As you can imagine, it’s hard to keep much of a routine here. I figured that would be the case before we came, so I decided not to worry about. Instead I’ve tried to focus on establishing rhythms — semantically, there’s probably not a huge difference — in my mind, though, I hoped we could have some continuity and structure while still being able to go to London or a museum at the drop of a hat.
So every week we try to go on a date, have 5-6 students over for dinner, have some research time for me, and explore somewhere new. We also get to have a devotional and communion with the students every Sunday evening at 9. It’s a wonderful time of worship.
Every day we read — kind of a big deal in our family — I read from an English children’s book to the girls, Jane Anne reads to Molly (usually a fairy book), and they both read on their own; we do math and handwriting; we go out for a walk or adventure; and we usually go the the grocery store.
We’ve been here four weeks today, and I think we’ve established some of those rhythms. One thing I’ve found is that Thursdays tend to be a day we need mostly downtime. I’ve mentioned before that I try to get out of the house everyday, but I also realize that can be hard on little bodies when we walk everywhere we go. So today we’ve done school — a little geometry, handwriting, plant biology, reading, writing/art, and Alice — and we’ve eaten lunch, and we’ll settle down for a movie this afternoon (maybe a nap for Mom). Tomorrow we’ll be at it again full speed. It’s a blessing, though, to be able to take these timeouts.