I like to share pictures from the week on Fridays. One of my 2020 goals was to take more pictures and use them in my blog — these cozy Friday posts help keep me accountable! I don’t have very many pictures this week because it’s been wicked hot and we’ve stayed tucked under the air conditioner as much as possible, but I have pictures of my two youngest and the first few minutes of a monarch butterfly’s life!
This has been a strange week. Because of new protocols at work, my husband was home from work last Friday because of our Covid scare, and then Monday night through Wednesday night he was home with a cold. He’s always worked through colds before, but there is a massive culture shift right now – no working when you’re sick! It’s nice to see him taking care of himself and yet, selfishly, I miss my evening time alone! I was planning on a week full of audiobooks and knitting and that hasn’t happened. But I’m thankful for all the time I’ve spent building up my ability to rise early and for the opportunity to enjoy a couple hours of blissful silence. And of course – for my time with Matt!
I’ve spent this week preparing for our first official week as homeschoolers. We plan to begin on the 24th of August and I’m terrified and excited all at the same time. I’ve created a spreadsheet with our history, science, and nature units organized by week so that I can match our beauty subjects with what we’re learning (our beauty subjects are primarily composer studies and art/artists studies).*** Our history and science curricula are both 36 weeks and we’re scheduled to be in session for 44 weeks. I like having that padding to give us an opportunity to move at our own pace! I’m excited about what we’ll be learning this year: ancient civilizations, the earth forming from stardust, ancient and prehistoric art forms. I didn’t have a classical education and the curricula that I’ve found is so inspiring. But it’s a lot. Putting it all together is a lot. The idea of keeping it ongoing is a lot. I’ve realized this summer how quickly a day passes and figuring out how to create a school that my child loves and is still progressing academically is a lot. And it’s all so scary.
So I’m working on stilling my heart. My post on Wednesday gave you a glimpse into how I’m trying to do all of the things by throwing garment sewing into the mix again. I have to stop. I have to pare down. I need to embrace the fact that I can give my children more by doing less. I know that our official homeschool schedule is going to morph and change endlessly and I know that it’s going to take more energy than I’m expecting. It’s going to take almost everything I have to give, so I’m preparing myself for baskets of unfolded laundry and unticked to-do lists. I’m fully expecting to have total chaos in our dining room, dirty floors, and a sink full of dishes. And I’m trying to keep my heart still – to know that it’s okay – to keep breathing, embrace the chaos, and find every way possible to enjoy the ride.
One word that has dominated my thoughts this week: KAMALA! I love so much of what I’ve been learning about her. Her upbringing is inspiring. And friends, all of the pictures of her as a child, teenager, young adult? I am loving them!! Especially in this LA Times article. But I’m not looking forward to the next few months. It’s going to get so ugly. Politics has always been ugly, I know, but it seems like there is no bottom now. So I’m nervous for her and how she’s going to be treated, but I also know that she’s ready for it. So when I get nervous about all of the political ads and all of the lies coming out of the White House’s Press Briefing Room (and Twitter, clearly), I still my heart. I take a deep breath, think about truth and justice, and know that the people of the United States are better than what the current administration wants us to be. And November will start a new era. So, on with KAMALA!
I’m giving blood today. I got an email from the Red Cross saying that they’re testing all samples for Covid antibodies and the results will be available in their app. Sweet! I’ve been so curious about my own potential for immunity and this is an easy way to find out — I would be giving blood anyway and I love that I don’t have to do anything extra to test for antibodies. (I do the Power Red donations and am eligible to give every 4 months. I love being a Red Cross donor!)
Last Friday I shared my plan to watch Home Fires, drink tea, and knit all evening. None of that happened thanks the unpredictability of life. Now I know better than to share any plans, but I hope to finally manage that tonight! Do you have any weekend plans? I hope you find ways to stay safe and cool!
*** I’m editing this to add that I have curricula for Language Arts, Math, History, Science, and Nature, but have only included History, Science and Nature in this spreadsheet. I wanted to be able to line up our artist and composer studies with the era and topics we’re studying in those units. I’m working hard to ensure that we’re as well-rounded as possible!