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Currently: September 2021

Currently reading:

This month I finished The Lazy Genius Way by Kendra Adachi; Falling by T.J. Newman (crazy suspenseful book, could not put it down); 14 Ways To Die by Vincent Ralph; and The Madness Of Crowds by Louise Penny, among others. I also re-read a couple of books recently – No Way To Treat A First Lady and Boomsday, both by Christopher Buckley. I often want to reread my favorite books, but I don’t think to do it; it was so nice to enjoy these two! Currently I’m reading The List Of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead – so good so far.

Currently reading to my kids:

When we read to the boys at bedtime, we usually divide and conquer. They listen to one story on the couch together – usually read by me – and then Tamara takes Jo Jo to his room to read “bed books” and I do the same with Edgar.

Jonas loves reading Curious George books currently. He and Edgar also often enjoy Cars and Trucks and Things That Go. Edgar is currently in the middle of James and the Giant Peach. We also have enjoyed the Olive and Beatrix books and the Once Upon A Fairy Tale series.

Currently listening to:

I finally finished I’m Chocolate, You’re Vanilla on audiobook! I have a bunch of other audiobooks in my Audible library. I’m hoping that the return to my commute will help me with listening to more audiobooks. Currently I’m listening to How To Be Here by Rob Bell.

Currently watching:

Tamara and I started watching Schitt’s Creek some nights after the boys are in bed. We’re not very far into it, but I am finding it hilarious so far – hoping it is worthy of the nine million recommendations we’ve gotten from others insisting we watch this show!

Currently the boys are:

So excited about starting school! Edgar started kindergarten this month and Jonas started nature pre-school. More on that at some point.

Currently grateful for:

My new school! Loving getting to know new co-workers and students.

Currently looking forward to:

It has been so fun already – only a couple of days into the school year – hearing all about Edgar and Jonas’s adventures at school. Can’t wait to settle into our fall routine and hear more about the things they do each day.

Happy September!

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Currently: August 2021

Currently reading:

I just finished The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz – such a great read, definitely a page-turner. My other favorites this month were State Of Wonder, Every Last Fear, The Nightingale, and Magic Hour. My obsession with Kristin Hannah continues and I might try Winter Garden next.

Currently listening to:

Mostly The Mom Hour and The Girl Next Door podcasts. Also, The Total Soccer Show for Olympics soccer and Gold Cup coverage.

Currently watching:

The Olympics! Loving watching soccer and gymnastics especially.

Currently the boys:

They are Aquamen! (“Who’s Aquaman?”, Edgar keeps asking me. Then I explain that I don’t really know but someday maybe he’ll read about him in a comic book.) We are in the middle of two weeks of swim lessons as I type this, and they are rocking it. It’s been amazing how much progress they’ve made simply because they have access to a pool every day. They moved from being reluctant about blowing bubbles and putting faces in the water to diving for rings and being able to kick-swim underwater in a few weeks.

Currently grateful for:

Gorgeous weather and being able to spend time with family and friends.

Currently psyched about:

All the sweet and ordinary and exciting milestones of these years. Things like Edgar riding his bike without training wheels for the first time, shopping for school supplies (!!!), and going down the big slide at the pool. Things like Jonas ditching diapers and participating in his swim lesson, i.e. trusting and interacting with a new adult after eighteen months of never once being away from his moms. I get so excited about all the new things – they give me boosts of energy and excitement in the midst of exhausting days of parenting little ones.

Currently looking forward to:

Two more weeks of summertime fun, and lots of fun daydreaming and planning for an exciting September. I always love a fresh start, and I love the energy and motivation that comes at this time of year – the other New Year – for me.

Happy August!

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Currently: July 2021

Currently reading:

My reading pace has slowed down a little these past few weeks. I finally finished Do Right By Me by Valerie I. Harrison and Kathryn Peach D’Angelo – such a great read and resource. I also finished The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah. Currently I am reading Run by Ann Patchett, We Want To Do More Than Survive by Bettina Love, and Parenting 4 Social Justice by Angela Berkfield.

Currently listening to:

I’ve been listening to the audiobook version of the book Playful Mindfulness, as well as the audiobooks versions of Run and We Want To Do More Than Survive.

Currently watching:

The early seasons of The Big Bang Theory. Oh, my gosh, that show is so funny! I’m watching this a little too much lately – definitely interfering with my audiobook time – but I had completely forgotten how much I love it, and it’s been awesome to revisit.

Currently the boys:

WILL NOT STOP WRESTLING. It’s non-stop, and someone almost always ends up in tears. They are obsessed. Trying to savor the rare moments when they’re playing with something semi-calmly. Edgar is really into taking cardboard boxes and turning them into something else – he made a rocket ship and a toy store with a parking lot, most recently. They’ve also re-engaged with the Toy Story franchise, so Buzz and Woody are frequently being wrestled over lately.

Currently grateful for:

Transferring to a new school! In September, I’ll start at a new elementary school. I’m so excited to be working with younger kids again, and I’m grateful, as always, for the energy I get with a fresh start.

Currently psyched about:

Edgar’s 5th birthday TOMORROW!

Currently looking forward to:

Relaxed summer mornings with no rush to go anywhere or do anything. Whether it’s during our camping trips or just during my time at home with the boys, I am really looking forward to that. I’d like to go for longer runs, strengthen my morning routine, and steal an hour (or two!) of reading before the boys wake up.

Happy, happy July!

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