Friday, December 7, 2018

What I Enjoyed This Week: Getting Ready for Christmas


We bought our Christmas tree last Saturday and decorated it on Sunday.  Our children had such a good time looking through their ornaments, remembering them and trying to find the best place on the tree to hang each one.  Every year we buy each child a new ornament; this year we bought most of them at the Grand Canyon because it was such a fun trip.  On Monday I got out the rest of our Christmas decorations, so our house is now as decorated as it gets.  :)

Here are a few things I have enjoyed this week:
  • listening to Christmas music
  • reading Christmas books to my children
  • watching the dress rehearsal for Mary's recital
  • watching George H. W. Bush's funeral.  I enjoyed the music and hearing the eulogies, especially his son's.  Wasn't that amazing?!
  • attending John's work's party for children.  We all ate too much junk food, but aren't you supposed to do that at a party?  ;)
Tomorrow Sarah Beth has a soccer tournament, and Mary has her recital.  John and I are going to have to "divide and conquer," as we like to call it.  Since I've seen Mary's dance several times at her lessons and again the rehearsal, I will take Sarah Beth to her afternoon game while John goes to Mary's recital.  

What did you enjoy this weekend?  What do you have planned for the weekend?  Did you watch Bush's funeral?  What did you think?

Friday, November 30, 2018

What I Enjoyed This Week: A Couple of Excellent Books

Mary was so proud of this lego house she built!

This week Hannah has continued with her potty training, and honestly I cannot believe how well she is doing.  I have my fingers crossed, holding my breath, waiting for the other shoe to drop.  But she is just quietly going about her business like it is no big deal although the newness is wearing off.  Her potty training has been a great excuse to stay home which I have really enjoyed!

Here are a few other things I enjoyed this week:
  • no CC.  My younger children are through with their Foundations and Essentials, and I am done tutoring until after Christmas.  Sarah Beth still has a few weeks left, so we still have to get up to drive her there.  
  • Extravagant Grace:  God's Glory Displayed in Our Weakness by Barbara Duguid.  This book has opened my eyes to the next stage of my Christian walk.  I feel like a door has been opened through which I will one day walk, but for now it is enough to be able to see through it a little bit.  The author shows how God does not just save us from our sins; He uses our weaknesses and our sins to show us how dependent we are on Him for every good thing we do.  When He withholds His power, He shows us how powerless we are without Him.  All of this adds up to a very good thing:  His glory.
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.  I have read this book before, and I loved it.  After I watched the Netflix movie, I wanted to read it again, so I am.  It's still very good!  This book tells the story of the German occupation of one of the Channel Islands during World War II through letters sent by the people who lived there to a fictional author who wants to write a book about it.  
  • Switching up our schoolwork.  Usually, we start with Bible first because it is the most important subject.  Then we move on through our other subjects until we get to math which is last.  Lately, we have been starting with math and the other individual subjects and finishing with the ones that we do together like Bible and CC review.  We have all enjoyed the change!
I look forward to a quiet weekend at home after tonight.  Tonight I am meeting several ladies from our CC group for supper.  Good food and wonderful fellowship!

What have you enjoyed this week?  What do you have planned for the weekend?

Friday, November 23, 2018

What I Enjoyed This Week: Thanksgiving and Not Potty Training


Since this week looked to be fairly quiet, I decided to use it to potty train Hannah.  I must admit that it is one of my least favorite parts of raising children.  I figure that I am in good company, however, because one of my friends, who has more children than I do, thinks its one of her least favorite parts, too.  Anyway, Hannah is doing great!  While she still has plenty of accidents, she knows what she is supposed to do which is half the battle, I think.

Here are a few other things I enjoyed this week:
  • John being home.  He was supposed to be out of town for work, but he was able to stay home because things were not going well at the plant here.  Silver linings, right?
  • a simple Thanksgiving dinner.  Since I had thought John was not going to be home, I planned to take our children out for dinner on Thanksgiving.  But when he found out he was going to be home, we decided to cook a simple meal.  Simple but yummy!
  • seeing Hannah's sweet, shy smile when she has a success.  She seems almost a little embarrassed to be happy that she did what she was supposed to.  :)
  • no school yesterday and today.  
  • Sarah Beth's soccer game last Saturday.  Her team played hard and won their game!  Since it was up in the Houston area, I took her to the game, leaving my other children at home with a babysitter.  I enjoyed the time with her.  It doesn't happen often.
We have no plans this weekend which is lovely!  

How was you're Thanksgiving?  What else did you enjoy this week?  What do you have planned for the weekend?

Saturday, November 17, 2018

What I Enjoyed This Week: A Party and Cold Weather

At our CC party.

I mentioned last week that the weather was starting to cool off, and it got cold earlier this week.  Cold for us means highs in the 40s which, I understand, is still pleasantly warm in some parts of the country.  :)  I like a touch of cold weather -- as long as it does not stay too long!  Thankfully, it warmed up as the week progressed.

Tuesday was our last day of CC until the new year, at least for my younger children and me.  Since it was our last day, we had a Thanksgiving party which was great fun!  Sarah Beth still has four more weeks since her Challenge year meets more times.  But I'm looking forward to my time off from tutoring, having more time to get some things done around the house.

