But the beauty of schooling year-round is the freedom to declare impromptu vacation days. I decided we aren't going to school the rest of the week. I do expect Gavin to read Pish, Posh, Said Hieronymous Bosch and Muti's Necklace, but that's it.
I'll be glad when all of the outside things I need to do with Rowan are done! The military requires so much when you have a baby overseas, and the shops where the active duty member works aren't always happy about all the appointments the military member needs to attend. But, um, the military makes it this way, so the shops really have to deal with it and accommodate the family.
Anyway, running around with a baby is crazy enough. First, I need extra time to prepare a baby - not just get myself dressed and fed. Then there's getting her ready to go outside - buckling her in the carrier and making sure she's bundled up. Rowan hates her car seat and morning rides, but she's ready to nap in the afternoon and travels better then. If she doesn't eat within an hour of the appointment, and it's morning, she inevitably wants to eat while we're out and about.
It's all kind of exhausting. It may not seem tiring to read about it, but anyone who has parented an infant knows what I mean. Infants don't respect the idea of schedules and punctuality. They have needs, and needs trump mommy's efforts to get to the doctor, passport office, MPF, or other appointment on time.
So I decided to simplify our week and give Gavin the rest of it off from schooling. It's more for me than for him. That's why I still have some reading for him to do.
But it's nice for both Gavin and I to come home, and not have to do school together. We both enjoy relaxing with a bit of TV or a book, while playing with Rowan. It's just nicer to take busy days and focus them more on family time, than pressure ourselves to accomplish things. :)
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