The Homeschool Mother’s Journal

In my life this week…

I was fairly busy the first half of the week making a wedding cake.  We started 72 hour kits and made a tornado using two 2-liter bottles {that was flippin’ awesome!}.  There was some soccer, and I finalized plans for a curriculum show and tell day I’m doing with a few other homeschool moms {should be fun}.

In our homeschool this week…

We finished spelling!  Yay!

We also started our last unit in history {Medieval Japan}!  Yay!

Babydoll memorized her x9!  Yay!

Babydoll’s only got 32 more multiplication facts to go!  Yay!

We’re halfway done with Stone Fox!  Yay!

We received our second Top Secret Adventures pack, a Little Passports package, our Audio Memory U.S. geography pack, and The Prairie Primer!  Yay!!!

My favorite thing this week was…

Wedding CakeSeeing the look on the faces of the bride and groom when they saw their cake was a great feeling. They loved it, especially the bride.  Vince works/is friends with the groom, and when I found out he was getting married, I told him I’d do their wedding cake as a wedding present.  The bride hadn’t planned on having a cake and really had no opinion on the matter, so she told me to just go with what I wanted.  I knew there was blue and there were hydrangeas.

So, having never met the bride in person {and I only talked to her once on the phone}, I decided to go with a style that would cover several bases:  girly, modern, and cool enough for a dude to like.  I love seeing the look on people’s faces when they see my cakes, but it’s always nice when you can tell that they are truly happy and touched by the time and effort you put into something for them.

What’s working/not working for us…

I continue to enjoy Babydoll’s enthusiasm when it comes to learning.  As a person who has a natural love of learning, I’m so glad that she wants to do school, she wants to read, she wants to learn, she gets excited about mastering a concept.

I hope she continues to enjoy this process; it makes each day such a joy.

Thoughts I have…

I know I continue to mention graduation {even though it’s been a month now…}, but I’m loving the fact that I’m beginning to feel happy again.  Not that I wasn’t happy before {I was} but it is different now.  I don’t have the constant pressure of school hanging over my head.

Sure, I’m still pretty busy {I should probably put not over-extending myself on my summer bucket list}, but I feel like I have so much more freedom.  I can do more things that I want to do, and I can put more {and better} effort into things that I should have been doing much better than I was {like cleaning the house or my wiseGEEK writing}.

I feel a bit more at peace and calm {although I still have breakdowns every now and then…}, I’m finding I’m looking at my family differently, with less stress and frustration {not because of anything they’ve done, just because of my over-extension}.

I’m loving it.

I’m also loving the community of women I’m becoming a part of. Through various blogs I visit on a regular basis, the Connections Network, my Blogelina blogging clan, and Twitter believe it or not {I know, I fought it for so long, but I’m really enjoying the “social” aspects of it}, I feel like I’m becoming a part of something.  Not only am I appreciative of the help in growing my own blog, but I’m happy about helping other women achieve their goals as well.

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…

I can’t find the exact quote right now, but while I was watching Oprah the other day {I heart Oprah, I’m so sad the show is over on Wednesday} she had a clip of Toni Morrison saying something to the effect of always look at your children with a twinkle in your eye when they come into the room.  She had a woman talking about how she applied that in her life, and she mentioned that she does that for everyone she knows.

I’ve become much more mindful of looking at my friends and family with a twinkle in my eye.  I love each and every one of them, and whether I’m having a bad day or a good day, they should always feel special and know that they’re cared about.