1. When I get up in the mornings I look around to see where the boys ended up during the night. Sometimes they are sleeping on their bedroom floor, sometimes one is on the floor of my bedroom. This morning they were tangled up on the couch under a heap of quilts. *Sometimes* I find them in their beds.
2. All Andrew wants to talk about is Minecraft. And this mama can only take so much. So, I’ve learned to barter…three stories about school for one Minecraft fact. Then we are both happy.
3. Isaac loves Minecraft too. Upon learning this, the school put Minecraft on his classroom’s iPad and now he earns Minecraft minutes for successful potty use. And we are now at the two-week mark of accident-free school days! Thank you Minecraft!
4. Favorite part of my day: when the kids get home. I empty their bags, hear a few stories, check on their behavior logs, dole out rewards and snacks and then we all settle in for some reading. Andrew for his reading log, Isaac because he’s daily surprising me with how much he’s figured out about reading and I can’t help but see this unfold.
5. Least favorite part of my day: about an hour after that when Isaac is done with his homework and starts to run restless laps in the apartment no matter how many appealing options I lay out for him. Andrew still has a lot of homework to do, but is getting tired. And I’m trying to make dinner while saying loudly over my shoulder “what number are you on now, Andrew? wait. where’s your pencil? It’s on the floor! Ok. Get it quickly and then keep working.” He’s a hard worker…but he is also a distracted one.
6. I’m reading The Promise by Chaim Potok. I read a lot of Potok in my early 20’s (after some required reading reading in college) and my morning runs through the Hasidic neighborhood made me more curious about the Hasidic culture. So, I’m back to reading Potok again.
7. Next I want to read the new book by Malcolm Gladwell. Love that guy.
8. The boys are going to be robots again this year for Halloween. And I have a feeling that in five years I’ll know five different ways of making the same costume. I finished the costumes this week (photos to come, on Monday!) and when Andrew tried his on, he stiffened his limbs, looked blankly into middle space and started saying “100110001010100111…” “Andrew, is that binary code?” “Yes! It’s how robots talk! 10101011000011…” He sure does make a convincing robot!
9. I can’t wait until our heat gets turned on! It’s so cold in here!
10. We have ballet class this afternoon, Halloween events this weekend and pumpkins to carve! It’s going to be festive!!