Monday, November 21, 2011

On a November Afternoon

Outside my window...
A sunny, crisp afternoon

Thankful for...
A few solid hours of sleep.  I haven't written much about the pregnancy insomnia that's finally crept in.  I'm thankful it took me until about the 8th month this time around.  I fall asleep relatively fine but wake in the middle of the night and cannot get back to sleep for the life of me.  I spend 2-3 hours awake when I'm desperate for sleep.  I have yet to figure out if there is a controllable cause or if it's just something to give in to.  Part of it is a very sore and uncomfortable back that makes rest difficult.  At any rate, last night I put a piece of plywood under my sheet and slept on that.  Yes, plywood.  But...it seemed to work.  While I still woke up a bunch, I was able to get back to sleep.  Sleep makes such a difference!

Thinking about...
Thanksgiving!  And Advent that comes up right behind.  I'll be posting a bit about some of the ways our family observes this beautiful season.  I love it and am so looking forward to it this year.

Learning...
Schooling has been going well.  We don't do things fancy here.  There is plenty of crafting and building and creative learning but I don't really plan that...it just seems to happen on its own.  John Paul still does his lessons in the morning.  And depending on how focused he is and what the lessons for the day entail, he is sometimes done by 10 a.m., sometimes lunch.  I need to focus more on some concentrated time with Michael during the afternoons.  It's kinda been usurped by the need to rest a bit during this third trimester. 
We have, however, finished a read together about the first Thanksgiving and will be talking and focusing on the meaning as we prepare for Thursday.

From the kitchen...
Pie crusts will be made today!  I'm in charge of an apple pie and a pumpkin cheesecake.  I volunteered one of my sisters who has NEVER made a pie (!) to get crazy and learn how to make a pumpkin pie.  So she'll be supplying the pumpkin pies for the feast.

Creating...
A new little person.
And working on a little gift package for two of my sisters who are also due with little ones in the next month or so.  I'm hoping it comes together the way I'm envisioning.  I'll share about that soon :) 

Working on...
Slowly beginning the deep clean.  Starting with the upstairs.  Bathroom has a little bit more to go to be completed.

I am going...
Relatively few places this week.  Besides Thanksgiving and some grocery shopping, I get to lay low and do the home thing and that is just fine by me.

Hoping...
That my David will finally get back in his good sleep pattern that we enjoyed for a while.  I hate daylight savings time.  Hate it.  It's never really been too much of a struggle until this time.  I think he is finally getting back into a good sleep rhythm but the nap he needs so much is still being fought.

Reading...
Still sort of reading Life of Christ by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.  I said it would be slow.  Thinking about taking out some of the fiction recommended to me in the comments of a post a few days ago.  I could use a good, enjoyable read right now.

Praying...
For this baby and his or her safe and holy birth.  And that we can someday soon pay off our student loans.  They are a burden and it would be so nice to experience the freedom of getting rid of them once and for all.

Hearing...
The sound of the monitor as David is (hopefully) settling in for a nap.  The clink of Legos as Michael creates in the library.  The turning of pages as John Paul devours another book.

Around the house...
I'm pretty sure I've been talking about that a lot lately...

One of my favorite things...
Getting together at my mom's house to watch football and have pizza and wings :)  When we lived away, the times I felt most homesick were often Sunday afternoons and for some reason, the idea of football and pizza at my mom's is what sounded so comforting to me.  And I'm not much of a football fan (though I am definitely a wing fan).  Now I feel like I have to indulge in this little tradition at least once a year.  I asked a few weeks ago if we could do it and my mom happily obliged yesterday.  My one sister and family joined and it was such a nice night and had some really great, much-needed conversation.

A few plans for the rest of the week...
Pie-making
Thanksgiving!
Enjoying having my husband off for an extra long weekend!!

A picture thought to share...
An oldie...a few hours after David's birth and the big boys meeting their new little brother...I can't believe I get to do this again :)  Thank you, God.



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2 comments:

  1. Can't wait to hear what u guys do for advent, I was just trying to search for things online this morning, especially if anyone had any simple decorating ideas. Id like To observe lent and not yet Christmas, but don't have many ideas...

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  2. Just checking to see if I can figure out how to reply to comments! I'll be posting about Advent today :)

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