Not Quite Ordinary Observations

For Today...Tuesday, August 22, 2011

Outside my window...I can’t see out it, but I can definitely hear, and the sound is of the mighty cicada chorus.They are definitely out full force this evening.

I am thinking...not much. My brain is mostly missing in action after a long day of use.

I am thankful wonderful, incredible, amazing husband who finds delight in doing for me. Today he surprised me by walking in with a crate full of library books after I shared my discouragement over planning history for the girls to do with Steven this week. He’s my hero.

I am, comfy pajamas so I can write (if I can find my brain) right up until bedtime.

I am creating...Angie’s birthday plan. Tea party. Oh, and I’ve got to get back to working on her dress this week!

I am remembering...Steven as a three-year-old who wanted to do school so badly but couldn’t do much without Mommy. And Mommy just didn’t have nearly as much school time to spare as he wanted. That age was so precious, and there are days when I want my “baby” back, but I have to confess that I’m absolutely loving where he – and his sisters – are in school right now. Even with days like today when planning just bogged down my whole day, homeschooling is definitely fun right now!

I am find time in my week to accomplish the things that I didn’t get done today because the school prep that should have just taken all morning took all day!

I am…I’m between review books again. Not sure which one comes next.

I am hoping...for a smooth and productive week.

I am hearing...the aforementioned (I love that word for some reason) cicadas; the ceiling fan; the tapping on my keyboard and Doug’s; the silence of the house as the kids have book time.

On my mind...things I want to write about.

From the learning learning about and experimenting with light and color, starting our weekly experimentation with magnetism, the evolution of the piano and the camera; history: World War I, including the story of the unofficial front-line Christmas truce of 1914. It’s a story Doug and I have both grown to love, but this is the first time I’ve ever seen it recorded in a history textbook. I was thrilled!

Noticing that...Steven seems to have gotten taller again. Angie is less than thrilled because she wants to go through big growth spurts like Steven and Olivia do. She’s just a slow and steady grower, and will probably be our shortest child.

Pondering these words...none specifically, but the more I learn the lyrics to Downhere’s new album Altar of Love, the more challenged I am by them. The official release is tomorrow, and it’s one I highly recommend.

From the kitchen...breakfast smoothies! We’ve been experimenting with them this week, and they’ve been oh so good!

Around the house...a little more rearranging and reorganization. I’ll probably blog about it soon.

One of my favorite things...the sight of my wonderful hubby and precious son enjoying time together.

A few plans for the rest of the, sewing, Gideon’s pastor’s banquet tomorrow night, hopefully some swimming.

A picture worth sharing...



Oh how interesting that you have cicadas! (Are they driving you nuts?!) Are they the short-term ones or the long-term 13 or 17 year ones? We were just reading about them last week in Science.

And growth spurts... I think my boys must photosynthesize somehow because they all seem to grow like crazy over the summer. Fresh air and exercise, I guess.

Love the picture :D

We think they are the 17-year cicadas. At least, that's what we've been told! Fortunately, it is not a constant chirping, so that helps!

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