Thoughts and Happenings

Thoughts & Happenings 1/20/17

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I’m trying something new. We’re homeschooling for three weeks and then taking a week “off” so I can plan, reevaluate, and organize. Maggie (16) and Joshua (13) are helping with the little ones as much as possible while I work. I’ve been truly overwhelmed with the reality of homeschooling three kids (high school, junior high, and elementary) while caring for a baby these last six months. It’s been CRAZY. I’m a pretty positive and optimistic person and I don’t generally show the burden I’m under until I’m about to break (!) so I haven’t talked much about this aspect of my life here on the blog. I have tried, and basically failed, doing all the work (of planning and such) on weekends, so when the idea came to me last week that I could have a three weeks on, one week off, schedule – I became really excited! I’ll let you know how it goes. So far this week I’ve organized the book cabinet and have planned about half of the school subjects for the next three weeks. We’ve also gone to the library to get the books we will need. I still have a fair amount of work to do, though.

So, a friend posted the inside of her refrigerator the other day and I thought it’d be fun to share mine, too. :) I love seeing people’s spaces and how they live! Here is mine:

fridgeI’ve been using baskets (from the dollar store) in the refrigerator for over a year now – I love them! They help keep things that would otherwise slide around (like string cheese and yogurt tubes) in one place. We have a fair amount of leftovers right now, which is great because it means hot lunches! The bottom right drawer is where my husband’s lunches are kept but since it’s the end of the week, it’s empty.


Lots of jams and condiments. A few juices and a diet soda (my husband’s vice!) Trader Joe’s pickles and cinnamon rolls on the second shelf. And two prescription bottles of Samuel’s Prednisolone under the butter.



I’d love to see your refrigerator! ^_^

Okay, I could use some help with water. Why can’t I drink as much as my body needs? :( I am chronically dehydrated. How do you get in your daily water? Help! And happy Friday!

28 thoughts on “Thoughts & Happenings 1/20/17”

  1. I can’t imagine how stressful it is to homeschool 3 kids in different grades! Good job! GOod luck with the new schedule – sounds brilliant if you can pull it off. Please keep us updated. I’m interested in the whole homeschooling idea but terrified. Just started a toddler preschool with my mommy group and it’s … terrifying.

    Water! Oh man I’m always dehydrated, too. I think having a bigger glass helps because you have to fill it less. Also perhaps stage a few glasses around the house for you so they’re always in reach (hey, that’s a great idea… I should try it…).

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    1. I didn’t think it was going to be as hard as it actually is. The issue is the planning part. Once I have everything ready to go, it’s not that bad, but when I’m not organized, things go downhill quickly! :P
      Stage glasses, hey I like that! I have one glass going all through the day but I only fill it like three times – not NEARLY enough!! :(


  2. I would post my fridge…if it were cleaner. Lol

    I drink water all lol day long. At home I keep water glasses for me as well as the kids on the counter all day. I see them every time I walk in there and I’m reminded to drink another glass of water.

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  3. What a neat and tidy fridge! I would be embarrassed to post a pic of mine at the moment. Very haphazard in there! I’m with you on the water. I’ve been trying to carry a water bottle around the house and in the car with me. As for homeschooling, remember there is no right or wrong way to homeschool. It’s just a matter of finding what works for you. I think 3 weeks on, 1 week off sounds fantastic!

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    1. Haha, but I bet you know what and where everything is! ;)
      Thank you for the encouragement! :) Over the years, we have had to make lots of schedule changes and adjustments…but I’ve never felt THIS overwhelmed, so I am really excited to try 3 on/1 off.

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  4. Drink 4 ounces every 30 minutes.
    I always wanted to home school but knowing me we would be at the park or the ski hill every day! I kind of like to do what my mind takes me and i have a 2 hour attention span! 😆

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  5. Wow, your fridge is clean! No matter how hard I try, mine never looks that good. Granted, there is no room in our door shelves for condiments because they are completely filled with wine… don’t judge, we live in Italy, after all! :) I can’t help you with your water problem, I’m the same way. Maybe set an alarm on your phone to remind you?
    I like your idea for 3 weeks on, 1 week off. I’m a teacher and I know that every now and then people need rest from school. But as a mom, I know it’s also hard to stay caught up on housework. I hope it works out for you!

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    1. “they are completely filled with wine… don’t judge, we live in Italy” – LOL! I think that’s awesome!! Once I am done having babies and breastfeeding, I am going to be learning about wine and enjoying pairing it with dinners and such. I’m excited about that because currently I know nothing! I’ve never tasted wine before! :(

      I’ve tried the phone alarm thing and it ended up just being annoying after a while. Yes, I drank more, but it felt like it was always yelling at me, lol.

