2015

It has been an odd year.  I’m not going to do a review of home ed that is a summer thing, we’ll settle for saying I’m happy with the way things are there.  It isn’t perfect but is as going as good as it gets.

Personally it has been a tough year for a number of reasons, nothing dramatic more grinding but enough to make me glad to see the end of 2015.  Looking for positives I have found a lot of time for hobbies, I’ve sewn a lot, easily reached my target of 50 books read in the year (think it was 61 in the end) and managed 10 Futurelearn courses, covering calculus, politics, psychology and literature plus more, I’ve set up on a support group for people balancing home ed and school going children that is thriving and I’ve finally done something about the weight and lost 2 stone (not looking at Christmas impact yet though!).

It has been a year for finding out who your friends are!  While the results have saddened me somewhat, it turns out I am more social than I give myself credit for and have a quite a sizeable number of good friends.

Looking forward I jokingly said to Pete that my New Years resolution was to stop being nice.  I was only half kidding!  I think it is time to stop giving so much of my time away.  I still have a bitter taste from the way things ended my time in guiding and I end the year feeling like I never want to organise another home ed trip again.  Pity but fed up of other people.

It is time to take some time to put some much needed focus into work and possibly find a bit of time for a personal project.  Keep enjoying the hobbies (and possibly pick up knitting/crochet again).  As for trips and days out – family and friends I think, even if that goes against all my instincts I refuse to feel guilty any more.  2016 is a year for avoiding any unnecessary stress.

Here’s a photo review of 2015.

January - Battling coughs and colds but very productive home ed wise. Learning about atoms and molecules
January – Battling coughs and colds but very productive home ed wise. Learning about atoms and molecules
February - Still with lurgy but crisp winter days helping keep good mood.
February – Still with lurgy but crisp winter days helping keep good mood.
March - Home ed trip of the year. Voting workshop and tour of the Houses of Parliament.
March – Home ed trip of the year. Voting workshop and tour of the Houses of Parliament.
April - We were moving stuff about at home, stalling a bit workwise but enjoying lots of afternoons at the park.
April – We were moving stuff about at home, stalling a bit workwise but enjoying lots of afternoons at the park.
May - Starting a castle project with a halfterm (so Jack could come) trip away to Birmingham visiting Thinktank, Warwick Castle and Cadbury World.
May – Starting a castle project with a halfterm trip away to Birmingham visiting Thinktank, Warwick Castle and Cadbury World.
June - We were in Wales to see Father in Law and managed to chalk up 3 very different castles in 3 days. Here is Caerphilly.
June – We were in Wales to see Father in Law and managed to chalk up 3 very different castles in 3 days. Here is Caerphilly.
July - Our worst time of year. Too hot and ill with hayfever. We did enjoy time in the sea and splashparks though.
July – Our worst time of year. Too hot and ill with hayfever. We did enjoy time in the sea and splashparks though.
August - A chilling at home month. Playing with old science kits, building kits and planning for the next academic year.
August – A chilling at home month. Playing with old science kits, building kits and planning for the next academic year.
September - Autumn blew away the summer bad mood and we could enjoy outdoors again.
September – Autumn blew away the summer bad mood and we could enjoy outdoors again.
October - Glancing back through blog posts we seem to have been miserable and ill but we did have a good home ed trip to Kidzania in London.
October – Glancing back through blog posts we seem to have been miserable and ill but we did have a good home ed trip to Kidzania in London.
November - Home ed group decorated Christmas trees at Portsmouth Dockyard.
November – Home ed group decorated Christmas trees at Portsmouth Dockyard.
December - Enjoying time with friends.
December – Enjoying time with friends.

3 thoughts on “2015”

  1. Happy new year Sarah!

    Wow! well done you on all you have achieved. You have had an extremely productive year, you must be thrilled.
    Sorry to hear some aspects have not been great. I feel your pain about organising HE trips 😉

    Fab photos x

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