I’ve been going through some things. Part of it is just a really really busy stage right now. I’ve been on a plane at least once a month since April and that will continue through the end of the year. It’s a combination of fun, work, and dissertation (which I guess is work) but it’s exhausting. Speaking of my dissertation, it is really moving and I CAN actually see the end of this process.
On top of it we’ve had some family struggles which I just don’t want to post about (to all the grandparents – you already know all about it so please don’t get melodramatic). All of this means I’ve just been…quiet.
Last month my mom and sister came to visit with my niece. They had a companion flight that was about to expire, so it was the perfect last minute fun. We took the kids to the Met one day. This is the first time we’ve been where Simon is old enough to kind of get it. We made it about three hours (including an overpriced lunch) so I was impressed. We saw Egypt and a good portion of the American Wing.
Heard from Simon:
“Mom, this is the same Egypt that Sherman and Mr. Peabody went to!”
“I’m scared to touch it (one of the things you were allowed to touch) what if the mummy comes to life?
“This place is amazing!”
“Mom, mom, come look at this one. It’s beautiful.”
Wow! It’s been a whole month since I last blogged – I don’t think I’ve ever lapsed that long. And when I came in to do these snippets I thought it had been two weeks…
We’ve been exceptionally busy. There has been some behind the scenes things (in our family, not this blog) that have resulted in a no screen time when children are awake Monday – Friday, for any of us. This means no more blogging after school while they play. But overall we are a week in and I think it is a good change.
Along with the rest of the world we’ve had fun with the MSQRD app. This one hasn’t been deleted from my phone yet. Lot’s were deleted in the above mentioned screen reduction. Caleb loves it.
Caleb had the flu a couple of weeks ago. Poor sad boy. But he bounced back in time for Easter.
We totally slacked on Easter this year. Grandmas sent some small things, so that was it. I’m giving myself grace that there are some seasons of life I will be able to go all out, and others where I just can’t.
Boys in hats. That is all.
Simon is still playing chess on Fridays. We need to practice more at home. He’s struggling a bit because the teacher “asks him too many questions”. In order to understand that there is a strategy beyond knowing how to move the pieces Simon has to explain the consequences of each move. It’s mentally exhausting, but I think we’ve come to an agreement that there are questions for 20-30 minutes, then only playing. He earned a gold star. Last time the teacher told him he’d get a gold star, then at the end Simon asked for his star – only to find it was a symbolic star. So this week the teacher had brought a sheet of stars just for Simon. I thought that was sweet of him.
I have a full preliminary dissertation file. Meaning I have a file with everything that is coded so far and can start analysis. But I still need to code about 20 questions and have about seven hours of audio to transcribe. So far nothing is significant.
And just for fun Caleb singing. He only sings two songs. Jingle Bells and Let it Go.
And Simon, practicing for Pre-K graduation. Which I will miss for work travel. But this video is everything.
I’ve moved on from bathroom updates to our bedroom. I can’t actually find any pictures taken specifically of our bedroom. Well there is this one, but you can’t really see the room.
I loved the red and gold when I chose it. I still like it now, but am ready for a change. And because we moved the bed to accommodate Rob’s desk, the red was on the wrong wall. Here it is after the new duvet and switching the nightstand from the window side to the door side. I have to climb over Rob or up from the foot to get in, but I have the window sill and Rob has the nightstand. Before the person on the door side had nowhere to put things (we switch sides without issue).
In the easy update, we moved around art and these beauties are now above the bed. The painting and the new duvet gave color inspiration. Most of the walls, including the red, are going grey – one step darker than the bathroom on the paint strip (left/bottom). The two walls by the bed are going blue/purple (3rd from left/bottom).
Because we are living in the room and don’t have a lot of space, I did the gray half this past weekend. I still need to do a second coat of white on the crown molding, but other than that I’m half way there. Oh, taking the molding from beige to white is the biggest cookie in this project, because if I paint the crown and base I have to do the door frames, and if I do the door frames then the doors and if the doors then the other side…
It did make us clean up the cords under the desk and I went through my bookshelf and have a stack ready to go. In the end it’s about purging and enjoying livable space.