Monday, May 6, 2013

Simplifying a bit


Partly because of a need to make budget adjustments (classes and camps and all that can get expensive) we are simplifying our plans.  We're quitting the Homeschool PE class we've done for almost two years now, which is four hours a week.  The Homeschool Art and Science workshops at the local Children's Museum that we thought we would take have been canceled due to low enrollment, so that made the choice easier for us.  And we're drawing the line at the summer camps I've already sent deposits in for, and we will not sign up for the Puppetry and Animators camps the kids had wanted to do.

On the one hand, the kids were a bit disappointed to not do some of these things.  On the other hand they took it well and were very mature about the fact that we just have to make some choices and stick within our budget and time constraints.

And it occurs to me that this opens up more time to just be at home.  Or to go off and have adventures on our own without rushing and scheduling.  Four hours a week indoors in a gym and pool or four hours to go on nature hikes or to museums?  Of course, it is easier to make this choice in the summer months when the weather is nice. :)

Still, I think this is going to be good for us.  A bit more breathing space in our lives.  Simple is so often the way to go.

(Pictures: the kind of fun we can have in our own backyard without going anywhere or spending any money.)


  1. My kids asked to have a quieter summer. I think it is harder for me - there are just so many interesting things to do!

  2. I know all about things getting expensive. It breaks my heeart to tell my kids we can't afford certain things, but we have had to make decisions about which classes are a priority both for money and for time.