Outside my window… it’s rainy and cold. The leaves seem to be past their peek now.

I am thinking… about learning calculus and physics. I regret taking chemistry instead of physics in high school, and I’ve decided that there’s no reason why I can’t learn it now. If anyone has any good book recommendations for learning calculus or physics please do let me know!

I am thankful for… a coal stove that keeps our home warm, and the fabulous new 3-hole paper punch that Aaron’s mom gave me at the start of this school year. (Never underestimate the value of a good 3-hole punch when homeschooling.)

From the learning rooms… last week before our week off. Looking back, I’m pretty happy with our book and curriculum choices this year. The kids are enjoying the new spelling practice app that we’ve been using. It’s definitely a keeper!

From the kitchen… English muffin bread is in the oven again. It’s one of the kids’ favorite kinds of bread, and I appreciate how quick and easy it is to make.

I am wearing… jeans, a grey long-sleeve tee, and the trusty purple crocs have been exchanged for my favorite LL Bean shoes.

I am creating… dishcloths for Christmas. Mom used to knit so many of these for gifts!

I am going… to have to go to the grocery store by the end of the week. It’s amazing how much food four growing kids can go through. (Yes, I’ve heard it will be even worse once they are all teenagers…)

I am reading… The Quarryman’s Bride. I should be finished with it this week so that I can write up my review. I haven’t done as much reading this past week because I’ve had to put in a little extra writing time.

I am hoping… that we get some good photography weather this week. My IT staff isn’t just a computer wizard, he’s also a fabulous photographer. He’s hoping for good night photography weather sometime this week.

I am hearing… We Dream of a Kingdom by Greg Long. I listened to his albums quite a bit when I was a teenager, and I’ve been listening to them again this weekend while writing.

Pondering these words… “I know very little about how this story was born. That is, I don’t know where the pictures came from. And I don’t believe anyone knows exactly how he ‘makes things up.’ Making up is a very mysterious thing. When you ‘have an idea,’ could you tell anyone exactly how you thought of it?” – CS Lewis

Around the house… Munchkin made a LEGO pizza, Mr. Q and Camo made an indoor golf game, and Little Guy is happily playing with his wooden puzzle. Their creativity amazes and delights me!

One of my favorite things… is listening to my kids’ conversations while playing. Munchkin: We’re not going to make it! Mr. Q: Nonsense!

A few plans for the rest of the week: Reading, writing, laundry, and exploring the Khan Academy physics videos.

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