Tuesday, December 14, 2010

My Day So Far, or Another Benefit of Homeschooling

We are in the throes of our version of winter, here in the Pacific Northwest - weeks on end of temps in the 30s and 40s, ridiculously short hours of daylight, made even shorter by the heavy clouds and incessant rain.  With the occasional addition (this morning) of variety, in the form of thunder, lightning, and pounding hail, so loud that even Tate could hear it.  Awesome.  

And if there's one thing I hate more than going all over town in those lovely conditions, it's doing it with hordes and throngs and multitudes of soggy and irritable people.  (There's a reason they call it the Shopping Maul...)

So hurray for homeschooling, and hurray for a husband who works out of the home (well, the garage, but he's here anyway), and hurray for boys that are old enough and responsible enough that I can give them a pile of independent work, a kitchen timer, and leave.  (Work for an hour, play for a half hour.  Lather, rinse, repeat.)  And go do my shopping while most folks are at work, or getting their kids to school.

Sure they would have gotten more done if I had been here, but I got more done, shopping without them.  And - you know - shopping for them.  So having them along would've cramped my style.  Because they're way past falling for the old tambourine evasion.

I'm sure they've had a lot (a LOT) of Lego time today.  I'm sure it has some educational value.  Although all I can hear through the closed door of the family room is Wyatt saying Constipated! over and over, and laughing maniacally.  (And my mom was just the other day commenting on how mature he's getting...)

So, in other words, it's a basically normal day, here in the Testosterzone. 

And I have some more wrapping to do.  :D


leah said...

Oh, to shop unfettered! I'm sure the boys enjoyed the day, too, playing with legos (and getting some work done, too, I am sure)!

Cathy M. said...

I wish I had known more about home-schooling when my children were small. Back then, the only people I knew who homeschooled wore long denim skirts with white scarves on their heads. Times have changed.

I sure hope you get finished today so you can enjoy what's left of the season. Merry Christmas!

melanie said...

You should move to Iowa ;-) I've been shopping with lots of pleasant people this year it seems... as we slip/slide through the streets and parking lots. I guess we're all thankful our style of winter weather hasn't hit us like last year... yet.

H West said...

Love it. Legos and joking about Constipation. A great combo. Maybe you oughta let the Secretary of Education know your little homeschooling secrets.

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Ha ha ha... our homeschooling secrets are ours alone ;D

The dB family said...

Lol! Julie, I love your life and I love your boys. It all sounds so much like home. Someday we will make it to the west coast so we can chat in person. How cool would that be! Congratulations on getting the shopping AND wrapping done.