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What? No school this year?

6 Mar

Nope. This year we decided to homeschool. 

When we finally took the decision in the middle of last year, I yielded my husband’s good advice and did not advertise it. My heart wanted to share it with everyone I bumped into, but my head told me not to. I am aware that it can be a divisive topic and I certainly did not want to be that. So hush hush I kept it, until it was time to reveal our intentions. First to my mum (what do you mean ‘school at home??’ ), then to my husband’s mum (‘Homeschooling? I’m not so sure…’ ), then to my close friends (yes, they are still close friends) and lastly to strangers who asked (‘All THREE of your children?’).

Nonetheless, half a year after taking that decision and almost a term into the reality of it, I think it’s appropriate that it becomes official, i.e. Facebook status and blog!! One day, when I’m old and senile and my children want to know when and why and how and who and any other ‘wh’ questions regarding their homeschooling time, I will be able to say ‘Well my poppet, I … I… can’t remember. Just read our blog…’

So when? … It started when she was in Grade 3, he was in Grade 2 and he was in grade R. It’s easy enough because they are still so little that I don’t lose my sleep over their next maths lesson. And ‘when’, just to reassure my mum who might be freaking out, it’s e-ve-ry-day mum!! Counting, writing, reading, spelling, grammaring…Except some fridays but with good excuses to learn about something wider that the walls of our house, some Mondays because Killian goes to a technology club. Every now and then on a Tuesday because we run errands; and occasionally we skip Thursday because we don’t feel like working. Otherwise, EVERY other day!! (Just kidding mamaaaaannn!!!)

Why? … Because I had enough of saying ‘quickly’ and ‘vite vite’ to them, morning to evening, monday to friday. I wanted to switch to ‘just relax’ (of course it’s not all of the ‘whys’ but it certainly was a part weighing on my heart).

Who?… Of course my 3 children. Someone asked me if I had other kids as well, so I said ‘No, I didn’t start a school, I started homeschool’. That aside, the ‘who’ includes much more than me and my kids. I love outsourcing help, they make their life richer and mine easier, starting with art, music, wood work…

How?… With a complete curriculum that does all the work for me so that during the day I teach my kids, and in the evening, I can spend time with my husband ( and our housemate at the moment, wink wink…)

And voila! This is the summarized neat version of what is happening inside our walls this year. Emphasize on “neat” of course because the reality is always so much more murky 😉 Sometimes the ‘when’ is far too often, I wonder ‘why’, I can’t stand the ‘who’ and I’ve forgotten “how’.

But to finish on a positive note, I really enjoy homeschooling my kids and they seem to enjoy it too. And if only for these reasons, I am glad.

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Fashion Frugalista

18 Apr

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On Thursday I got 4 new dresses, one new tee-shirt, one new top and amazing black heeled shoes. For nothing!

And where did I find all these new clothes? At my house! No, not at the bottom of my cupboard!

On Thursday I attended a clothes swapping party. Eleven of us, girlfriends, got together and instead of eating muffins and exchanging books, like we do once a month, we drank wine and exchanged clothes!!!

The brain behind the idea is Renette, who’s been trying to organise it since end of last year but we were all too busy. It worked out well because summer comes to an end and winter is showing its face and what a better time to empty your old cupboard and renew some of your garments!!

Renette came in the afternoon and we set up the place so nicely. It looked like a french boutique, ah!! The open plan of my house, the creativity of Renette and un-certain-je-ne-sais-quoi made the place very ouh-la-la!! A mirror here, some fairy lights there, strategically well-placed flowers, beautiful envelopes with a number from 1 to 11 and special shopping bags with the label Fashion Frugalista… and voila!

The setting up in the afternoon,

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Kaira browsing 🙂

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We were ready to welcome our guests!

When everyone was here, the first 3 guests started to browse and try a few items. Then the second team could go and so on. Even if we all started a bit shyly and sheepishly, soon it was the same buzz as the first day of sales at Woolworths. “Try this, it’s totally you”, or “oh dear, no, that’s not you at all”, and “mmh, maybe with a tee shirt underneath”, and “eish, maybe not with a black bra”…

Opening their magic numbers to determine who would go first,

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Kirsty satisfied with her sparkling shoes!

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Me trying my new super heeled shoes!

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Aaaah, there was much discussion around a gel-bra!! No comment!

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Good laughs around the table about the evening,

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By the end of the evening, not much was left, apart from empty corners, half-empty wine bottles and completely shopped-out women!!

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But what am I left with? Much more than a few new items of clothing.

I’m left with a great evening with friends. It’s amazing how quickly intimacy is built when you’re half naked in a room with other half-naked women – and trust me, there is nothing sexual in that statement!!

I’m left with the satisfaction that someone else can enjoy clothes that don’t fit me anymore.

And I’m left with the desire to have another one at the dawn of the next new season!!!

PS: For a different perspective on the evening, you can go on Renette’s blog or Taryn’s blog 🙂

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