She Missed the Bus

Today would have been Ava’s first day at school. Kindergarten, to be more precise. But as the saying goes, she missed the bus.

She Missed the Bus

I’m very grateful that the homeschooling seed was planted in our minds early on because it took me a while to get comfortable with the idea. I use to resist the instinct to hyperventilate at the idea of NOT schooling our kids in the traditional sense. But fortunately we have a large homeschooling community in our area and we’ve gotten to know a lot of homeschooling families and kids, including a couple of incredibly amazing grown up homeschoolers.  I know that homeschooling DOES indeed work and the pros easily out weight any cons. This confidence enables me to take a picture of a school bus driving by the house this morning and I can continue breathing in a normal fashion.

I had the alarm set for 5:30 and got up early this morning to get caught up on house work. I’m working on this being my new routine. Instead of sitting down at my computer when I wake up I head straight downstairs to the basement and start a load of laundry.  This primes the house work pump for me and it’s easy to keep rolling once I hear the washer filling.  It’s like it flips the “get to work!” switch.  I have no problem doing house work once I get stared, but that’s just it.  Getting STARTED is the hardest part. Now that we are “officially” homeschooling I need to get into a regular routine here. I kind of feel like I’ve been goofing off all summer long, keeping up (or not) with house work with no real system in place.  If I’ve learned anything from regular exercise, routine is key!

I worked on house work until the sun came up and then headed out for a 4 mile run and was back again in just over a half hour. I planned to run today and will run Thursday and then it’s REST REST REST until the half marathon on Sunday!

I came back to hear the juicer purring and to find Zak standing over a sea of produce.

Handsome Juice

Fortunately he left me more than just a couple of tablespoons. I hadn’t planned to make juice today so this was a nice surprise. The man is hooked!

The usual: romaine, a beet, a cucumber, an apple, a lemon and a couple inches of ginger.

Not Back to School Juice

Juice held me over well and it’s just now nearing 10 and I’m having breakfast. Today’s fruit cereal combo is made up a diced banana, a couple diced prunes tossed in ground flax, topped with a small handful of sliced almonds and a little spoonful of almond butter.

Tuesday Fruit Cereal

I suppose now we should go do something homeschool-y, in honor of NOT back to school today!

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12 Responses

  1. Oh goodness gracious me! That cereal! How can cereal look so good?! I would like some of that please. Thanks.
    Amazing effort on doing housework and a four mile run before anyone else had even stopped hitting snooze…you’re a rock star!

  2. gosh, i need to get back on more of a routine. however, fall + winter is the PERFECT time for doing so. i feel slightly lazy for hitting snooze on my alarm clock at 6:30am and sleeping for another 1/2 hour.

    gorgey juice, and happy first day of (home) school to miss ava!

  3. I couldn’t agree more with you about throwing a load of laundry in first thing when you’re practically still asleep and can’t even think about it vs. sitting right down at the computer. It’s always the getting started that stalls me.

    I just posted about our first day of preschool. I’m very interested in reading more about your home school adventures!

  4. I love a basic routine, but mine get too rigid and I try and pack too much in…and I don’t do “flexable” well.

    my hubs and I are really discussing homeschooling.
    i don’t know though.

    we aren’t even comfortable with pre school… I think we give him great hands on edu.. and better FOOD!

    sheez.

    letting go is hard. I had no choices with my Teen and now that I do..it’s so hard to decide.

    Good for you Mama! I have that “first day of school” feeling too!

  5. Thanks for the shout out Mama! 🙂

    Mama D started the little kiddos back today, it’s actually the baby sister’s first day as well! She was so excited all weekend talking about ‘starting school’!

    Good luck to Ava, and you as well. You will need it, but it’s worth it!

  6. how INTERESTING – my husband is currently doing research for his next documentary about HOMESCHOOLING!!! any interest in starring in a doc? or putting him in touch with someone who might be?

  7. Yay, another reason to love your blog even more…homeschooling! 🙂
    As a stay at home mom of two just beginning homeschooling as well I look forward to reading about your adventures!

  8. I love getting things done first thing in the morning; it makes me feel so productive… 🙂

    I really admire you for making the decision to home school! I know myself well enough to know that I couldn’t do it… (It’s sometimes hard enough for me to teach college-aged students…) I’m looking forward to more home school adventures on the blog… 😉

  9. wow that bowl of fruity cereal looks glorious. puts fruity pebbles to shame! good luck with the home schooling 🙂

  10. Homeschooling sounds fun, more time with your girls!
    And the fruity cereal makes another appearance:)

  11. The girls are going to do MORE then great with you and Zak homeschooling them, trust me! 😀

    I personally loved the experience, and think it’s awesome that you’re giving your girls the best education you possibly can. Rock on! 😀

  12. AW Zak is such a kind lad! Once you get em hooked on something they never turn back right? theheheee….

    Congrats on the homeschooling girl! seriously kudos! 🙂 you and the girls are going to do awesome 🙂

    http://saladdiva.wordpress.com

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