Weekly Wrap Up ~ 2/18/2017

This week we’ve still been fighting off our last round of colds.  Every day has gotten a little bit better, but we’re all at different stages in the cold, so it feels like we’ve been in it for longer than we actually  have.  The weather has been warm, but we’ve had a lot of rain and not much outside time.  My Superman finished his 2nd full week at his new job.

Workouts:  I did interval yoga on Monday and Wednesday, Fitness Blender on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and just a walk yesterday.  So I did do something every day, but I was just not feeling my best and my workouts reflected it.  I did not stick to the FBFit program.  Once again, the length of the workouts is just not working for me, and this is not just because I’ve been sick.  I can usually fit in a full hour of workouts 3x a week.  The other days have to be shorter or the workout has to be broken up. Breaking up a workout into smaller segments is not my favorite but sometimes it is the only way to get it done.  In any case, it wasn’t a great week for workouts and I’m hoping next week will be better.

Bookish: I haven’t finished anything new but I’ve been doing a LOT of reading.  I have so many books open right now, even by my standards.  The following are all the ones I have actually started, but not including my to-read pile from the library.

  • Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock {softcover, big read that I’m picking up in spare minutes on the couch to fill the rainy days}
  • Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuval {Blind-date-with-a-book pick! My library did this program for Valentines Day.  The last time I did this, the book was AWESOME, and so far I am loving this one too. It’s sci-fi, and weird, and nothing like what I normally read, and I. love. it!}
  • A Thomas Jefferson Education Home Companion by Oliver Demille {following up on the TJE book I read about a month ago.}
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe {Reading/re-reading the classics is something I want to make a point of doing this year and in all years to come.  I have read Robinson Crusoe before, but in high school, and I think it is so important to continue reading and expanding one’s repertoire of the classics throughout life. This one is on my kindle and I read a few pages every evening before bed}
  • The Anti-Federalist Papers {These are on my phone Kindle app.  I’ve deleted the facebook app from my phone and am attempting to read one of these essays every time I’m breastfeeding or rocking the baby and have that urge to scroll through social media.  Definitely not perfect, but it’s at least something to aspire too}
  • Freedom to Choose by Milton Friedman {Another ebook on my phone.  I’m reading this one basically in the same chunks of time as The Anti-Federalist Papers, but more, because it’s an elibrary loan and due in 10 days}
  • The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease {I’ve heard a lot of good things about this, and I’m trying but it’s really not holding my interest.  It seems so silly to read a book about the benefits of reading to my kids when I could just be reading to them… The jury is out on whether I’ll finish it or not.  The book lists in the back are great though!}
  • Anne of Windy Poplars by Lucy Maud Montgomery  {Um, it’s rainy and February.  Who needs a better reason to reread the Anne series?  Not this girl…}
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer {This is an audiobook that I listen to when I can’t be reading.  I’ve heard so many great things about it, and so far I am enjoying it, but it’s one of those books where I fully expect the ending to be sensational since so many people love it.  Having those high expectations sometimes makes  even good endings lackluster, but it’s unavoidable.  Anxious to see how I feel about it at the end.} 

Yes, it’s ridiculous.   No, I can’t stop πŸ˜› They all have a different purpose in my mind, and fulfill different moods or bits of time where I can squeeze in a page or two.

Cleaning: All the normal sweeping, mopping, declutter, kitchens, bathrooms, laundry.  Additionally, I cleaned the top of the fridge and the high shelves, wiped down the fronts of the cupboards, and cleaned out the fridge and microwave

Kids: We did a lot of counting, addition, and started introducing the concept of subtraction, plus telling time!  Klaus isn’t ready for a lot of this, but he plays and tries to chime in sometimes.  Sophia likes writing, so she always does a lot of writing while she colors.  We started watching some fun art videos on Youtube and Sophia has really been developing some fun drawing skills too.  Klaus has been stringing cheerios, counting, and coloring.   Of course, they both participate in a lot of reading.  I always wonder why we end up with so many books from the library, and then I look at my own stack of books and think I’m not really in any situation to judge them πŸ˜›  I’ll have Sophia read a few lessons out of the McGuffey Reader, and then when she’s done she just wants to move along and read one of the fun picture books from the library.  It’s such a fun time right now for our little homeschool!  No pressure, and they are both so eager to learn.  I hope that love and attitude stays with them for the rest of their lives!

We finished up our Charlie and the Chocolate Factory read-aloud last week, and started Heidi.  Lots of picture books.  I’m planning to get back into my kids library haul posts this week, so there will be more on that next Wednesday!

We had one grocery day and one library day, and didn’t go anywhere else, except down to my Mom’s one day to visit with family.  That’s our week in a nutshell.  It’s Saturday now though, and the kids are napping, so I’m going to try to read a few pages before they wake up!  Hope y’all have had a great week!

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