Do you have it, too? An extra compulsion to clean and organize your house? It happens to me every January.
I had SUCH a productive morning. I cleaned and organized several of my kitchen cuboards, including my baking supplies. I had a crate of new quart-sized mason jars and used them to organize my goods; coconut, cocoa powder, kosher salt, thick-cut oats, farro, chocolate chips, etc. Everything is in jars now, neatly labeled. In order to clear some space, I also took things downstairs to storage that I don’t use often (like my huge waffle maker and deep fat fryer).
I took down the ornaments from the Christmas tree, with help from Seth and Sarah (they loved helping). I packed everything away as neatly as I could, and labeled every box on the top and the side. All the Christmas stuff is on the very top shelf of my downstairs pantry shelves. I plan on making an announcement to the children, warning them not to touch the Christmas things until next December. (David and Caleb love to rummage).
I also cleaned the kitchen and vacuumed the livingroom.
After I was done, and we had eaten lunch, and right before I was about to put the littles down for their naps the school nurse called me. (“what now”, I thought) She said that Ethan had hurt his ankle in gym class, it was swelling up, and he needed to be picked up. It was 19 degrees outside, so I ran out to start my vehicle before getting Seth and Sarah all bundled into coats, shoes, and hats. When I pulled up to the school, the nurse wheeled Ethan out in a wheelchair! What a sight. Ethan is a very cheerful personality and, even though he can’t believe he hurt himself, he is very accepting of his new, temporary lame-ness.
I got him set up on the couch, it was naptime, and quiet in the house, so the two of us decided to watch a movie. And what a movie it was, perfect to watch with teenage boys. We highly recommend it.
OCTOBER SKY “A beautifully engrossing true story about a boy who puts his thinking, creative mind above the herd — with inspiring results. Well written and acted, an excellent example of how the determined individual can rise above fear and conformity. A young high school senior, faced with a dreary future as a coal miner in West Virginia, works furiously to build a rocket in the wake of the Russian Sputnik launch of the late 1950’s.” ~Dr. Hurd (from his recommended movie list)
And guess what? It’s a book, too! (now on our reading list)