February 28, 2010

Monday Musings

I spent a much needed, much anticipated, weekend with no kids and no husband. It was just me and my very dear friend, Elizabeth, and it was wonderful! I definitely think we need to make this a regular thing. The best part of my weekend, besides the obvious enjoyment of being in the company of my friend, was sleep. Oh, blessed, wonderful sleep, how I love thee! I can't remember the last time I was able to sleep in a room, by myself, knowing that nothing short of a fire would wake me in the middle of the night or make me get out of bed before I was ready in the morning. That is a luxury I had long forgotten about but now remember how incredible it is!

Oh, how I wish I could pack for an entire weekend in such a small bag. How nice to be nine.

Today I am starting up Jenna's new math curriculum (Singapore is what I went with) and we are also going to be doing some seed starters today in egg cartons as well as our usual Bible time and read-aloud from Little House in the Big Woods. I think I'm going to do some fun St. Patrick's Day craft today too.

Jenna is wearing her mask that she created in Girl Scouts and a fan that she made at home... and a cover up over her mouth made from a scrap of t-shirt that we have been using as a blindfold.

I'm so ready for this snow to be gone! Every year that I have lived here (this is year 8) I completely forget how long winter drags on and start to expect that I will wake up one morning in February and find the snow melted and green starting to sprout up out of the ground and from the trees. Reality begins to sink in by the time the 1st of March rolls around and I look out my window and see 12 foot snow banks sitting in my front yard and across the street and then reality starts to bite when May springs forth with not a bud of a leaf on any tree that I can find.

Friday was time to fold all the laundry I had washed throughout the week. Note: It has not yet been put away.

The winter being so long makes schooling difficult for me because I want to get my kids outside and explore and lay blankets out for reading on the lawn or picnics at the park. I want to be able to stretch and run and play in the fresh air... the kids too, of course. I can't wait to take Alex to the park this summer! He is such an active little boy and I know the park will just thrill him to pieces!

This is our kitchen floor on a good day. Alex only pulled out the pans and vinegar today. Usually the entire pantry ends up on the floor several times during the day.

I still need to write about our trip to Minneapolis. I have so many photos it seems a little overwhelming! I'd better do it before I start forgetting the little details that I want to always keep. That happens too quickly.

It has been two full months of my Project 365 and I am actually still doing really well! I have missed a few days, but not many. I just fill in the days that I miss with photos from the same general time period. My book is keeping me motivated. I am loving watching it all come together and everytime I open it up to add more photos I get excited and see how truly cherished it will be. So fun :)

Marah is my little kitchen helper. She loves to cook with me. On this day we made Jam Muffins.

I will make my goal for tomorrow to write about our little vacation. It may take a few days to get it all down. Maybe I can do a blog for each day of our trip. That might feel a little less overwhelming!

Make each day count!


  1. Girls weekends are the best! My friends and I started doing them 4 times per year: once a season. :) We schedule the next one while we're all together that way there's no excuse (other than finances, which will be the case for our summer trip) for anyone to be too busy or gone or out of town. And hey, move to Oregon! We've had a few blips of rain, but otherwise the daffodils are in full bloom and I've pulled my sandals out! ;)

  2. Ah...girls weekend! My next scheduled weekend with my girlfriends is March 20th. I can hardly wait! It's been months!

    Glad to see I'm not the only one who doesn't get the laundry folded AND put away immediately! :)

  3. I had a great time hanging out with you over the weekend. I'm glad I didn't bore you with almost falling asleep by 9:00 both nights! Yes, we sooo need to plan this every other month or so. But not to much longer then so :-)

  4. Oops, almost forgot....Love Jenna's mask!!

  5. Sounds like a lovely weekend! I completely agree with you about the snow... enough already! We cannot wait for Spring!


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