A new year beckons shiny and new. I like new beginnings. I like August which means the start of our new school year and I like January which means the start of a new year.
We had plans this year. But our plans seem to get derailed pretty easily. Why does it look so good on paper and so hard in real life? It reminds me of budgets. I’ve always been horrible at them. On paper it is so pretty; all the money accounted for. Everything tucked into it’s neat little category. But it never works out that way.
I have a horrible habit of complaining ” I can’t do anything!! I want to find things I love to do.” I love to read and play a few video and online games and watch Korean dramas but nothing very ‘creative’. I vowed to change that this year. With varied results.
So this new year there are plans; plans to learn Korean and Calligraphy. Plans to do a short study on the upcoming movie “God’s of Egypt”, plans to better manage time, especially hers, plans to do more Bible studies, to start Periscoping (she is KeileeT there if you Periscope) from a homeschool teenagers perspective and more.
More reading aloud, more living in the moment, more exercise, more saying yes. There are plans to start a daily planner- for me (oh my word I have seen videos and scopes about these and while they are beautiful beyond words I MUST realize mine with NOT look like theirs. Not even close).
But now, only a few days into the new year life happens. My Dad decided to get a new floor in our homeschool room which meant there were piles and piles and piles of stuff everywhere in the house. They came last week and removed carpet and came back Monday and it took 3 days. Then began the great purge. Do I really need 2nd grade curriculum? So when life happens plans go awry. And that is one of the frustrating things about homeschooling but also the great things about it. Keilee has always seen ‘real life’. She knows there are days when errands have to be ran and things taken care of so you have to learn to manage your time well.
Ta da our new art/homeschool/craft room. Trust me this looks amazing comparatively speaking. She has so.much.stuff.
My Korean numbers. Good grief I will never learn this. The actual ‘words’ aren’t bad but the characters are crazy!
This is called faux calligraphy. My first attempts weren’t very good but I’ll get better.
We have been watching tons of periscopes about planners. These people are serious about their planners. They are like works of art. So I got a planner and while mine will NEVER look like theirs I am enjoying it.
A page from Keilee’s Art Journal. Her page about her 16th birthday. She plans to do a Periscope soon about her Art Journaling.
Some dolls she made for her Instagram shop, serving at our local soup kitchen, shenanigans in Wal-Mart and the promo ad for a Tea Party and Alice in Wonderland movie she is doing at our library. We went to the library to see a quilt show and saw these flyers about the showing of Alice in Wonderland. So Keilee asked to speak to the head of the children’s department and asked her if she could dress up as Alice. She was thrilled with the idea. Keilee is so excited because she loves Alice. She has been going around speaking in a British accent for 2 days.
I know all these things will not get done. I have learned many things over the years of homeschooling but one of the most important is that no matter how much you plan ‘life does happen.’
But everyone has the same 24 hours in a day. How you choose to use it can make all the difference.
“The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” ~Robert Burns
Linking with Sylvia at Faithful Mom of 9