A Day in the Life 2017-Thursday

I am posting our activities each day for the week in preparation for the Day in the Life series on Simple Homeschool.  I always enjoy reading through these posts. Yesterday’s post is here.

Today we had a slight change in our day.  Usually the kids ride horses on Thursdays but it was canceled.  Here goes.

640 I woke up, started working on my plan for the class that I taught, showered and blogged.

745 Everyone was up.  We all ate breakfast and I worked on the crust for dinner tonight (broccoli quiche).

840 15 minute clean upimg_1136

900 Group work.  Group work on Thursdays is usually just a check in and a time for everyone to discuss their main lesson work.  Today, Parks showed everyone a map of Cornelius in 1911.

930 Everyone began their independent work.p1130277

1045 We headed out to a local park for the kids to hit a mountain bike trail (this is the time that we usually would be at the barn).  I sat and worked on my class plan, journaled and worked on planning for next week’s school.  We ran into a lady who we seem to run into a lot around town and chatted with her for a bit.

1245 We came home and everyone ate lunch.

130 I headed out to teach my class (I teach a class where I break down yoga poses so that they are doing them properly and I teach about protecting your back).  While I was gone, the kids worked on school work and the boys built a bike course in the back yard.

320 I came home only to pick up Sawyer and head to the doctor.  She and Parks are fighting sinus infections that we cannot seem to beat with neti pots, mucinex and altered diet.  I hate to do it, but we are resorting to antibiotics.  Ugh.

445 We got home at 445 and I began cooking dinner.

545  The kids began watching Ben Hur and I headed out to the Ada Jenkins Center where I volunteer at the Free Medical Clinic.  While I was out, the kids ate dinner, watched a little more of the movie, and went with my husband to get a haircut.

940 I finished up at the medical clinic and headed to the market to get gauze for Sims (he got stitches last Thursday and ran out of gauze).

1005 I got home.  Sims was still up waiting on me.  We got his cut covered and I headed to bed.

A Day in the Life 2017- Wacky Wednesday

I am posting our activities each day for the week in preparation for the Day in the Life series on Simple Homeschool.  I always enjoy reading through these posts.  Yesterdays post is here.

Hump Day!  Thank goodness for Wednesdays.  Today was nice and slow-the way homeschooling should be, if I believed in should be’s.

715 I woke up and showered ate breakfast and read the new Reader’s Digest that came in.

745 Parks woke up and ate breakfast

800 Everyone is moving.  Everyone came in and ate breakfast and rummaged around.

900 I called a quick meeting to discuss the weekend and do some planning.

930 15 minute clean up.

945 We met in the sunroom to do our group work.  While I was reading, Parks worked on art projects-aka, paper airplanes that flew over my head while I was reading.  Little did I know that he was passing notes.  I guess when you don’t sit at desks or have cell phones to text with, you still will find a way to communicate with your fellow students.

1040 Everyone made a snack/early lunch? Parks and I worked on the computer looking at old maps of our area.

1115 I took the dog for a quick walk while the older two worked on math.

1135 (very short walk) I met with Sims about planning his project on US History and helped Sawyer with her math.

1230 We headed out with some friends to see the movie “Hidden Figures.”  AMAZING movie!!  It had everything-good actors, education, music, math, and a feel good story.


330 We got home.  The kids headed out on their bikes with their friends while I worked on laundry and putting away items from being out of sorts the past couple of weeks.  I could use another whole day to catch up.

500 Sims and I headed to the market to pick up items for his dinner.  When we got home, he went to work cooking.

545 We ate dinner and played the game, “Ticket to Ride.”


800 Nick and I watched a movie and the kids got ready for bed.

900 The house was quiet except for our movie and our laughing.

A Day in the Life 2017- Tuesday

I am posting my daily schedule and activities for the week.  I enjoy doing this each year to review where we are and how we are doing.  Yesterday’s post is here.  Today was another busy day.

715 Woke up and chatted with Nick.  I woke up late.  I was sleeping so soundly that I did not hear Nick get up and leave to go work out.

745 Everyone started getting up and heading to the kitchen for breakfast and to empty the dishwasher/feed the pets.  I worked on my journal for a bit and got the supplies ready for the lesson today.

840 15 minute cleanup (If you are curious what this is, it goes like this.  Each person is responsible for one room for the week.  The room must be tidy, dusted and vacuumed.  After that is done, everyone is responsible for their bathroom as well.  This method has changed our lives as far as cleaning goes.  I highly recommend it. I read about the concept on another homeschooling family blog.)