      I know I won’t need the 3 on/ 1 off long-term, but I think it could really help us right now. :)


  6. It must be so hard to keep up with all the planning of homeschooling whilst caring for a little one! I really think you’re on to something with going 3 weeks on 1 week off, I really hope it works out for you! Your fridge looks great. Mine is pretty empty right now, since today is grocery day (my husband’s out right now actually taking care of it). I always use my Fridays to use up my leftovers (usually end up making soup). As for water, it has taken me a long time, but what works for me is keeping a bottled with me. I just bring it along everywhere I go. I set it down to get something done and take a sip before picking it up again. Since I’m always moving around the house (as I suspect you are), it has worked great for me.

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    1. Thanks, I hope 3 off/ 1 on works…I think it will. I know we won’t need to do it long-term, but for now it should be a huge help!
      Ha! My husband has only grocery shopped twice during our whole marriage – they were the two weeks after my c-section last summer! And that was with Maggie, who actually did all the shopping – he just went along and paid! lol
      Good idea to have a bottle with you at all times! ^_^


  7. I’d never show my fridge, it’s packed. We have lactose free milk, whole milk, almond milk, diet soda, fruit juice, water, lots of cheeses, yogurt, pudding, eggs, deli meats, and forget about listing all of the condiments. There are always leftovers of some sort too.

    As far as drinking water goes, I am great at work since I wear an apron with a pouch where I keep a water bottle. I refill it 2-3 times during my 10 hour shift, and I will also have a can of diet soda at work too. On my days off, I don’t do as well, and I often drink large amounts of coffee just to keep going with the kids and household chores. 😉

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    1. Haha, sometimes our fridge is more packed than other times. ;) I love almond milk but I’m not currently buying it because I’ve found it only “goes” with certain cereals (I’m having Oatmeal Squares by Quaker right now for the high amount of iron) – are you the one who drinks it at your house?
      Hey, it’s cool that an apron holds your water at work!

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      1. My husband and I were both having some “tummy” trouble for a while. The doctor said when your good gut bacteria gets out of whack, you can become lactose intolerant. So, we were both drinking it for a while. My 2 year old drinks chocolate almond milk as a treat. I don’t drink much of any kind of milk. I know I should, but at least I eat yogurt, and cheese.😉 Thankfully cheese never seemed to upset my system, but it does my husband. He’s been taking probiotics for a while and still has issues from time to time.

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  8. I attempt to “homeschool” or do school like activities with my 4 year old to get her ready for kindergarten and it’s so challenging. When she was in preschool she never had issues with the teacher or anything but now that I’m the teacher it’s like she wants to see what she can get away with! Hope to learn some tips from you!

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    1. I noticed the same behavior from my oldest when she was four. She was definitely different when she was at the library and doing a project with a group of kids and a “teacher.” She was attentive, sweet, etc but with me she only wanted to do what she was in the mood for. So, to deal with that, I backed off doing anything that could be perceived as boring (worksheets, handwriting) and focused on doing learning games and activities only. The phase passed and she has been a great student (overall) ever since. Her brothers have always had her as an example so they all see me as mother AND teacher and we don’t have any of those issues anymore. My issue is now just planning and doing everything, lol!


  9. thats cool i love the 1 week off after 3 weeks on idea, really great for planning! oh cool i LOVE seeing how people live so love it, your fridge is SUPER neat, mine only looks like that when i do a big clean out hahahaha i should take a picture now seen as i just cleaned it!

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    1. Thanks, so much of the stress of homeschooling has been removed by doing the 3/1 schedule! ^_^
      And yeah, I need the refrigerator to be tidy or it annoys me, lol. Hey, I tried to visit your blog but the link didn’t work. :/


      1. Hi Valerie that is so WIERD I wonder why it didn’t work… hmm Maybe I should get annoyed by the fridge more hahaha Not sure what to do about link not working though 😳

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        1. Well, what’s your blog’s address? Maybe the link goes to your old blog that’s since been deleted – you might need to update that (I think it’s under general settings). :)


          1. Ok, I just looked at my dashboard and it’s not under general settings (sorry, lol)…click your photo/avatar in the top right, and then go to “account settings” and edit your “shown publicly when you comment on blogs” blog. ^_^


  10. Wow, that is one clean fridge! I’d show mine, but it’s such a mess! Love this post though. I think experimenting with schedules is one of the best things about homeschooling. I’m so glad you’re finding something that works for you.


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