I am counting down the days until Christmas vacation with the boys! I can’t wait. I have big plans. Plans to do nothing! Nothing includes crafting, baking, and reading, but does not include homework, carpool, or swim practice.
I let the dogs out in the morning while I got ready for the day. When I went to bring them inside, they were sitting back-to-back under a huge ray of sunlight. They had their chins up and their eyes closed. I tried to sneak up and take a picture, but they got curious and moved.
More beautiful light, only this time in the afternoon on our way home from school. It’s starting to get cold here in southern California, so our leaves are only now starting to turn and drop in full force. It was so pretty outside. Everything is a different color when the air is brisk. The sunlight bleeds through the red leaves and turns everything soft and pink.
Susie shared the most amazing video on her blog. That’s it above, about the orchestra. Speaking of music, Nicholas shows zero interest in the piano. His heart still beats for drums. Mikey, on the other hand, will play it on his own, and when I showed him how to play a very simple (one hand, no chords) arrangement of Deck the Halls, he practiced and practiced until he could play it, too.
The boys had their school Christmas program. Adorable! I wish I had a video of Nicholas singing. He gets really into it with the long notes. He looks like the little boy in the blue coat behind Sally, right down to the head tilt.
Friday is Mikey’s last swim practice. Yay! The return of our Fridays is imminent. Saturday and Sunday look to be pretty quiet. I hope to get some reading done. Anna Karenina, I’m looking at you.
Speaking of classics, I found out this week Edie of Life in Grace has a book club. They’re reading the classics! The classics-classics. Are you impressed? I am. I have no problem admitting her book club is handing my book club its lunch. She has over 500 members participating and the club has its own forum. Fancy! The reading list is intimidating, but I’d like to join in every now and then. She mentions in one of her videos that the trick to reading books like the ones she has scheduled is to practice. Over time, it gets easier. She’s right. I talked about that more in this post (one of my favorites), and I found that to be true even in law school. There is little as boring, dry, and difficult to understand than a casebook, but by the time I graduated I could fly through them. I’m going to join when they get to Dante. That’s been in my Unread Library for years!
Have a great weekend, everyone!