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The Simple Woman's Daybook

I haven't posted since last week's Daybook entry. I did a whole Wednesday Hodgepodge post last Wednesday and just needed to add a graphic. Then life really happened with Kyndal spending a couple of nights in the hospital with contractions and Dawson taking a trip to the ER with a broken clavicle due to a long boarding accident. Then I just never got around to posting it. And we had family here this weekend and Kyndal's baby shower and a big family dinner Saturday night so there has not been time for posts. Now we've come full circle to another Daybook entry with no posts in between.

Looking out my window ... it's alternated between being sunny and overcast all day, but has been considerably cooler than last week.

I am thinking ... about the upcoming presidential election. Focus should be on the issues for how to make our country great, how to pull us out of this pit we are in, and how to protect us, but instead it is just clouded with corruption, media bias, and lies.

I am thankful ... that Dawson will not need surgery to put a plate in his clavicle and that it should heal okay on its own.

One of my favorite things ... is a morning routine before the kids get up when I can drink my coffee, have my quiet time, get caught up on the computer stuff, exercise, get ready for the day. But I am having an incredibly difficult time making myself get up to utilize that time. I am incredibly tired and can't seem to overcome it. I'm just going to have to make myself, I guess, and hope for the best. I hate feeling sluggish all day and unproductive.

I am creating ... meal plans for our annual lake trip that is next week.

I am watching ... dogs snooze on the couch next to me. They have not been helpful in making me feel motivated!

I am wearing ... a 5K t-shirt, black comfy cotton capri sweats, Nike flip flops. It's my second outfit of the day because I ran this morning and soaked my clothes with sweat. The temps are down but it's humid!

I am reading ... The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain. I haven't made much progress on this one this week because I have been almost too tired to read.

I am listening to ... Where'd you go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. This is my current running audio book. I've only listened to the first 30 minutes, but it's great so far!

I am hoping ... that Kyndal continues to have minimal contractions so that the baby will stay put for a few more weeks. Everything has settled down and she is doing well.

I am learning ... that my favorite wine from the Adam Puchta Winery is only available at the winery itself. But that is a 3 hour drive away. I fell in love with their Dry Vignole but only purchased one bottle while there and it's long gone. Now I can't get anymore unless I order it and the shipping costs are expensive. I'm sad.

In the kitchen ... is my vegetable basket full of zucchini, yellow squash, and spaghetti squash. I need to get it all cut and prepared for use.

In the schoolroom ... This will be our last week of school before our August break.

In the garden ... My husband worked in my garden for me on Friday afternoon and cleaned it all up. It looks so nice!! Thank you, babe!

Board Room ... Starting to Pin some school ideas, especially regarding interactive notebooks and STEM activities. I would like to find a way to incorporate more Legos into our STEM enrichment classes, and this activity looks promising.

Post Script ... 10 Reasons Why You Should Drink More Water. Brynne and I were talking yesterday about how much she loves to drink water. Actually, three out of my four kids are good water drinkers, and the younger two prefer water to any other drink. It's because that's what we have made available to them, with the exception of some occasional apple juice and always milk. I am a water drinker and find all of the reasons stated in the article to be true.

Shared Quote ...

A Moment from my Day ... (not this day, but a day last week)



  1. I'm so glad that Kyndal and Dawson are doing well! XOXO

  2. I read a blog post you did on Or So She Says back in April 2010 - then I hopped over here! Do you have a post comparing how things went the first year you homeschooled just Dawson and how it evolved to other kids being homeschooled now? And how did Dawson end up doing in school? Was he homeschooled the rest of high school? I'm starting my first year with my oldest (5-year-old) and my 3-year-old this year.

    1. You know, Sara, I haven't done a comparison post, but that is something I should do soon! Really, other than just moving schoolwork to the living room instead of sticking us in a school room, we really do things pretty much the same as we did back then. We are still a literature-heavy homeschool. Dawson did transition back into public school well, but was extremely bored and annoyed most of his schooling. He finished in the middle of the pack, although he could have done much better had he felt engaged. He graduated from public high school in 2015. He is now a sophomore in college majoring in Art Therapy. It took him a bit to figure out what direction he wanted to take, but he feels pretty settled now. Have a great first year of homeschooling! My advice ... just read, read, read, and throw in some fun activities related to what you are reading. My philosophy is "if you can't read about it, you can't learn it." Just read.


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