Monday, September 7, 2015

Homeschool Bonus: Quiet Mornings (or Are They?)

Tomorrow is when all the other kids in our school district go back to school. 

Moms are posting about the hours they'll have to themselves and how they can't wait for that yellow bus to pull up!  But I've noticed something curious... a few moms who feel conflicted about the end of summer.  I mean, parents being honest about it.  That's refreshing.

I know I miss my kids when they spend a lot of time away.  I know there are other moms and dads that do, too.  That's one thing I love about homeschooling... the togetherness of it.  No, I'm not ashamed to say it, either.  I love hanging with my  kids.

That, and-->  not having to yank two exhausted children out of bed, make them perform personal hygiene tasks against their will, create four meals at once (two breakfasts and two lunches), and drag them to the bus all before any reasonable person would be drinking their first cup of coffee. 

Actually, that's the biggest thing I love about homeschooling.  Yep.  That's it.

Having said that, my morning usually looks like this:  Get up at about 7:00ish with grandiose plans of working in peace and quiet for a couple hours.  You'd think I'd learn.  Instead, I let two dogs out.  Put on water to boil.  Let dogs in, making sure the cat isn't around to make a mad dash out the door.  Feed and water two dogs and cat. 


Grind coffee with a towel around the grinder so it won't wake up the kids because I forgot to grind last night.  Pour water into the French press.  Boot up the computer and check emails.  Get too involved in a Facebook thread-- finally press down the coffee which is super strong by now because it's been steeping for like an hour.  Pour a cup of coffee.  Open work documents (finally).  Dogs start barking wildly at the mail carrier.  I hush them but it's too late... one kid stumbles down the stairs... hungry.

Time to make breakfast...

I really don't know why I don't just sleep in.

Okay, I know I haven't written here in a really long time.  I've been super busy-- I actually have been pursuing my own career (yes, you CAN do that while homeschooling two kids).  I've been writing, developing recipes, and doing food photography for one client for the past year and a half... and I love it. 

I've been an avid "food-porn" addict for many years-- leafing through cookbooks and magazine drooling over delicious-looking pork roasts and mouthwatering cheesecakes.  Who knew it was also great to be behind the camera, actually taking the picture of that sultry, scrumptious dish?

Sorry, I digress...

I mean, with me working 10 - 25 hours a week, the house isn't quite as clean and maybe I lose my patience a little more or get a little less sleep.  But my kids see me making a living at something I love, and building my career alongside the life I want to live.

Recently my dad told me that my DS-15 (darling son, age 15) should keep practicing piano, because then he'll never have to get up in the morning for work.  My dad was very serious... he talked about the possibility of him playing piano bars and concerts as a career.  I LOVED that my dad saw this opportunity for him to build a career AROUND his own unique circadian rhythm, rather than try to fight against it.  (He has ALWAYS preferred to be up at night and sleep during the day, no matter what.)

So, I build my career into the life I wanted to live-- being home with my kids.  It's nice to show them it can work out great that way.  It's a good example... and the money is nice, too.