Jump in where you’re at. I remember that’s something Flylady says. (Haven’t followed her much lately, but 10 years ago I did. Some of her basic principles have stuck with me.)
School’s out. We had a successful 10-week stint at the local charter school for Ivy in 4th grade. Great teacher, new friends, involved school community. Odds are pretty good we’ll be back at homeschooling in the fall, though. But, it’ll be through a charter school which will offer classes once a week, so we’ll still have the chance for group work and interaction, but also more family time. Not sure what we’ll be doing for Ian, but at least starting him with homeschool, and see if the waiting list pans out for him at the local charter school, just so he can have the experience (but that option may change as we get more settled in our plans; I’m still not sold on the 8-3 school schedule).
One of our biggest challenges as a family is the tendency to prefer sitting still to moving. We’re homebodies, bottom line. So, it takes a lot of work to get out of the house, because it’s so much easier to stay home. But, that gets boring … or to keep it from getting boring, that means the TV, Wii, phones, and computers are being used. And they suck the life force out of us. I watch it happen.
So, I’m trying to change that by combining virtual challenges with real activity. We live in a great neighborhood for walking and exploring. One mile (out and back) gets out to the ferry building where we can watch the boats come and go. Kids were fascinated today watching the enormous (like a moving city block) container ships loading up. We have an old Navy base across the street to explore, since they haven’t done much development there since it closed over 10 years ago. There are a couple of museums out there. We’re next to a junior college, which is fascinating to explore about once a year. We are less than 2 miles from beaches (which we forget to go to regularly). Lots of great community parks are nearby too. If I’d remember to get cash on hand, the twice weekly farmer’s market is within a long reasonable walk. I’m surprised how wonderful it sounds when I write it out. Sometimes I feel like I’m the edge of nothing living out here. (Hey – we’re going to have a Target in our neighborhood in the fall of 2013. I saw an official sign last week.)
But, to make it more measurable and fun, we’re going to start walking daily, if we can, and tracking it as a virtual journey. I just have to decide where I want to go. We can journey through Middle Earth with the Eowyn Challenge. We may start reading the Hobbit together as a family this summer, so that would be fun. We could walk along with Bilbo to Rivendell from Bags End. We could just walk across the United States, since we’re already at one edge of the country. Next spring, it looks like we could walk to the International Space Station (and here, too, on his blog).
I could pull something together myself, and just travel virtually to where our family lives, spread across the country as we are. I have a feeling though, we’re going to be walking with the Hobbits first, then into outer space.
Hopefully now that my schedule is more my own, I’ll feel like I have more to blog about. Spent a lot of time over the last two months trying to decide what I was supposed to be doing with my life at this time. Over the last two days, with both kids home, I feel like I’ve been living my life. That’s always a good sign.