Sunday, April 8, 2012

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Easter/Passover. Happy Easter everyone! In our house we celebrate both Easter and Passover, but in secular manner. Mostly we read books and talk about the reason for the holiday. Anna was excited to make traditional charoset as a dessert for Passover and she is even more excited about egg hunts and parties (two different places!) today

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School. This week Anna’s class went on a field trip to a farm. Ironically, Anna was the only child in her class who didn’t have one of her parents chaperoning the trip. She had a blast watching animals and tasting produce that this farm grows and preserves. They also made Easter baskets in school, and she was delighted to see it magically filled overnight with various goodies.

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Afterschool. Not much was happening this week, but between Y program, Russian, gymnastics, play dates and IKEA trip Anna was over the top busy. I mostly saw her for dinner and bedtime routine. We had a lot of fun last weekend learning about Afghanistan, painting eggs and celebrating a birthday of her favorite inanimate object – her cuddle blankie (post is coming next week, I hope).

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Thought of the week: Do you feel that your children are overscheduled? It seems to me lately that our weeks are crazy busy. We try to leave our weekends open for non-structured activities, but they always seem to fly by so quickly. I wish there were more hours in a day or more days in a week Smile

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8 comments:

Susan said...

Sounds like a very fun week!
As far as the overscheduling...I make a definite effort to prevent us from being overscheduled. I find that we are all much happier with plenty of down time at home. I know I get crazy stressed when our schedule gets too busy!
Hope you're having a nice weekend :)

Debbie said...

Sounds like a great week, especially the field trip to the farm.

As for your question, yes, it seems children's schedules can become pretty hectic. I think that is the one pleasure I enjoy about homeschooling, we can adjust our schedule to fit everything in and still remain a relaxed balance.

Ticia said...

It is incredibly easy for life to get overscheduled, and it's amazing how easy it is to have that happen even as a homeschooler.

We're still trying to adjust to our boys having Kung Fu, theoretically 4 times a week, but we're doing good to make it twice a week.

MaryAnne said...

I struggle with over-scheduling all the time, and we don't even have any extracurricular activities at the moment! Just having one child in school in the morning and the other in the afternoon makes days feel hectic. We had two days off last week, and it was SO nice!!!

It sounds like you had a lovely Easter/Passover weekend!

Sarah said...

What a fun week! We also celebrated both holidays and it was a lot of fun.

We were overscheduled a few months ago and I could definitely tell it was taking a toll on us. Luckily some of our activities are over so we have more free time.

hey said...

The good news is the children are not over-scheduled. They have plenty of time to learn, play and explore. I have made it a priority to keep things low-key in their lives. We are currently only involved in one activity.

The bad news is as parents we are way over-scheduled. We own our own business so we are working all of the time. We don't work . . . we don't eat. Additionally we try to get involved in volunteer opportunities. So we are always busy, busy, busy!!!

Life is one big balancing act. Sometimes things tip terribly one way and then we try to bring them back into balance.

jeannine: waddleeahchaa.com

Jackie H. said...

It seems like the overscheduling is harder once they get in school full-time? (not that I have experience) but they have school all day + homework + school stuff + all the great stuff you started them on in preschool. I'm sure it's a hard balance. We're still in the let's try to fill the days stage. I know someday I will miss these long days with little boys!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

What a busy week! We don't have things to do or places to be most to the week. It won't always be this way, but I love it.