First Friday Free-for-All-March 2017 Edition

This year is already flying by, but I feel like I have conquered some life tasks this month.

Life Management

First, taxes are done. Not sure why I was dreading them so this year, but I was.  Now, I have another year before I have to think about them too much.

Second, an Orthodontist has been chosen. Why do so many Orthodontist remind me of high-pressure sales people? It’s all just a little too slick and super cool. I took my 9-year-old about nine months ago to one and was told she needed braces now and would probably need a second set later (she was eight at the time).  I didn’t feel good about this at all so I just stuck my head in the sand.

The dentist then referred my 11-year-old, so I started looking again for one that didn’t make me feel icky. The next one was okay and didn’t think my 9-year-old needed anything yet, but wanted to pull four of my 11-year-olds teeth and then braces. The second said no pulling, expander, and then braces for the 11-year-old and just an expander for now with my 9-year-old.

Finally, chose number two because I felt like he was honest and reasonable with my insurance and he didn’t want to pull teeth.

This doesn’t seem like a huge win,  it’s going to cost thousands, but since I hate making phone calls and doctors appointments, this is huge.  It’s been hanging over my head for months.

Third, I’ve made a huge commitment to teaching at our co-op next year. The girls have enjoyed this year, made friends, and it’s educational philosophy matches mine. It’s project based and not high-pressure academics, which is very difficult to find in our area.

With six children, the cost was becoming prohibitive, so I either needed to teach or we wouldn’t be able to participate. I had also contemplated trying to start my own mom-run alternative at a lower cost, but then decided that would be a lot more work than teaching in an existing group. So I will be handling the preschool class, and elementary science and history clubs.

February Reading

I did finish Essentialism by Greg McKeown in February and it only took about two days.

An Essentialist thinks almost everything is nonessential.

Greg McKeown

It would be interesting to see someone correlate Myers-Briggs types to essentialism. I’m an INTJ and I have to agree with the above quote. To me, most everything is nonessential. This actually feels like a negative at times because I’m so guarded with my time and energy that I often forgo things I might enjoy in order to preserve myself. This did make me realize that I have six children so I won’t become an agoraphobic hermit.

I’ve also read about half of Walden by Thoreau.  This is going to take me longer and it’s possible I’ll give up at some point.  Many parts have interested me but it is hard to plow through his prose at the end of a day. I may need to move this to morning reading and just a few pages at a time.

My favorite quote so far:

Even the poor student studies and is taught only political economy, while that economy of living which is synonymous with philosophy is not even sincerely professed in our colleges. The consequence is, that while he is reading Adam Smith, Ricardo, and Say, he runs his father in debt irretrievably.

Henry David Thoreau

The irony here made me laugh out loud, yet bristle at its validity today. People are running themselves irretrievably into debt.

Blog Post Love

I thought I would start to include some blog posts I’ve enjoyed in the past month and hope you enjoy them, too.

Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Ineptitude by Purva Brown at The Classical Unschooler.

The Brave Writer Lifestyle: How to Add Joy Back to Your Homeschool by Dachelle at Hide the Chocolate

A Magical Poetry Tea Time by Angela at Nurtured Roots

Dear August, I Despise You. Sincerely, February by Lynna at Homeschooling Without Training Wheels

How to Introduce Shakespeare to Little Kids by Amanda at Raising Da Vinci

March Goals

My first goals are to read Death Comes for the Archbishop and The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry.

We also need to begin prepping for a spring camping trip. I’m not known for my camping prowess, so this takes a lot of thought.

I would also like to get walking again in the evenings with my husband. The sun is out later and the temperatures are perfect to get out there and move.

Have a great first weekend of March!


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About Bethany Ishee

Bethany is the mom of six, always-homeschooled children, who one day realized she'd lost herself in the process, probably under a pile of laundry. Her eclectic style of homeschooling draws upon Classical to Unschooling and everything in between.  While homeschooling her children and writing about learning outside of school, she tries to find time to read a book, drink coffee, and pay the bills.

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