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The Homeschool Mother's Journal - 18

In my life this week:
Moving and unpacking my mum. Finally finished and it's great to have her all settled into her new place. I'm exhausted though and I don't want to move again any time real soon!

I had a job interview for a casual Discovery Ranger position with the Office of Environment and Heritage (National Parks and Wildlife Service). I think it went well and I would really enjoy this type of work. I hope I haven't jinxed myself by putting it in writing. Will keep you posted!

Kept running - finished Week 2 of Ease into 10K program.

Helped DH do stuff for the business. Not exciting, but had to be done.

In our homeschool this week:
Schoolwork took a backseat to real life this week. Wombat Girl came down with a nasty cold, which has laid her a bit low. Video Boy enjoyed his parent's being busy by guessed it, a few video games!

But in the spirit of life learning, natural learning and unschooling they have also:
  • read a new bunch of Horrible History books
  • watched episodes of Catalyst
  • cleaned their rooms
  • played Bananagrams (big thanks to Jane for sending those!!)
  • developed climbing skills at the playground at Huskisson

It is lovely to see the kids live and learn together. I guess we are lucky they get on so well.

I'm cooking:
Nice stodgy winter fare - rogan josh meatballs and rice, cauliflower and potato soup, beef stroganoff.

A photo to share:
We went up to Huskisson for the afternoon as DH had a job to do there. Kids played on the playground and we had a late lunch on the wharf - we were starving! Chicken and chips never tasted so good!


  1. all the best with the job interview

    keep up that running I began power walking this year and let me tell you what a huge difference it has made in my life :) :) :)

  2. Love that climbing thing - my kids would be in heaven!

  3. Such a beautiful picture =)

  4. So, now that is it winter there, do you still run outdoors?

    It would be nice if my two boys would get on so well.

  5. Wow! Look at that climbing structure! The best with the job! Sounds like it would be interesting and fun! Stopping by from THMJ!

  6. Isn't the best climbing thing?! Pity we have to drive half an hour to get to it (our local Council doesn't do much for our town).

    Yep - still running outdoors! Usually only about 10-12 degrees celcius and no snow, so no excuses! I told myself if it was pouring rain, I could go to the gym and use the treadmill, but haven't had to yet. I was running on the road, but I think the camber was not helping my calves, so now I drive to a nearby beach path - will post some pics next week :-) We really do live in a beautiful part of the world.

  7. That climbing toy is awesome!!! Our girls would be the monkeys hanging too! Hope you get to take a breather this weekend and relax:)

    Following from Krazy Kuehner Days.
    Have a nice weekend!


  8. Hi Ingi! Good luck on the job interview. They would be so LUCKY to have you! stopping by from the HMJ hop. You know, I thought summer would be less busy and it is more busy! Three weeks in a row, the HMJ post was teh only one i did! today, i finally had twenty minutes to sit and post a recipe! I know you can relate. have a blessed week and keep us posted on if you got the job! katie at brighton park

  9. Ingi that last pic is amazing! I've been ver creepy and have collected a few pics here and there of the kids- you know to keep up and add to iPhoto.

    Anyhoo... Such a wonderful pic. Great balance and symetry, colour as well as capturing the moment. You will make this Geek's year if you admit to taking it on an iPhone...

  10. By the way, your profile pic reminds me of this...

  11. Alas - not on the iPhone! The Olympus shockproof pocket-sized camera (on landscape setting though!). We have a Canon EOS Digital SLR which I took some of the skiing ones on - it takes BEAUTIFUL photos, but is a bit cumbersome to lug around and I still haven't really learnt to use it's full capabilities.

    Not so sure about the Summer Gold album cover...

  12. Thanks for posting at The Learning Experiment! Love your blog and my Geekling is very jealous of the playground with the great climbing tower. Following your blog,

    Stephanie, the Geekling Herder


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