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In case you thought my Facebook complaining was shallow...

Last week I had to take Charlotte to MUSC to be evaluated by an orthopedist. My pediatrician was concerned she might have scoliosis. *hard eye roll* She does not have scoliosis. Like, she's not even close. Her spine is 5 degrees from perfect. The process was so irritating. We were hungry because the appointment was right at lunch time, and I had severely overestimated the competency of the office to schedule appointments appropriately. It was an irritating day equivalent to a small rock in your shoe for a couple of hours. It was stressful because even though I knew Charlotte was fine, I was also walking into this large, intimidating building full of people who are not fine. It makes me consider the what-ifs that I generally avoid. You know, what if my child was in this waiting room for something severe. What if this doctor visit wasn't a one time thing but instead a regular part of my life. I complained on Facebook about the surface issues. The stupidly long wait. The overbook…

So...last week was not boring after all

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Before I go into my regularly scheduled programming of what things are going on in our little square of the world, I feel the need to make a disclaimer. I am sarcastic. I mean, I think most people pick up on that fairy quickly, but...you know...some people are a little slow on the dry, sarcastic humor. Also, I don't ever intend to come off as ungrateful as I tick off the little interruptions that are actually my real life. I wake up every single morning and think to myself "how in the world is this my life?" And I mean that in a good way! At any given moment I am simultaneously incredibly thankful for my dishwasher that washes my dishes, irritated that I have so many dishes that need to be cleaned AGAIN, overwhelmed by the list of other things that I really need to get done, thankful that I have the opportunity to do the things I need to do instead of focusing on survival every waking moment, and stressed that I need to be across town at rush hour. If you don't know …

How we're homeschooling THIS year.

I think I've written on this before, but since the homeschooling world is chugging along at full-speed now that Labor Day is past, I'm sharing how we're doing homeschool this year. Every year looks different, and this year I am cautiously optimistic because we're already halfway through September, and I'm not hiding in the bathroom every day extolling the ways I'm falling behind in my imaginary schedule. Part of that is because I never made a schedule this year. Make of that what you will.

I follow a lot of homeschool themed Facebook pages, and they are buzzing with these beautiful, drool worthy downloads made by incredibly talented moms that know how to do things like Photoshop. There are worksheets for everything. PDFs of lists for what we should be doing each week for every conceivable curriculum. Since I have given myself wholly to Classical Conversations, I've seen mostly pdfs for Essentials (both for moms and kids), timeline characters to print and cu…

Hurricane Irma stuff...

So what have we been doing for the past few days? Just using up all of my friend's goodwill and staying at her house since Friday. Jon's job has its drawbacks, but one of the perks is that the government takes care of their people. Generally. (I'm not allowed to talk about the stupid stuff that went on with this evacuation because it's the government and they have eyes everywhere). Anyway, he was paid and ordered to evacuate to avoid the storm which means we don't have to decide if we should stay or go. We just do what we're told, and since we have framily (friends, family, and friends like family) in the upstate, it's not a huge ordeal for us to leave. So we left. It took two extra hours to get to Greenville, but we expected that. And then the storm projections changed. So let's talk about that.

Basically, hurricane projections suck. These meteorologists do things like show a giant cone pointing in a direction with a red in in the middle. They talk abo…

Week 1 of school. Sort of.

You might not realize this, but August is over halfway over. In my mind, I'm still in July. My internal clock is hopelessly broken. The good news is that this week is the first week I haven't felt like I was detoxing from vacation. I actually went to the grocery story today and did a full grocery trip. Up to now I was stopping by the store every day or two to buy just enough to get me through the day. I'm even considering cleaning out my bag of all the travel detritus. And...okay. This is bad, but I've been walking around with my passport in its adorable RFID protected holder for weeks. I know. I know. What if my bag was stolen? All of my ids would be lost. You know what? People in Europe keep their passports on them all the time because it's not a big deal for them to hop around countries. I was living like a European! 
Sigh.
In any case, Tommy starting back to class with Challenge was the next push I needed to move on with my normal life. Also, it's much hard…

The best and worst of my homeschooling

As I've already mentioned, my focus is continuing to turn to school. Tommy starts class next Monday, and I begin tutoring my class next Tuesday. This all means that this week is the week to prepare for the next. As I stand and stare at all of the books I either will use or am still pretending I'll use this year, I can't help but think about the things that have worked and the things that have gloriously bombed in our homeschool journey. I thought it might be fun to list them out to 1. Remind myself of what didn't work so I don't try it again (You'd be surprised how many times this happens) and 2. Maybe save someone a little bit of mommy guilt when those beautifulschool plans melt into an October puddle of "I'm ruining my kids!" The problem isn't necessarily you; you just need to find your own homeschool mommy mojo.
First, what's worked! Classical Conversations works for me. It makes me do the things. I need a little bit of structure to get …

So it begins...school, that is.

I'm going to give you an update that is completely unrelated to France. Except for this one thing. We were on this ship with all kinds of people from varied backgrounds. We found common ground with all of them, but a few times we'd connect with a couple and discover that they're also Jesus lovers like us. And then we'd all relax a little more because we knew we had a deeper connection than just four people that happened to be sitting at a table eating amazing French food while cruising down the Seine. I don't know exactly how to describe it, but it's kind of like meeting part of your family you didn't know existed, but you realize you all have the same nose and eyes.

But let's talk about school. It's August. You've seen the school supplies for weeks. It's almost time for school to begin. I've tried to summer the heck out June and July...okay and May, but it's almost time to get down to business again. Although I have to do some prep …