1. We made it through our first full week of Kindergarten. Annelise loves her class, her teacher, the routine, her homework, all of it. I'm so thankful. She goes into class with a smile on her face and is bursting with stories to tell when I pick her up in the afternoon. Again, I am thankful. Yesterday though she got her clothespin moved to yellow (a warning) for talking, and was quick to tell me as soon as she got in the car (along with a report on the boy and girl that got moved to orange). We talked about it and she said she's going to try really hard not to do it again. Fingers crossed.
2. We are settling into a semblance of a routine in the mornings and evenings. Mornings still seem rushed, some are better than others, but we haven't been late to school so that is progress. Annelise and I have been finishing up her scripture loops, reading one each morning before school. She's learning to look them up in the Bible with some help, which is good, and even said she'd like to make some more loops to keep this little routine going. That made me happy! It's not quite the devotional I had imagined in my mind, but it works for now. In the evenings before bed we've been reading from the Bible and the devotional book we bought a couple of weeks ago so that's been really nice as well.
3. One thing (among many) I've felt guilty about is not planning and preparing more (okay, any) meals at home. For the last several weeks we ate out almost every night. Not only was it expensive, it made for later bed times, so I knew that could not continue once school started. Over the weekend I got myself together, planned meals and wrote out a grocery list. I know. Monday after I dropped Annelise off at school I went straight to HEB so I couldn't/wouldn't talk myself out of it. I felt so much more at peace having a stocked refrigerator and pantry, and felt much more purposeful preparing meals for my family. Or letting my Crock Pot prepare meals for my family, whatever. Thanks to a tweet on Twitter, I discovered a month's worth of Crock Pot recipes. I made slow cooked pork chops Monday (from that site) along with Paula's Mashed Potatoes, green peas and Paula's Peach Cobbler. Annelise thought it was Thanksgiving. We've also had this tasty chicken stroganoff and comforting chili. We even had leftovers one night without complaining. Good thing I've started exercising again, right?
I hope this newly rediscovered trend of mine, you know, cooking, continues and we limit our eating out to only once a week or on the weekends. Now that time together seems so much more segmented by school, it's been so nice to have intentional evenings at home, supper around our table, with a little free time left for playing or bike rides before bedtime.
4. I seem to have found myself in a bit of a reading slump. I know! I started Here Be Dragons earlier this week and have barely gotten myself into it. I haven't gotten hooked yet, but I can tell I will like it, especially once I get used to all the Welsh dialogue and characters. It's 700+ pages, which is rather daunting and quite a time commitment, so wish me luck.
5. I am torn between being scared and excited about Annelise's upcoming birthday party. She decided she wants a Star Wars themed party so we are going to try and pull off a Jedi Training Academy. In two weeks. Should I run for the hills now? Thanks to Tip Junkie and Makes & Takes and this overwhelming site, I came up with a list almost three pages long of possible ideas. I then proceeded to drive Scott crazy by talking about the ideas, the games, the favors, the guest list, and the invitations until he begged for mercy. Or silence. What can I say? I tend to obsess about certain things. We have managed to come up with a rough timeline/agenda for the party and have started to gather supplies. How about a pat on the back for two deeply ingrained fly by the seat of our pants procrastinators? Thank you.
Now I'm stressed by the fact that once I finish the invitations and mail them out, then it's a sealed deal. Set in stone. No turning back. (Well, unless a hurricane hits again, which I don't think Annelise will tolerate two years in a row.) A large number of children will be descending upon our home, ready to be trained as Jedi Knights and entertained for two hours. I am also stressed about our game/activity timeline. The way it is now, after all the games and training tasks, we have the last fifteen minutes to open presents, ooh & ahh over each one in a calm, appreciative manner, record the gift and giver, sing Happy Birthday and dive into cake and ice cream. I don't think that's gonna fly.
Are you sure I can't run for the hills?
How is your school routine coming together? Do you love your Crock Pot as much as I love mine? Do you think we can pull off a successful Jedi Training Academy in two weeks and within 2 hours?