1. I’ve been doing the Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred DVD and it’s been kicking my butt. I keep telling Dave that I’m preparing for swimsuit season and that I’m specifically toning my body to look best with “Hawaii” as a backdrop. Then he reminds me how long a flight to Hawaii would be and have-you-met-our-kids? Which has me rethinking Hawaii, but hasn’t kept me from sweating it out with Jillian every morning.
2. This winter has been a LOT about reading. I’ve been reading up a TON lately and I’ve been loving it. I’ve tackled The Promise, by Chaim Potok; The Signature of All Things, by Elizabeth Gilbert; David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell; and Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I recommend them all! Next up? I think I’m going to try a little Henri Nouwen. Nouwen was a priest and theology professor at Yale and Harvard before choosing to work at a residential facility for people with intellectual and physical disabilities. Some friends have recently reminded me of his writings since I’ve been yammering about the unfair connection between value and intellect. I’ve read some Nouwen before, but I am interested to check him out again.
3. Andrew has also been a reading machine and it is SO fun. I’ve been ordering the books I loved as a kid and I LOVE watching him pour over them. He’s recently read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, The Fantastic Mr Fox, and Freckle Juice. He’s just started How to Eat Fried Worms and Indian and the Cupboard is waiting in the wings. Isaac too! He’s been doing all kinds of reading and I’ve been slowly working on building his ability to talk about the book. Right now we are reading Harry and Dirty Dog. He’s able to read the words, but I am still giving him a TON of support with the comprehension piece. Hoping this all comes together for him!
4. Andrew has finished his first semester of ballet and he still loves it. We have a week off this week before starting up semester two. Last week was “Parent Observation Week” and the parents were allowed to sit in the room and watch (and take WAY too many photos and videos to put on instagram). It was so, so adorable. I am really glad that he likes this so much, because it’s so good for him. He has to think about a few things at the same time (hold this arm like this and move this leg like that), he has to work in a group (a group of adorable little girls, no less!), and it’s helping him continue to build those muscles (which is what his physical therapist had been helping him with until last Spring). His teacher is SO good and I’m grateful for her work and the perspective she brings to teaching kids ballet.
5. Dave has been away this week in Seattle but he’ll be home tomorrow. I’m hoping to do some rockin’ valentine crafts this weekend with the boys and maybe check out a little Chinese New Year festivities. Hope you all have lovely weekends!