I've had one of those weeks, where nothing seems to go quite right. We've had a broken washer, frozen pipes, loss of power...We had snow predicted at 70% which didn't come after all...We had our First Friday classes, Valentines Party, and a weekend trip to the beach planned and canceled because of the weather. Every little bill, errand, or school lesson seemed to go awry. I've even had poop down the carpeted hallway.
Now that's not to say there weren't joyful times through it all. We had 3 fun days at my parents' house due to our aforementioned washer issues. I had a nice birthday dinner and last-minute outing for s'mores at the neighbors' house to end off my day. We've got a 3-day weekend with Daddy home. Steven Joseph was thrilled to get to help Daddy and the neighbor with the beehive (yep, we'll be beekeepers soon), and apparently spent three hours hammering nails and using a mini-blower. He got to fish with Daddy last Sunday and today! Thomas is giggling and playing with toys and it's so fun to watch him discover the world around him. The girls have been playing together really well this week, considering it was too cold to do much else. I left my camera at my parents' house tonight or I'd have some fun photos to share.
Another positive that happened this week was starting a new reading program with the girls. Funnix was offering a free download of their program, written by the same author of the 100 Easy Lessons book I've used with them. There's a lower level for Ellie and an upper level for Mary Clare, and I think it's going to be a great interactive program to increase their reading skills! It takes a good 20-30 minutes a day, but they seem to like it so far!
I'm reading Ann Voskamp's One Thousand Gifts, and I think it will be a good way for me to continue to look at the positive parts of our days. So before I go to bed tonight, I'll start my list. Not sure if I'll get to 1000, but it does seem like a beautiful way to find the blessings in the every day. And that's what this life of a busy homeschooling mommy has to be, because otherwise I'd just see chaos and stress and messes that fill my days!
Today I am thankful for...
1. Chubby baby in fuzzy white PJs with big smiles on the changing table
2. Reading "Where's Spot" twice and "Alice the Fairy" with E and SJ tonight
3. A warm home with hot water
4. Time to rest and read at my parents' house
5. Birthday cheesecake with the fam to celebrate 33 wonderful years of life!
6. A new sweater in one of my favorite shades of blue
7. SJ's cute comments, like "Hey guys! It's me, Little Steven!"
8. Girls dancing to a funny 1990s Christian TV show for kids
9. Sour cream donuts for breakfast
10. A gorgeous sunny day