I finally feel like we’ve had a few weeks of summer. To me, that means having a mostly free schedule. Free play. Time for home projects. Afternoons reading on the back porch.
I’ve been making an effort to declutter the whole house. I wish I could say I’ve been methodically moving from room to room. Instead, we’ve jumped from bedrooms to bookshelves to junk drawers to garage.
The only thing I have trouble clearing out is books. I decided I could finally part with some of our homeschool books. We’ve got five tall bookshelves full and I’d like to pair it down to just three. Let’s just say, I’ve still got some work to do.
It’s hard to say good bye to all those good read-alouds from Sonlight. My kids got sentimental about some of the books too, even the kids who aren’t really into books. Reading together builds memories. It’s hard to beat the good feeling that comes from a mom and kids snuggling up together to read.
I’m not very crafty, but I’m super happy with the giant spoon and fork we hung over the sink. I found them at a local place called Street Scene. They were brown wood. I’m guessing they hail from the 70s.
The silver spray paint made all the difference. Can you see the little tikis carved on the handles? I think those are so fun! It reminds me of ‘Ohana in Disney World.
We’re going to tag along with Jim in a few weeks to Washington D.C. The kids have never been. We’ve only got two days, so we’ll have to be selective about what we do. I’d love to know if you’ve got ideas. And if you’ve know of any must-eat restaurants, let me know!
I’m in process of reading two different books right now. I started The House at Riverton by Kate Morton. I found this one on Scribd, after hearing about it from several people. So far, I’m really liking it. I’ve heard it said that if you like Downton Abbey, you will like this book. I think that’s a fair assessment.
I got part way into the book and my Scribd account expired. It was a Valentine’s gift from Jim and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to renew it or not. In the end, I decided to renew. They gave me a free month and I can cancel at any time. It was the same price to get a month of Scribd as to buy the kindle version of the book.
The other book I’m reading is Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindburgh. This is such a restful book. She wrote it during the 1950s, but it is amazing how she deals with so many of the things that modern women wrestle with. She talks about the feeling of being pulled in many directions, busyness, distractions, finding simplicity and more. The book is timeless. It’s as if you’re on the beach with her as she shares her thoughts on life.