16 September 2011

7 Quick Takes Friday (7)

Welcome again to 7 Quick Takes Friday, hosted by Jennifer at Conversion Diary. Please be sure to check out her blog as well as some other great posts linked there. 

1. So I've been working on some goals for me, as opposed to a homeschooling plan for my kids or an agenda of what I'd like to tackle to make my days more organized, but I don't think they are really well thought out yet. Why is it so difficult to prioritize, or really even come up with a list, of what I'd like to do for myself? Hmm.

2. Now that I think about it, I would love to add Get Back Into Exercising to that list, but it's not going to happen any time soon. I used to be One of Those People Who Goes to the Gym but the gym here does not offer child care (and there's no friendly YMCA down the street :-) and hubby is gone 12 hours a day. I suppose in theory I could exercise at home in the mornings (given that I'm usually up waaaaay early) but we have no equipment, I couldn't turn a DVD on because the kids would wake up no matter how low I had the volume, and I am not an Exercise at Home Person anyway. I'll see if I can come up with any other excuses; stay tuned.

Two weeks before our third Agent arrived
3. Of course, I'm pretty happy with my overall health and weight (and I did lose the pregnancy weight—around 40 pounds each babe—fairly easily all three times).  I just feel sluggish for not having any real fitness ambitions this last year and a half. I see friends who are doing everything from local 5Ks to Ironman competitions and I think, well, um . . . I took the stairs yesterday. Okay, definitely need to prioritize exercise once we get back to the states.

4. I remember when getting up "early" meant before 8:00 a.m. Then at some point it became 7:00 a.m.  . . . and then earlier and earlier just seemed normal. Now I am frequently out of bed between 4:00 and 5:00 (at least a few mornings a week). I refuse to stay in bed and be wide awake just hoping I will magically fall back to sleep when I know it's never going to happen. Plus, that hour of the day is typically the only "alone" time I get in any 24-hour period. I love my morning quiet time even though some might consider it slightly insane. I don't set an alarm ever, but I find myself a little disappointed when I wake up and it's "already" 6:00 or later.

5. I love that since we are homeschooling we (the Agents) don't have to be awake at a particular time. I think it's actually one of the best parts of staying home with them now . . . not having that wake up, rush around, snapping at everyone, we have to BE somewhere, crazy feeling every morning. It's so much more relaxed and pleasant now.

6. I also see an unexpected benefit of homeschooling . . . my kids really enjoy their time together. There's no more afternoon crabbiness adjustment period after we do school pickup. No more they held it together all day at school and now they come home and lose it for Momma. A commenter on my first post about homeschooling mentioned this sibling bonding as a benefit, and I definitely see it in our home. The Senior Agents love playing together and Agent A is thrilled to have his favorite peeps with him all day.

7. Today is our go to the playground/run errands/visit the library/get lunch out day. Tonight we will camp out as always. I love Fridays.


  1. Followed you here from your comment at Natural Parents Network. :) I love hearing about how you're managing your homeschooling — it sounds like a fun school! I just wanted to say that we are totally going to have to borrow your camping out idea — that sounds like so much fun. Another friend was writing about how her family camps in the backyard, and I was complaining we didn't have one, so she said, Why not the living room? And to combine it like you do with a movie and popcorn and just unwinding and fun — perfect!

  2. Now that I think about it, I can't even remember how/why Friday Night Camp Out started. It was definitely after we moved to Italy, so sometime in the last year and a half. What's funny is that we already co-sleep, so really it's like Every Other Night, just in a different room, but for some reason they go nuts for the idea.