Outside my window… the sun is shining and the weather is changing. Our evenings and early mornings are becoming cooler and the day time highs are in the 80’s. There is nothing better than opening the windows and enjoying the fresh air this time of year.
I am thinking… about all the things that need to be done. It seems like I’m always so busy thinking about things that need doing that I forget to stop and just be present in the moment. This past week was long for us at home and filled with many divergences from our usual routine and the list of things to be done each day was impressive. It’s easy to just keep pushing through, to get one more thing done off that list, but by Thursday evening I saw the look on Alex’s face that said “I’ve had enough and I need a rest” and the pure joy on his face when I let him stay up a little late so we could snuggle in bed and read all about deadly creatures was worth all the things that didn’t get done the rest of that night.
I am remembering… a fun visit with the grandparents last month. We ventured a bit out from Austin to the lovely little town of Fredericksburg to visit the National Museum of the Pacific War. Alex came home interested in all things World World II.
I am thankful… for the little things in life. Being able to get up each morning and prepare for the day ahead. Being able to cook up healthy, home cooked meals for my family. Being able to work from home so I don’t have to travel in Austin traffic or spend time commuting. Being able to educate my child in an environment where he can question, argue, learn and grow without being ridiculed, teased, or bullied. Being able to pick up the slack, being organized enough to get it all done, and being able to see the joy in just being able.
In the kitchen… simple meals to make life easier. I go back and forth so much these days on what types of foods to eat and what types of things to restrict in my diet to help with some of my food sensitivities. It’s a very fine line to walk between balancing health and sanity when it comes to making to meals from scratch, staying within a budget, and not spending every moment in the kitchen.
I am looking forward to… cooler weather and the approaching holiday season.
From the schoolroom… Jamestown. This week we are focused on the Virginia Company and the settlement of Jamestown. We are also learning a bit about Leonardo da Vinci, world history, plenty of grammar, math and spelling. Last week we attended our first play, Charlotte’s Web, at the Zach Scott Theatre with our field trip group, Joyful Journeys. A few weeks ago Alex experimented with some volcanic activity after painting some volcanoes from a science kit.
I am still reading… my way through Pocketful of Pinecones by Karen Andreola and really enjoying the little bits of nature study wisdom woven into the story.
I am wearing… jeans and a light blue t-shirt.
One of my favorite quotes: “Learning is not attained by change, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.” Abagail Adams
One of my favorite things… mismatched socks. 40 pairs of mismatched socks.
A peak into my day…
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