Moments in a real homeschool life

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~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~

round button chicken

Week 3 of school is almost over. So far, so good! Our books are great, our lists seem to work well, Morning Time is going well. We’ve had a summer cold take a couple of us out for a day here and there. So our five-day-a-week plan has been executed as a four-day-a-week plan last week (nothing happened Friday) and this week (very little happened Wednesday). But I’m still happy with how our flow has gone so far and that my almost-12-year-old is handling a weekly checklist very well.



~Pretty Drawers ~

So, this is crazy, but I started folding my clothes the “KonMari” way. I have resisted folding clothes at all for years and years, so why not start by doing it in an OCD way, right?

Friday when school flopped, I wanted to put order in some small corner somewhere, so I chose my sweaters. I had two drawers of cardigans, and I’d been wondering if this “magical” way of folding would be a better way to take care of my poor heaped up sweaters. So, I was only going to fold those. I did, and my two drawers of sweaters (seen above) took up less that one drawer.

So then I did all my shirts, which had been hung up. Now they’re all in one drawer and I can see them all at once!

The insanity spread and I even did the girls’ drawers, which were in serious need of emptying and organizing. It’s been a week and they’re still neat and tidy, which is more than I was expecting!




~ Happy Anniversary ~

14 white roses from my husband for our 14 years together. <3



~ Funny Faces ~

And, speaking of weddings, my brother was married on the 11th and I had some pretty cute flower girls and a smug ring bearer.

It was a lovely wedding!



~ Real Help ~

My dinner helpers! Not only do I have willing helpers to stir and dump when I’m making dinner, but my older two now alternate once a week making dinner all on their own! Those dinner-helper years are paying off!

They choose what they want to make from Simplified Dinners for New Cooks and I sit nearby and write or plan while they take care of dinner that day! It’s great!

our classical homeschool summer term plan

Halfway through our first school term and I think our plan is doable, though my own preparedness certainly does make a difference in the day-to-day! I am going to need to be more consistent with an evening “pull things together” time, I think, to help the morning flurry.

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5 Responses

  1. Sarah H.

    Happy anniversary, Mystie! What gorgeous roses! May you and your beloved have many more years together.

  2. Audrey

    Mystie, That little face with glasses and the red bow tie is sooooo precious. My goodness, he’s cute.

  3. Kate

    I’ve just discovered Konmari folding, too. It’s addictive!

  4. Amber Vanderpol

    Happy Anniversary! And I love the KonMari way of folding too. My daughter has started using it on her own – she’s 13 – and I’ve converted my drawers and my toddler’s drawers to it too. It is so nice to see everything at a glance and things stay remarkably tidy. It makes me happy every time I open a drawer.