Meals for the week
- Chicken burritos
- Braised chicken with carrots and rice
- Salisbury steak with mushroom gravy, potatoes au gratin, corn on the cob
- Apple pancakes, sausage, bacon, scrambled cheese eggs, fresh fruit
- Turkey breast, mashed potatoes, stuffing, broccoli
- Chicken sausage and mushroom calzones
- Thanksgiving sandwiches, fresh fruit
Eye Towards Rhythm
Circle time was re-established! We sang the “Good Morning” song, “Where is Thumb-kin,” and the “ABC” song. We marched counting by ones and talked about the day, season, and weather. We then read from my favorite childhood book, The Grosset Treasury of Nursery Rhymes, which includes poetry from Robert Louis Stevenson, The Three Little Kittens, The House That Jack Built, and Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush, along with popular nursery rhymes. It’s the same book that my mom read to me, minus the back cover. This book has seen better days and is well used and adored!
We had a couple of activities this week. I was able to spend time in the kitchen baking one-on-one with each child, which was wonderful! Jackson helped me to make the dough for monkey bread. Alex did the dipping of dough balls and helped to make some chocolate chip cookies. Izzy helped with dinner each night by taking her seat on the counter in the corner next to the sink. She loves to smell the various cooking herbs and spices while I chop, stir, cook, and wash.
We also painted twice this week. While awaiting our watercolor order for school, I bought each child a cheapo set of watercolor cake paints that they’ve been enjoying.
The kids also helped with various chores around the house. Izzy helped with the sweeping of the kitchen by being on dustpan patrol. Jackson helped clean out the leaves in the toy shed. And Alex mopped the entryway for me in addition to his regular jobs.
I’ve been working on a hat for Christmas and Alex asked to knit something alongside me. I wasn’t planning on incorporating handwork back into our days for another week or two, but since opportunity presented itself…
I casted on 20 stitches of white cotton yarn and passed it to Alex, who decided to knit up a coaster for daddy’s new bedside table (a Goodwill find for only $9!) He’s worked on it in the evenings after dinner a few days this past week and is making excellent progress.
Around the House
I’ve been trying to complete a few bigger projects, de-clutter, and get organized. I’m still trying to stick to my daily room cleaning schedule, but some days go better than others:
Monday – Kitchen – swept, mopped, sink and counters got a thorough scrub.
Tuesday – Bathrooms – James re-caulked the toilet, mopped, and normal weekly clean.
Wednesday – Bedrooms – I cleaned out our closet and Izzy’s armoire! Boys’ closet still needs done.
Thursday – Open (This will be our homeschooling co-op day, which takes up most of the day.) – I worked outside on the toy shed.
Friday – Living room and playroom – Hoping to work on de-cluttering a bit.
For the Weekend
It’s finally going to start feeling like summertime around here and heat up into the 90s! We’ll probably spend some time splashing in the kiddie pool. Maybe a trip to the splash park will be order too?
We can’t put off looking for a minivan much longer with the baby due to arrive in as early as 8 weeks, so I’m hoping we start our search. Even if we only look at one vehicle, it’s a start. 😉