900 Group work.  We discussed World War II, more business math and worked on a map of present day Cornelius.

1000 Everyone began their independent work and I went among each of them doing individual lessons and helping where needed.


I am hoping this person is coming back.

1130 Sawyer took the dog for a walk.  Parks was tinkering with a project, and Sims was still working on math.

1200 Lunch and laundry and shower.


Laundry..so much laundry!

100 We headed out to drop off the boys off at the lake house so that they could ride their bikes home (they left them there).  Lucky for me, my dad pulled in the street right as we were leaving.  The boys jumped out of my car and into his.  Sawyer and I headed north for gymnastics.  While Sawyer was in gym, I headed out to run a couple of errands.  I am trying to finish up the rooms that we are redecorating, but I am not having much luck. On our way home, we picked up the groceries (yep, I order my groceries online and pick them up.  I find that I save a lot of money and don’t waste as much food this way. I felt odd about doing it initially, but now I am comfortable in that decision).

330 Once we got home, we decided that we would hit a local mountain bike trail.  I wouldn’t normally try to stuff this in, but the kids got bikes for Christmas.  We have been so crazy that we haven’t gone mountain biking with them yet.  It is supposed to rain for the rest of the week, so today seemed like a good day to go.

530 The boys cleaned off the bikes and got them off of the car.  Sawyer and I worked on a quick dinner.

615 We headed back out.  Sims went to scouts.  Parks and I headed to BMX.  Sawyer relaxed at home.


800  Parks and I got home.  He and Sawyer got ready for bed and then drew for a bit.

900  Nick met Sims at scouts and brought him home.  Everyone headed off to bed soon after this.

Today was another full day.  We should all sleep well!



A Day in the Life 2017-Monday

For the past few years, I have posted our activities each day for one week.  I try to keep the week around the same period of time each year.  You can find 2014/2015 here.  And you can find 2015/2016 here.  I am not sure what this week will look like due to the craziness that the rest of the month held.  (You can read about our last couple of week here.)  We definitely have changed some since last year. So here goes:

645 I wake up, shower and blog.  I planned our week last night so we are ready to go.

730 Parks is up, feeds the cats, and empties his part of dishwasher.

750 Sims and Sawyer are up.  We all eat breakfast and discuss our dinner situation.  I am struggling with getting good, healthy dinners for everyone, and I need some help.  Everyone came up with one meal that he or she can make this week.  Everyone scatters before we begin the day officially.

840 We begin our 15 minute clean up.

900 We meet in the sunroom to do our lessons.  Parks works on a map of our town (which I learn that he only thinks of our neighborhood and the neighborhood beside us as part of his town).  I read aloud a chapter from Striker Jones and we discuss the chapter as a group for Sawyer’s business math block.  We discussed events in the US during the 1950s and 1960s for Sims’ US history (this was nicely timed with MLK, Jr Day today).

1000 Everyone begins his or her independent work.  I work with each child individually on lessons that they need.  Parks and I worked on math.  Sawyer and I worked on business math.  Sims and I worked on his presentation for US history and more discussion on history.

1140 I go for a walk while the kids eat lunch and finish up their work.  By this time, Parks is done with his work and is riding his bike outside. but the other two are still finishing up math.

1230 I head to the city to take the dog to the vet and to pick up my curtains that are at the alterations shop.  The kids hang out.  Sims rode his bike to the lake house to fish with his friends.


215 I come home ravished.  I ate lunch.  Lucky for me, Nick is home too so we got to eat together.  🙂  After lunch, I started some laundry and put up the curtains.

305 I head back out to run an errand and to pick up Sims and his friend from the lake house.

405 I drive by the house to pick up the younger two and we all head to Mooresville (two towns north of us).  Here Parks and Sawyer take music lessons, and Sims climbs.

545 I meet Nick to drop off Parks, so that they can go to cub scouts tonight.  Sawyer and I head to dinner and then to climb for a bit.

800 We arrive home.  I cooked dinner for Sims and chatted with Parks.  Since all five of us are together, we sat and worked on our 2017 goals as a family.  By 910, we were all fried and exhausted.


915 Parks headed to bed.  Sawyer headed to get a shower.  Sims headed up to his room and I began this post.  I plan to head to bed here in a bit!  That was an exhausting day of driving.  This is close to my usual Monday except for the driving to the city at noon and the errand at 3.  I am not usually in the car nearly that much.



