dates with kids date with John play tennis once do a fun Halloween breakfast 2 new local hikes sewing projects with the kids
- figure out my serger
re-upholster a headboard October family adventure
- finish up the IAT in my area
or at least do a long run
With school, we’re adding one thing at a time and keeping it consistent. This month we added handwriting and spelling.
Seasonal changes always have me scratching my head as to what life looks like with the kiddos. The I’m-done-with-food-processing-and-garden shift means I’m possibly able to read and craft again, but with a baby? It’s proving to be harder than I expected- one challenge of a small house. I can’t do much when a baby is sleeping! I have several projects I’m excited about for this winter (quilts, braided wool rug, homemade deodorant), plus I have some ideas for next year’s outside projects (grafting trees).
What is working…
Before I dive into winter projects, I am making myself get some other little projects done. So far so good. It feels nice to see a few less projects around. Then, I can play!
We have dabbled into kid activities this year- new territory for us. I put Hannah in gymnastics one hour a week, and she loves it. The kids are also doing an evening church activity while I’m at Bible study, and although it’s not amazing from my perspective, the kids like it and it allows me to do Bible study with very little hassle. Instead of swimming lessons, I opted for swimming occasionally as a family, and we have actually done it. We are busier than we usually are, and we’re trying it on. If it doesn’t work, I can get out of any of it.
What is not working…
Figuring out how to sew with a baby in the house. Frustrated about that…I’ll own it. I know it’s a short season and I shouldn’t feel that way, but I do.
Keeping up the house. Honestly, the problem is too much stuff. A smallish house plus 6 people means we can’t have too much. I need to initiate a pre-Christmas purge.
I’m thinking about…
Christmas ideas for everyone; I have a good start!
From the bookshelf…
- I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail by Gail Storey
- Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis
- dates with kids
- date with John
- November family adventure
- add math to our homeschool
- finish three quilt tops (this isn’t as ambitious as it sounds…two are mostly assembled)
- do a long run (or maybe IAT? I’m still holding out hope!)
- play tennis once
- take the kids to an orchestra concert
- ice skate once a week
- take the kids swimming and to the indoor rec center
- visit the nursing home and pack food again at the food pantry
- upload photos to shutterfly for kids’ scrapbooks
- drink 2 kleen kanteens of water each day
- get rid of 100 items around our house
- do a fun celebration for 3 years (!) in our house
Anyone else cleaning things out before Christmas? Do you struggle to find space for certain projects…what works for you? I could use the encouragement!