Friday, August 27, 2010

Seven Quick Takes

I made this for a friend who had her baby last week. I love how it turned out so much that I might just have to make one for my own baby, whenever she decides to arrive!

Anna and I finished our second week of homeschooling before lunch today. I am enjoying spending one-on-one time with her. She is eager to learn, and our mornings are such a blessing right now. Jack is paying more attention than I thought he would. He can recite her "memory gems" even though he doesn't sit still at the table with us.
There are hints that fall is just around the corner if you stop to notice. There is a crispness in the air that has replaced the oppressive humidity. It was darker outside this morning, when I awoke at my usual time, and the coffee somehow tasted better.
One more sign of fall's approach: the Army Band had their last outdoor summer concert last night. They ended with the 1812 Overture complete with live cannons. The kids loved it and so did I. It was a wonderful evening sitting on the grass with my family around me and enjoying the music.
After the concert ends, Tony has to stay and tear down the equipment. I walked back to the car with Olivia and Anna, for Jack always wants to stay with his dad and "help". Now that the concert was over, we could park much nearer the gazebo. It was such a lovely evening that we decided to stay and walk along the seawall while Tony worked. Just as we reached the wall and the salty sea smell filled my nostrils, I looked out and saw the most spectacular moon just above the horizon. It was pumpkin orange and it might have been my imagination, but it even seemed to have a smiling face.
I keep hoping for that "nesting" thing to kick in, but alas, all I feel is tired this week. It took every bit of my willpower to make the bread dough today and to work on the laundry.
Olivia will finish her first week at the High School today and I am looking forward to picking her up so that we can talk on the way home. It fascinates me to hear her perspective and to find out what stood out for her as she enters this world so foreign to her.
Stop by Jen's, the gracious host of 7 quick takes!


  1. You paint such a lovely picture of the anticipation of fall. I can hardly wait, myself. what a nice peaceful feeling I have after reading your quick takes!

  2. Olivia in high school, Sophie at college...this just seems so wrong. But I can't deny that it HAS been a beautiful week for the moon. :-)

    PS: New computer lets me comment on other people's blogs!

  3. My oldest son just started high school after being homeschooled since 5th grade. He's loving it, and I'm constantly amazed by how well he is handling the change. I really feel like being at home allowed him to mature at his own pace, and he's now so much more self confident in a new situation. It's a joy to watch him and hear him talk about it. I hope your Olivia is having the same experience.

  4. Lots of changes for you this Fall, but one of the nicer ones is Fall, itself, having come so early. I am loving it and have been out in the yard planting and mulching and enjoying the beauty of nature with our bunnies and our birds. I am St. Francis right now.
    On another note, I had no idea the Army band held concerts. Is this on the base, or can civilians partake? I guess it's over for this summer, but will you drop me a message over on FB if this is something I can do next summer. It sounds wonderful.
    Blessings on your little classroom this year.