We are done with school… for the year!
Yes, that’s right.Â This mama is taking advantage of our year-round homeschooling schedule:Â I’m guiltlessly taking a six-week break, which officially begins TODAY.Â
I must say, it felt mighty good to stash my kids school books and backpacks in the “homeschool closet” in our living room, knowing I won’t be dragging them out again until after the first of January!
Â What will I do with all my “free time”, you ask?
Maybe I’ll keep the house clean(er).
Maybe I’llÂ bake a whole bunch of gluten-free holiday goodies.
Or maybe I’ll just sit around watching the Christmas tree lights twinkle (yes, they’re already up in my house!), sip hot cocoa, and snuggle with my kids.
These days, I’m trying to do a whole lot more of that.Â Snuggling, and just enjoying the moments of life.Â Just because they’re mine.
That’s one of the reasons I arrange our homeschool year so that we can take a leisurely break at the holidays.Â It’s a busy, crazy time of year, and a lot of times I feel like the beauty and sacredness of it all gets totally lost in the hubbub.
I don’t want to survive the rest of the year.Â I want to relish it.Â
Or at least, sanely, if possible! Maybe my visionary nature is running away with me (again), but that’s my plan.
To just be.Â Just enjoy.
And here are a few reads forÂ you to enjoy this weekend, plus a handful of super cute and simple Thanksgiving craftsI found for kids via Pinterest.
How to Make ANY Recipe More Healthy, by Anna @ Feminine Adventures
This is such a helpful and practical article for homemakers!Â I especially enjoyed the substitution chart Anna included.
5 Favorite Essential Oils to Promote Peace & Calm, by Kristen @ Smithspirations
This article interested me because I struggle a lot with handling stress in a healthy way.Â Kristen shared her favorite essential oils for dealing with stress, plus helpful ways to use them.Â I’m saving this article!
5 Reasons Finding Why Finding Out Your Personality Type Will Change Your Life, by Anne @ Modern Mrs. Darcy
I’m a firm believer in self-awareness, and a bit obsessive when it comes to analyzing personality types.Â :)Â Anne at Modern Mrs. Darcy nails it in this post about the many benefits of being honest with ourselves, and understanding what really makes us tick.
Spinning Out: On Managing a Season of Life That’s Already Too Full, by Anne @ Modern Mrs. Darcy
This article revisits the topic of stress.Â Another of my favorite reads from Anne this week.Â I totally relate to this post, and if you’re an introvert I think you will too.
And now a few cute Thanksgiving crafts for your kiddos…
I haven’tÂ actually had the time to do any of these projects with my kids yet.
I’ve been too busy trying to wrap up homeschooling… so we can have time… to enjoy the season.Â
Which means I should be doing these projects now, right?Â
Â These are not my projects or my images.
Click through each image and you’ll find the inspiring and creative blogger who shared these ideas with the world.
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