Last month, I shared my struggle to take pictures of our own family and my determination to blog about our family life every month. Although I am trying to finish up photo sessions in October and life has been so busy, I slowed down and made some progress on our family photos (and I’m so glad I did!).
As I officially entered third trimester this month, and with so many other commitments in my life, I have done a few things to cultivate self-care when I needed it the most:
- Brought fresh flowers to our table.
- Started planning and visioneering for 2020 using my new Powersheets (more on that in my December post).
- Cooked delicious meals: peach and sour cream pancake (pictured below), Aussie cookies (oh the smell of coconut flakes and organs zest!!), seafood mornay. My kids and I also made a pavlova cake after reading about the great ballerina Anna Pavlova.
- Finally finished watching the complete set of Lord of the Rings during our date night!!! (I know, I’m so late in the game…)
- Things are going well at school in October, but it has not always been full of sprinkles and confetti.
- We had a hiccup earlier in the school year as Em. struggled (and cried) for three months straight in math. We finally decided to change to a new curriculum this month and it’s been the best decision ever! Our homeschool journey has taught me that every child learns differently, and it is my job to guide them in the process with humility and love.
- Since Em. is back on track, I now have more time to spend with Noe. She loves handwriting and finally knows all her alphabets! She begs me to read to her all day long and we continue to work on her letters & sounds. She spends most of her day talking to her stuffy animals and making up songs while playing Lego. But I make sure to have fun learning activities ready at hand each month, and she also tags along with our unit studies.
- In October we celebrated our kitten Frostine’s first birthday! She is the first pet ever living with me in my life and there have been a lot of adjustments. But I never regretted saying yes to my family, as my husband and the girls love and begged me for a cat for years! We adopted her last Christmas and we are so grateful that she is now a healthy, joyful cat. She loves to snooze all day and goes to her little bed right at 10 PM and sleep till 4 AM the next day! She enjoys a good meal as much as the rest of our family. She’s our baby forever! 🎀💕 Happy Birthday, Frostine!!
Family fun things to do:
- We went to the zoo with our homeschool friends earlier this month, learned and met in-person a northern porcupine, touched a lizard, rode on the carousel seven times! Noe. came home having a low fever for several days, but she was fine after that. I guess we were exhausted from all the walking!!
- Em. and Noe. were so excited to attend our church‘s Fall Festival. This year I made matching costumes for them and they had a great time painting pumpkins and eating root beer ice cream floats. We always end our evening with a hayride around our church campus. It’s something that they look forward to each year!
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