This week, we tried a new way to organize our family by using lists. Each kid received a journal for Christmas that’s a daily, self-ordered checklist. We chose Wednesday to start, as that’s our home day, and began planning our day at the table after we finished reading. We picked up sushi from Sprouts that day and ate outside, enjoying the warmer weather and discussing which books we want to read next. Writing the goals themselves by Friday, we managed to get a few more tasks finished than usual by day’s end. They don’t seem to care about checking stuff off the list, just putting it on (that complaint is my own). After a long, slow January, this is my ramp-up to resuming regular activities by next week.
Lots of slow time at home to enjoy the thoughtful gifts we received – even for January Christmas, which my family celebrated on New Year’s Day.
Our last, full week of everything included a last-minute Nuggets game with extended family. We got the best seats we’ve ever had – 9 rows back! – and enjoyed watching the actual game instead of on the jumbo-tron. The kids aren’t usually very interested in team sports, but this time they were old enough toContinue reading “December 4 – Weekly Photos”
With a focus on science this week, we managed to squeeze in a ton of experiments. We made the strawberry DNA work (finally), exploded some soda, engineered taller, more solid buildings by using celery + apple chunks with the marshmallows, and are (hopefully) growing some rock candy in the cupboards of our rental space. We also visited Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, where all the animals came out to say hello! After a long-awaited trip to IKEA, the kids also assembled their individual desks + other pieces. Rosetta put together a chair + Wilder a shelving unit.
The week of science experiments, if ever there was one. From DIY egg dye to rocket launching, we did them ALL.
We’ve had some personal growth this week as well – that usually feels awkward to me. Rosetta has a friend with a similar temperament, and that makes it hard for them to move on from disappointment when they play. They’re quiet, funny people, and disagreement shifts them into defensive mode.
Whew. We’ve begun embracing the season and starting all the holiday crafts and our seasonal read-aloud, all great things!
A lovely week of crowding outdoors as much as possible, soaking up the sunshine and pretending we don’t mind that it’s a snow-less year so far.
Last week started out great, then turned into a sick week off. Hoping we can sleep it off soon. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!