It’s been busy around here lately, and by busy I mean in the “busy work” kind of way and not in the fun and crazy stuff way. Okay, that’s not entirely true. Some of the stuff we’ve been doing is pretty fun. The kids have been watching a lot of Minecraft videos and the like. They’ve been having fun with that.
Meanwhile I’ve been doing a lot of knitting. I knit while they’re doing workbooks. I knit while they’re watching television. I’ve even been knitting to podcasts, my personal favorite being CraftLit, which does classic literature. It’s been a great time for me to do something I love, plus the kids get a bit of freedom to do whatever it is they feel like doing without a hovering mom, not that I really hover, but you get the idea.
As for the podcasts, the kids have really enjoyed some of CraftLit’s premium content. It’s all of $5 extra every month to get access to the premium books, which is kind of fun for us. I’m listening to Three Men in a Boat (to Say Nothing of the Dog) with the kids. They’re all getting a kick out of it. With the younger three we’re listening to The Wizard of Oz. I think when we’re done we may check out the other books in the series. There’s a lot of them. While it’s mostly something I do for me, it’s fun when I can get them involved, even if they do check out for a lot of the books. They would probably like War of the Worlds, which I’m listening too now, but it’s a bit wordy. I think I may read that to them later, or go back and listen again.
Well, can you tell I love books? I’m really into classic literature. There’s something about old stories that makes me happy. I love that I have a format where I can share it, even if it’s not so much something we do together right now. Still, I notice them popping in time and again when the story gets good.
So that’s what we’ve been up to, and will continue to be up to for the next few weeks at least. We’ve got a WWII event coming up over Columbus Day Weekend. After that there isn’t much. We’re even planning to go simple with Halloween this year, and stuff the kids can wear in layers. It was pretty cold last year. Luca is going to be Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon. Sander wants to be a pirate minion. I’m not sure how that will work out, but it’s creative at least. I think A.J. may go as Rainbow Dash again, or he might opt to go the pirate route too. That one’s easy. We have pirate stuff on hand. Corde will probably do an assassin from Assassin’s Creed again, something quick and easy. We’re trying to go cheap, aside from Luca’s costume. Getting something for Toothless was kind of expensive, but as Luca’s missing his top front teeth, he’s kind of bonded with toothless, so it works out. It’s definitely going to be a chaotic month.
As things stand we have no real plans for Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. I think we’re going to aim to keep Christmas cheap. We’re probably going to do a board game for each of the kids, maybe an inexpensive video game, and some Pokemon cards so they can all play together. The last thing we need is a bunch of stuff cluttering up our house. We need to simplify as is, so it’s better to have a couple things, but have them things the kids really want. I’m thinking next year I’m going to start sooner and knit them each something for Christmas. If I’m feeling really ambitious I may go for sweaters, but I think I’ll probably be practical and go with hats and mittens or fingerless gloves.
Yeah, it’s been a long day. We’ve had a lot of cleaning to get done. Every once in a while we go through huge binge cleanings where we go behind and inside of pretty much everything to get the house looking as good as it can. This happened to be one of those days. I’m tired, and so are the kids. I guess that’s the reason I’m going on and on like this. Well, I’d better get these kids settled down for quiet time. We’re all in need of it!