One positive about the month of November so far, is that the weather has been beautiful! I know this can change at any moment, but I am loving this fall! Seriously, we have been spending as much time outside as possible. The kids have been riding their bikes, we have been going on walks, and the kids have been playing in the yard without me having to threaten them to go outside. 🙂
Some of our outdoor adventures have been at the botanical gardens. We love going there to play and picnic!
David has been doing great at virtual school, and I think I can say we have the routine down pretty good now. He has his days, but overall there have been far more good than bad. We did have a conversation recently about which he likes better, school in a classroom or school at home. He couldn’t say at first, but then he said he liked school in a classroom based on his past experiences. I’m not surprised by this as he has had amazing teachers in the past. Plus David loves being around people, and so he misses the friendships. Emma is also doing great at her pre-schooling. 🙂 However, she prays everyday for the virus to go away, for us to stay safe from the virus, and for school to start back. 🙂 I wish you could hear her little voice when she prays. So sincere and sweet!
This has been a tough week for me. I have been hit with the news of two people I know from my college days passing away. They both always had smiling faces, kind hearts, generous souls, and cared about the people they met. It is always tough losing people we care about. This year it feels a little more heavy. Maybe because there has been so much loss already.
I am looking forward to the holidays, but I also wish they were not so close because that means the time for Andrew to leave for training will be upon us. My anxiety about that keeps mounting! My way of coping with stress and anxiety is to accomplish tasks. I have been cleaning out drawers, bins, touching up paint on walls, and etc. way more than I normally do. I know I am not the first wife to have her husband join the army, or be gone for an extended period so I don’t want to be whiny about it, but I can’t help feeling the anxiety of it all. We did find out where Andrew will be stationed after his training! We will be going to Fort Campbell! This is close to my sister and brother-in-law, which I am so grateful for! It will be the first time my sister and I have lived this close together since we shared a room as kids! 🙂 I am thankful that my kids will still live close enough to visit their grandparents on a regular basis as well.
Here are some pictures of the kids from this past week. They have been playing together a lot, and pretty well most days. Notice I said “pretty well” and “most days”! I do have to play referee occasionally, and there are some days where I think they wake up and decide they are going to fight all day. Thankfully those days are fewer than the ones where they get along. 🙂
Speaking of being thankful, notice the tree wall hanging behind Emma in the picture above. It’s a Thanksgiving tree! I ordered this from amazon, and it is made from felt. The kids can write or draw what they are thankful for on the felt leaves that attach to it! The kids have each been doing a leaf a day (or most days, also we started late), and putting what they are thankful for on the leaves! So far we have family, friends, the park, pokemon, toys, blocks, and reptiles up on the tree! I look forward to seeing what else gets put up there!
We were able to go visit G-pa and Grand-mama yesterday! It was also a playdate with cousins, which is always fun! David and Samuel were playing with a remote control car set that is special to G-pa’s house. Emma was being herself on the couch playing behind the cushions. They are so funny! We had a good visit, and the kids were very sad to leave. I had to promise a return visit soon!
I have been dreaming about the beach, and the lunch date that Andrew and I had the last time we were there. I thought I would recreate it a little by making the most amazing crab dip I have ever had! I found this crab dip recipe at Sally’s baking addiction. It’s not exactly like the crab dip at the restaurant we went to, but it was pretty close. I also really love the fried pita bread with it! I served this along with a salad for dinner!