Welcome 2017

Today I plan to start my, “Day in the Life,” series for this year.  However, I thought I should catch everyone up before I start.  2017 started off well.  We packed up our homeschool and cleared out our kitchen and sunroom in preparation to get wood flooring installed.  Lucky for us, my parents have a house on the lake only a couple of miles from here that we were able to stay at.

We kept our normal rhythm at the lake house, but school was tough to get through.  Life was tough to get through.  On Friday of the first week, it snowed.  In the southern US, snow means that life stops.  The kids played in the snow for two days hard.  By Monday, everyone just wanted to be back home and in sunny weather (yep, we are spoiled.  Two days of snow, and we are done.)  The kids needed to be back to their normal world, but everything was canceled.

Tuesday came and things were going well until that evening.  I got a call from my neighbor at home.  Our kitten was hit by a car.  I ran over and did what needed to be done (I don’t mean to sound blunt, but I cannot think much about it right now.  It was one of the toughest situations that I have dealt with in a  LONG time and I will write about her more later.)  I decided to wait until Wednesday to tell the kids.  Thus, Wednesday was a tough day for the family.  I decided that Wednesday was the day that we were moving back home.  We needed to be back with our fur family and back in our world.

Thursday, everything seemed like it was going well.  We did school, ate lunch, and I went to teach my class at our local yoga studio.  After class, I saw two texts and a call on my phone from Sims.  He decided to sharpen his ax while I was at class and he cut his foot.  The rest of the day flew by as we went from urgent care to the ER, home and back to the ER.  We got home at 7am Friday morning.  Obviously, Friday was a blur.

Saturday, the kids headed (well, two of the three-Parks threw up on the way) down to the Discovery Place to see the Genghis Khan Exhibit.  Meanwhile, Nick and I painted the kitchen (well, fixed and painted.  In my sleepy stupor, I spackled the holes in the walls with concrete crack filler-OOPS!)  Sunday, we finished up the sunroom so that we could do school in there today.

My point to this post, you wonder.  We have had a CRAZY past two weeks.  This is our first “normal” week in 2017. Hopefully, the week will be dull and uninteresting (which I am sorry about for those who read the blog, but excited about personally.)


Wacky Wednesday-Charlotte Museum of History

We started our new block off on Monday.  Then on Tuesday, we had to temporarily move out of our house to get floors put in which, as excited as I am to get new floors, caused a bit of stress to the family.  Luckily for us, Wacky Wednesday was only one day away!

We headed to the Charlotte Museum of History where we looked at the history of Mecklenburg County and the historical Alexander House (circa late 1700s).  The museum itself, unfortuIMG_1037.jpegnately, does not have a lot to offer anymore.  Evidently, it closed down and reopened about four years ago.  It has SOOO much potential!

The items that we loved inside the museum included a full-size replica of a traditional Catawba bark house, which the Catawba tribe used before learning about the log cabin, and a nice diorama of Charlotte in the 1700s.  The diorama included many of the buildings that we have read about in the North Carolina Parade book that we are using for NC history.  Parks loved getting a visual of the buildings and the placement of events.

The best part of the day by far was visiting the historic house.  We have visited several historic houses in our area but this one is the oldest.  The family were farmers, black smiths, and government officials (of course, there were only about 100 settlers in the town).  The family learned from and traded with the local Catawba tribe based on artifacts found.  Things I did not know that I learned: early settlers made their clothes from flax and wool.  I knew about the wool but not the flax.  They would use the blue paper that the sugar came in to dye other fabrics blue.  Canvas sail cloth was used as rugs.  This house was a MANSION of the day and it housed a family of 12, a teacher, and anywhere from 6-13  slaves at a time.  Everyone lived in the house.  That is a minimum of 19 people!  The oldest boys would go to the town to barter and trade their furs for other goods.

Can anyone tell what our three blocks are this month?  This field trip did a nice job of including all three blocks!  That is a rare find.

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Block Four: 2016/2017

I knew that December had the potential to get a little crazy.  I also know that a lot of homeschoolers take December off all together.  My crew still needs the consistency of a schedule so I planned a mini block that we did together.

Thus, our last block of 1016 was North American Geography.  We started the block off with a look at the continent as a whole, naming the countries and looking at their flags. Next we read a story about a family who lives in Greenland and watched several videos on the area.  Then we moved to Canada where we learned a bit about the history, the geography and the culture.  I also used this time to work in some cursive practice.