Plans for the week ahead
It is our second full week of the kids' new extracurricular schedule. Last week pretty well exhausted me, so I am hoping that this week will be better! It was a tough transition going from a few weeks with pretty much nowhere we had to be.... to the new fall routine where most days there is at least one place we are supposed to be (and often, two or three). This week we add our homeschool group meeting back into the schedule, plus the older kids' monthly book club begins again.
Margin. And how to get more of it in our daily life.
James and I start Bookshark's American History Part 1 this week! I spent time over the weekend setting up a shelf with all of the new books we are going to read, and I am feeling pretty excited about it. He will also begin Sonlight Science D, which I have on hand from his older siblings.
Out of doors
Finally, finally, it has cooled down just enough to be still summery but not stifling. The evenings are nice and cool for sleeping....I wish I could bottle this weather. This week we will be doing as much of our reading outside as possible and seizing any opportunity we can to use the pool.
In the kitchen
Lots of tomatoes, at last. I am so glad. We are eating tomatoes with every meal, mostly just sliced up and drizzled with a little olive oil, then sprinkled with salt and pepper. The garden gate now has a latch after a chicken busted in and discovered the tomatoes. Naturally she had to go right for the biggest one. Grrr. We are still eating lots of cucumbers and chard from the garden as well, but most other things are winding down.
Watching & reading
We started a new season of Once Upon a Time. I have gone back and forth about whether I actually like this show or find it kind of silly, but I keep watching, so I must like it. It is definitely a nice escape after a tiring day. We also watched 12 Years a Slave (without the kids, obviously). It was beautifully done and certainly deserved the award it got, but it is one of the most disturbing movies I have ever seen. Definitely a must-see, though.
A photo from last week....
Dear husband turned 40! He says it doesn't bother him at all. I think it bothers me more and I still have two birthdays to go. Time is moving at warp speed all of a sudden. I have always heard that the older your kids get the faster time goes. I am not sure why that is, but it definitely feels true lately. Perhaps it is just because you are so busy all the time!
Hope you have a wonderful week!