Here are a few more things I enjoyed this week:

  • John being home for supper a couple of times this week.  He has been working crazy hours lately.
  • finishing up Rachel's soccer season.  No more practices for her!  Although she is a little disappointed.  
  • being able to wear cold weather clothes.
  • having fun in my Essentials class.  Since it was our last one for the semester, there was little new information, so we spent most of our time playing games.  The kids loved it!
  • getting my email back under control.  I had accumulated twenty or thirty emails which drives me nuts.  At this moment, I have seven.  Much better.
  • getting some much needed errands done yesterday.  
Sarah Beth's soccer season is not over yet, and she has two games this weekend which I look forward to watching.  Other than that, we have no plans.

What did you enjoy this week?  What do you have planned for the weekend?

Friday, November 9, 2018

What I Did Not Enjoy This Week: The Time Change

Mary got her costume for her ballet recital in December.  Do you think she likes it?!

Did the time change knock you and your children for a loop like it did to us?  Oh, my!  Monday was not a horrible day, but it was close.  I'm so glad we only have to deal with time changes twice a year!

While I did not enjoy the time change itself and I'm still not sure if I like the idea in theory, here are a few things I did actually enjoy this week:
  • coming to terms with not having time to write more on my blog.  I'm thankful for my readers who are sticking with me despite this.
  • Last Flag Down:  The Epic Journey of the Last Confederate Warship by John Baldwin and Ron Powers.  I bought this book on our Charleston trip, and it is fascinating!  Did you know that the Confederacy had a ship that sailed all the way to the coast of Alaska to disrupt the Union whaling ships there?  I didn't, either!  I am learning so much from this book!
  • Legacy of Mercy by Lynn Austin.  This book is the sequel to Waves of Mercy and continues the story of Anna who feels torn between her biological family who are poor immigrants in a small town and her adoptive family who are high society in the late 1800s Chicago area.  I have loved all of Austin's books, and this one is no exception!
  • a trip to the fire station today for a field trip.  
  • cold weather.  Yes, the weather turned during the night, and I realize that I will probably be bemoaning the cold soon.  ;)
We are supposed to have a couple of soccer games tomorrow, but it is raining right now.  They might be cancelled, dragging this season on forever, it seems like.

What did you enjoy this week?  What do you have planned for this weekend?

Saturday, November 3, 2018

What I Enjoyed the Week: Dressing Up and Ice Cream

We lost Hannah's special little blanket while in Charleston, so I made her another one this week.

One of the tutors at our CC campus had a great idea for class on Tuesday:  the children could choose to dress up as their favorite book character and talk about them for their presentations.  It allowed them to dress up without actually celebrating Halloween, and most of them enjoyed it!  Those who did not want to participate just brought a regular presentation and did not dress up.  While we did not go all out (since we did not start thinking about it until Sunday), we did dress up using materials we had at home.  Unfortunately, I did not get a picture.  :(  Daniel dressed as Will from the Ranger's Apprentice series while Mary and Rachel went as fairies from a series of stories about different fairies.  Even I participated, as I dressed as Velvet from National Velvet.  Sarah Beth's class did not participate, and Hannah did not care one way or the other.  :)

Here are a few other things I enjoyed this week:
  • achieving a new personal best time in my 5K last Saturday.
  • Celia Garth by Gwen Bristow.  One of my friends lent me this book when she heard that we were traveling to Charleston.  It tells the fictional story of a young woman in that city during the War for American Independence.  I enjoyed reading about life in Charleston under British occupation although "enjoy" probably is not the right word because of the British atrocities.  
  • Baskin Robbins on Wednesday.  It has become a tradition to get ice cream when everyone else is out trick-or-treating.
  • soccer practice and games.  My girls actually had their games last weekend and practice this week!  
Rachel and Sarah Beth have a game each this weekend, and I am running another 5K.  Other than that, we don't have any plans.

What did you enjoy this week?  What do you have planned for the weekend?

Friday, October 26, 2018

What I Enjoyed This Week: Busy Times

How much do you think Hannah enjoyed her cookie?

Oh, my goodness!  What a busy week!  After our fantastic trip to Charleston, I felt like I needed a week to recover, or at least a couple of days.  Did I get them?  Of course not!  ;)

After our return on Sunday, we were able to get almost everything unpacked.  I took Monday off from school so we could finish unpacking, go grocery shopping, recover, and get ready for CC on Tuesday.  We had a great day at CC, but as always it was exhausting.  Then Wednesday afternoon, I took Rachel north of Houston to an appointment.  That took all afternoon and evening, time I enjoyed with her, but wishing we could have stayed home.  Thankfully, yesterday we were home most of the day; we only had to leave for Mary's ballet class although I had to go out last night for a CC meeting.  I have no plans to leave the house today for which I am extremely thankful!

Despite the busy-ness, I had a good week.  I did not get everything done that I had wanted, but I feel like I accomplished the important things.

Here are a few things I enjoyed this week:
  • being home!
  • our new facility at CC.  We outgrew the last one which is an excellent problem!
  • spending so much time with Rachel Wednesday
  • the sun which finally came out Thursday afternoon
  • good fellowship last night at our meeting
Tomorrow Sarah Beth and Rachel have soccer games -- if the fields aren't too wet, a problem this whole season.  I am also running a 5K, and I feel ready for it.  While I know I will not win, I do hope to get a new personal best time.

What did you enjoy this week?  What do you have planned for the weekend?