So I'm upstairs, in the newly-tidied Happy Room, writing plans for meals, our overall schedule, what I want to accomplish in school lessons, and what extras need to be fit in, somehow. I have water with a straw (my favorite), Andrew Peterson singing, and lots of looseleaf paper. It really doesn't take much to make me happy! Actually, it just being a sunny Saturday makes me happy, so everything else is a bonus.
I started reading "Around the World in Eighty Days" last night. It's on Caiden's 5th grade reading plan, and while I love Jules Verne, I've never read this one. My goal is to read all the books on his list, even the ones I'd read years ago (Island of the Blue Dolphins, yay!) and take notes on what I want to remember to discuss with him when he reads them in the fall. The list is immense, and I have no idea how I'm going to read them all and still do the laundry and feed my family! But it's a goal I'm excited about reaching.
In non-school related reading, I finished "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet" yesterday, about a friendship between a Chinese boy and Japanese girl in Seattle during WWII. I love historical fiction--it helps fill in gaps I have from having had history teachers who were football coaches first and teachers second (We actually watched deer hunting videos in class when my freshman history teacher, the varsity head coach, was out. That's what he planned for his sub!! Good grief, it's no wonder I don't know anything about history!) Anyway, the book is a really sweet read.
I keep waking up in the middle of the night and am currently occupying myself by redecorating our little guest house in my mind. It works wonders for falling back asleep, and I think I've come up with a great plan. I have to convince my husband to move my treadmill to the back porch, and give away both the old big screen TV and our little loveseat so I can move in different furniture, but I think if I can cast enough vision, he'll agree. We've never decorated the space at all, and in my mind it's going to look really pretty and welcoming when it's done! Decorating the guest house is all part of a bigger plan, but I'm not ready to reveal all that just yet. More thinking and planning first . . .
Texas is proving to be her typical warm, sunny self this winter, and my beds are filled with blooming daffodils. Whoever planted them years ago loved them, and they are planted abundantly along our entire driveway bed, which goes for about 100 feet. They're so cheery and beautiful in the winter, and they make me want to get out there and weed! (You know you live in Texas when the weeds grow in the winter!) Somehow, I'm going to fit in weeding this weekend. I know that sounds ironic--weekends are supposed to be relaxed and slow. But I'm married to a pastor, and our church has services both Saturday evening and Sunday, so my weekends are full! Caiden is in winter basketball, with a few more weeks to go, and his games are on Saturday, too. So it's hard to add extra things to an already-full weekend.)
Here are a few random pictures of what we've been doing this winter:
reading, reading, reading, (Where are Grayson's covers? Probably in a fort somewhere.)
learning and building and creating and playing together,
teaching our kindergartener to read!
this quilt and loved the vintage, scrappy look of it. That's my favorite kind of quilt--one that looks like Grandma made it out of her old dresses and housecoats, with no planned color scheme. It's hand-appliqued and paper pieced, so each of those squares is hand-sewn before being machine pieced together. It's going to take 252 of those little squares, which felt impossible when I started. But I just work on sewing them at night when Chris and I watch TV together, and I already have two of the nine rows finished. I already love it. If you look, you'll see the four-piece blocks form a circle, but when the blocks are set next to each other, they also form Xs, see? So Grayson and I decided to call it the Love Quilt, since it's made up of Xs and Os! It's insane to think of making a hand-sewn quilt right now, when I'm having a hard time keeping up with the laundry, but making beautiful things keeps my soul happy.
So that's what's going on around here lately. Reading, playing, learning, going, doing, making. My favorite things! Now back to making lists . . .