After my post about my daily schedule, I had a few people ask about what we do on the weekends and what we do for school, so I am going to dedicate a blog post to each of those topics.
Weekends. Well, now that Joseph is working Monday-Friday, 8:00-5:00, and we are homeschooling, weekends actually seem different than weekdays! Last year, while we were doing language study, our weekends and weekdays seemed awfully similar, so I’m thankful for the distinction! There is not a whole lot to do around here, so we have to work to make weekends fun or special in any way. We have developed a few traditions that we think make our weekends more enjoyable.
Friday night we start our weekend off with pizza movie night. We make our own pizzas and usually play a round of Hi Ho Cherry-O to see who gets to choose the movie we watch. Then we eat our pizza in front of the TV and enjoy a movie together. The kids love it.
Our Saturdays begin with “Family Bed,” when everyone piles onto Mommy and Daddy’s bed and snuggles. After a while we mosey on out to the den and the kids climb on the couch to watch “Saturday morning cartoons” (played from our computer…there are no actual saturday morning cartoons here). In case you are wondering, its usually Doc McStuffins or Jake and the Neverland Pirates. Mommy fixes something yummy for Saturday morning breakfast. All week we have something boring-ish…like oatmeal, or when the store is out of oats, something like bagels, english muffins, or eggs and toast. So Saturday morning breakfast is special. The kids favorite is crepes with strawberries, bananas and nutella. During the week, Mommy chooses everyones clothes, but on Saturday the kids get to choose their own. Lucy thinks this is the best part of her week. She usually comes up with some strange combination to wear. Belle honestly doesn’t care what she wears, but the privlege is not completely wasted on her, because Saturday is the only day she gets to choose to wear her hair “just down”.
Since we are living here at the larger base with the school, sometimes there are activities going on. A couple of weekends ago, for example, we went and watched field day, and the weekend right after we got here we went and saw the high schoolers perform the “Jungle Book” musical. Last Saturday night was what they call “Skate Night”, which is when they decorate the gym and all the kids bring something with wheels to ride around in a circle. The Junior class also makes and sells hamburgers and french fries and other food. I, and probably all of the moms here, love it because it is a night when I don’t have to cook or clean up!
Usually, though, there isn’t a lot going on. We might have another family over for a meal, or just do fun stuff around the house…paint, play board games, go to the playground, fly a kite on the soccer field, etc. I try to do a little extra cleaning, and my sweet husband sweeps and mops the whole house on Saturday afternoons for me.
I have just recently decided to make Sunday a day of rest. With all the work there is to do around here, it seemed like a good idea to have a day off (good idea, God). So I have been trying to make meals for Sunday the day before, or just plan on having leftovers to use. And I have stopped doing any laundry on Sunday. I’m still trying to figure out a way to avoid having dishes to wash on Sunday, but cutting back on cooking and laundry helps out a lot.
We have church here on the base at 9:45 in the gym. Folks who live here on the base with us take turns teaching, leading worship, doing announcements, setting up the room, and whatever else needs to be done to make a service happen. Next week Joseph is teaching! They have nursery and children’s church. Today the girls and I taught the nursery class for the first time.
After church we come home and have lunch and rest. Joseph plays soccer with some guys around 4. Usually the kids and I go watch or go play on the playground while he plays soccer. Then we come in and have a snack supper. We make smoothies every Sunday night. We always have something snacky to go with it…either chips and guacamole, popcorn or something else. We watch an episode of Little House on the Prairie while we eat our snack supper.
It is funny how much the kids love the traditions. I think they would like to have an activity or meal associated with every day of the week. They know exactly when each of these things is supposed to happen. Its a lot easier to make things happen regularly here where there are so few activities or distractions that could keep us from maintaining our routine! (And Lindsey never calls us at the last minute to go out to eat here!)
For your viewing pleasure, here are some pics of weekend activities (not all from the same weekend):
The kids love having Daddy home on the weekends.
Swinging at the playground
Piled on the couch for Saturday morning cartoons.
Playing school in their room with their stuffed animals and dolls
Belle creating a masterpiece