Monday, August 16, 2010
Simple Woman's Daybook, 8/16/2010
FOR TODAY, Monday, August 16th, 2010...
Outside my window... It is still hot and sunny, but we are clinging to the promise of a cool-down later on this week. The rain we got yesterday, be it ever so brief, was much-needed and the little drop in temperature that it brought after dusk was absolutely wonderful.
I am thinking... that no matter how tired and sore I was last night, it still meant the world to my hubby that I just hopped on the back of the motorcycle for a ride after the girls were in bed. It is nice to have that opportunity with Kelsey still at home, and with Pete leaving for five weeks overseas soon, I'm thrilled to take advantage of every possible moment of "fun" with him. Nothing wrong with sharing an appetizer as a "date"!
I am thankful for... mended wounds and repaired bridges.
From the learning rooms... we begin our second week of school today; I'm starting to see a wee bit of progress with Morgan in the reading department, but I can tell very obviously that she's most assuredly NOT the "workbook" type. Fine motor skills are not her strong suit, and it only frustrates her that she has trouble with handwriting...which translates to difficulty with reading. When I did purely oral reading phonics instruction last Friday, it clicked for her like nothing else we'd done all week. Thankfully, Jamie is going to be an "easy" reader, so she's picking up on everything so fast that it doesn't much matter what method of instruction I use. Building those handwriting skills is going to be interesting...
From the kitchen... I'm doing "easy" tonight, taking full advantage of Stouffer's frozen chicken alfredo family dinner, considering I didn't get the opportunity to go grocery shopping yesterday.
I am wearing... denim capris and a Lads to Leaders 2010 tee
I am creating... order among the chaos. Still (or is that again?) trying to get the playroom/office and master bedroom organized and cleaned up. Those two rooms are the hardest to keep clean!
I am going... to stay home today if at all possible! I'll do my grocery shopping tomorrow, today is going to be a slow and easy day. After being in Chattanooga on Saturday and gone all day yesterday, I just don't want to go anywhere!
I am reading... too much to list. I think I have literary ADHD.
I am hoping... that we can make the most of the next couple of weeks before Pete leaves for Germany. Five weeks without him is a long time!
I am hearing... the sounds of the girls playing peaceably (YAY!) behind me, and the garbage truck outside.
Around the house... are muddy dog-prints. Jake was outside during the hard rain we had yesterday, and there is evidence that he laid in the mud under the deck apparently just to spite us for leaving him out while we were gone! Brat dog....I guess it's a good thing that I picked up some carpet stain remover yesterday.
One of my favorite things... a clean, clear conscience. It is so nice!
A few plans for the rest of the week: Getting Jon's box mailed to Afghanistan, getting a box ready to mail to my cousin for the baby they're expecting, picking up some fabric for the baby's lovey blanket and getting that started (maybe even hopefully finished!); a Ladies' group meeting at church on Thursday....and of course all the busy work that goes along with managing a household of eight active people!
Here is picture for thought I am sharing... a reminder of the simplicity found in order and tidiness. There's just something about a clean desk, a neat stack of books, and a box full of crayons...
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