Apparently I'm blogging again. In looking over past posts, I really like how I documented our weeks. I miss that. And even though I'm not homeschooling this year, I think there's still a place for it in our family's life.
Last weekend I was still sick, so I laid low while Matthew went to his last wrestling tournament of the year. This was a hard season for him because he wrestled up one or two weight classes at every meet. Saturday he had the toughest match of his (short) career. He was up by four points with ten seconds to go, against an opponent who outweighed him by twelve pounds. But the other boy outlasted him, getting a take down and then pinning my boy with ZERO seconds on the clock. Bill said it was a fair call, but it was so hard to take. Matthew cried. The girls cried (they were there to cheer him on). Bill was awfully upset. I cried when he called to tell me about it. But the amazing gift this sport has given Matthew is the ability to move on, to realize there is always another match. By late Saturday afternoon he was okay.
Our pastor was installed on Sunday, which I blogged about here. What a good day.
We had our usual flurry of piano lessons and riding lessons, with track practice thrown in for good measure. Huge storms on Wednesday meant no riding for me that day.
Bill had a trade show in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Isn't that where everyone wants to go at the end of January?
Our house still has germs floating around: Darcy was home sick on Tuesday and Matthew on Thursday. Nothing permanent, apparently.
The bathroom and closet still aren't done, and we continue to live part-time out of the basement. I am just so ready to have a bathroom again! There really isn't anything to do but wait, because the new cabinets are in production right now.
Darcy is working on her Greek unit at school. Right
now she and Paige are dressing their American Girls in togas. Sweet.
And I am choosing colors for the kitchen and laundry room. The operating words for this project are "functional" and "happy." My word for the bedroom/bath re-do was "calm," which I think I hit spot-on, so I am eager to see if my wordy approach to home decorating works.
Coming up: I have to unpack the entire kitchen and laundry before winter break! Or is it pack? The whole thing will be demolished in two weeks. I. Can't. Wait. And we have a trip to get ready for, meeting up with wonderful friends for some time in the snow.
Continue with the Aeneid and Les Miserables. I hit the fifty-page digression to Waterloo in Les Mis, and it is hard to get through! But there must be a reason for it, so I am forging ahead.
Goals for this week: Take more pictures! More books, less computer time. Try to put away some of the bedroom stuff that is out so that I can make room for kitchen stuff.