Plans for this week
Not too much! I am trying as much as possible, to just stay home, since there isn't really anywhere we have to be for the next few days. Lots of games are being played, roller-blades are going around the basement, we are cooking some slightly fancier lunches and dinners than normal, and spending a lot of time sitting around reading, talking, and watching a little Mr. Bean here and there. This week, plans include a walk in the woods, a bowling outing, a New Year's Eve dinner and movie night, and everyone getting a new calendar on New Year's Day.
Exhaling. It always takes me longer than I think it should to really settle into the post-Christmas spirit. It is really one of my very favorite times of year, this space between Christmas and New Year's Day. There is nothing much to do, everyone has some new "toys", the house is fairly clean, we have tons of food from entertaining and baking....really, what is not to love? But it does take me a couple of days to truly accept that yes, we can just sit around and do not much for a few days and that is totally okay! Better than okay, actually.
Well, not much going on here! I am thinking next Monday might be a bit difficult, easing back into things, but we'll cross that bridge when we get to it. I was feeling guilty about not continuing Rose's phonics lessons over break, as I originally thought I might. But she has been trying to puzzle out a lot of things on her own lately: short books, titles, signs, etc.. so I like to think the break is actually doing her some good and stirring up her interest.
Out of doors
It has been unseasonably warm. Christmas was green, and rainy. No snow is in the forecast, much to the kids' disappointment. I am pretty sure that much of last winter's break was spent sledding. Not this year!
In the kitchen
Watching & reading