Monday, November 26, 2012

Grasshopper Days

Grasshopper Days

For today, Monday, November 26, 2012.

Outside my window...  a beautiful, clear blue COLD morning!  Frost on the roofs and yards.

Hearing...  the dryer tumbling and the washer... oh, my poor washer... the bearings are going out, so when it spins it sounds like a jet preparing for take-off.  Fabulous.

Pondering...  what a whirlwind of a weekend!  We had my family (twelve of us) here for Thanksgiving; then in-laws here on Friday; moved furniture and "deep cleaned" on Saturday (you know what I mean, right?); and then to church, and home, and to a Messiah sing-along, and back to church yesterday.  (And we had burgers at McDonald's on the way home.  Don't judge.  I've done a lot of cooking this weekend!)

How did it pass so quickly?  How is it almost December already!

And - hello! - 29 days until Christmas!

Praying...  for peace in the house.

Thankful...  my freezer is full-to-overflowing, I'm making headway on Christmas shopping (thank you, Amazon), and everyone is healthy.

Wearing...  gray jeans, white T, blue (button-up) shirt, fall cardigan (one more time!), and my happy-feet navy blue Danskos.

Creating...  I have scale drawings of the rooms in the house and little paper cut-outs of furniture, also to scale.  (I like to move the furniture around, but I also like to see if something will work before the minions and I get to the heavy lifting.)  So, I had it all out as I was playing around with the living room and dining room and deciding where the tree will go this year.  (We like big trees!)

Anyway, Gunnar decided he wants to move the furniture in their bedroom.  Theoretically I'm fine with this, but realistically there are some constraints.  I don't like to block the windows (light! we need more light!) with big pieces of furniture.  Also, one end of their bedroom is under the eaves and has a sloping roof on two sides (kind of tricky with bunk beds).  I had pretty much found a floor-plan that worked and stuck with it.  For years.

But Gunnar, (a boy after my own heart) wanted to shake things up.  And he came up with a great plan. I would never have thought of doing it that way, but it could totally work great, and gives each boy his own area/corner in their large, shared bedroom.  Who knew?

We haven't done the actual moving yet.  I'll get before and afters. ;D

Going...  to jump back into the swing of homeschooling, after taking a week off for Thanksgiving and Tate being gone the week before that, heading up to WWU to have an earmold impression done (getting Tate a new HA in January), and then off to Messiah rehearsal tonight.

Looking forward to...  being done with Christmas shopping, decorating the house (!), getting a tree (still too soon to cut a live one), and sleep.

In the kitchen...  have to leave earlier than usual for rehearsal, so Kerry and the other boys are having... leftovers!  We've been eating turkey for four days, so I thawed out some potato soup, and there's the Chi-getti.  I made spaghetti on Saturday, with Tate's venison, and added some leftover chili to make it go further.  Voila!  Chi-getti.  They loved it.

In the learning rooms...  good grief, I've practically forgotten what to do!  What are the boys doing this week?  Wyatt is reading Night (Elie Wiesel), along with studying Charles the Great.  Tate is working with percents, and comparing archaeology, paleontology, and geology as they contribute to the study of history.  Gunnar is writing a book report (and giving an oral report), and we're reading about SE Asia.  Very timely, as we've been visiting with a friend recently back from Myanmar.

Around the house...  it's BARE.  Very, very BARE.  I put all the fall things away, blitzed with the minions, and just left it that way.  But I did have Kerry and the boys bring in the Christmas totes, so I'm ready ;D

The Mother Load...  okay, running shoes on.  Ready, set, go!  It's that kind of week...

Monday - homeschool, earmold impression, homeschool more, squeeze in lunch, head to rehearsal.
Tuesday - homeschool (x3), boys to CAP.
Wednesday - homeschool (duh), boys to youthgroup, me to extra rehearsal.
Thursday - homeschool, breath in and out.
Friday - ummmmm, decorating???

And then - BAM - it's the weekend again.

Actually, I have a list with sixteen things on it, not including normal things (like homeschooling and laundry) but it's too boring to mention.  *sigh*

Noticing that...  there is a tooth on my desk.  Gunnar's.  He pulled it out on Saturday.  What am I supposed to do with it?

Something to remember for later...  Gunnar has style ;D  (see "creating", above)

A favorite quote for today...  attributed to Frederick the Great,
Artillery lends dignity to what might otherwise be a vulgar brawl.
(That's for the boys.)

One of my favorite things...  driving to church last night through patches of ground fog, as evening turned to twilight, and everything went from light blue, to deep blue, to darkness, with the fresh snow on Mt. Baker glowing in the moonlight.

A Bible verse...  2 Peter 1:3
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

A peek into my world...


Choate Family said...

The tooth could go thrown up on top of the roof while you sing a song to the geckos to bring the new tooth in quickly. That's what we do in the Solomon Islands :-)

Herding Grasshoppers said...

That is AWESOME! I'd love to hear that song ;D


melanie said...

Love the photo - as well as hearing what's up with y'all :D

Rebecca D said...

I started decorating for Christmas this weekend and all the fall stuff any made it as far as the kitchen table. Today was my day off... I (in theory) had plenty of time to deal with it today, but since it was my first day off in three weeks my older girlie had her husband drop her off here on his way to work, my younger girlie was home, and since I have told approx 10,000 people (give or take a few) that today was my day off I had drop-ins and phone calls all day... I wasn't very productive and my decorations remain on the table but it was nice to catch up with the people in my life! (Now I'm off to get those bins!)

dlefler said...

I love that picture. GORGEOUS. I miss the mountains - rolling hills aren't the same. Sigh.

Night is such a haunting book - I remember reading it in high school and it really stuck with me.