We've been working on the Germany dvd quite a bit here lately. The girls do seem to be growing tired of the process so it's not quite as easy as it used to be to motivate them to get it done. If you're wondering what our sound studio looks like, it's this!
Yup. on the office floor with my trash can turned upside down as a mic stand. Super slick, huh? And note the piles of laundry in the back waiting to be attended to. Not to mention the bench with its lid askew, but as you all know, that's life with kids.
I know I haven't been writing much and thank you so much to those that emailed asking if we were ok! So sweet, really. With me teaching now and the girls in school and me trying to finish up Germany, it just seems that the minutes per day have shrunk to nearly nothing. And then I also feel like really this blog was meant to cover travel so sometimes I wonder what I'm supposed to write about when we're in a very regimented routine right now. It's a place that's not nearly as comfortable to me as free- wheeling traveling with homeschooled kids, but at the same time being part of a community is nice too. Particularly this time of year in a Waldorf school- it's pretty dreamy. We just had our fall festival followed by Halloween festival followed by Lantern Walk. Next week the 7th grade is having an Italian feast as a fund raiser for their class trip to Italy and teachers will be singing Italian opera. Then we have Winter Faire followed by Spiral Walk. It's a super busy and wonderful time. Also, in Arizona here, we're a bit backward with our seasons. So this is like our 'summer' right now. The temperatures have finally arrived into the 70's and 80's most days (although last week we hit 100 again!) so we can finally go outside and enjoy ourselves. Our bikes have been dusted off and wheels pumped up and we can actually go to parks and hiking on weekends. As most of the country is starting to settle indoors, we are now heading out! So, there's a ton going on but not much time for writing about it.
And I'm really surprised by how much energy teaching takes! By the time I'm near my bed at night I am already asleep before I've even laid down. It's nuts. So, I hope all is well in all of your worlds!
Oh, and can I just say I finished the 29 days of giving last week and had so much fun with it! From hiding dollar bills in finance books at the bookstore and library to scratch off lottery tickets left on wind shields- I had a blast. All those self-check outs now are a great place for leaving a little change behind. The girls always love the self-check as right now in their lives they think they want to be a cashier because it's 'so fun', but now they know to leave a little change behind and really get a kick out of it.
The giving changed my attitude towards a lot of things. I started to think of getting a car wash as a gift to myself and it actually felt like one! Instead of a chore I 'should' do since the car is dirty, I thought what a lovely gift it would be to myself to have a clean car- and finally vacuum the sand out of the trunk! We haven't lived near the beach now in over a year and I still had sand in my trunk because the hose of the self vacuum isn't long enough. So last week I actually backed into the spot and gifted myself a clean trunk! I also finally gifted myself the release of those 10 extra pounds I gained from eating all that German chocolate and still was lugging around with me. So during those 30 days I also gave myself the gift of a healthy diet and my skin and body are very grateful. So are my pants that were under considerable pressure! haha.
So, I hope the experience was fun for those of you that did it and it's definitely a habit I'm going to continue. It was such an enjoyable thing, I can't imagine giving it up. cheers!