Thoughts & Happenings 8/6/17

I’m finally ready to return to blogging after taking most of the last few months off. While gone, I’ve gotten my first trimester with baby #5 out of the way (woo-hoo!) and if things continue to go well, I will never have to endure a first trimester again, lol. It was actually really easy this time once I got to about eight weeks, so I’m not complaining, but I don’t want to do it again! ;) I am starting to show, which is exciting. While lying down on my back, the uterus can be felt just below my belly button. I’ve gained six pounds so far…my appetite has been pretty normal other than a few aversions and nausea hasn’t been an issue so I’ve gained well. We’ll find out the gender next month and I will be completely shocked if we find that it’s not a little boy in there. Haha Yesterday afternoon, I was having some Braxton Hicks contractions so yeah, the fun of having an irritable uterus has already begun. :P

We started our new school year this past week and it went really well. So, some of my views on homeschooling have been changing. I’ll begin sharing regular posts on our homeschooling life soon but here’s a little preview. I’ve been “relaxed” for a long time, but I’m now seeing that I only want to use a relaxed approach with young children…if the mindset continues with/toward older students, the ones who lack internal motivation can easily fall behind. I am now using a really basic lesson planner (found here – not an affiliate link) and I’m loving it! It feels like it’s taking almost all of the work out of homeschooling for me, after everything is filled in. It’s similar to having a meal plan – once you have it completed, you simply have to make the meals, you don’t have to think about what you’re going to fix. It’s the same with lesson plans and teaching – I simply have to carry it all out – there’s no thought involved. And we’re actually enjoying more flexibility now. Instead of having an order of subjects each day, wake up times or routines in place, we are just doing subjects/lessons in the order of the way the day allows. Everything is getting done, but the order and feel of each day is quite different. :) By the way, the planner is only being used with Maggie (17) and Joshua (13), Samuel’s schooling doesn’t need to be planned out at this point as he is only in Kindergarten.

I am so ready to be done breastfeeding Elizabeth (13 months). So, so done. We had gotten down to just nursing once in the evening at about 8pm and then every time she woke up in the middle of the night (which was generally twice) but then she got sick with croup last week and wanted to nurse NON-STOP. I am serious, she was unhappy unless attached to the boob. Day and night. Needless to say, my poor nipples have been quite miserable. I had no problem soothing her by nursing during the illness; I knew it was just temporary and I was thankful there was something that helped her feel better while going through such a lousy virus. But now that she feels better, I’m having to restart the whole weaning process and also sleep train again. *sigh*

I mentioned that I had started a YouTube channel about a month ago, but unfortunately it didn’t work out. It takes entirely too long to edit videos and it was also difficult to actually film the videos because of all the kids/noise in my house. ;) So, I’m not deleting my channel as I am probably going to still do a minimalist house tour over time, but I am no longer posting vlog-style videos there.

Anyway, I’m glad to be back blogging and I look forward to catching up with everyone!

21 thoughts on “Thoughts & Happenings 8/6/17

    1. Thanks! :)
      I actually create the kids’ curriculum by combining books and resources from lots of publishers, as well as utilizing library books and the internet for printable worksheets and such. I’ve never been a fan of one curriculum alone OR the pricing! I am pretty creative and love putting together the lessons and plans each year. It’s fun and significantly cheaper. :)


  1. I can’t believe your first trimester has passed. :)
    Sorry Vlogging didn’t work out. I did enjoy your videos. Seeing how minimalist you live made me a bit ashamed of how much “stuff” I hold on to. :(
    I use CD cases for my dvds too, but we have GIANT ones. ;) We kept our dvds in drawers, but all of those plastic cases took up too much valuable space.

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    1. I know! So happy that this pregnancy seems to be speeding by! :)
      Hey, don’t feel bad – I simply NEED to have my space free of clutter. It makes me so much calmer mentally and able to enjoy life the way it should be enjoyed. I’m an extremely visual person and seeing lots of things (or knowing things are tucked in closets and cabinets, like x-ray vision) makes me unhappy. ;)

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  2. I’m so glad you’re back! I hope you had a refreshing time not blogging. But I’m glad you’re back. :)
    My mom made lesson plans for us, with boxes to check off when we completed the subject for the day. For the most part, we could choose what we wanted to do and when, but it all had to be done. It worked really well!

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    1. Thank you! I’m happy to be back. I wasn’t sure how long I’d need to be away but when it was time to come back, I just knew. :) It was a nice break.
      Yeah, Maggie does everything independently so she just checks the planner and marks them off as she does lessons. I’m doing almost all of Joshua’s with him (or, at least overseeing) so we are both keeping up with checking things off. I love it!

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  3. Hi Valerie! I’m so glad to hear that you’re moving right along in your pregnancy and past that first trimester. Yay! I just started the third trimester and am definitely in full nesting mode. :) So glad you have found a homeschooling routine that is working for your family. I have a basic lesson planner similar to yours and love it! Just wanted to come on over and say hello and let you know I think of you often. Excited to hear the gender news next month! xo

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