Here's a little "recap" of what's been going on here:
We took a two week break from school at Christmas which was extra-fun as our oldest son Nate was home from Ft. Benning, GA where he is stationed in the Army, *plus* our oldest daughter Micah and her husband Joshua were in town! I love having the dining room table extra-full!
A quick, blurry Christmas morning photo with all dozen kiddos!
January 3 we were back to school here. I love being "back to normal" in routine here after a break, but I'll readily admit that the spring semester is more difficult for me, motivation-wise, than the fall semester. Once March arrives we have a myriad of outdoor activities to attend to, the older boys' lawn mowing business begins in earnest, the baby goats take extra time, the garden needs to be put in, etc, etc. We do get all of our state requirements met, but inevitably I end up feeling like the schoolyear ends with a "fizzle" rather than ending strong.
I have been super-encouraged to be learning "correct" running form this time around. Check out ChiRunning for some fabulous running info. Tom even purchased a spot for me in a local ChiRunning workshop as a birthday gift! I found the 4 hours to be very, very helpful and highly recommend attending a workshop if you have opportunity.
|Tom and I on my birthday|
One of my favorite memories from our Christmas break was a four mile trail run that I was able to take with Tom, Nate and Jake. The dirt trail ran up a bluff overlooking a river near us... there were switchbacks and rocks to look out for, with stunning views as a reward. It was fabulously fun!
|Bringing Jemima Puddle Duck home|
|Timmy's favorite activity right now... Brio. He spends hours every day building and playing with his trains.|
Other things I've been thinking about:
- Project Life: I am completing last year's album and am excited to be embarking on a new year. Last year I stuck pretty close to one photo/day, adding in occasional "filler" photos when I missed taking a daily photo for some reason. This year I am going to be a little less structured, simply including photos from each *week* on each two-page spread. I also want to add more ephemera~ receipts, pictures drawn by the children, etc to the album. Check out Ali's posts here and here for some great inspiration.
- If you are a blogger using Blogspot, check out this post telling you how to back up your blog! I have learned to be very diligent about backing up my computer, both to an external hard drive and off site (using MOZY), but had never considered backing up my blog. Apparently it can all be lost.
- Have you chosen a "word of the year" for this year? While it can be tempting for me to make New Year's Resolutions, I find prayerfully choosing a "word of the year" to be much more meaningful. My word this year? "Here." As in striving to be fully engaged in what I'm doing and avoiding the deeply-ingrained tendency that I have to multi-task my way through the day. More about that in another post soon. If you are interested in the concept of a "word of the year," check out this post by Ann at Holy Experience... or this one. Also, Ali Edwards has this good post. If you have chosen a "word of the year" this year I'd love to hear about it in the comments section below!