twenty two

today felt like an age

Both kids had a restless night and were both awake at 5:30

We had coffee, I ironed Mike’s clothes, made breakfast, and swept and tidied

I then called the government office regarding the 583,000 people whose personal information was lost (Social Insurance Numbers included).  Turns out mine was one of them so spent a frustrating amount of time calling my bank, Equifax, and Transunion so they could put alerts on my accounts.  So infuriating and careless.

I vacuumed, spot cleaned the furniture as best I could, and washed the cushion covers.

Made lunch, checked for eggs and made sure their water wasn’t frozen.

Poppy tried embroidery for about 5 minutes and built a castle out of Lego (it was awesome).

I started to stain/white wash our exposed beams.

We ate snacks, we snuggled, we read, we drew.

I looked for printable colouring pages and other homeschool resources.

We watched Netflix and The Sword In The Stone.

15 hours is a tremendous amount of time to fill with toddlers.

It is cold.  The kids don’t seem bothered by it, but felt as though it settled into my bones until we had super hot bubble bath in our giant tub.

We are worried about the pipes freezing and the cold wind that seems to be howling through our old wooden front door.

We will try to staunch it with the plastic thermal stuff.

Ready for bed.

A little boy playing with his “freckle” (eyebrow).

A little girl running laps around the couch squealing.

 Good night, friends.

P.S. Thank you so much for your wonderful resources and sage words regarding yesterday’s homeschooling post.  I tried to find a copy of “Homeschooling Our Children, Unschooling Ourselves”, and even wrote the author to find out where the best place to get it in Canada would be.  She replied saying that it went out of print just two months ago!

Does anyone have a copy they would like to sell to me?  Or perhaps we could do a trade of books?

go gently + be wonderful

e.

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5 Comments

  1. Posted January 22, 2013 at 8:49 pm by Kim | Permalink

    I have a copy, I would let you borrow it? I have a lending library for my clients, so would like to get it back.

    I can put it in the mail this week if you like.

    Let me know.

    • Posted January 23, 2013 at 8:13 am by erin | Permalink

      Thank you so much! I am one of those people who love owning books and can’t relax when borrowing things…
      If I can’t find it through the libraries or though used books somehow I will definitely take you up on that!
      Thanks again, and I will let you know :)
      e.

  2. Posted January 23, 2013 at 6:55 am by christine m | Permalink

    Hi! I wanted to add to your homeschooling questions about reading. I have been an elementary school teacher for many years (and a mom for almost 19!) and my recommendation is to read to your children every day that you can with no pressure for them to read to you. Especially do not omit the nursery rhymes (my favourite collection is Iona Opie’s My Very First Mother Goose, illustrated by Rosemary Wells of Max and Ruby fame). There are so many incredible picture books out there that I urge you to delve into them all. Your local library is your best bet, hopefully it employs a really good children’s librarian? Otherwise, if you want to stay on top of what’s up and coming in kid lit, visit Tinlids (the store, if you can or their website otherwise http://www.tinlids.ca). Many school librarians turn to them to keep their collection vibrant and current. My other suggestion is to include plenty of song, Sharon Lois & Bram, Raffi or for a folk song feel, one of my new faves is Elizabeth Mitchell. However you proceed, go with love and enjoyment. Best of luck! :)

    • Posted January 23, 2013 at 8:18 am by erin | Permalink

      We have tons of books and recently bought a few treasuries of rhymes and classic tales which Poppy loves. Silas has always and still loves books without stories or words (especially Gerda Muller’s seasons series). I also LOVE elizabeth Mitchell and scored some Sharon Lois and Bram records at the junk shop last year. I am thinking we will have to get the grooveshark going today!
      Thank you so much for the advice. I always love hearing from experienced and knowledgeable folks!
      Something as simple as reading to your children can have such an impact and that is amazing to me!
      Will look into Tinlids as well! Thanks a million :)
      e.

  3. Posted January 23, 2013 at 6:06 pm by Johanna | Permalink

    As always, I admire your honesty and love hearing about your homeschooling-homesteading journey.
    15 hours a day with 2 little ones is a long day to get through. I am in a similar situation where my husband works a 12hrs work day (it can be longer though), and I am home with the 2 little ones.
    I definitely need to surround myself with other mamas (for playdates- coffee dates)… it breaks up my week and gives me that break that I need from the long days on my own.
    I’ve just gotten over my TV guilt and have decided to use it only when I need a break the most (like you said- dinner prep ect). I need a break and my son needs a bit of time to windown too.
    I’m liking al the suggestions that your readers are giving you. Going to check some of them out too.

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