It was the sort of week that goes by without being captured on film. Or pixels.
We started off with a trip to the doctor for Farmerboy, who was diagnosed with a sinus infection and prescribed antibiotics. In the middle of the week, I had a doctor's appointment. Then on Friday it was back to the pediatrician for Katydid and Pip, after a loooong night of coughing. More antibiotics. I was sick -- not too sick, but sick -- for most of the week, too. But it has meant a lot of draaaaging in the mornings. And a bit of fretting, since I was just scheduled for my C-section: June 15. I am only fretting because I have to meet the requirements for New York state's homeschooling laws, which require me to document 180 days/900 hours (990 for Gareth) and turn in quarterly reports on everyone and (because we aren't testing this year) yearly evaluations, too. I make this all harder on myself by actually providing a narrative. Quarterly reports are about 2 pages long; yearly evaluations about 3. I could have given the kids standardized tests this year, but that takes so much time out of our normal routine (going through the test prep book, taking a week out to do the testing...) that we only do it when we have to.
However, in between and around (and at) doctor's visits, most of us managed to get a few (unphotographed) things done. We...
- Took a brief walk with Daddy after dinner on the one warm evening of the week, into the field and along the treeline to check on trees downed by the snow this past winter. We noted that the horsetails seem to be invading the top corner of the field, that the pin cherries were still blooming a little, and that the bee tree was quiet... hopefully because it was dusk. The kids and Andy did a little running; I just kind of lumbered along behind. (***Note here: if you're curious about finding bee trees, there's an excellent description of "bee lining" in Bernd Heinrich's The Snoring Bird, which is a terrific book for all sorts of reasons... but unfortunately not the sort you'd probably assign your high schooler, due to all the complicated relationships Heinrich's father is constantly getting into. You can read the description aloud, though, which is what I did as we were driving home from Tennessee this year. If you'd like a simpler, picture book description of finding bee trees... Patricia Polacco's The Bee Tree is one of our favorites.)
- Listened to the song of a Baltimore Oriole. Read an old I Can Read! book about Baltimore Orioles the doctor's office conveniently put in their waiting room for us.
- Tried to watch the History Channel's new series America: The Story of US, which we have DVRed. The problem is that the episodes the boys are most interested in -- the Civil War episode, for example -- are quite graphic for prime time TV... in my opinion anyway. It was a good thing we had the episodes DVRed so we could fast forward through the gorier parts, but the younger boys were not happy at having to miss the battle scenes.
- Did a little Montessori. A very little Montessori. Chipmunk retrieved the knobbed cylinders from my rotation closet (which also holds sheets) and started working on them again. He has also been a fiend with a pair of tongs lately, using them to open doors, pinch his brothers, pick up toys, etc. I tried to channel that energy into a pom-pom and ice cube tray activity, but that only kept him happy for about 5 or 10 minutes. Then it was back to using the tongs to turn door knobs. (He also figured out how to open the gate latch on our fenced-in area of the backyard. Not a good thing.)
- Sold some eggs. (Gareth and Katydid's new business.)
- Watched some John Wayne movies. Does that count as school?
- Did a little math. Gareth wrestled with functions. Farmerboy worked on telling time.
- Used the markers. Sometimes even on paper!!
- Decided that Gareth will be adding Greek to his schedule next year using the textbook Athenaze.
- Built tractors out of Legos.
- Packed a few boxes.
As for me, I dug Women with ADD out of my "to be read" stack and started reading it again. I had, um, lost it actually (I should probably insert a blush here at the irony) when I started reading it before we left on our trip to Tennessee. I had been planning on reading it in the van. Anyway, it's been sitting on my nightstand for a while, but last week was definitely the time to pick it up again as much of the world which I have responsibility for managing and organizing seemed to be growing ugly people-eating tentacles at an alarming rate. Anyway, I am finding the book quite helpful and when I finish it I do hope to post a review. If the tentacles will behave, of course.