Monday, October 15, 2012

Grasshopper Days

Grasshopper Days

For today, October 15, 2012

Outside my window...  dark and wet.  Fall, our kind of fall, came in with a bang this week.  Goodbye glorious, bright blue October days and hello wind and rain.

I am hearing...  nothing at the moment, but any minute I'll hear the boys' alarm clock...

I am thinking...  45 minutes later... it was a Baked Oatmeal morning :D  Wyatt is off to the school bus (*sigh*) and Tate and Gunnar are reading until we start school.  This is going to be a busy week.  Full of good things, but busy.

I am praying...  Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things.  

I am thankful...  for a restful weekend :D

I am wearing...  gray jeans, white t-shirt, navy-blue sweater... faaaaancy ;D

I am creating...  still wrapping up a couple of projects for my sister.  I'll get pics when I'm done.

I am going...  to make something for me next :D

I am reading...  with the boys: Whatever Happened to Penny Candy, The Incredible Journey, WaterSky, and The Wolves of Willoughby Chase.  For me?  In between books.

I am hoping...  to sail, serenely, through a hectic week.

In the kitchen...  maybe I'll start some bread and soup, for a "big" lunch, since we'll be scattered at dinner time.

In the learning rooms...  Wyatt is heading into ancient Greece, while Tate, Gunnar and I begin reading about Russia and the Soviet Union.  Guess what?  We are one sixth of the way through the school year.  That feels like we're achieving something, doesn't it?!

Around the house...  I love, love, love having fall decorations scattered around.  Especially as the weather deteriorates and we are inside more.  I love for our home to feel cozy and welcoming - a refuge for the family.

The Mother Load...  I still want to do one more fall sewing project, but if I also have a couple of ideas for Christmas things I want to make and time is drawing near...  decisions, decisions!  We have a round of doctor appointments coming up.  Some for me, I may share about later, and check-ups for a couple of the boys.  I should be looking for a violin teacher for Gunnar.  And the yard is a MESS after all the wind we've had in the last couple of days.

Noticing that...  I think I'm part squirrel.  The cupboards are overflowing!  Need to make a plan to use certain food items :D

Something I want to remember...  that even with two teenage boys, this is a good time.  Wyatt has to read all this depressing, adolescent-angst stuff for his HS English class, and it is foreign to our lives, and for that I am thankful.

A favorite quote for today...  Always remember, a cat looks down on man, a dog looks up to man, but a pig will look man right in the eye and see his equal.    Winston Churchill

One of my favorite things...  finishing projects!!!

A Bible verse...  For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.  
Hebrews 8:12

A few plans for the rest of the week...  put on your seatbelts, because it's going to be a wild ride...
Monday - homeschool (duh), Messiah rehearsal for Wyatt and me
Tuesday - homeschool, Civil Air Patrol for Wyatt and Tate
Wednesday - 8:45 doctor appointment for me, homeschool, craft night at the church for me ;D
Thursday - homeschool, family out to dinner - a treat!
Friday - possibly spending the evening at Kerry's brothers - want to be social, but not really interested in carving pumpkins to do what with? because here's how I feel:  

Halloween is a religious holiday,
and it's not my religion.

Saturday - boys have Heritage Flight Museum duties, and we're invited to an Octoberfest party.  Hmmm... can we do it all???  Probably not.  We'll see what has to give.

A peek into my world... 

Saying goodbye to the bunnies... more pics later.


Ann said...

We're in about the same place in Core F, apparently! We're in the middle of Wolves of Willoughby Chase and Water Sky right now. Starting Penny Candy and Incredible Journey by the end of the week. You'll pass us quickly, I'm sure, since we have a lot of off weeks coming up, but it's fun to be in the same spot for a little while!

As for those pumpkins...carve them there and then bring them home and cook them! I freeze pumpkin in 1-2 cup portions for baking. We're not big on pumpkin pie, but we could eat pumpkin bread all day! :-)

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Oh, Ann, that's funny that we're in the same place! I don't suppose we will be for long, since I totally reorganized the year around our schedule, so we aren't splitting a longer "visit" into before-and-after weeks we take off. (Does that make any sense?)

melanie said...

I'm laughing at your "part squirrel" nature as well as the Churchill quote :-)

I'm totally with you on Halloween ~ Maybe you could carve a cross in the pumpkin, then cook it up like Ann suggested? or if they're no good for eating, the boys can have them for target practice? :o

Magic Ear Kids said...

The bunnies are adorable!

I hope you do get to sail through your busy week!

Choate Family said...

We have some good recipes to use all that pumpkin, if you need ideas. Enjoy all those good things you get to do this week!

Anonymous said...

Hey Julie, I HATE Halloween but LOVE carving pumpkins. So I make pictures of leaves and wind swirls and such. That way I can scoop the pumpkin guts (which I think is fun) and toast the pumpkin seeds (which I LOVE to eat). I did a pumpkin a couple weeks ago and sat on my back porch enjoying the glow from it. I kept it until it started to rot, so it's gone now. But it made for a couple enjoyable evenings (carving, eating seeds, and being able to sit in it's glow). Just an idea :-) Tricia

dlefler said...

Oh, the bunnies. My heart melts every time I see those bunnies!

I'm excited to start reading The Disappearing Spoon - I ordered it with a gift card that my SIL and BIL gave me for my birthday. I can't wait for it to arrive in the mail!

I'm reading the Magic Tree House Series to the boys - they like the books, though they're still a bit advanced for Matt to read on his own.

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Good ideas about the pumpkin carving! Ann, I made pumpkin bread yesterday... extra yummy with chocolate chips ;D

I like the leaves and swirls idea, Tricia :D But the boys lit up when i suggested they carve targets on them and bring them home to shoot at ;D

The dB family said...

I always love the peek into your week. It's reminds me that we're not the only ones running. I hear you on the pumpkin carving.