Outside: It is spitting snow! Or it was, briefly. Come back, snow! I may curse you in late winter/early spring, but I welcome you at the *appropriate* times!
Thinking: That it was high time I stopped fighting the way my kids want to play. They have a play area upstairs but I don't often have enough chores to keep me up there for extended periods of time, nor do I have lots of spare time to just sit and play with them (although I do make that time periodically, and Marty spends lots of time up there with them while I clean the kitchen or what-have-you). Anyway, having their toys in one corner of the main level of our house just wasn't working -- every day by the end of the day our house would resemble a daycare with toys strewn about and me feeling frustrated about it. Somehow I got the uber-bright idea to establish play stations at strategic locations -- a bin of blocks and cars here, a shelf of books there, a box of Little People over there. One of the boxes is in the kitchen and since my Lucy is a little duckling (who likes to follow me about and prefers to just be wherever her mama is), this is the one that she is drawn to most, and I love having her in sight while I do my dishes or plan my menus. And when it's time to pick up for the day, the toys just go in the nearest bin/box/shelf/basket and all is well with my soul and in my house! Hurrah!
From the kitchen: Going to try a new recipe called "Beef and Brew Stew." Doesn't just the sound of that make you feel cozier?
Going: Nowhere really. Which isn't a bad thing, considering that it's cold enough to snow and bundling up toddlers in all their various gear isn't exactly my idea of a good time. Although I do hope it warms up enough to get back to the park one day this weekend, or we'll be headed to the mall so Will can run off some energy.
Reading: (still) Goodnight Nobody (Jennifer Weiner) and American Sphinx (John J. Ellis). I vacillate between filling my head with the good nerdy stuff (latter) and indulging in a silly chick-lit mystery (former). I never really read one book at a time, it seems.
Shopping: For the remaining 50% of the kids' Christmas presents. I'm stuck on something for Lucy and we're also debating one of Will's.
Hoping: To have a lovely time with Katie and Chris next week. And that we don't ruin the turkey (Katie and I are both intimidated).
Hearing: A chattering Lucy but a silent Will, who is in time-out for the second time this morning (for a tantrum and then throwing). I *can't stand* to discipline him but I have to say, the time-out chair has saved my sanity because it's a non-aggressive form of punishment, really gets Will's attention, and WORKS 100% of the time. Some days we don't need it; other days, like today, it sees a lot of action. Oh well...
A favorite thing: Moving furniture around. The five little Thanksgiving/harvest trinkets I picked up at Hobby Lobby for a whopping $9 total. Perrier. York peppermint patties. A brand-new Yankee candle Mom found in her garage that I'd somehow left there -- yay for found treasure!