|It looks great on her, sure. Don't be fooled, though...that's no empire waist. It hits right at the natural waist which is exactly where I have a huge baby bump.|
2. It's suddenly gotten very hot, and I'm remembering very clearly what a summertime third trimester felt like. Sly was born at the end of August which is when this baby is due as well. We don't have air conditioning. How did I survive this before? I took a picture of my feet yesterday "pre-swelling" so that I can blow people's minds in a few months with how enormous my feet and ankles will have become.
3. Speaking of the heat, I think we may have found a little trick to help keep the house slightly cooler this summer. My cousin's been insisting for years that the best thing to do when it's hot is to keep doors and windows SHUT and windows well-covered to block out the sun. We'd always gone with the open-every-window-and-door and stick-fans-all-over-the-house methods. But we've been experimenting, and I really think she's right. It's too bad, though. I love getting a little breeze indoors (even when it's a hot one), and actually being able to hear the sounds of the outdoors coming in.
4. I've been reading some books recently on different approaches/methods of homeschooling. We definitely hope to homeschool. I know any number of things may force that plan to change at some point, but it makes sense to start thinking about it now. So far I'm most attracted to the idea of a classical approach. To explain this in the briefest way possible, that would basically entail teaching our children the skills that are needed for learning and understanding material, and not delving too deeply into real "subject matter" until later. And it would be a great excuse for me to finally learn Latin, as I've always wanted to. One approach that I am SO turned off by is "unschooling." Perhaps - perhaps - this is a successful approach to learning for some families. But I could never handle it. The parts of unschooling that most resonated with me - the idea of fostering your child's natural desire to learn, and of allowing their interests to help direct their learning - seem to be things I could work in to a more traditional schooling approach anyways.
5. Sly's finally been saying some words! For the longest time, he's been stuck with just "what's that?!" (asked 50,000 times a day), "hi", "hey", "bye", and "no." I really wanted him to start saying Mama or Dada, but it just wasn't happening. Then I realized: when Tom or I refer to ourselves, we say "Mommy" or "Daddy." Perhaps those words were too difficult for him to say? We started actually using "Mama and Dada" and seriously, within one day, he was saying our names! It was as if he was just waiting for us to make it easier for him all along. He also says: shoe, choo-choo, beep-beep (which means car), soap ("so"), bee (which is now squealed excitedly when he sees any type of bug), 'o' (the letter o, which I taught him to pick out in his books, as it seemed like the easiest letter to spot) moo, and hee-haw.
6. There's been a bad smell in my kitchen the past few days which I can not find the source of, and it's driving me crazy! It's sorta a musty old food smell more than a true rotting type of smell. I've washed the rugs, towels, dishrags, etc. I microwaved the sponge. I cleared old food out of the fridge and pantry. I emptied the trash (and sniff-checked the empty can - it's fine). I moved the oven to see if something gross was under there. I scrubbed under all the burners on the over. And ok, I haven't actually mopped the floor, per se. But I've spot-cleaned it, and it looks good (I hate mopping!!). Yesterday, I thought maybe it was the drains in the double-sink. How are you even supposed to de-stink those?? We don't have a garbage disposal or anything. I just poured some bleach down, waited a little, then followed up with water. Afterwards, it just smelled sorta bleach-y to me. But I'm willing to try a more effective method, if anyone knows of one. I still think it might be the drains. But if not....what stink-sources could I be missing??
7. I need to share a fantastic recipe from Pioneer Woman. This is the first of her recipes I've used, but I've tasted some other at friends' houses, and they're always amazing. This one is for Crash Hot Potatoes. I've made them three times in the past month or so, and Tom keeps requesting them over and over. Definitely give them a try! And if anyone has some other favorites from her extensive recipe collection, link me up!
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