- Plenty of blankets available to sit under while you’re typing up your blog post or writing some other form of material.
- Chocolate to ply yourself and your child with while you try to persuade her to do schoolwork even though the public school kids are out sledding. #homeschoolingishard
- A warm cup of coffee/tea/hot chocolate to keep your fingers from falling off after typing the items in number 1.
- An exercise ball (or two) so that if you don’t get to go outside sooner rather than later because the schoolwork mentioned in item 2 takes longer than expected you can at least get some stretching and balance work done.
- Homemade chicken soup to have once you come back in from igloo engineering “class”. #ilovehomeschooling
- A great internet connection so that you can see how much snow everyone else did or (in the case of #BlizzardofJanuary2015) didn’t get.
- A second set of gloves/mittens for a second run outdoors to go enjoy the aforementioned igloo or fort. These are also for throwing to the snowball-obsessed Vizsla (who is clearly exhausted in anticipation of said outing).
- A working smartphone to text the neighbor to try to coincide their playtime with yours and therefore facilitate a #polarplaydate.
- A camera or smartphone to capture some memories to look back on fondly, say in August when we’re sweltering.
- And the final item to have on hand is a wonderful, joy-filled, fun-loving kid to enjoy the day with!
What a terrific way to look at things! Dr. Ned Hallowell talks to folks about ADD and puts it succinctly when describing them as having a Ferrari engine but paired with bicycle brakes. This is worth a watch!
Thank you to the three loyal readers who have held on! And welcome to anyone who stumbled onto the blog more recently.
We’ve moved to sunny Arizona and have been experiencing nature in droves. We’ve had a 300 lb bear killed outside our house, sited several tarantula spiders, had a dead scorpion in the house and now have a hummingbird haven in the backyard thanks to some generous relatives and neighbors.
Not only are we soaking up the sun and atmosphere, but we’ve started homeschooling. Yes, ladies and gentlemen…we’ve done it. It’s going well so far and we’re both enjoying the ride. We’ve found a terrific homeschool group here in the community and have met some terrific people who are truly supportive.
So, what have you done with your summer? What are your plans for the fall? Please share.