2011 – WOW! This has been the calmest year I’ve had in a LONG time! We did have some transitions, but I think this is the first year in over a decade with not a single real crisis. It’s really weird. But in a good way!
In January, hoping for some calm sailing, I put together a regular schedule for our homeschooling. It takes some planning work, but results in more accomplished, less stress, and less chaos.
The biggest family transition was really my husbands. By the end of January, we agreed that he would quit his hated job. The second week of February he was ecstatic, but then he buckled down to the hard work. While it was nice having an extra set of hands for homeschool help, we were all happy to have him employed again in May.
The next transition was my daughter’s. After spending 7 mo living with her bf’s family in CA, she decided to move back home. We are getting along better than ever before. Work was as hard to find here as it had been in CA, tho, and in the fall she returned full-time to the community college. She was inducted in to the honor society, and is now in process applying to VCU for fall of 2012.
This year brought a few good field trips. In the spring hubby was able to come with us to the National Museum of Natural History, a good followup to our fall evolution unit. In the summer, the kids and I visited my mom, including a wonderful trip to the Franklin Institute. In the fall the four of us visited the historical recreation of the original town of Henricus, which was how our county, Henrico, began 400 years ago. This coordinated with our study of Jamestown.
The fall brought even more structure to our homeschool, with more outside activities than ever before. Orion, who had taken sax lessons over the summer, joined newly formed homeschool band and choir classes. I joined with 2 other families to create a grade school science coop. We continued with martial arts and the home school video game club, and added an ongoing D&D group. Raven is reading more and more on his own, choosing to read to himself at bedtime instead of having dad read to him. Orion’s patience for board games has been a big growth. Hubby has renewed his interest in board games, which makes it good timing.
With the busier schedule, I’ve had to get much more organized with my cooking and menu planning. I’m in love with Paprika, a recipe app for my iPad (a birthday present from my mother!).
Yes, this has been, for me, an amazing year. No crisis, no horrible news, no big adjustments. Just steady improvements! I hope this becomes the new normal around here!