Camp is done. Aaaaaahhhhhh....
Well, the "everyday" camp season is over. We still have retreats through the end of October. Since our next retreat isn't until September 6th, our family has a nice breather. We moved back to our house in town on Saturday evening, and I've been trying to get reorganized around here. The laundry baskets are empty; the cupboards & fridge are full, but I've still got books to put away. I had brought boxes of books to camp because we tried to do some homeschooling during the four youth weeks of camp. It was more challenging than I thought it'd be. We only get so many warm weeks here in WI, so we probably got more P.E. done than anything else (i.e. swimming, outdoor games, canoeing). It's hard doing bookwork when the temps are in the upper-70's and it's gorgeous outside--especially when you're on a lake with a nice, sandy beach. Yep, we're suffering for Jesus.
This will likely be my most challenging year of homeschooling, regarding demands on my time. I've got a kindergartener, a 3rd grader, an 8th grader, and a high school sophomore. Since Samuel (K) can't read yet, I'll need to be hands-on with him for most of his--albeit short--school day. Emma (10th) works independently on many things, but she's got a heavy literature year ahead of her (she wants to be a writer), so it would be ideal if I could read her books in order to discuss them with her. She'll also be writing lots of papers and stories--which I will have to grade. Those are more involved than simply checking a multiple-choice test. It'll all work out. I just need a plan.
Part of my plan involves identifying time-wasters and getting rid of them--or at least diminishing them. Facebook was definitely a time-waster for me. I assume that my timeline is completely gone now. I deleted my account on July 28th. Facebook sent me an email saying that they would keep it at a "deactivated" status for two weeks before deleting it completely, in case I changed my mind. I didn't. I miss FB some, but not as much as I'd thought I would. I mean, I miss the people, of course, and I do feel a little out of the loop, but I don't regret my decision at all.
Other time-wasters...? Does cooking count? *wink*