Happy monday! Hope you had a great weekend, whether it was picking up candy, snuggling on the couch, or knocking out house projects. We had a bit of everything and spent Sunday cleaning, preparing food, and building a new patio to cover the hole left by our hot tub removal. Ok, I did the first two and David knocked out the third.
Still, it was a great mix of fun and productivity weekend, which ended with a walk with a good friend, a hot bath, and an early bedtime. # thisis37. I'm feeling my Earl Gray this morning and just wanted to chat with you, so… let's chat!
Halloween was a blast.
It was so refreshing to have a night that felt normal. We had some friends for Chili and Brunswick stew. I used this Brunswick Stew Recipe and would do it again, but with a few changes. First off, I would use a vinegar based barbecue sauce instead of the recommended Sweet Baby Rays. I would also eliminate the sugar, or add only half if necessary with a more vinegar based sauce. I also added potatoes to mine. Overall it was good, but too sweet!
As for the Halloween festivities, the girls were thrilled with how our costumes turned out. They had wanted to do a Star Wars theme for a long time and I think we succeeded! The neighborhood really went out of its way to make it a special night for everyone. Neighbors gathered in dead ends and the community atmosphere was heartwarming. The full moon was beautiful and the weather was cool but not as freezing as I expected.
Overall I'm really thankful for such a fun and normal night. And the girls always have their candies spread out and sorted; the fun of trading hasn't stopped yet!
Lands End has an incredible sale right now. I wanted a warm coat for me in girls that falls somewhere between a hoodie and a ski coat. These match the bill! They are rated for temperatures up to 9 degrees and are not large and bulky. David was looking for a waistcoat (I love a good waistcoat in cold weather and I think he was jealous…). Anyway, I don't know how long this sale will last, but it's a good opportunity to take advantage of it!
Think of this as your friendly reminder to schedule your dermatologist appointment. I have to book mine at least 6 months in advance, but my appointment was last week. With melanoma in my family and lots of moles to watch out for, I'm glad I found a dermatologist I trust. She uses a dermatoscope (a special pocket light that allows her to see the structure of the skin that might be hidden from the naked eye).
I have had two biopsies and although I keep a close eye on my skin, none of these spots would have been suspicious. I'll be picking up the pathology report in a week, but wanted to give you a little push to make an appointment for a professional to help you keep tabs on the health of your larger organ.
Homeschool Update. We took a fall break last week, it was rejuvenating! we baked cookies with Nannie and watched a few more Halloween movies. Now this week, I feel refreshed and ready to return in a few solid weeks before our Thanksgiving break. Right now I feel really grateful to have started our new program in June. We are at more than a third of our math and language arts curriculum. It makes me feel good.
We ditched Singapore science very early on (it was a bust) and just got my order from Unit Study The Good and the Beautiful Human Body. We are starting this today and after going through it I think it will be a great choice for the United States. I plan to stay the course during the holidays and add more writing and reading in January, because we are fans of homeschooling to the rhythm of the seasons.
As for readalouds, we are done The prairie thief recently (I would recommend it for ages 7+ and would be up for a lot of new vocabulary words) currently reading Tuesdays at the castle. Hailey (9) is really in and Kaitlyn (6) is average. It starts out a little dark and I think I would recommend it for ages 8 and up. In the car we listen to the audio version of The land of stories and both girls (and myself) are addicted. Chris Colfer does a great job with the storytelling. After devouring the It doesn't matter after audiobooks more than once, we're all very happy to have found a new twist on the idea of characters entering fairy tales.
The big elephant in the room, right? This will likely be the only snippet I share on politics, but I was keen to say it the day before Election Day, especially after being repeatedly asked on Instagram if I was going to share who I vote for.
While I have opinions on the matter (I'm a political podcast fanatic) my strongest thoughts on the election are: I care a lot less about who to vote for than how they vote. treat people who vote differently from them.
We are currently a very divided country. I saw videos of DC boarding shops and restaurants in preparation for election night and it broke my heart. Whatever the outcome, it looks like about half of the country will have voted in agreement with you and the other half not. We need to start to understand this and find common ground among ourselves rather than labeling ourselves with general statements.
I have friends and family that I love very much who vote differently from me. Its good. It's more than OK; this is what our country was founded on, expressing our different opinions, shaped by our unique perspectives and priorities, in a spirit of listening to each other and using that to create a strong country.
I love this country, I am grateful to live in this country, and I believe that the world we are raising our children in has a lot less to do with what's going on in Washington and a lot more to do with what's going on between our four walls and in our communities. Sending yourself so much love that you find peace right now and turn off the news if that seems too much to you.
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