It's been an uneventful week around here. With me still down with NVP, we are on "survival" mode.
We had a good New Year's Eve. Thankfully, I was feeling relatively well the whole weekend, and was able to make the cheese and chocolate fondues that we traditionally have. The older kids stayed up until midnight playing board games, and then watched as our neighbors lit fireworks for quite some time.
Anna LOVED (no, really, she LOVED) the cheese fondue. Which should not have surprised me because cheese is one of her favorite foods. I wonder how many babies in high chairs eat fondue?
I am happy to report, she did not poke any eyes out
White and semisweet chocolate swirled together - so pretty, and even more yummy
In spite of feeling lousy most of the time, I have been making an effort to do at least something fun with the kids every day, even if it is just simple like story time before bedtime.
Solomon as the oldest, aloof though he can be at times, has had a huge part in helping me keep up with the laundry. The four oldest are now to a point where they can do every step from sorting, to washing and drying, to folding, hanging, and putting everything away. Normally, I do about half of the laundry and they share the other half, but Solomon has taken it upon himself to do most of my share as well when my husband is not home to help me with it. Wow, what a load off my shoulders! Both Isaac and Solomon have taken over completely caring for the dogs, chickens, and the hamster. Isaac is the one who does all the heavy lifting and physical jobs, like hauling out the trash bags, carrying in groceries, loading the baby in and out of the car, etc. It really is nice to have big helpers!! Still, my house is in shambles from me being unable to clean as usual, but this, too, shall pass.
This was our first week back to our regular homeschool schedule since Christmas break started in the middle of December. Thankfully, the older boys can work on their core subjects (Math, Grammar, Spelling, etc.) independently as long as they can come to me with questions or to have their work checked, which I have been doing from the sofa. The girls are just playing near me, practicing their letters and reading, and working on their little workbooks. For the other subjects, we are continuing "Cantering the Country", and are on to Delaware this week. Some of the subjects we will be covering (they all relate to Delaware) are Howard Pyle, Annie Cannon, the Lenapes, chemicals, and ladybugs. We will also be building log cabins from Lincoln Logs, since allegedly the first log cabin built in America was in Delaware. For the special meal, we will be making Jello (you guessed it, an all-natural version of it - no fun allowed for these poor kids!) because the Jello factory is also in Delaware. This all may sound like a lot, but is actually the bare-bones minimum. I am trying to stick to the schedule I laid out at the beginning of the year so that we can finish at the end of June as planned. Baby is due sometime in late July or early August, so that would give us a nice baby break at the perfect time.
The weather here has been so beautiful. I guess this is what fall is like in most parts of the country - mild days with warm sunshine, leaves falling off the trees, a gentle breeze. I love to be able to leave the front door open all day long and enjoy the fresh air. Our lemons are finally ripe, and we have generous friends who supply us with lots of oranges, tangerines, and grapefruits this time of year, too. Actually, we had a few of those grow in our own yard this year. About five years ago, I put in some young citrus trees. Last year, we got one orange! This year, we got about a dozen oranges and grapefruits each, so I am hopeful that eventually there will be a huge crop. The first year that we moved into our house, the lemon tree was young and "only" produced 35 lemons that winter. We now get hundreds each year.
I have been craving honey lemonade, lemon squares, lemon sorbet, lemon soda, and every other yummy lemon treat. I'm also craving just eating tangerines and oranges fresh, so I guess it's a good time to be pregnant during citrus harvest.
Not much else is going on. Like I said at the beginning, I am just trying to survive. My hope is that I will get well by the beginning of February (16 week mark), in time to be able to throw birthday parties for Isaac and Miriam.
Have a great week!