- This was our alleged week off of school after six pretty solid weeks (plus a few days) of lessons. However, since we still had all three of our out-of-the-house activities, plus piano and karate, it mostly only made me wonder how on earth we ever get our lessons done on top of all of that.
- That’s not completely true. It was very, very nice to NOT have the stress of prepping school each night way too late after the kids were all in bed. It was also nice last weekend to not have to prep school because. . .
- I gave my first wrap-up for CBS on Wednesday. That means I spent most of my spare time last weekend working on it.
- Speaking in front of people (this time about 250 women) usually doesn’t bother me too much, but teaching from God’s word is very humbling and not something to take lightly. I was nervous, and honestly, I have no idea if I communicated effectively or not. I just pray that God was glorified and the women were encourage by what I said.
- I did manage to get our bedroom completely clean on Monday, and that felt good.
- The girls did lots of reading, drawing, and crocheting this week. They listened to Turtle in Paradise for a bookclub hosted by a friend, which they attended on Thursday afternoon.
- They didn’t watch as much television or movies as I expected–only one movie, The Swiss Family Robinson, and an episode of Fetch Ruffman. Of course, that doesn’t count what they watched at Nana’s and Mamaw & Papaw‘s. 😉
- In my weekly attempt to keep the children occupied while Steady Eddie is at school (after a VERY long day, I might add), we went to our city park. One of the play structures has a “mountain climbing” area, and the DLM was so proud when he climbed all the way to the top by himself. His announcement after he made it to the top and then back down: “God and Jesus can’t do that. It’s too hard for them.” 🙂
- I ended up doing an abbreviated introduction to the letter B for the DLM this week. I’m really just doing this more or less for the fun of it because he knows most of his letter sounds already. We read books about bugs. I went ahead and did it this week because we needed to take the books back to the library and replenish our stock.
- The DLM has taken to teaching himself to read. He asks me all the time what such and such–a string of three or four letters–spells. He also tries to sound out words. This is a leap from what he was doing just a few weeks ago–identifying individual letters on the pages of his board books.
- I had more time than usual to read to the boys this week. Above were this week’s picks. The DLM has requested the other Virginia Lee Burton books (that’s Mike Mulligan, very appropriately, on the bottom) in board book form. We have Katy and the Big Snow, but not any of the others (except maybe, maybe The Little House), an none of the others in board book. I shall be on the lookout for them.
- I picked up my first order of Cybils/Newbery contenders from the library, mostly in anticipation of this year’s Armchair Cybils. I’m already engrossed in the top volume (West of the Moon by Margi Preus). I sort of gave up on Jane Eyre, though now we’ve postponed the bookclub for a week, so there’s hope. I’ve been listening to it via Overdrive while I cook, etc., but it’s a long, dense tale. I have read it a couple of times before, but it has been a long time.
- This fellow turned eighteen months old this week! How is that possible? Sniff, sniff. He’s a chatterbox (can mimic most anything) and loves to climb! On Friday at the library he climbed on top of one of the tables in the children’s room that I finally just left him up there with a sister nearby to keep him from falling off.
- He got his first haircut this afternoon. Double sniff, sniff. Steady Eddie started the haircut and I finished it. It was a joint effort. 😉
- One other thing we accomplished this week is that we finally, finally managed to get by the post office to mail Lulu’s hair donation from her haircut months ago. When we went up to the counter to pay for the envelope and for the postage, the postal clerk informed us after I pulled out my debit card that the machine wasn’t working. I looked sheepish, I’m sure, because I never carry cash or even a check book. He then asked Lulu if it was a hair donation, and when she answered in the affirmative, he asked us if he could pay for it. He said he used to have long hair, but way back then no such program existed. What could I say but yes? That really made my day.
- I think we’re all ready to get back into the school groove, believe it or not. I still have to get my act together, though.
What’s new in your world this week?
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