Good morning to all of my long time friends, homeschoolers, and new readers! It’s a brand new year, and schools a foot! And I’m so excited to start up again aren’t you? No? Okay, me neither.


Despite my welcome picture here it’s a cold, dreary day, and no one wants to do school. Including the teacher. My husband didn’t want to go to work either. Everyone wanted to stay in jammies and have a snow day.

We always take a nice long break over December. Partially because I LOVE Christmas and I prefer to spend our days making cookies, doing fun crafts, reading books, sledding, and otherwise just relaxing. I need a break and so does my family. It’s amazing, incredible, wonderful, relaxing, and just plain needed.

But man sakes alive it’s hard to come back!

The craziness of our homeschool days, sports, and various extra curricular activities seem like they all come rushing back in at one time.

But as I lay in bed thinking of excuses of why we should start school tomorrow instead, I begin thinking about June. Warm summer days, relaxing at the pool, lemonade stands, reading on the deck, and oh the delicious BBQ…

And we’ll be watching it all from inside while we’re doing school. No wait, that can’t be right! My mental thoughts came to a screeching halt! If we take off a day now, we’ll have to make it up in our summer break and that’s no bueno.

As a good homeschool mama I had planned to get to bed early Sunday night and get up early, do a devotion, then prepare a heavenly feast for our first day back at school after the long winter break.

Except that like a bad homeschool mama I ended up watching season 4 of Downton Abbey last night to get caught up, and stayed up way too late! Which meant that I got up late. Which meant the kids ate cereal, and we didn’t start school until about…gasp…10:30 am!  So much for my plans to start the year off right.

But sometimes we have to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps, make a cup of very strong coffee (or in my case tea), and as that famous footwear company says “Just do it!”. So that’s what I did. I drug myself out of bed, hopped in the shower, ate some cereal, and got right back up into the homeschooling saddle.

Surprisingly the kids weren’t all that reluctant, it was mostly me. I think they started getting bored over the long break. But they would never admit it in a million years.

So here we are back in the schoolroom, and back in the swing of things even if we don’t feel like it. You know why?

Because learning is important. (That’s my politically correct answer.)

And because we definitely don’t want to be doing school in June when summer is calling! (That’s my real reason.)

And guess what starting school at 10:30am resulted in? We finished at 3:30 instead of 2:00-ish. No biggie, no stress, no problem. Tomorrow’s a new day!



Dealing with homeschool blah’s at your house too? Check out my post on How to Beat the Homeschool Blahs!

Welcome back I hope you have a great new year!


  1. This is so funny that you say this. We had been diligent about an 8:00 wake up and 9:00 (at the latest) school start time. We had a GREAT Christmas break with my husband off almost the entire break and me too, we alternate work day. Anyway we all got used to sleeping in and This entire week we have not started one day until 10:30. Oddly everyone has done so well. We go until 2:30-3:00 instead of 1:00-2:00 but no one has seemed to mind. I am considering not pushing the earlier wake up time. None of us are morning people, LOL!


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