Monday, April 19, 2010

Balancing the To-Do List

Monday, April 19, 2010

2010-April-Happiness 009

We discovered this creation on our Sunday hike at the beach. Perfect, no?!

It's a Monday....Back in the saddle time. I turned the TV off. Anna and Pj are happily creating and discussing dot art (after our morning session of schoolin'). Now I have a peaceful moment to tackle some things and I'm spinning. Where do I start? I am balancing a lot of tasks right now, which feels good. But I also am creating a monstrosity of a to-do list.

Here are a few items I need to prioritize and tackle:

: Tend to my neglected blog. I am behind in posting and want to share so much with my lurkers (who never comment!) but in all honesty lack motivation to post when there is little dialogue. Are you reading? Do you care? I love this blog and love to share things that might be useful or fun or whatever. I would love it more if you commented and shared with me as well. I know you're out there, don't be shy.

: Redoing the kids' closets. I need to finish what I've started (Story of my life.)

: Basic household clean up. This is truly never ending but Mondays are my 'take back the house days'. I am just bored with groundhog day activities like cleaning. They need to be done and always take away the frantic feeling a messy house has but the monotony of cleaning....

: Review seminar notes from this weekend. My homeschooling journey has evolved from an intended placebo break for Anna to a heartfelt ambition for my family. I'm completely enraptured by the possibilities for my kids and am deep in research. I am reviewing, critiquing and hoping to one day select curriculum for next year. This weekend I attended a seminar by Carole Joy Seid. Wow, it's a radically different approach than traditional education. She is much like Charlotte Mason's method of teaching with Great Works--a literature based teaching. There are certain aspects of the classical approach I really like and I am considering how to incorporate it in our own hybrid curriculum. (P.S. She's anti traditional curriculum, so I'm clearly deviating from the plan right out of the gates.)

: Continue my research interviews regarding next year's homeschooling plans. This is deep and wide and big. If you know me at all you know I am a thorough researcher and need a lot of information to choose a path.

: Get cracking on my reading list. I will share my gems of reads as they earn their distinction. But, first I need to read 'em.

: Summer plans. We need to nail down some summer plans. Trips, visitors and activities.

: Pictures, pictures, pictures. I have a lots of pictures to processing and print. My role as family historian needs some attention. Plus it's fun!

: Correspondence. I am fortunate to have such wonderful friends and family who are thoughtful and giving. I owe several thank you notes and basic connection. Bad me!

: Nurture my creativity. This is a never-ending desire that is rarely satisfied with me. Knitting is taking a backseat to sewing. More on that later.

I have a lot of reorganizing I am entrenched in (physically around the house and structurally with our books, schooling and business of our lives). One step at a time and being a list master will calm the crazy. Best of all, I have a spa getaway for the weekend. A break is in sight!

What's on your heart today?


Anonymous said...

i'm here and reading & love your input on home schooling/creative endeavors as well as your cooking/recipes.

keep writing! don't worry about the sporadic posts - life takes first seat & sounds like you are livin it!

Karmen in Minnesota

Sarah's Fab Day said...

I was just thinking of you this morning because I knew that we hadn't heard from you because life is busy and full right now. No worries and certainly no pressure, we'll still be here. xo -Sarah

Renee King said...

I check your blog every day. Sorry I never comment but I LOVE reading about all of your adventures. Kuddos to you for all you juggle in day to day life!

Pittsy said...

So glad you are here, ladies. I appreciate the encouragement. Hope you have a great day. We are looking for rainbows here (rain and sun will certainly produce).

the sweet life with olives said...

Hi, My name is Erin and I'm a stalker :-) I use to be an avid commenter on lots of beloved blogs, but I've gotten all sorts of lazy lately but I'm still an avid reader! I check you're blog daily for updates, found you vis Jora's blog (big fan of hers too!). I'm particularly interested in knowing more about your homeschooling adventure. How is it on a daily basis? Is there such a thing as a typical day? Have you noticed any big changes, evolutions or challenges in your daughter since you started? Promise to be more interactive, please keep posting!

Joanne said...

Hey there, I lurk too and never comment, but will tell you that if "Sarah's Key" is on your reading list, pull it to the top. Also, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was so SO good. Love that your going for it with home schooling. I have to say i just do not have the ambition or the patience for that and I am jealous!
Talk to you soon,
Joanne in Texas :-)

180|360 said...

Yes, please share more about homeschooling. I've recently decided to homeschool my children in the fall and although I'm excited, I'm floundering in the decision making process of which curriculum to go with, how it will all work out, etc. Oddly enough, the children can't wait to try it out and have all the faith in the world that I'll be a good teacher.