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Monday, October 26, 2009

My Daybook - October 26, 2009

For Today... Monday, October 26, 2009

Outside my window... it is a beautiful fall day -- cool, but the sun is shining, and there is still plenty of color on the trees that still have leaves.

I am thinking... about my sister, who is expecting her third child. If he doesn't come on his own today, she will be induced tomorrow morning. Prayers for Mommy and Baby, please.

I am thankful for... a new camera! I know, it wasn't in the budget, but ... camera $250.00, pictures of the kids ... priceless!

From the school room... This week is largely a catch-up and review week. Next week is the final week of our first quarter (already!).

From the kitchen... We carved our pumpkins last night and I have a slew of seeds for roasting. I haven't been particularly impressed with any recipe I've tried -- anyone have a good one they'd like to share?

I am wearing... jeans, an orange long-sleeve tee, and my tennis shoes (hey! that's what I was wearing last Monday!).

I am creating ... autumn-ness around the house. The bins of autumn/Halloween stuff have been in the dining room for a week -- it's time to put some of it out already!

I am going... to take the three older kids to dance and tin whistle lessons, drop some books off at the library, deposit some checks at the bank, and maybe stop at Target for toilet cleaner and dishwasher detergent. Fun, fun!

I am reading... Pippi Longstocking -- The Girls finished their first quarter book (The Courage of Sarah Noble) and it's time to get ready for the next set of lessons. I still love Total Language Plus.

I am hoping... that since everybody is feeling better this week, the colds and flus stay away for a while!

I am hearing... somebody thumping around upstairs who is supposed to be sitting quietly on his or her bed, reading.

Around the house... recovering from the weekend again, plus the fall decoration bins half emptied -- no, Sarah, you are not the only one! I think it's the lack of routine that causes the weekend house shambles.

One of my favorite things... this anniversary gift from my Gramma.

I called her on the way home from Chicago a few weeks ago because I had a flashback to when I was little. I used to go camping with Papa and Gramma and sit in the back of their brown pick-up truck (they had seats that folded down to face each other right behind the driver and passenger seats). My Papa died when I was only eight, so I had to have been younger than that, but I remember this coffee thermos bungee-corded up in the front of the truck. I called her to tell her about my memory. She gave it to me as an anniversary gift because she still had it! I look forward to trying it out this weekend (see below).

A few plans for the rest of the week: Little Flowers tomorrow, dance on Wednesday; Thursday morning my DH and I (and The Baby) are leaving for two nights to celebrate our ten-year anniversary, which was the sixteenth. I don't know where we're going, but it doesn't matter as I am just excited for some extended time away together (even if Baby has to tag along)!

Here are some picture-thoughts I am sharing...

carving pumpkins

The Boy and his Pumpkin

the finished products!

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  1. Your pumpkins are professional!!!! Mine always have the old kind, you know, the triangle eyes and nose and crescent mouth, with teeth!

    Nice camera, so worth it!

  2. I now have coffee thermos envy -- that thing is old school.

  3. Great looking pumpkins! =) Thanks for the support about the house being messy on Mondays. Especially when kids are sick, too, which mine continue to be. I'm hoping next week is the week of complete wellness in our home. Finally. Have a fabulous get-away!! Enjoy your time together.

  4. Happy anniversary! I remember 10 years, barely! Can't help on the pumpkin seeds. Prayed for the Mother and baby.
    Congratulations on the new camera. I have one on my Christmas list.
    How wonderful that your Grandmother sent you the thermos. You'll think of them each time you use it. I have a silver one. They are nice to have when you have a group over.
    Mama Bear


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