We have about one month left before we absolutely, positively, no-more-playing-around have to start school. I know it’s going to fly by so quickly; if I don’t start planning for our next school year, I won’t be ready when we have to start. If the activity on our homeschool community facebook group is any indication, I’m behind. Each day another mom posts a question or curriculum request I am reminded that I haven’t even given one serious thought to the next year. I haven’t even purchased one book. Actually, that isn’t true — I bought a science textbook a few weeks ago. Still, I know one family whose first day of the 2012-13 school year was today. Yikes!! I don’t feel like I’ve had a good vacation yet.
In addition to academics, I’ve been thinking about extracurricular activities. Everything costs money, time, and other resources multiplied by 4. I know a lot of families just choose one or two activities and ALL the kids do the same things. That certainly makes things easier on the parents, but what if the kids have other interests? My children do, and I don’t want to force them to participate where they aren’t passionate. We haven’t finalized anything just yet, but I feel like my calendar is about to take a major hit.
What have we been up to? Well, I haven’t spent much time blogging. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the blogosphere; I just haven’t had anything worthwhile to share. I’ve been trying to read books that interest me and take pictures that speak to me. The kids spent 3 weeks swimming, electing to forgo the full 6 weeks of swimming that we’ve participated in the previous 8 summers. Karl and I have been more intentional with the way we spend our time with our children. Hannah is 13 now, which means we only have a few more years left with her living under our roof. Again, YIKES! We wrote out a few things that we definitely want to do with the kids before they leave the nest. We’ve been reading more, conversing more, and playing more. We’ve had more visitors. I put myself on a housekeeping schedule of sorts so that drop-ins and impromptu invitations are more pleasant. All good things, but not very interesting. Instead, they are aspects of our lives that are more appropriate for a personal journal rather than a public blog. Forgive me for not sharing.
In photography-related news, I’ve got branding on the brain. What is my personal brand? Answering that question is stress-inducing. I think I know what it is, and I can almost articulate it succinctly, but encapsulating it in an image/logo is a whole ‘nuther task for which I am not equipped. I’d like to incorporate my blog’s name as a business name and use Alabama state imagery, like the yellowhammer. But I’m not sure it works very well. Still thinking through that one. I threw something up at the top of the blog just to see how I like it, though, so if you’d like to contribute your $0.02 I’d gladly hear it. Karl drew the bird for me, by the way.
That’s enough rambling for this Monday. How are you?