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?