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Currently: November 2021

It’s been difficult to figure out where to begin when I sit down to write lately.

So much is happening – and also, not much is happening. We have settled into our fall routine. The boys are learning new things every day. The weather is changing. We get ready for school in the mornings. We play in the backyard. We see close friends for outdoor playdates. We have evening homework. We have lots of overtired kid meltdowns, though those are decreasing every week! We also have lots of festivity as we gear up for the holidays.

I am contemplating how I want to structure my writing for (gasp!) 2022. I like doing these monthly check-in posts, but sometimes I find them boring or repetitive, especially when I’m already writing a monthly gratitude post. Maybe I just need more categories? We’ll see.

Currently reading:

I am currently reading A Line To Kill, which is the latest from Anthony Horowitz. Loving it so far – perfect time of year for a cozy mystery.

Currently reading to my kids:

Edgar and I are currently still working through the Eerie Elementary series. Jonas is listening to ALL the books, which is lovely. (If you have a 1- or 2-year-old that’s not that into books, be encouraged! Jonas could barely sit still for a book when he was younger, and now he is loving it.) A few of our favorite picture books lately have been Pumpkin Soup and Zip Zoom On A Broom.

Currently listening to:

Nothing, really. Sometimes a podcast. Sometimes old reruns of The Big Bang Theory while I’m cleaning the kitchen. I have so many great audiobooks in my Audible library, and my commute would be a great time for listening – except, at the end of the day, I am SPENT because work is stressful. More on that at some point.

Currently the boys are:

Really into playing in the dirt in our backyard. Like, there’s one patch of dirt in particular. They are obsessed with it.

They are also really engaged with their respective schools. It has been so lovely to see them both enjoying their days and telling us stories about school over dinner. Edgar is reading sight words and Jonas is remembering the names of his classmates. He also is half-grinning, half-rolling his eyes when I troll him by singing songs I know he’s singing at school. (One of my favorite things to do is look up the lyrics to songs or chants that I find out, from teachers or school newsletters, that they are using at school. I then incorporate them at home. Edgar has always loved this, because he loves the songs/chants but sometimes can’t remember every word or the beat. For Jonas, I think he thinks I am ridiculous when I bust out “Falling, falling, falling leaves; Mother Nature, did you sneeze?” to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.)

Currently grateful for:

My family. A lot is happening in our extended family currently, and I’m grateful for all the humans involved in all of it.

Currently looking forward to:

The holidays! So excited to be with family for Thanksgiving and then to enjoy all the merriment and joy of Christmas.

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Currently: October 2021

Currently reading:

I’ve been on a big reading kick lately and just recently finished Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library – loved it. I’m currently reading The House in the Cerulean Sea and loving it oh-so-much. All recommendations for middle grade/YA fiction are welcome!

Currently reading to my kids:

Edgar and Jonas have both been loving the Olive and Beatrix books by Amy Marie Stadelmann. Edgar also has been enjoying the Schubert books, a series of Conscious Discipline books that he’s been listening to at school; we have a few copies at home and he loves them all. We found a great book at our newly-opened-after-renovation library called Shark and Bot, which is a graphic novel for young readers. While I definitely prefer a traditional book to a graphic novel, I am finding that the kids graphic novels we’ve read together are great for this age – a more advanced storyline, but with lots of great visuals to keep the kids engaged. (There is a graphic novel version of the first two books in the Magic Treehouse series and Edgar really enjoyed the first one.) Recently, they are BOTH (!!!) enjoying re-reading all the Princess In Black books. They are also both equally obsessed with a silly and semi-spooky book called I Want To Be In A Scary Story by Sean Taylor – they literally argue over it at bedtime. We read it all together on the couch, then Jonas takes it to his bedroom for Tamara to read it again, and when they’re done they deliver it to me and Edgar so WE can read it one more time. Don’t love it when they bicker – love it when they’re literally fighting over a book.

Currently listening to:

My newest favorite podcast is Home School Hood, which is a new listen from Erica Ladd of The Girl Next Door podcast. I have a secret obsession with learning about all things homeschooling and education, and it’s all very much on my mind with Edgar starting school. I’ve also been reading a book called The Homeschool Alternative by Dr. Myiesha Taylor and that’s been extremely informative and insightful.

Currently the boys are:

Getting settled into their new routine! Edgar had homework for the first time – homework. (I imagine I’ll have some thoughts and feelings about homework as he gets older, but right now, while it consists of tracing a page full of numbers? It’s adorable and new and we both love it.) Jonas is still so excited to be going to school “all by myself.” He loves his two teachers and having things to tell us about his day. He also gets REAL bummed on Tuesdays and Thursdays when it’s not a school day. A super-sweet brother moment was Edgar gently telling him last Tuesday, “It’s okay, Jo Jo! You’ll have a really fun day at home!” Heart melting.

Currently grateful for:

Two hours spent simplifying my “Want To Read” list on Goodreads. This task was a happy surprise during a season when I am trying to simplify and declutter many areas of my home and life.

I was having trouble falling asleep one night, and I looked at my WTR list on Goodreads, and it had over 600 books on it – TOO MANY. Typically, if I see a book that sounds interesting, I immediately add it to this list without thinking much about it. It ends up being way too long of a list. and not necessarily books that I truly want to read – so very unhelpful.

That night, I went through the books and deleted a whole bunch that I couldn’t even remember adding to the list. Once it was culled down a little, I went through it again (insomnia much?) and looked at the descriptions more closely. If it really sounded like something I might want to read, I left it; if I wasn’t sure, I deleted it. Now, the list is just under 100 titles – so it’s actually a real resource I could use if I’m in one of my reading ruts and don’t know which book I should read next. I’m also hoping this simplifying will help with my habit of over-requesting library books; sometimes, I hear about a book, and I immediately request it from the library. Now that my WTR list is under control, I can add a book to that list instead. That way, I won’t end up with 35 books on the hold shelf at the library, 10 of which are books I don’t even remember ordering. (True story – multiple times over, true story.)

Currently looking forward to:

While I am bummed about the end of summer, I’m loving the cooler fall weather and getting excited about the seasonal fun of October, November, and December. Especially with Edgar and Jonas experiencing the festivities through their school communities as well.

Happy October – and happy fall!

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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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