Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Summer Transitions

Do you ever have one of those days when all is right with the world? As the kids are finishing one subject in school after another, our homeschooling time is less and less. And, with the beautiful weather, it's a good thing that we're spending less time on school, because then I would be very grouchy! I have finished some major, time consuming projects in the last week, and I can really feel the weight lifted. It's funny, because I don't feel particularly weighted down during that time, but when it's over, it's obvious to me that I've been a little stressed. And, my family thinks I'm a lot nicer afterwards :-)

Anyway, there have been some afternoons where I actually didn't really have anything to do, or plan, or ponder, etc... (except of course the regular household stuff, which I promptly put off!). I've been doing less driving too, which I LOVE to not do...OK Becky, I'm certain that is NOT the way to write that, but I'm going to go with all know what I mean. One afternoon I took my magazine and my drink out to the chair under our big tree and sat there for a full 30 minutes. The dogs slept at my feet while I looked at a couple of outdated magazines and catalogs. Then, I threw them away! The weather has been glorious...perfect in my opinion. Not too hot, nice breezes...wonderful.

I got my suitcase down last night. One list that I have enjoyed making is what to take on my trip. I'm so very excited, but I'm already missing my family. I've never been away from all of them for this long...8 days. And, I must say, I feel a little guilty for being so excited to do something they aren't going to be a part of. Not guilty enough to stay home, mind you :-) I'd classify it has a healthy guilt. I figured the kids wouldn't really be too excited for me to leave, but they've entered into all the preparation. And, they're excited to get to visit some of their friends during the day while I'm gone. ...I suppose they have no idea what it will be like with me not here to do all the dishes and laundry. But, I know they all know how to do it, so they'll all just have to pitch in. Perhaps this will be a double blessing... I get to go on a great trip, AND perhaps they will be VERY excited, and VERY appreciative to have me home.


Jerri Dalrymple said...

Sounds lovely! :0) We are down to just a couple subjects so the older girls have been doing that on their own (but I really need to check it, LOL!) and then we've been doing Gardening 101 and Yardwork for Beginners....LOL! I'm not so sure they think they NEED these 2 summer classes, but I need the help! :0) Ah, the joys of homeschooling! LOL Have a great trip, Trish!

Melissa Flaming said...

Yay, Trish!! Isn't a 30 min. break from daily life such a blessing? Speaking of, I'm abusing my blessing right now! We're leaving tomorrow for Jarrod's 20th HS Reunion and I can't get myself out of this chair.
Enjoy your glorious trip!!!

Shan said...

I know what you mean about this weather! I always start thinking I could be an outdoorsy type and live in a Yurt when it's like this outside. Then I laugh, mime the symbol for "she's crazy" , promptly agree with myself and go back in.

Glad you are wrapping up school in perfect time for your MAJOR AWARD! Have a fabulous interesting unforgettable trip Trish! :D

AfricaBleu said...

I am SO EXCITED for you, cara mia! Italy is going to be great--have a blast.

And don't worry--I only check grammar and spelling when I'm getting paid for it! ;)

Bekah said...

I am SO glad school is almost done for the year too! Hope you are having a GREAT time in Italy. Can't wait to read all about it!

Suzanne said...

Are you home yet?