Outside my window…I hear the roar of dragons. Katie is playing with her mama and baby dragon and Andrew has made his own daddy dragon out of paper. Thankful for little people and big imaginations.
Mom and Dad’s house was decorated beautifully (despite the fact that Mom spent the 3 weeks prior to her homecoming in a hospital room in San Antonio), the meals were delicious and memorable and the company was, of course, delightful. It was beautiful and special and my heart is happy that we shared another holiday all together.
If awards had been given, Dad would have won the Most Creative Gift Given award. He put 25 $1 gold coins in a little pirate bag for each of the kids. The kids are still lugging around their coins in their little bags, pretending they are sneaking away with their loot, all rich within their imaginations.
I am watching…Season 2 of The Man in the High Castle on Amazon Prime. I have been sucked in even if I do end up a little confused at some points.
I am listening…to North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell on Overdrive.
I am reflecting…on being intentional. You have been to visit our new website, right? If not, hop over there now and sign up to receive our posts by email. We promise you a year of thoughtful reflections and hopefully insight into being intentional…at least that’s our intention ; )
In the schoolroom…it’s a new year and a new semester. We have lots of brilliant books on our reading lists. 2017 is going to be lovely.
In the kitchen…New Year’s French Canadian Tourtiere. It’s a tradition from my father’s mother’s side. It’s a meat pie that combines ground pork and beef, potato and carrots with delicious spices and wraps it all up in a flaky pie crust (who can resist anything wrapped in pie crust?). It’s a bit of work but well worth it when I imagine myself reconnected to the women that made it long before I was ever a thought on the horizon. A simple pie suddenly is transformed into some kind of spiritual connection with my ancestors. That thought makes it totally worth the effort (plus the pie is incredibly delicious).
I am wearing…shorts. Because it’s a piping 81 degrees here today. Weirdest.weather.ever.
I am reading…a slew of books as we prepare for a new semester. Trying to get a bit ahead on my boys’ readings so we can have real conversations. And I’m working on my personal 2017 reading list which I promise to share soon over at With Every Intention.
One of my favorite things…visits to the Texas State Aquarium. Glad we’re members again so we can soak up all the fun they’ve added since the last time we visited. A touch tank of sharks and another of jellyfish plus a shark exhibit and a Caribbean exhibit soon to come. Even though Katie has been dozens of times, it’s been long enough now that I’m pretty sure it was as if it were all new to her. She delighted in watching the blue crab dance across the tank, giggling as the crab attempted some form of handstand. We also managed to collect three pink roseate spoonbill feathers and one beautiful duck feather to add to our nature treasure box.
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