~ I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: I’m loving our art curriculum, Meet the Masters! So far, we’ve learned about Van Gogh and done our own version of “Starry Night” with oil pastels on black paper; learned about Monet and did a painting of a tree in his style with Q-tips and poster paint; and learned about George Seurat. Next up – a method of coloring that will give the effect of pointillism without the huge time commitment. Did you know it took him three years to finish “Sunday in the Park…”?
~ Friends and family are amazing. Sometimes, it has to feel very dark for you to realize how bright the people in your life truly shine.
~ I can handle my own disappointment and fear and worry and stress most of the time – but when I see it weighing on my children, I break down. Josiah, my ten-year-old, has had a rough week. He’s the only one of the four kids who has never lived in another house, and he’s having a very hard time with the idea of moving. Unfortunately, he’s also the type to internalize his emotions, and so I thought he was doing just fine. Then he had a blow-up with his brother resulting in sobbing, gasping tears, and I realized that this was a lot more than his brother annoying him. As I held him on my lap and asked what was going on, he said, “I just feel mad and sad all the time and it makes me want to blow up at everyone!” Tore my heart out. 🙁 We talked a long time about not trying to keep it all inside, but talking to Kevin and me when things get bad, even if it’s not a specific question or topic, even if it’s just to crawl up on my lap and say, “I’m feeling bad today.”
~ Looking forward to a movie night with Michelle tonight; I was sent a review DVD of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. This is definitely the type of movie that calls for a Mom’s Movie Night, and so we will be eating finger food (and chocolate), drinking wine, and enjoying the brilliance of Maggie Smith and Judi Dench.
~ I finished two books this week. Sense and Sensibility was amazing on audio! I’ve never tried Austen on audio before, but I will definitely be doing it again. This edition was read by Wanda McCaddon, and she was perfect. I also finished reading The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan aloud to the boys – and we jumped right into the final book in the series on Friday.
~ If I have time to read today, I have plenty of books to choose from. I’m almost embarrassed to tell you how many books I am in the middle of! When I finished a bunch last week, I started Remarkable Creatures by Tracey Chevalier (the only title on my shelves that could help me fulfill the “creepy, crawly” category in the “What’s in a Name Challenge”); The Candidate by Paul Harris; Anne of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery; and Under the Dome by Stephen King. But then three books came into the library for me: Flesh and Bone by Jonathan Maberry; Seeing by Jose Saramago; and The Human Factor by Graham Greene. I’ve already dipped into two of them. Plus, I’m listening to Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks and The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch on audiobook. See why I was embarrassed to list them all? My husband just shakes his head at me.
What are you doing today? Watching any football, TV, or movies? Reading any good books?
Books completed in September:
The Cutting Season by Attica Locke – 5 stars – my review
Impossible by Nancy Werlin – 5 stars – my review
Travels with My Aunt by Graham Greene – 4 stars – my review
The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman (audiobook) – 4 stars – my review
Need by Carrie Jones – 4 stars – my review
Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio – 4 stars – my review
Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos – 5 stars
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (audiobook) – 5 stars
The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan – 4 stars