for the past few weeks, rowan has been asking for a “day off of school” to which i always responded, “you get TWO full days off every week!” i think it was beginning to dawn on him that “snow day” meant NO SCHOOL for those who go to school, and not just “it’s snowing today! let’s do math!”

so today at 10:30, after i spent two hours cleaning out the boys closet and drawers, i decided that today was a no school day. rowan was overjoyed with the news. he almost started crying he was so happy. it was an easy decision: i needed a mental health day, and they were all playing together so well, i couldn’t possibly interupt.

besides, we are starting our new homeschool co-op on monday (more on that below), so it felt like a good time to take a long three-day weekend (and we haven’t taken a day off since before christmas!).  on monday, we will be “kicking it up a notch” in our homeschool!

for the three years that we’ve been learning together, we have been basing our education around the Classical Model of education. we feel that this way of learning best matches the way God created our minds to learn. there are certainly different degrees of the classical approach, and we’ve strayed from a strict approach, introducing other forms or methods along the way.

next week is our first week together in a classical co-op. Classical Conversations is a national organization with local co-ops. the co-ops meet once a week where students learn on their level (grammar, dialectic, rhetoric) with other students, beginning at the age of 4. i’ve known about Classical Conversations for a few years now, but there hasn’t been one in western PA until now. typically, the co-ops start in the fall and run two 12-week semesters, but the interest in starting this local chapter was so high, that the PA state director pushed the local director into starting at the end of january. and here it is – filled to capacity! i’m so excited to begin this chapter in our learning together!

today, i’m making pizza dough for dinner. adam’s my little helper – every time he sees me pull out the mixer and hears the flour bags opening, he’s pulling up a chair to help pour in all the ingredients. i’ve been in the kitchen a lot this week, and it’s felt so good. i’ve been making pure comfort food dinners (PW’s Chicken Pot Pie is my new favorite) and baking bread, making cookies and smoothies. the kitchen has truly been the heartbeat of our home this week.

i need a new hat. so i pulled out my circular needles and just started a hat. i hope i finish it. at least before next winter!  i’m still working on a scarf that i started for myself back in october for the upcoming winter. i hope to finish it before the next upcoming winter. that’s how my knitting projects usually go. if it’s not something for a very small person (namely, a baby), it never gets done. or it sits for a few years and then either i frog it, or my mom finishes for me.

i’m reading fiction again. i haven’t read fiction since my summer of reading (and blog reviews!), but i’ve gotten my groove in schooling/homemaking again that i have found time to read fiction again. Jodi Picoult’s House Rules was lent to me a few weeks ago. i’m only 50 pages from the end. this one kept me captivated.

i’m also reading nonfiction: Sacred Parenting by Gary Thomas and A Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp (is there anyone out there NOT reading Ann’s book right now? if not…you need to!).

i am considering a “blog series” for Lent this year, similar to the thankful posts in november i’ve done in the past. would love to know if anyone would be along for the ride. what would you want to blog about during Lent, in preparation for Easter?

for more quick takes, visit Jennifer’s blog, Conversion Diary.

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You know I am *always* along for the ride on your blog themes! I feel like our Lent will be very different this year, b/c instead of doing w/o, it will be almost like early Easter for us – everything fresh & new, new adventures & discoveries in a new place. On the flipside, I have already felt very Lenten since Christmas, though, (despite my trying to keep the celebration going; it just didn’t work this year) waiting – in the cold & darkness – waiting for our own family’s “resurrection” of sorts. We won’t be able to contain our “Hallelujah!!!!” this Feb! :-)

January 28th, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Oh, I just finished “Sacred Parenting” and really appreciated it! I hope you enjoy the read.

January 30th, 2011 at 10:19 pm

jessica – am also reading Sacred Marriage – did you read that as well? I’m finding great insight with
“Sacred Parenting” – some “a-ha!” moments that i am feeling silly for not realizing until reading this book.

February 1st, 2011 at 6:59 am

I just popped over from the Weekly Wrap Up! I saw this post, couldn’t not stay as I kept reading. I would be up for a lent series. Don’t know what prompts to use, but yes, I think I’m in, it could be fun or needed. LOL.

February 11th, 2011 at 2:40 pm

I’ve read Sacred Marriage and absolutely loved that book. I reccomend it to everyone! I’ll have to pick up Sacred Parenting!

March 23rd, 2011 at 9:01 pm

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