7 Quick Takes Friday (4)

Joining Jennifer at Conversion Diary for 7 Quick Takes Friday...

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Anyone else getting up before dawn to see the annual Perseid meteor shower? I would like to do this with my children but I have the nagging fear that they won't go back to sleep once we've watched for a while. It is really a funny thing to have to argue with children to sleep in. You must sleep in! But Mommy... No. I don't want to see you out of bed before 10:00! Having multiple tired and grumpy children all day is worse than losing a couple of hours of productive time in the morning. Having said that, I do think it would be very cool to get up for this space event... although frankly, I'd prefer a sunrise by the ocean.

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My notice of intent to homeschool paperwork for the school district is finally done. It's not actually difficult to do, it just requires a bit of focus. This is the year I officially have my fourth child "doing school" so it seems bigger to me. I have to upgrade from a letter sized envelope to a 9 x12 to fit all of the papers.

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I have a terrible habit of reading multiple books at the same time. It is a habit I'm trying to kick since it just seems odd and distracted. I am currently rereading Great Expectations (Dickens) and enjoying it as if I'd never read it before. The problem is that I have two more books waiting for me on the shelf. Calling out to me. I'm telling you, it's like trying not to think about the chocolate bar in the cupboard when the craving for chocolate is at its peak.  The new books waiting to be read are Weightless: Making Peace with Your Body by Kate Wicker and The School of the Family: A Renaissance of Catholic Formation by Chantal Howard.

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Fitness goals update: I'm doing fairly well overall but my fitness level has taken a dramatic nose dive with the broken toe incident. There is a great deal that I could have done over the last few weeks to stay in the game but there is also a great deal that I have not been able to do; and since my preferences have been more important to me than my level of fitness... well, let's just say I haven't done much.

The good news is that the toe is healing and the only thing that is still difficult is lateral movement. Which pretty much eliminates beach volleyball. Which was the fitness goal that I set for myself one year ago during my pregnancy. There is one more session before the weather turns foul and it begins in 4 weeks. Can I do it? I'm doubtful. But since it really would be a lovely date night opportunity with my husband, I'm motivated to give it a shot.

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Speaking of date nights... For most of my married life, I thought that people who scheduled a weekly date night with their spouses were a bit over the top. My husband and I talked daily and shopped together with the kids and were best friends; why would we need so much structured away time from the family.


It has recently come to my attention that there is hardly any worldly thing (other than a clean house) that I would like more than a weekly date with my husband. That doesn't mean that I always needed one. Things change.

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What to do on a date night? The most obvious thing to do is to go out to eat. I used to enjoy this much more than I do now. Many times now I'd rather grab a quick sandwich or bowl of cereal and do something more active. I trust that there will come a day when I no longer care to do active things. When that day comes, I will go out to dinner with him as often as he pleases.

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Babies are such fun at birthday parties. They are fun to dress up and dress down. They are fun to water. (see first photo). And they are fun to feed. The perfect party guest.

Posted on August 12, 2011 and filed under "7 Quick Takes Friday".