The final week. The week before Thanksgiving! I can’t believe it’s here. This weekend was such a sweet one. The boys are feeling better, everyone was well enough for outings, playtime, normal sleep and mealtimes. We tried out a local diner for breakfast on Saturday and it did not disappoint. Disney+ was also on high usage during Ben’s nap times for Charlie (need to keep him quiet so Ben can sleep!). Charlie was kind of scared during Aladdin and loved The Jungle Book. He was giggling SO hard. Hilarious. Anyway our weekend has come to a close and, we fly out next Saturday evening, so our whole week revolves around getting ready to go home to Indiana!I was out of school almost all last week with Ben (who has RSV), so I’m looking forward to having a “regular” week with all my classes and really getting some good library activities in there, and making sure that all my students have a book to read over Thanksgiving break! We’re keeping it simple this week for meals. Mike made a giant batch of “Mommy Soup” (beef stew with barley) today. It’s finally in the 60’s here! Soup weather! We had it for dinner tonight with sourdough toast. We’ll have it for one other dinner this week, and we put a full half gallon mason jar in the freezer for another meal in a couple weeks. We’re having meatloaf tomorrow from the freezer that I had made a few weeks ago. Love doing big batches of meals and freezing for meals later in the month when I don’t have time (or energy!) to cook at the end of a long day. When we go on trips (especially weeklong trips) we like to empty out the fridge as much as we possibly can. No one likes to come home to slimy veggies, or moldy leftovers. Yuck. So we’re just going to demolish everything in there. I have two nights of leftovers planned this week. Luckily, our kids are young enough that they can’t complain about leftovers! I’m also planning to make these date bars that I make every time we travel. I just feel so irrationally smug about having a homemade something in my bag instead of buying a ten dollar cookie from a store at the airport. I started re-doing the boys bathroom last week, and made lots of progress this weekend too. It’s my goal to get it done before we leave. I just have a little bit of sanding, a last coat of paint, and then put up the floating shelves and a new mirror. Easy peasy, right? Hehe.
I’ve been looking forward to this week for weeks. Teacher work day on Monday!! The best of all days. I am going to get so. Much. Done. Big plans. Lesson plans in the short term, overarching themes for the long term and cleaning cleaning cleaning my office. This weekend was full of rest and recharging. We have a clean house, meals planned and a game plan to go for the week.
Not too many extras this week thank goodness! I think it’s going to fly by and then it’s only one week until our weeklong holiday break!! I have many things to do, but I think I’ll have a little extra time here and there this week to cross some things off my to do list.
I already made our lasagna for dinner tomorrow, and I’m excited to try one new recipe in the crock pot this week. I’ll probably add some crusty bread and a salad on the side to make it a full meal. Sheet pan chicken is a great weeknight go to for us. I love that I can chop everything the night before and just slide it all into the oven at once. I tried a new pizza dough recipe last week and wasn’t impressed. Testing out a new one this week!
I’m going to try to be really present with my boys this week and turn off all my outer distractions when we have our time together after school. They’re growing so fast it’s crazy. I feel like we hit a lull where I know every little thing about them and then all of a sudden the next day they’re doing all these new things that they weren’t the day before.
Ben had a little fever last night and did not sleep well at all, but seemed to be on the up and up today. I’m afraid he’s getting my cold which I think I can officially say that I’m almost recovered from. New week, new goals, new opportunities!!
We moved into our new house almost two months ago and while it’s bigger! better! and all the other adjectives that mean it’s amazing, it’s also bigger! emptier! blanker! It’s been no rush as building a home is a marathon not a race, but we’ve filled in some of the spaces with lucky finds from the side of the road and some painstakingly sourced items off of facebook marketplace. After a rush of decorating in the first month, I’ve hit a real standstill with my efforts.
When we bought our home, we knew that we wanted to re-do the kitchen within the first year, and a lot of other little projects are on the list (laundry room, bathroom, general painting, gardening, etc), but our bedroom didn’t make the list. It turns out though, that as our place is a lot bigger than our old one, our bedroom furniture is dwarfed by the size of the room. We have room for more than just the bed and dresser of our old house.
I’ve been browsing pinterest and dreaming of bermuda shutters, a plant, a new lamp, frames for the walls, a little writing desk and a cozy reading nook. First on my list is the chair for next to the built in bookcase. A desk, I would prefer being used, so it’s just a matter of happening upon the right one. An upholstered chair on the other hand, I want to be fresh and clean and new. I’m thinking I smell a Christmas gift to ourselves. Here’s a few that I’ve found in the hunt so far!
Shop the chairs:
- The Lillith // Home Depot // $210
- Cancome Armchair // Wayfair // $204
- Brynn // World Market // $240 // (the current forerunner)
- Lohoms // Amazon // $146
- Ethan Mid Century Modern Linen Chair // Sofa Mania // $130
- Neva // Sixpenny //$1100 (absolutely a splurge. I can’t believe chairs can even cost that much!!)
Which one is your favorite? #3 is winning right now for me, but I’ll keep looking around until I find just the right one. No rush, right? 🙂
I’ve been nursing a cold this weekend. The kind of cold that leaves food tasteless and makes you think you’re never going to be able to breathe out of your nose again. I’ve been pretty pitiful about it too. I rarely get sick, so I lounged around limply asking mike to give me sympathy. But I’m ready to take this week on after a weekend of early to bed and early to rise days. Laundry is done, clothes are laid out, floors are swept, the coffee is waiting to be made and my kids are probably going to wake up at 4am (again) thanks to daylight savings.
One day in and the time change has been so upsetting to me already. I looked up at the clock tonight and realized it was nearly pitch black outside at 5:30. “This is what time you get get home!” I said to Mike in horror. So long after dinner walks. So long evening yard romps and driveway play. It was also a so long to happy baby Ben as he was up at 5, skipped his afternoon nap and was ready for bed at 5, I mean 6 (yes, totally one of those people who say the real time for like two weeks after the time change).
The weather says that this week will be cooler than the 90 degree temperatures of the last few weeks. So maybe this is the time to slow down, cozy up, light candles at night and sleep under the covers with the windows cracked. Nights of cards on the porch with the twinkle lights on and hot chocolate before bed. This is the start of the season where we’re so heart-burstingly happy to live in Florida. Light sweaters are needed but no need for coats. The best. I’m hopeful. Very hopeful. Too hopeful.
Anyway, my week has a few extras this week. Literacy night one evening at school and our faculty meeting another day. This means I’m keeping things simple at home. Easy meals with lots of leftovers for lunches and two nights of leftovers for dinner. I’m going to try to stay on top of laundry, work out, drink water, start planning for the holidays, and do a few other little things to keep life in order.
What does your week have in store?
It’s been a very happy Halloween for our little family after an epic, breath holding, arched back tantrum and refusal of costume this morning. There was excitement in the air at school today with spidermen, witches, princesses and sugar highs liberally scattered around each classroom. All that was missing was a crisp breeze and fall leaves on this very steamy Florida day. A picture of falling snow from my brother made the pang for a Midwestern Halloween a little sharper, but I decided to be grateful for the coat-less romp along the street. We had chili (a tradition – no matter the weather), threw on costumes (Buzz & Woody), and made our way down our block to gather candy and hold out bags, prompting Charlie to say “trick or treat”. The boys were in bed at very nearly the same time as always, and then we trekked outside to the driveway with our Adirondacks, basket of candy and jack-o-lanterns to sip on spiked cider and hand out candy to the rest of the world.
It’s hard to believe that October has come and gone, and we’re on to November – the month of pie, gratitude, and cranberry everything. A whole year to wait for October to come again.