Dawn is breaking with its deep pinkish hue. The house is quiet, but will soon be bustling. We were up late last night. Miss Bear had dance and then we ran out to the store to place a carpet order for the new house (yay!). On the way home, my husband wanted to stop by the new place since the kids and I had been out there nearly all week cleaning, but poor man, he had to stay home and work.
Last week was a good one. I think it all started when I called Fall Break for school and focused all attention on cleaning the kitchen in the new home. Yikes. That took pretty much the entire week. But, aside from carpet and painting, it was the biggest challenge (in my mind). So, now, my hands are so dry and my feet are killing me - the kitchen floors are ceramic tile. I need to buy some good support shoes for inside only, I think.
It was also cold last week. To start the week off, we did not have propane (the previous owner ran it waaay down). In the meantime, we enjoyed building our first fire in keeping our home above 50:
And on Monday night (out with my Mom and the girls on a rare shopping trip - to Kohl's), it snowed for the first time!
We woke up to around an inch of snow (and plenty of ice). I snapped a quick shot of the new house covered in snow:
To Do Today... Quick trip to the local grocery store. Pack up more stuff and take it to the house. Rip out carpet and sweep down. Cook food - all day as the four year old never stops eating (even more than my non-stop eating eight year old, both skinny as rails). Keep cleaning the house and putting away. Next up, is the little desk area near the kitchen.
On School... Nothing doing. Officially, that is. This year I have had a hard time settling in with a good schedule. We're trucking along but it hasn't jived the best (but definitely better than last year!). So I find it funny that when I declared fall break and that I would require nothing other than the odd reading and helpfulness while prepping the house and moving, we had a morning of beautiful schoolishness - one of reading aloud and discussion after. And then days now of rediscovering old things and learning. We must have been too schoolish and bookish before or perhaps they just hit that phase of high learning activity and will soon settle down again. I hope not, I enjoy them all afire with learning.
In the Kitchen... Our meals have been pretty on the fly all week as we use up what is left in the fridge, freezer, and pantry, stopping at the store every few days for little stuff to help round out meals. I did make a simple, easy and tasty pork chop crock pot meal. I cut up potatoes, carrots, and onions and put in the crock along with the pork, but I do think I would have preferred the rice with this dish.
Thanksgiving! I cannot even believe Thanksgiving is almost here, and then Advent. I have my plans all made out, but it's the doing that is the trouble for me, especially with going back and forth between two houses. Baby steps...
Real Life... This picture pretty much sums up my kids. Skipper, the oldest, ever the helper (and no doubt smiling on the other side of that hood). Critter, in the shadow of his big brother, not quite sure how to take the lead. Miss Bear, drama all the time and a face prone to more frowns than smiles (she wanted to push Miss Z). And finally, Miss Z, loving the attention, a smiley, happy toddler - most of the time.
Please pray... my Grandfather was taken to the hospital via EMS Thursday. He's had a rollercoaster year for health, and was doing a ton better, but this may be the last ride. In all the years I have known him, he has only spoken to me once of "something after this life" so prayers of conversion and for God's mercy are much appreciated.
And finally, I just love the fall pictures I snapped on my phone the other week:
Blessed Mother of those whose names you can read in my heart, watch over them with every care. Make their way easy and their labors fruitful. Dry their tears if they weep; sanctify their joys; raise their courage if they weaken; restore their hope if they lose heart, their health if they be ill, truth if they err, and repentance if they fall. Amen.
Have a wonderful week!