prepared, and know where their swim trunks are. I suggested that they go ahead and get out said swim trunks, to make sure we're ready on time.

You know what happened next, don't you? Three children will be swimming today; two pairs of swim trunks have actually been found.

Yesterday we began the process of switching the office/schoolroom with the formal dining room, which means that the required history reading for the day cannot be found.

One child has decided he doesn't want to swim, after all. No, it's not the one we have no swim trunks for. That would be too easy.

10:38 a.m.

I found them. They were in said child's drawer. Imagine.

10:51 a.m.

Finally, we've stared schoolwork. The little boys are working on math and phonics. The two older ones are working on history reading and Latin. No one needs me yet, so I'm cleaning the kitchen. Actually, I'm typing on my computer, but you know what I mean.

11:05 a.m.

Lachlan and Griffin have an argument about Bionicles, and Lachlan runs off to his room in a fit.

11:16 a.m.

I blew it. It is a delicate matter, keeping the morning blood sugar level balanced. It relies on not drinking the coffee too soon, nor eating the breakfast too late. Would it be all that bad if I ate the entire bag of potato chips that's hiding in the laundry room?

11:29 a.m.

We begin Aidan's math and Latin lessons, in Henle and Right Start E.

12:18 p.m.

Aidan is finished with math (long division), Latin (3rd declension) and a history narration (He dictated, I wrote. Tomorrow I will dictate his narration to him for him to write, following the methods in Writing With Ease). Connor claims to be finished with all his day's assignments, except for Greek. He's probably right, as he won't have any math work until this evening, when he has a lesson with Jeff, and he won't have a writing assignment until tomorrow.

12:58 p.m.

We've all had lunch, though my blood sugar is not bouncing back, and I would like to eat a huge bowl of mashed potatoes. Griffin took a break after phonics, and has never returned to finish the rest of his schoolwork. Neither has Lachlan. They're off playing nicely together now. Later, they will not be able to escape. The bread is baking. Aidan is practicing piano.

1:30 p.m.

The bread is out of the oven. We leave for swimming. Aidan's swim trunks do not fit him. Really.

1:45 p.m.

We arrive at Marshalls. Griffin announces that he forgot to put shoes on. I stuff him into a shopping cart so that no one will notice. They have no swim trunks. I buy a pair of shorts that looks enough like swim trunks. I also buy Griffin a pair of shoes. They have wheels, so I'm counting them as a birthday present.

2:20 p.m.

Connor does his Greek lesson in the car. I find the rec center, cleverly tucked away behind a high school parking lot.

During the lesson I chat with the mom of some of the other kids. When she finds out I homeschool, she says to me, "Oh, my neighbor homeschools. You must know her, then!"

Yes. We all know each other.

4:00 p.m.

We arrive home. I finish up grammar with the little boys, and math with Lachlan. They go off to play, and I play on the computer and see about dinner. The boys all play on the computer, too. Connor and I notice some Very Large Crows in the back yard, behaving a bit oddly. On further investigation, we find that they're scavenging. So ... what kinds of animals bite squirrels in half? We have half a squirrel in the yard. I'm pretty sure the cats didn't do it. They tend to stick to moles and voles. (One of our cats brought us a live mole last week. He brought it into Jeff's office and let it go.) The crows seem very happy.

6:00 p.m.

Jeff arrives home and attempts to give Connor a math lesson. It turns out he did have an assignment, after all. He spends the time before dinner doing his math. They'll have a lesson later in the evening.

I walk two miles after dinner, finishing up while they do their math lesson, and while the little boys play with their friends from next door. The boys wind up their evening by watching Babylon 5.

Posted by lynx at September 8, 2008 9:19 AM

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"It's 10:19, and no one has started school work yet."

*sigh* Thank you, thank you, thank you. I love a "Day in the Life" post that starts like that. :D It makes me feel... normal.

I could have done without the thought that you manage to walk two miles in the evening. !! I'm going to pretend you didn't write that part, 'kay?

Posted by: KathyJo at September 9, 2008 12:41 PM

I think the big boys got started earlier than that today, but for the little boys, it wasn't until lunch time. I just finished with them. It's a quarter to three.

As for the walking, that's easy. If I don't exercise I'll kill people :)

Posted by: Stephanie at September 9, 2008 1:47 PM

*chuckle* Yes. We all know each other. That one always, always makes me chuckle. Sounds like you're finding your groove. They'll never be able to find their swim trunks or shoes, though, so that doesn't count as a glitch. I think that's just part 'n parcel, don't you?

Posted by: Dy at September 10, 2008 2:48 AM

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