Um…I’ve been away a while. I vowed I would not let this happen but it has. I wish I could say I’d been off doing exotic things–vacationing in Bali, taking up a new sport–something.
The truth of it is we hit the ground running when we arrived and I needed a moment (or several) to collect myself and get my act together. Get homeschool started on time for once. Make a meal plan–or at least figure out what we were having for dinner this evening. That sort of thing.
I’m not all the way there yet, but things are starting to have a semblance of order. The homeschool room is no longer plagued with stacks of partially-unpacked bins at the end of the room. I am doing better at getting meals on the table on time. We are starting the homeschool day more or less on time. I can breathe again.
Although we didn’t make it anywhere exotic, we have started to do more. We have a Chinese tutor coming twice a week to teach the kids (she’s brilliant, they love her, and she’s making them do homework–previously thought to be a four-letter word in our home). We have also resumed every-other-week art lessons with our artist friend.
Other than these planned events, there have been a few random surprises (which is not really a surprise when one lives in China, since last minute things happen all the time).
One afternoon recently, a friend took us to the park to meet his uncle. His uncle is a retired university professor who designs, makes and flies kites. He’s quite talented. Take a look at this:
He gave Pumpkin a lesson in kite-flying too:
And then he told my artist-wannabe-architect son that he would take him to his house someday and show him how he designs and makes his kites, that he would make a kite for him.
All that AND a clean homeschool room. Could it get any better?