1. Felicity asked in a recent comment if we're using Sonlight. Me ordering sixty books probably tipped her off ;D Yes, I'm borrowing Sonlight F for Gunnar (can't bear to buy it at this point, with only one boy going to use it) and buying Sonlight G and H to use with Tate and then Gunnar, later. And I'll probably have Wyatt read some of the books, too.
Sometimes I feel guilty making a big deal about using Sonlight when I'm not buying the books from them. If I needed all the books, I'd just buy their package and avoid the hassle of buying all those books separately, but... we already have many of the books, and they're the "bigger ticket" items. Anyway - hurray for Sonlight's history programs. I really like them, because I really like reading!
2. I've been thinking a lot about babies and parenting lately. I mentioned yesterday pondering what it would be like to begin parenting over again, now that I know what I know.
Gee, does that sound a bit arrogant?! I really didn't mean that I think I know it all! Just that I would do some things differently. I hope I have better perspective, these days. But then, I'm still in the middle of running the race, so these are just a few "mid-course" observations, not a complete list of Grand Final Pronouncements.
* I'm older now, and I'd probably be more patient. At least, I hope so.
* I wouldn't feel guilty about needing/making time for me to have a break once in awhile.
* I might enjoy some of the hectic stages more, because now I have the perspective that they don't last forever. On the other hand, when you're in the throes of it, it sure SEEMS like forever, so who knows?
* I wouldn't have as much energy as I did then, and I was already "older" when I had my kids (from 30 - 35), and honestly, I encourage people to marry younger and have children younger, when they DO have the energy.
* I would pay a lot less attention to the freak-out du jour. Sometimes, there's a lot less there than meets the eye. (I'm referring to the issues that seem to come up in parenting magazines that get parents all worked up. Like substituting apple juice for sugar, or whether or not to use a pacifier, or avoiding food dyes, or whatever.)
* I'd (try to) remember that the baby's head isn't going to explode if he cries for a moment or five, (even though mine might feel like it will).
* I wouldn't bother buying nine tenths of the stuff you supposedly "need" for your baby. Borrow it. Get it from the thrift store. I have good friends whose baby slept in a dresser drawer for the first few weeks (or months?). They were housesitting, in a trailer and didn't have a crib or room for one anyway. And that girl is a lovely young woman today ;D
I'm sure there are bigger, more important issues, but that's just what was rattling around in my head.
What would you do differently?
3. Leah, you are on the right track, (red, Christmas, etc.) but I won't have to wait that long to show you... just another month. Thanks for the compliment :D
4. Q, you wear sandals all year long? How do you keep your feet "nice"? The more I wear sandals or flip-flops, the more my feet get dry and rough, especially my heels. What do you all do for your feet?
5. Well, I'm sorry so many other of you have had similar credit card woes. I guess I'm glad they're watching so closely, but I'm even gladder we don't use the card very often!
6. Back to school and house-cleaning... ah, what a glamorous life ;D