A World without walls
everyday life while homeschooling overseas
We finally got our HHE this week. For those of you who don't know our lovely acronyms, that's our House Hold Effects shipment--in other words, pretty much everything we own. Man, we lived in a MUCH bigger house in Finland! I thought I had pared down our stuff quite a bit--and I did!! But it's still just too much for this little house. Perhaps it's because when the shipping guys came, they emptied out most of my boxes for me and just threw everything against the walls. Now, yes, it was nice not to have all the boxes still cluttering up the house, but now all my stuff is in disarray all over the place! And for some reason, when it's like that, I tend to sort of shut down and lose my ability to function. I don't like seeing giant piles of stuff that have to be carefully sorted. I don't know why. I'd rather stuff it all in the garbage can and be done with it. Bleh. But, we've been working diligently, and now have 3 rooms that are mostly presentable. The rest has been attacked by hurricane Andrew (literally) and Peter, and stuff and pictures-to-be-hung line the hallways and walls. *sigh* But, at least I mostly have my living room, library and classroom. At some point, I will take pictures and post the 'after' (since I've already posted the 'before') so you can see...but I won't do it until I'm a little more organized. Admittedly, it's MUCH harder to organize your house when you homeschool. The kids can only focus on organizing for so long (about 10 minutes, maybe), and then they need some other direction. I was tempted to call last week a holiday and just let them watch movies all day. I did on Monday and Tuesday (when the shipping guys were here and when Devin was home to help me), but I just couldn't do it on Wednesday and Thursday, so everything mostly sat in the same spot without much difference. We made fun foods, did more with our Unit Study (which is supposed to end next week...), and played around. Today is now Friday--the Sabbath day for us. So, I can't really do more organizing today, either. Well, I suppose I could, but it would take away from my day. Since I'm always home doing things with my kids, the Sabbath HAS to be different. I'm not 'allowed' to do any school work/planning on Fridays, nor am I allowed to do deep cleaning. I need a day off once in awhile, right? And since this is the day of Rest, I should really make it that way! So, it's a good day to do a little catchup on the blog, write some letters, knit with my kids, and generally make more of a mess--while trying not to stress about it. :) I have to admit, though, that I AM happy to have my wheat grinder, crock pot, ice cream maker, Bosch and bread maker now. We've made homemade bread, rolls, soups and ice cream. The last batch of ice cream I made was DIVINE!!! Oh my. I found some fresh, locally grown cherries (who woulda thunk?) at the grocery store last week, so I made black cherry ice cream. Oh. My. Goodness. It's the same as my strawberry ice cream recipe, except that I put in cherries...and I ran out of fresh eggs, so I used egg powder. I suppose I could call is Food Storage Ice Cream... It was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO stinkin' good! Have I mentioned it was good? I'm perfecting the art of dairy-free/sugar free ice cream. My kids love it, I love it...everyone needs a special treat once in awhile--even for those of us who have sworn off sugar! :)
Who Am I?
As a Stay At Home Mom of 4 wonderful children, I have the amazing opportunity not only to home school them, but to do so in many different places! I am married to the most amazingly wonderful (and handsome) man in the whole world! Together, we seek out, every day, that Joy in the Journey that makes life exciting!
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