I still remember how to do this!

edited candlesHey there people!  You thought I’d gone for a nice trip to the moon, didn’t you?  Wrong!  I’ve been here all along.  I was going to give all sorts of reasons for not blogging lately, but then I thought I’ll just let you know some of what I’ve been doing instead of blogging, and then you’ll get the run down on what I’ve been up to and I’ll kind of be making my excuses at the same time. Ha!

  • homeschooling — we’re loving Sonlight, reading together and seeing how much amazing progress is being made when we spend a couple of concentrated hours on learning in the mornings.  We’ve just started term three, and I think we’re actually getting the hang of it now, yay!  It’s gone pretty well all year, but I felt especially refreshed after our recent two weeks off, which we spent here at home, and we’ve been back at school for a fortnight now and I reckon this has been our best couple of weeks yet.  I got a few activities sorted for the boys during the holidays, and it has made a massive difference making sure they are focussed in the mornings, while I’m busy helping Amelia.
  • making pasta from scratch — yummy and fun, but it takes a little time!  We love pasta here, but I am becoming increasingly uncomfortable about feeding the family all this white pasta from the pantry, but some of the family are reluctant to switch to wholemeal so I feel better about making my own here at home.  Even though it still has way too much white flour in it, at least it has the added benefit of free range eggs too.
  • knitting — I’ve made a vest for each of the boys and have loved creating and actually finishing some projects.  I’m keen to knit one for Amelia now, nothing like a vest to keep the core warm on these chilly days!
  • jogging — still keeping up with the plan I set at the beginning of the year.  I was getting up at six and heading out but as the weather got colder I was finding it harder and harder to get out of bed and actually started to DREAD the alarm going off because I had to go out into the cold. It made so much sense when Sam said “why don’t you go at seven?” And then I wished I had thought of that.  It has made all the difference.  Still cold, I have come home with icicles in my hair on more than one occasion, but all in all a lot better.  I felt like a local when last week our garbage man commented that I was running alone and that I didn’t have a trail of neighbourhood dogs keeping me company! (Yes, this town still has men running along behind the truck manually lifting the bins onto the back, welcome to hicksville my friends.)
  • cooking and cleaning for church — after an eighteen month long maternity break we’re back on the roster at church this year.  It only comes up once a month, and this is our weekend, but I find it a very busy week when we’re on, and that once per month seems to rock around very quickly!  We’re glad to be doing our bit though.
  • reading blogs — it’s so much easier to sit down and read a post than to write one.  I’ve discovered a couple of style blogs recently which have inspired me to make the most of my current wardrobe and to get more creative, and also tips on what to look for when shopping to ensure that new purchases are going to coordinate with current items. So much common sense, more ideas I wish I’d thought of, but inspiring to read!  It has also come at a good time, as I have been recreating my style and trying to realise that yes my body has changed since becoming a mum, and that’s not all bad, but to dress to suit my figure as it is now, not try to squeeze into clothes that once looked good on me, and then wonder why I feel frumpy…(And while I’m here on the topic of blogs I’ll apologise to my friends for a lack of comments on your blogs recently, I got myself all muddled and confused when google reader stopped and I lost all my fave blogs for a while, but I’m hoping I’ve got it all sorted again now.)

Well, that’s a little from our life lately.  What have YOU been up to?