I breathed a great sigh of relief and believed it might have been a blessing. We happened to have a computer (this one) in the closet that had been given to us for free by a friend of my aunt's who had upgraded his computer and wanted to pass the old one along. Well, this computer is newer and faster and comes with more gadgets than our old computer! This one had just been sitting in the closet for the longest time, primarily because I was too busy (read: lazy) to take the time to transfer all of the files. Meanwhile, our old computer (the dead one) was so noisy that it sounded like an airplane was flying in our dining room. I should have changed it then. (Let this be a lesson!) But we transferred the special files and didn't even have to buy a new computer. How often does that happen?
But with challenge comes opportunity. I have decided to use this time to rethink our homeschooling for Lolly (officially a first-grader) this year. We have different "obstacles" (we'll use that word) this year than we did last year. For example, last year, Ola was a tiny newborn who slept most of the time or who was content to be held or rocked in a swing. Now I have a one-year-old and a two-year-old who get into everything, and they have to be watched all the time. The collateral damage has been everything from jewelry in the toilet to scribbled library books. Plus, they are being homeschooled, too, so I can't just keep them in a room with some toys while I tend to more "important" matters with my oldest child. I have to find a way to incorporate them into the homeschooling routine.
|"We had no intention of staying inside today. Are you kidding?"|
|Baking a Father's Day cake from scratch: Home Economics.|
|The schoolroom is anywhere, and amongst everyone, by necessity.|
|Dress-up counts as Dramatic Cooperative Play.|
|Time at the library with some of her selections...|