I remember when I was little, how I adored my new school supplies. I would literally sneak out of bed at night, open my closet, and gaze lovingly at my beautiful pink and purple plastic backpack. Then I would try it on, and wear it as I stealthily visited the bathroom with it on my back.
But Bree is on vacation with my parents today, something that would not be possible without the freedom of homeschooling. And I don't have to worry about her bringing home all manner of sicknesses from kindergarten (we get enough of that from Mason bringing crud home from his Nursery class on Sundays). And I get to shelter her from bad words and the mean drama of other little girls for a little while longer.
But sometimes I wonder if I'm crazy for adding one more thing to my list of responsibilities.
- Homeschool Bree and keep up Mason's preschool lessons
- Keep house clean (This counts as extra for me, because I have a seriously dusty house. No really, it's true. Something is wrong with our ventilation/air filter or something.)
- Keep kids clean
- Grocery shopping
- Home improvement projects (our new master tub is the latest)
- Sweet Whimsy business and weekly Farmer's Market booth (making jam, baking cupcakes, etc)
- Farmer's Market newsletter writing/editing
- Formatting piano exams for a friend in exchange for family singing lessons.
- Filling occasional Mary Kay orders
- Facilitating monthly book club meetings, and reading said books
- Exercising; P90X is a time-consuming program
- Primary Music Chorister
- Daily therapy with Lincoln
- Scheduling and keeping appointments, which have become more frequent lately
- Um, breastfeeding
- Oh, and figuring out how to keep my kids happy all day every day
So, yes, it would be easier to let someone else take Bree off my hands for six hours every day. But I'm going to give this homeschooling thing a shot, and I'm hoping that it'll be worth it.