Friday 3 August 2012

HSMJ - Beautiful Woman

In my life this week…
I have been reflecting on the gems I received at the Beautiful Woman Conference last weekend and anticipating the second half which begins tonight.
I am feeling a little frustrated with my blog as I have not had the time to make the posts I have been wanting to share with you all.   
In our homeschool this week…
  • We have started reading In Grandma's Attic
  • Enjoyed reading the Scholastic biography: Thomas Edison. What an incredibly interesting man.
  • We watched the first four discs of the Anne of Green Gables Tilogy DVD's.  Sir N has really enjoyed this series.  He was a little upset when the war began so Paul and I watched the final disc ourselves last night and we have decided not to let him watch this one until he is older.
Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…
  • iHomeschool Network is hosting a Not Back to School Blog Hop starting next week Monday.
  • Are you wanting to enjoy looking at famous artists prints ?  Vicky's insights on Renoir have inspired me and made me realise I do not need to be a perfectionist and have some deep insight I simply need to soak it in and ENJOY!  :o)  
  • Notebooking Pages is having a Not Back 2 School Sale. It is running from 1 - 10 August. Use the bts2012 coupon code to access your $10 discount.
I am inspired by…
Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…
  • This week Paul Sadlar Swimland celebrated the Olympics by hosting an Olympic week at lessons.  It was so much fun and Sir N so enjoyed receiving a medal!
  • For lunch at the T family.  That pumpkin soup went down a treat.
  • Play date with our cousin Miss A today.
  • Play date with Mr E while his sister goes to her mock ballet exam.
  • Kelly Sports - celebrating track events at the Olympics.  This week we learned about shot put, long jump and line tag.

My favorite thing this week was…
  • Olympic theme week at swimming lessons.

What’s working/not working for us…
  • Lack of structure.  I am not accomplishing very much.  I think that next week I need to find my balance and get going again!
  • Not having a regular time to BLOG.  Sigh I am trying to finish my post on links for the South Africa part of our Expedition Earth studies and it's not getting finished.  
  • BWG!!  I just wrote the above sentence and then read 7 Reasons to Slow Down.  In one word: BRILLIANT just what the Dr ordered!
Questions/thoughts I have…

Things I’m working on…
  • Getting my head into an orderly place so I can be the best mom, daughter, sister, friend, wife that I can be. {and no not in that order :o) }
  • I'm looking forward to receiving my copy of Large Family Logistics from the Book Depository.  I do not have a big family by any stretch of the imagination but when I looked in this book I was inspired and encouraged in my role as a wife and mother.  I loved her perspective of the Proverbs 31 woman and her practical insights are fantastic.
I’m reading…
I’m cooking…
  • Tuna Bake
On Pinterest I found...

I’m grateful for…
  •  The person who has sponsored me a ticket to attend the second half of the Beautiful Woman Conference this weekend.
A photo, video, link, or quote to share…
“Often we think that burnout is something that just happens to other women — to workaholics and perfectionists. But care-aholics are also at risk — women who care deeply about their children, work, relationships, parents, siblings, friends, communities, issues.”  Sarah Ban Breathnach (Simple Abundance).



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  1. Chareen,

    Our children loved the Anne of Green Gables series. I think they only watched the first series or two but they were glued to it!

    Thank you for inspiring me with your feedback to my posts, my friend:-) I've been to-ing and fro-ing about whether to keep blogging so your kind thoughts made a big difference.

    I've felt out of routine and lacking in structure, lately, as well, Chareen. I began to lose interest in homeschooling - in fact, looking back, I realise it lasted for maybe as long as a year. This term has been different, though. I've centred our schooling around read alouds of books that we all enjoy and that's giving us a better routine. I agree with you about slowing down and keeping things simple - I actually think we achieve more this way!

    Thank you for sharing all your wonderful links, again:-) I'll follow them, this weekend and be inspired!

    God bless, Chareen:-)
    PS. Chareen, I haven't looked you up on Facebook because I closed my account, but I'm wondering if I should open it, again - it was a bit overwhelming, the first time round. If I do, I'll send you a friend invite:-)

  2. What a great way to celebrate the olympics! Makes me want to take my girls to the pool!

  3. I love Anne of Green Gables, but I can't say as I have watched the movies! In Grandma's Attic is great! But wow - reading a lot of books! I'm funny - I can only read one book at a time! LOL

  4. Thank you for sharing your week. I just have to say this: Large Family Logistics will bless. your. socks. off. Seriously! =o)

  5. THe swimming olympics looks fun. I like all the links you share for reading, and helpful advice. I will hopefully get to check them out!

  6. Hi Chareen, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris


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