Weeks 12 and 13 – Done

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Sorry about not posting last week. I forgot my laptop home on the day we went to co-op. When I sit there, I have more time to update the blog than at home, apparently. I just could not get a few minutes for my blog last week. We are all busy, right?

Teenager opens gifts

Our son opening gifts on his Sweet 16 birthday

We have homeschooled and gone hiking. Somewhere in there, our son turned 16. Such a special time to be a parent – when you child turns sweet 16. I could brag on my son for many, many minutes, so let me not even get started. Continue reading »

Good Lessons, 2022

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This year, 2022, has been very difficult and stressful for me. Learning how to parent a teenager pushed me to the limit. It revealed things in my character which are not flattering. Starting high school as a homeschool parent – that was another difficult task. Last but not least, we started a new routine of driving to co-op, orchestra rehearsals, violin and harp lessons. That is a lot of time away from home and traditional academics.

Sunsphere in Knoxville, TN

The Tennessean Hotel and the Sunsphere in Knoxville, TN – we spend a lot of time in this city now.

In a way, I feel like saying, “Good riddance, 2022,” but that would miss the point. Instead, I should say, “Good lessons, 2022.” Homeschooling is not only for our children. We, the parents, learn plenty in the process, and not just about history, science, grammar, or math. Continue reading »

Happy Thanksgiving 2022

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If you live in the USA, you probably celebrated Thanksgiving last Thursday. For me, this year was different because I did not even attempt to engage my teenagers in a turkey craft. It did not even cross my mind. That ship has sailed.

Thanksgiving Plate

What I made for Thanksgiving: veggie turkey, cranberry salad, dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, creamed spinach, green beans, corn, stuffed eggs.

I am enjoying this new phase, don’t get me wrong. As I browse through curriculum options and different classes available, I cannot believe PreK-8 does not apply to us anymore. Continue reading »