Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Blogging & other things that have been happening...

I know I've been terrible about blogging. When I originally began Treasured Chapters, it was for the sole purpose of recording our family happenings. But along the way, I have gone through periods of time when I worry about followers and how many comments I have, etc. NOT that I haven't LOVED getting to know so many wonderful people along the way. I have, I really have. It's just that when I let that pressure get to me, blogging becomes an obsession and something that takes up time I should be spending with my kids. So I have tried to take a step back. While I still value all of my bloggy friends and hope to get back to checking in with them, I am still going to allow myself a good night's sleep if I can't make my rounds on any given day!

That said, here are some things we have been up to:

1. We joined the local YMCA and have really enjoyed that. We go every weekend and often during the week to swim or to have a good family game of basketball. OK, so we usually lay HORSE or PIG rather than an actual game, but we have fun. Tomorrow, Audrey will start swimming lessons there.

2. We are winding down our school year. The kids are finishing up their books, so we are on a lighter schedule. There will still be summer work to do when they finish their curriculum (shhhh...don't tell; they don't know that yet), but we'll be more relaxed.

3. This hasn't been the most stellar year of my homeschool career mostly because it had such a rocky start, but I'm ready to make next year a good year. After next year? Well, we haven't decided yet. Of course, it depends on how this year goes and where we end up living, but I am gathering information on one of the area Christian schools. I have found that as the kids get older, there are fewer and fewer kids homeschooling alongside them, so it may be time. If we decide on school, Alex would probably go for a year while I have a year at home with just the boys and Audrey, then the boys would go. I don't know. Taking it one year at a time, so we'll see.

4. Today we had a really good day, one of those days where you sure don't want any of your kids sitting in a classroom somewhere. We met a homeschool group at a park/lake and had a wonderful 4-5 hours of the moms sitting in the shade chatting and the kids enjoying all sorts of games of their making in the water and along the shore. A beautiful, really fun day.

And that's really about all we've been up to. And I know - this is the second post in a row with no photos. I actually took some pictures today, but I want to get this posted, and I have a little girl who is still wearing pond water, so I'd like to get her in the bath!


5thsister said...

Thanks for catching us up on your little corner of the world. You'll remain on my blog roll!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful post!
Have a nice day and best regards.

Brownie said...

I understand! I started blogging because I love to write. And then I'd start checking to see if anyone commented. And then I wonder why no one did, and wonder if I should write better. And then I think... only 18 followers? and that includes my mother and my sister :(

So I have to remind myself of the "why" I blog. Because I love to write. And if I'm feeling pressured (by no one but me) to blog - then it's time to take a breather :)

I love reading your blog - so pop in when you can. But if you aren't blogging - I'm going to assume that you are just too busy enjoying life and your kids.

Bunch of Barrons said...

Glad you are enjoying yourself! Blogging is something I have to keep in perspective too.

Michelle said...

I totally understand. I've been busy and not posting much and then I seem to lose readers. Most of the time, I'm sure that its just that they have time to read and not post.

Sounds like you are just keeping the right perspective-family comes first!

Arby said...

"It's just that when I let that pressure get to me, blogging becomes an obsession and something that takes up time I should be spending with my kids."

I understand this all too well, and unless I can devise a system for making a blog generate revenue, I will not allow it to take up any more of my time.