Monday, October 3, 2011

Not Quite Ordinary Observations

For Today...Monday, October 3, 2011

Outside my window...hay being baled across the street. I’ve never seen it done before – always been curious. I love getting to see things I’ve always been curious about!

I am thinking...about how to balance maintaining daily tasks while working in all of the projects I want to do, both the immediate Christmas projects and the long-term year-round projects on my list.

I am thankful for...open windows, cold mornings, an amazing husband, three fantastic children, country life, a wonderful church family, encouraging friends, and a never-ending list of things that ensure I’m never bored! 

I am wearing...fall clothes! Black knit pants – and not those light-weight things I’ve been wearing all summer, either – and my coach’s shirt from when I coached Upward basketball in Monticello.

I am creating...it’s a secret – Christmas, you know! Oh, and calendars.
 

I am remembering...the first year I made calendars – Christmas 2001. I’ve learned a little bit over the years.

I am going...to run a couple of errands as soon as Olivia is done with schoolwork. 

I am reading...I am about to get to start Along Wooded Paths by Tricia Goyer! Finally! I also need to read my next review book – A River to Cross by Yvonne Harris – before next week. 

I am hoping...for a productive week.
 

I am hearing...the sounds of Angela attempting to do cartwheels in the next room. Someone practicing piano. The ticking clock next to me.

On my mind...organizing projects.

From the learning rooms...the Great Depression; more magnetism experiments; fractions.

Noticing that...when all of the students of Hibbard Elementary are capable readers, the dynamics of teaching change dramatically. New challenges, to be sure, but I definitely like these new dynamics! 

From the kitchen...today, spaghetti. Probably peachy chicken tomorrow (and all the children in the house greatly rejoice!). Beyond that, I have no idea, although we are going to be doing something with that squirrel this week!

Around the house...the need for fall decorations. I don’t know if it will get done this week or next, but it’s time! I’m ready!

One of my favorite things...a smooth and productive afternoon. So far, so good.

A few plans for the rest of the week...Olivia and I are going to Farm Safety Day, an activity day for the county’s fifth graders. She was so incredibly excited to be invited! Then on Saturday we get to go to OBU Homecoming! Woo-hoo! We also get to go to the homecoming game for the first time – Steven is so excited about the game, he can hardly wait! He informed me weeks ago that he would be wearing the OBU football jersey we got him a couple of years ago (with lots of grow room!).

A picture worth sharing...at the parade on Saturday, my niece Abigail was having the time of her life in the dirt. Here she is gathering dirt from the roadside to dump on her head. My brother was trying to stop it, but he was only succeeding in brushing it away as she dumped! (Notice Steven in the second picture reaching for his own handful of dirt!)
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