I'm happy to report that our first week of school went really well. While most kids headed off on the bus, my kid just headed down the stairs. Yep, we decided to school our oldest at home this year. After lots of prayer and consideration, we decided to try it and see if it fits well with our family. I wasn't so sure if I was up for the challenge, but I can honestly say that I had no idea it could be this un-stressful. I ordered my curriculum here and registered with our county a few weeks ago, which was a surprisingly simple process.
I keep thinking I must be missing something, because it seems so straightforward and normal. Sure, it's only the first week, it's just Kindergarten, and I'm positive we'll have our battles, but I'm pretty sure it's gonna be a good fit this year. She likes her work, her brother hasn't been too distracting, and we finish before 11 AM. Of course, it's fun to make learning a part of the rest of the day, too (ballet, playdates, grocery store vocabulary, pet store science, sidewalk biology, etc..) but that doesn't require a curriculum.
All that to say that I unexpectedly found myself with some time this week. One thing that was an important factor in our decision to homeschool was that I not lose my ability to pursue creativity. I know I am a happier mommy and human being when I am able to create things, sew dresses, paint pictures, and style rooms, etc... and I was a bit afraid that homeschooling would take that away from me. The fact is, I know there will be seasons when I won't be able to devote as much time to my creative whims, but I'm grateful that I have some flexibility this year.
So what, you may ask, did I do with my extra time this week? Well, you may remember that Peter's sister lived with us for close to three years until her wedding in May. When she moved out, I thought it would be nice to turn her room into a guest/overflow space. We have already been using it for the kid's naps, but I've always wanted to have a quiet, peaceful room that is available for anyone to come and stay for the night or longer.
So, I started getting the room ready this week. I'll post as I make progress, but here's where I started...
There was lots of blue going on. My sister-in-law had it decorated really nicely (you should see her new apartment—I'm totally house crashing her soon if she'll let me), so the color made perfect sense when she was there, but once she removed all her cute Etsy prints and colorful Anthropologie bedspread, the walls started yelling at me.
I'll be back soon with more on my plans for the space, but for now I just want to say that I'm trying to spend as little money as possible on it while giving it a minimal, peaceful vibe with lots of white, wood and live plants.
You may notice the little dresser there. As best as I can tell, it's a mid-century modern piece designed by Russell Wright for Conant-Ball, and it's my fave. I found it on Craigslist less than 20 minutes after its post went up, and I got it for $50. I love it when clueless single guys move across the country and sell their furniture. Similar dressers of the same brand can go for upwards of $1200. I'm pretty sure I have the dresser vibe. Seriously, dressers just come to me. They stalk me on Craigslist and thrift stores and tell me I have to take them home. And more often than not, I listen to them.
Enough words for now. I'll be back with more later. Have a wonderful weekend!