Deuteronomy 6:6-7

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. ~ Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Monday, January 31, 2011

Is It Spring Yet?

I. Am. Tired. I think I need a vacation from this past week. Today is the first day that my youngest feels good enough to be up and around for more than 10 minutes. We spent much of the last 5 days in the house, and I'm going a little stir crazy.
I really can't complain though. This is the first knock down, drag out, cold that our family has had this winter, which is absolutely amazing. So, I figured that this week we would get back on track with our schedule, and dive into a fun new math enrichment, a fun new unit study,, hasn't started that way. Why? I'll tell you.
Here in the chicago area, we are about to be hit hard by a big snowstorm tomorrow. The kind that, if what the forecasters say is true, will break all the records, delight us with blizzard conditions, and, ultimately leave us with 12-24 inches of snow. Eww.
That wouldn't affect our schedule if I had been able to get our grocery shopping and various errands done over the weekend. Unfortunately, that just didn't happen, and I am faced with scurrying around today, making sure we have all we need in case of several days confined in the house. That includes purchasing a new snowblower, as we do not have one. Normally not a big deal, I don't mind shoveling most of the time, but I don't think we can handle shoveling 20 inches of snow :(
Which brings me to my cranky and, yes stressed outlook today. How will we get all of our work done?! Happily, the answer is already upon me. Oh, the beauty of homeschooling! We've already been in school more days than the public school system, are ahead in several subjects, and have taken one, I think, sick day so far. And, while in all likelihood tomorrow, and maybe the next day, will be cancelled for those students, we'll be able to keep going.
Okay, the stress is leaving me even as I type this. I love the flexibility this lifestyle affords us. Just another perk of schooling this way. Hey, thanks for listening, this is way cheaper than therapy ;)
So, whatever challenges you face this week, and I know we all have those issues that are huge in our worlds, take a breath, take a break, and go enjoy those blessings that you've been given!


  1. I'm out on my TOS blog walk and wanted to say hi :) I'm sorry to hear you all have been so sick :( Hopefully everyone will stay healthy the rest of the winter season.
    My family and I were in the Chicago area over new years visiting family. We live in NC now, but we try to make it up north (Wisc & Ill) at least once a year to see family and friends. I would love to move back to Wisc sometime in the future, but I've yet to convince hubby that it's a good idea!
    I’m now following you, please follow me too :)
    Take care!!
    ~ Nanette

  2. Thanks for stopping by! I sure will sign up to follow you :) We have family in Wisconsin as well- beautiful country! I have yet to make it to NC, hopefully someday!

  3. I am just walking by on the blog walk with TOS and am a new follower :)

  4. *HUGS* Winter and sickness can be rough! We like to curl up under blankets and read a lot this time of year :)

  5. Thanks for stopping by and following, Lindsay!
    Knittycat- we love to read a lot too :)

  6. Stopping by on the blog walk. Knittycat has a good suggestion for this time of year.

  7. I am actually sick this week and both of my children are fine! And it is a phantom sickness - I have a low grade fever, but no other symptoms. Ahhh the misery! Are you feeling better about your situation now? :) Hope everyone is feeling better soon.

  8. Lisa- thanks for taking a look

    Chistina- Hope you feel better soon! I'm doing better, but looking forward to spring! :)

  9. I am out on the blog walk and I must say that with my daughter sick this week it has been a little more difficult to get school work done. We have been working on math and reading though. I am looking forward to Thursday when it warms up and we can go play in our new foot or so of snow.
    I liked your photo. :)
    I am now following you.

  10. Thank You Writer! I can't seem to get much going yet either...

  11. Dropping by on the Blog Walk to say hi! I am your newest follower. As I write this snow is falling like crazy outside, the roads are covered and I am praying my husband makes it home safely from work today. Here in SW Arkansas snow is not as common as in Chicago!

  12. I'm on the Blog Walk. I love your post...glad I could help level out your stress, hee hee!
    I'm following...follow me back if you like :-)

  13. Wow. I hope you survived the storm. I'm suffering from cabin fever also and hope to get outside at least once this next week.

    I'm visiting from the crew blogwalk. Nice to meet you!

  14. Lisa- Thanks :) Hope you all made it through the snow alright!

    Marie- Thank you, I will check out your blog too :)

    Briana- Yes, we survived! Really looking forward to spring now !

  15. Laurie,

    Stopping a week late for my crawl through the TOS Blogs. It's almost 2 weeks post our last bout of illness and I'm still not back on schedule. Getting back on track can be so hard at times.

    FM Laura

  16. I appreciate you stopping by :) Hope you are all feeling better, and I understand about keeping on track. I'm finding it a challenge this month.