Temporary Changes

September was a real struggle. Between distance learning, taking care of a toddler, finding time to read and blog, and just generally living and keeping 4 people alive and well, I’ve been on the verge of going nuts.

It pains me because this blog is a huge source of escape, especially since it’s something that’s just for me, but I really need to step back a little. With our school district looking to try to reopen in November, I’m getting ready to pull my son out and homeschool him instead, while also attempting homeschool preschool with my 3 year old, so I anticipate I’ll be making some fairly long-term temporary changes. But, as with everything, it’s just a chapter. Everything will be back to normal sooner or later.

Anyways, it just means posts on Mondays and Fridays will be hit and miss. I’ll still have book reviews most Tuesdays and Thursdays, Queen of the Garden of Girls will continue to post on Wednesdays (I’ve also changed the page for it so instead of a list of almost 50 links to each part, it’s the whole story up to the most current post), and I’ll still have some fun reblogs on Saturdays. And then, because I have too many ideas in my head, when all this is over, I’ll throw up all over the blog and give you all the content I’ve been thinking about and planning for the past month. I just don’t have the time or energy right now to do more than book reviews, the occasional guest post or novel excerpt, and write my story.

It also means I won’t be reading blogs as much. I love reading what other people have to share, so this kind of breaks my heart a little. Of course I love reading everyone so much I’ll still be doing all I can, but just not with any consistency.

So, yes, just some temporary changes. Changes I don’t like, but I have to preserve my sanity at some point. And make time to stare at walls.

  1. sundaymorningwithsandy.com

    I had to take about a month off to get the school year started, your sanity is definitely most important! Good luck with homeschooling – that may mess with a bit of your sanity too. ;).

  2. ourlittleredhouseblog

    I will miss seeing you over at my place but I completely understand what you are writing about here. It is so hard to keep up with it all. Homeschooling all on it’s own can be so time consuming. I tried to break it up into fun schedules with lots of park visits and museum visits when my kids were preschool age. The city where I live also had all kinds of free programs to sign kids up for classes in reading and writing. Then there were classes that were pretty inexpensive with the parks. Music, sculpting. acting, dance, even science experiments. These were my chances to take mommy breaks while the kids were in short 1 hour classes once or twice a week through city programs. So strange to me that they are opening up everything in November after the election, almost like they know something we don’t. Makes one wonder sometimes. The virus doesn’t know the difference between August and November. I will leave a link to your site on any post that your little ones might like. I have one coming up on using milk containers for coloring pages. Have a great break and give those little ones big hugs from us all here in Ariona.

    • kat

      Homeschooling sounds so much more flexible. A lot of work, but so much more flexible. I love that there are so many programs for homeschooling families to provide a well-rounded education. I’m really looking forward to museums opening back up at some point; my kids are dying to get back to them. There are so many different classes being offered online, but, with the school’s schedule, more online classes just feels like overkill right now, so it would be nice to have the flexibility homeschooling offers. I’m really hoping the district doesn’t reopen in November. I have no idea why they’re targeting November, especially since LA is liberal and it’s the liberals taking more precautions than the conservatives. Strange, if you ask me. They’re developing a very large, very far reaching contact tracing and testing program, but I fear too much will slip through the cracks. It’s terrible, but I’m hoping our daily positive count remains high enough to keep the county on the most restrictive tier so schools can’t reopen, but I also think it’s smart to prepare for that. I’m definitely getting closer to the point of asking for help with resources, so could absolutely use anything you have. Thank you so much!

  3. brookecutler2

    Sweet Kat, I’m amazed at all you do. Honestly, I’ve wondered how you even have time to look at books, let alone review them, cook delicious cakes, all while home schooling, Mumming and just plain living! It’s so completely okay to slow down. ๐Ÿ™‚ I, for one, will always be here when you get back. Rest easy beautiful friend. xx ๐Ÿ™‚

    • kat

      Gosh, I wonder, too! I think the exhaustion has finally caught up to me, so I’m really looking forward to pulling back a bit. Thank you so much, Brooke!

  4. degreesofmaternity

    Hey there Kat, I’m totally with you, friend. I understand wholeheartedly the need to make changes to the blogging schedule in order to incorporate the changes that life throws your way. And, I’m so glad that you’re still going to be putting out your content and not having to stop altogether. I so look forward to what you have to share. But, it is important to have balance in one’s life, and family totally comes first.

    I’ll be very interested to see what happens for you and the adjustments you may need to make in November, regarding your son’s schooling. I’m not sure if I’m understanding you correctly, but it sounds like the “reopening” of your school system means no more distance learning and that children will no longer have the option to learn from home, once that happens. Hence, the reason you’re looking into homeschooling.

    That’s so unfortunate that parents and children who want learning from home to continue will be forced to make some life-altering decisions. I think the school systems should still give students the option to be taught virtually, even if they reopen. Since our school system has been doing a hybrid process since the beginning of the school year, I think it’ll continue. As we have student who physically attend classes and those who do distance learning, running concurrently. So, I don’t think they’ll change things up (at least not this year, anyway). But, if I was in the position of the distance learning going away, I’d do the same thing you’re contemplating doing: homeschooling. And yes, that would totally alter the way in which I do things at Degrees of Maternity. Well, I’ll be praying for everything to work out in the best interests of you and your family. Stay encouraged and take care, Kat.

    • kat

      Balance seems to be the word of the day. There are so many different things to balance these days. It feels so hard to try to hold on to sanity because of it, so I imagine we’re all taking what steps we can just to keep out heads above water. Or at least try to.

      Lately, our county’s numbers and rate of infection have been going all over the place and we’re currently seeing a higher than before rate of infection, but the state just relaxed some of the gathering restrictions. We’re very lucky our school district is cautious and seems to have decided to delay reopening. At least, there have been no solid comments on when or what kind of reopening there will be. I highly doubt my son’s school will reopen any time soon; the principal measured every classroom and discovered they’re too small for the number of students they serve. There’s just a lot of unknowns, whether the district will make plans every school has to follow or if each school can determine whether it’s safe for them to reopen. As for next steps after reopening begins, they did mention something about being able to choose between full virtual learning or sending students back. Everything is so vague, so I’m glad they’ve gone back on reopening in November. I can’t imagine what kind of mess that could cause!

      You’re very lucky your system put a hybrid in place right away; takes a lot of guessing out of it. Yes, I imagine a lot of parents will be caught between tough decisions, so I kind of wish we had adopted what your system is doing. Then again, our numbers have been like a yo-yo for months, so maybe it’s a good thing they went full virtual.

      Thanks so much for all your kind words and support! I hope everything works out in the best possible way for everyone, and hopefully we’ll scrape through this.

    • kat

      I don’t like to make changes, but even I have to admit my schedule is sometimes unrealistic. Besides, I took inspiration from you as you haven’t shied away from taking time off to work on your projects, and that’s often more fun that blogging!

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