By the time you read this post I’m in the thick of it. Spring semester has begun. I’m taking two classes/six hours, Counseling Diverse Populations and Assessments In Counseling. This semester I have one online class and one class on campus. What can I say about online classes? I will have to hold my tongue until I have spent more time in my class. Right now it feels strange. I prefer my professor in class with me so that I can ask questions as we cover the material. My degree plan is sixty hours and there are about five classes total that have an online option. If you haven’t noticed technology has taken over every area of our life whether you want it to or not. Recently, I went to see my advisor to file my degree plan and he informed me that I should start my practicum this fall. That means I will be counseling live bodies, helping real people with issues, at a field site in just a few months. Although I am nervous, I am secure in the fact that I will be prepared when the time comes.
Tuesdays are very busy. All the boys are in school on Tuesday which means lots of driving for me. Dropping the boys off, going to study, picking the boys up, meeting my husband at our specified location so we can switch cars, he takes the boys home and then I’m off to campus for class then driving home. Rinse and repeat. Lots. of. driving. I’m hoping gas prices remain low.
Around my home…..
Well mostly I’ve been focusing on food prep and keeping my home clean. When I say clean I don’t mean spotless but de-cluttered with dishes washed, bathrooms clean, floors mopped, and laundry done. My goal this semester is to spend less eating out and somehow manage a cleaning schedule on our own. I fired the maid. Yes, I had a maid. We’ll see how long we can manage.
Throughout the years I have attempted many types of meal planning schemes. I learned that I don’t have a problem with planning meals however carrying them out is another issue. My current meal planning has been condensed and simplified. Last year I started cooking meals based on what my family eats. We sat down at the table and I wrote down all of our favorites, snacks, breakfasts, desserts, dinners, etc. I have since broken the list down into ten different categories like beef meals, seafood meals, chicken meals etc. Once a week I pick five to seven meals, one from each category and that’s the meal plan. Currently, I’m not cooking meals for the month. But I am batch cooking some of our favorites. (For those of you who don’t know what batch cooking means. Essentially you double or triple your recipe for your favorite meals.) So when I cook a meal I split in half we eat half and the other goes into the deep freeze with a label for the month and year it was cooked. These frozen meals can be pulled out during the busy times when mom doesn’t have time to cook.
My older boys are pretty much keeping to the schedule I created at the beginning of the year. I’m not in love with the way things are but were getting things accomplished and that’s what matters. Joshua on the other hand we don’t have a specific schedule and I feel bad about that. We continue to work on phonics, handwriting and math with him. Joshua comes after Emmanuel who was reading books at four so when I compare the two boys at times I feel bad because Joshua is not learning at the speed of Emmanuel. Then I remember we are unique and there is no need to hold Joshua to the standard that worked for Emmanuel. We will work at his pace. This semester I will be stepping things up a bit with him. I like to teach my boys to read early. Christopher was reading in Kindergarten and Emmanuel was reading at four So I’m hoping to get Joshua really reading before we start Kindergarten with him. The boys are making A’s at their school which is great. As far as homeschooling goes I think the end is near well sort of. My husband has decided that each child will attend a regular school beginning seventh grade. That means I only have two years left with my oldest, five years with Emmanuel and seven years Joshua. Let’s hope I make it at home. I may change my mind and send them all to school prior to the seventh grade. Its bitter sweet. I’m grateful for the time we’ve shared and looking forward to what comes next.
Were in the midst of birthday season. Each child has turned a year older, they are now 10, 7, and 5. My sweet man will be 40 this month and I will be 36 in March.
I will come back later with a post that includes pictures.
Until next time.