When packing a whole house in 3 weeks by one's self with 4 children, moving and then unpacking, simplifying is in order. I love plans, I love routines, I love hours of reading and discussing and time spent outdoors. But I have also learned when to simplify to save my sanity and that of those around me. It took me a bit longer not to feel guilty, but by God's grace I haven't this season!! It also helps that we school year round.
Here's some of our simplifying from our season of moving. Hope it helps someone else trying to simplify too.
(these were all AFTER we moved in and while unpacking. The kitchen was the first room unpacked. But I needed easy so that I could focus on unpacking and taking care of 3 sick kiddos the first week.)
~ Sandwiches, Fruit
~ Easy Noodle Stir Fry (spaghetti noodles, fresh carrots, broccoli, zucchini, frozen corn. Cook noodles, lightly sauté veggies, stir together, stir in soy sauce to taste. )
~ Pancakes and Sausage
~ Refried Beans, Corn Chips, Cheese (and yes ladies, canned refried beans)
~ Pepper Jack, Spinach, Mushroom Quesidillas on Whole Wheat Tortillas
~ Crockpot Pork Chops, Brown Rice, Veggies
~ Wendy's (no Chick Fil A here, boo hoo)
~ Tokyo Joes (basically rice and veggies with a sauce of your choice)
~ Grilled Cheese, Tomato Soup, Salad (canned soup here, remember it's been simplified)
~ Cheese, Crackers, Lunch Meat, Pickles, Popcorn
|Cale's Nana and Papa came to visit from California in the middle of |
the first two weeks of moving in. Yes, we are crazy. But it was so good to see them.
They stayed with Cale's mom who lives in a city close by.
Home Learnin' Moving Style
(by "List School" I mean: I make a list each night and we do what's on it the next day. Fancy huh? I had planned our Spring Term, but then we moved. I still love our Spring Term plans and we will do them. But right now it's "List School" while we focus on unpacking and establishing new flow and routine to our days and chores.
Here is last week's List.
Abbreviated Morning Time:
~ Bible: Psalms or Proverbs, whatever mama feels the day needs =)
~ Hymns: Just enjoying singing the ones we know by heart
~ Pick Two From the Following Each Day: Just So Story, Parable of Nature, 1 Chapter from Understood Betsy, Family Manners Book and then play act manners learned (I had kids take turns with narrations.)
Caroline w Mama:
~ Copywork, Daily
~ Read 2 stories aloud to Mama, Daily (building fluency and confidence here. Not really learning new rules, unless we run across something and I just tell her what the phonogram is.)
Caleb w Mama:
~ Math, Daily
~ Spelling a few times a week (new subject, but he's a natural! I attribute much of this to very solid phonics foundation)
~ Read 1 to 2 Chapters in his current book and then come give a narration to mom, Daily
~ Read 1 Chapter in Bible (Exodus) and then come discuss w mom, Daily
(Daddy does 1 of these in the evenings. And I mean late, his hours have been late since we've moved. But the kids have been sleeping in in the mornings.)
~ Big Truths For Little Kids and Questions (mainly girl's level, but Caleb still enjoys. We read it to him when he was younger.)
~ Charlotte picks 1 to 2 Songs for us to sing
Carson goes to bed about halfway through or sometimes at the very beginning.
|There has been an adjustment period for the littles. |
Carson was a bit weepy the first two weeks at the new house.
~ Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening Devotions LINK (on my phone through You Version Bible)
~ C.S. Lewis Abolition of Man (very slowly)
~ Andy Griffith Show (oopps, that's not schooling, but I have been watching it in bed. Cale has drifted off to sleep by then. Hopefully next week his hours calm a bit. Lots of special shoots this last week for him.)
|Cale shooting from 100 feet up in a fireman's bucket.|
And to keep it really real. My kids have been watching movies on the iPad and Charlotte Mae has been enjoying Little Bear. And I mean everyday the first week we moved in. My oldest was afraid of his closet for a couple of nights (he said I could share that), Charlotte had multiple bad dreams the first week (she's fine now), Carson was waking up at 5:00 am and we were putting him in our bed (which I rather enjoyed), and Caroline spent one night blowing her nose so much I truly thought I might make her sleep on the couch (I can get a bit grumpy when awoken over and over and over again). We've also had toothpaste shot down the laundry shoot and toilet paper (it was clean), but thankfully no children. =)
**Update: We've been here a little over a month now. "List School" lasted the first three weeks of unpacking. Then we started our Spring Term! Bible study will be meeting in our home the month of April!! And we are almost completely unpacked and have over half of our stuff hung on the walls!!! I still have plenty to refigure for the new house (chores for instance), but we are settled and it feels like home. And we are getting chickens!!!!!! Something we have always wanted to do, but didn't live where we could till now. I'm sure the journey into backyard chicken farming will make the blog. But we are busy and happy and filled with thanks to our God who answers prayers and pours out blessings. So the blog will still be quiet more often than not. Because we are busy Livin', Lovin' and Learnin' together.