Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Thank goodness!

Thank goodness it's the beginning of the year. I have plenty of time to make up/catch up with all that we're NOT doing right now!

We had a really good first three weeks. Things went well, and we had a nice rhythm and routine. And then, the end of the third week, I fell behind in my planning and organizing. Somehow, last week went by without anything getting done. I thought that would be ok, because year round school works better for us anyway, always has, and this weekend I worked out a nice schedule of 3-4 weeks "on" school, 1-2 weeks "off". But I didn't get to that planning stuff again. And yesterday went by without me having a chance to get to it. And this morning, when I went to correct J1's work and get him set up for the rest of the week, I couldn't find the books and materials I needed. I realized that I have become completely, hopelessly disorganized.

The stress and uncertainty of dh's continued unemployment is really taking a toll. I do NOT deal with this well at all. So, I talked it over with dh, and we've decided we will give formal school a miss the rest of this week. We are going to spend the next few days (in addition to dh continuing to look for work, of course!) cleaning and organizing. Taking this time to hard-core clean will keep me actively busy, and that always helps me deal with stress. Getting better organized will make all the things I need to do during school time easier. And it will just flat-out make me feel better - for me (not so much for the men in my life, unfortunately!) living in chaos makes it that much harder to deal with the stress in my life.

So, even though I feel bad about not doing much formal school work last week and this week, I know I will feel better if I get my home under control. To make it more fun, I will try to post some "before" and "after" pictures. Check back later today to see what I do with my kitchen/dining room areas!


Shelly said...

Jen! it sounds like a post i would write. i'm so disorganized and this year i'm really seeing just how organized i need to be. I need to go through their books in most subjects and have print-outs and crafts already done for them. i'm finding it difficult since i havent yet done it either. and it'll be probably next week till i can get to it. ::sigh::
I can't imagine having the added stress which you have right now with dh job situation. i sure hope something pans out SOON - and then on the flip side i can't believe he's not hired yet! But there's got to be a reason which isn't revealed yet. Focus on the Cross and know that prayers are being lifted up :O)

Kelly said...

I hope you got lots done today. If it makes you feel any better, we have done *maybe* one week's worth of school in the whole last 6 weeks!