Small Success Thursday: There is No Normal Edition

It’s Thursday, so that means it’s time for Small Success Thursday, hosted by!


For us, most of January was taken up with travelling. We visited my parents while Nathan was on a business trip in Orlando, my older daughter went on an overnight trip to the March for Life, and then we travelled to New Jersey for my Nana’s funeral. Since we’ve been back, it’s been just crazy.

I used to think that there would be a point when things weren’t as nuts, but I’ve come to realize that this is not true. There’s no “normal” week when you homeschool; there are always orthodontist appointments and follow-ups with a surgeon and hair appointments and rehearsals for plays and dance class and soccer and extra dance and soccer… The list never seems to end. Frankly, I often wonder how my friends with 5-8 kids manage this stuff.

The good news is that we’ve hit a little bit of a rhythm this week, and thanks to my 16 year-old’s motivation to get things done so she can go to a dance with one of her public school friends, homeschool has moved forward! We finally finished all of world history, and I celebrated with my daughter by watching a great classic movie — one that sums up much of world history and combines that knowledge with the finest acting talent of the 80’s.

I think this is a fine follow-up, and will compliment our most recent English reading (A Tale of Two Cities) well, don’t you?

I’ve been trying to follow the Simply Filling food list from Weight Watchers more closely since Christmas. I haven’t been running much lately because it’s still too dark in the evenings, and I put on 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year!! However, I have managed to lose almost 3 pounds in the last 2 weeks. I think I’ll be able to run this weekend, so getting back to that routine should also help my clothes fit better. (It wasn’t the weight as much as the clothes not fitting that really bugged me.) Don’t worry — I haven’t forgotten the lessons I learned last summer about weight and beauty and body image. But my clothes ARE getting tighter, and I know I hadn’t been eating healthy foods enough over the holidays.

I’ve worked on being more flexible lately, and that includes saying yes to my kids’ requests to go off and do stuff with their friends. In case you think I lock them in a closet or something, all this means is that I say yes even when it is an inconvenience to me. Not always, but more often than before. In the last week, this has meant that our younger daughter went to a sleepover at a friend’s house that was an hour and a half away, and our older daughter is going to a dance at her friends’ school that is about an hour away. (This also means a sleepover, which is another “Look at Me Being Flexible” moment.)

How’s your week been? Talk about your successes here in the comments or back at!

4 thoughts on “Small Success Thursday: There is No Normal Edition

  1. I remember my high-school days; I went to a school 25 minutes away from home (on a good day). God bless my parents for carting me (and my sister) back and forth for all our activities, meetings, and events with friends. I think that’s part of the reason we insisted that the kids go to the Catholic high school RIGHT HERE IN TOWN. There were 2 Catholic high schools much closer to home than the one I attended!
    Any chance of carpooling for ANY of this?


    • Well, it does turn out that the dance is Saturday, not Friday. There will be a sleepover, and we’ll be dropping her off a little earlier than originally anticipated tomorrow.

      For games, I often take advantage of the carpooling because games often happen during dance. (I can also get rides for the dancer, as well.)

      I’ll live. I have so far!

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  2. I love Small Success Thursday! My success today is getting to finally read OTHER people’s but may that’s because I haven’t written mine yet 🙂 I need to check out that food list from WW… I need to drop more than 10 but I’d be happy with just healthy, filling options for now!

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  3. I’ve been trying to do better about having friends over and being a taxi driver even when it’s terribly inconvenient for me. Balance. I need balance. Why is that so hard to find?


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