So, not being able to wait until Van Buren Day, we did take a week off last week, and I think it's done me a lot of good. My cousin came for a visit and gave me a good excuse to "power down" and do nothing for a while. Actually, we did a lot--but all of it was out of the normal routines so it was refreshing and nourishing.
Just seeing "March" on the calendar is good for me...for some reason it always feels like the beginning of the last leg of the school year. We're now planning what we're going to do/present/show for our support group's Family Day, a kind of open house we do each year. And that means it's getting close to the end of another "chapter" in the home schooling journey!
Lest you think that all my belly-aching means this is a journey I'd really rather not be taking at all, let me assure you that my mind is already well on the way to the planning for next year! Granted, the planning is always my favorite part and if I could do this for a living and let someone else do a good bit of the execution I'd sail through a lot more smoothly. But as in any other job, there are the exciting bits and the satisfying bits and then there are the parts that make us yawn or just plain drive us crazy! And nearing the end of my 21st year on this path, I'm convinced that some of those things will never change. At least by now the rhythms are clear and I know myself well enough to know what to expect....
So, off and running early tomorrow morning, expecting and planning for a great spring and a satisfying end to 4th grade. And 6th. And 8th. And 11th. And 12th :-)