WIW: first day of school

We started our home-school year today.  It was tougher than I expected (we're charting new territory by switching curriculum and trying to combine four grades into a single History track - it was getting too complex to keep all the grades separate).

But, we made it through, and celebrated by spending the evening at the lake. This is what I wore for the day though, not at the lake (though I should take a pic of my new swimsuit).

Also, my new bag: a purchase from a friend selling bags to benefit a village in Africa (Swaziland).  All the proceeds go back to the women who make the bags.  The bag is even signed by the woman who sewed it.  I decided it was something I wanted to support, and I'm enjoying the bright shot of color that the bag has!

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20 Comments

  • Adelfa replied 4 years ago

    I just love this outfit. Cutoffs, striped tee, olive jacket (shirt?). Your shoes fit with the outfit. And the bag is amazing!

    To me this outfit has a casual cohesiveness that is very flattering and very you.

  • Adelfa replied 4 years ago

    Plus--homeschooling five children--you're a better woman than I am!

  • suzyq replied 4 years ago

    I'm so envious of your olive over shirt.  I'm on the hunt for one and it doesn't seem to be a popular color this year.  We home schooled our daughter until math/science courses (her strong suit) became difficult for me. I don't remember geometry being taught in 7th grade in my day, lol.  Would do it again in a heartbeat.  Good for you and your friend for supporting the village, seriously helps remind me to keep my priorities straight.

  • Lyn D. replied 4 years ago

    Looks Fab!
    Rolled cut-offs would dress this up for other occasions, but this seems perfect for your particular outing.
    Looks like a useful and vibrant bag.

  • replied 4 years ago

    Love this outfit! Looks perfect for a lake visit. The bag is lovely too!

  • Sara L. replied 4 years ago

    You look casual yet pulled together.  I like the olive shirt and the blue stripes.

  • Kristin L replied 4 years ago

    It's a great casual outfit. The purse looks great with it!

  • Transcona Shannon replied 4 years ago

    Perfect outfit to take on a new school year! And that bag is fantastic.

  • celia replied 4 years ago

    You are very brave to home-school 5 children. I would be overwhelmed.

    I like the vibe of this outfit, it seems ready to action. And a bag with a purpose is always a good thing.

  • Karie replied 4 years ago

    A great casual outfit! The bag is gorgeous.

  • amiable replied 4 years ago

    Celia - I am overwhelmed!  This is my sixth year homeschooling, and I thought it would be easier.  But I can't say that we're off to a very great start.  I'm praying that we find a groove to settle into that's easier than these first couple of days were :)

  • Suz replied 4 years ago

    You are incredibly brave to homeschool your kids. I tried it for half a year with my one...and wow. That was tough! Make sure you get rest. You deserve and need it! 

  • shevia replied 4 years ago

    Home-schooling is a territory I shudder to explore. Love the bag and admire your courage!

  • Deborah replied 4 years ago

    I am in sheer admiration of any one who home schools:)  I suspect if I were to home school Master 10 he would know a lot about fashion and online shopping, but not too much about  "the other" things.

  • Beth Ann replied 4 years ago

    Ooh!  A slightly RATE Ami!  Love the bag, too!

    We do half-days of school from mid-July to Labor Day, when we go full-bore.  I think I need the ramp up more than the kids do, and it allows for special days, like an unscheduled trip to Six Flags today. 

    Since my kids are 6 months apart, I just promoted Eric and put them both in the same grade! 

  • RunnerChick replied 4 years ago

    Love the Olive jacket-shirt - cool styling. Also think that the idea of getting all kids on the same history track. I'd imagine that there are a lot of opportunities for cross-grade learning. Excited to hear from you about how it goes! What grades are you working with? 

  • amiable replied 4 years ago

    Thanks all!  My kids are in 5th, 4th, 2nd and 1st grades (plus a pre-schooler who is quite convinced he should be learning to read).  

    Since my husband and I each work part time, we share the homeschooling duties - which is really where the complexity of homeschooling hits us - he and I are very very different teachers :)  In the end, this is great for the kids, but while we're getting things figured out, it causes me a fair amount of stress.

    RC, our kids are in 5th, 4th, 2nd (but should be 3rd - she's way ahead of her age), 1st, and preschool.  We're taking all of them through American History/Literature for the next two years (and at this point it's looking like it'll take us longer than two years to get through it.  I suppose that's okay - homeschooling is designed to be flexible).

    Beth-Ann - I like the idea of doing half-days in the summer (we take days off when we want too - but usually work through the public school's days off).  We usually intend to do something like that, but spend so much time dealing with produce that the last month or so of summer is pretty non-academic :)

  • Raisin replied 4 years ago

    Cute outfit! And what a great cause to support with that bag. Hats off to you for home schooling 4 kids! That must be a lot of work!

  • Marthe replied 4 years ago


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    A great casual outfit, God bless you!

  • cobaltblue replied 4 years ago

    At least you look calm, relaxed, and put together in your outfit shot. I've heard from homeschoolers that it's important to get dressed for school rather than slobbing around in PJs if you want to get anything done!

    We hope to homeschool, but my daughter might eat me for lunch. We'll see how she is in a year or two.

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