Effective December 17, 2012, we are on a three week Christmas break. We are not traveling, this is a staycation.
Since the kids are now behind in math due to nonsense they pulled that I discovered later, they are doing one hour of math per day. Grade 10 son is reading assigned literature (just finished The Diary of Anne Frank now is reading To Kill a Mockingbird then will finish Farenheit 451). Grade 7 son is reading the Series of Unfortunate Events with his new eyeglasses which make reading possible so I am letting him get used to reading more again and focusing on pleasure fun reading not school assignments.
They have rowing practice some of these days.
Other than that the kids have free time.
As for me this is what I hope to accomplish:
Finish hanging wall art which is cluttering the formal dining room (so we can eat in it on Christmas!)
Go through framed family photos to take out old ones. (These are cluttering the formal living room.)
Get rid of frames that don't match this new house's decor.
Print up new phtoos for the frames.
Buy new frames if needed.
Put the framed art on horizontal surfaces around the house.
Go through digital photos and find favorite photos of Connecticut, Cape Cod, and Maine. Print them.
Buy matching black frames and hang the photos on two walls in the game room as collections.
Husband finish putting new floor in teh unfinished attic.
I will go through boxes cluttering the garage and decide which are going to the attic.
Hire someone to move those boxes.
Decide which things I should donate to a preschool or a daycare. Then let go of it. (Sentimental toys mostly)
Park in my garage for the first time.
Get the cat pee smell out of husband's office.
Clean rugs in son's bedroom, my art studio, and hallway of old dog pee stains visible with black light.
Move furniture from garage to my art studio.
Do last tasks to set up art supplies in my new art studio.
Actually make some art in the art studio. Have fun (gasp)!
Recreate the Christmas card list since the old one has been lost
Send the Christmas cards out.
Buy a Christmas tree (live) and decorate it.
Make Christmas cookies.
Make gingerbread creations with the kids.
Host Christmas Eve party and all related prep and clean up.
Invite some friends to attend church with us for Christmas services.
Figure out if my kids are going to homeschool in the spring or enroll them to public school.
If we continue to homeschool I need to:
Learn how to use Homeschool Tracker Online version.
Set up lesson plans and agendas on HSTO.
Get the 21 boxes of unwanted books out of my upstairs hallway.
Figure out how to resell this valuable stuff. Or at least dump it in a corner of the garage.
consultation for my new retina problem
counseling for older son weekly continues
get older son second consult on reading problems / vision problems
Read books for pleasure
Read books for information and advice
Enjoy being in my home which hopefully will be in its most unpacked and most decorated state since moving here five months ago
So is this over-ambitious? With three weeks off from homeschooling this seems do-able to me. We'll see.