A President’s Day Daybook

Outside my window... sunny and breezy. It was in the upper 50’s when we were out earlier and just almost warm. The sun felt so good on our arms!

I am thinking… about school curriculum and plans for next year. Too soon? I always find it amusing that when I’m slightly burnt out on what we are working on now, I’m super excited to figuring out what is coming up. It’s a sickness.

I am thankful... for a day off. It hasn’t been entirely unproductive either, which is nice, although none of my productivity has managed to touch any house cleaning. A-hem. A project I had do was checked off my list, a well-check for one child accomplished, and soccer shoes procured for N2 at a very reasonable price. I feel fairly accomplished for today! : )

In the kitchen... marinated Greek chicken skewers are on the menu for tonight (minus the skewers since I don’t have any). Since we have had a day off today, I have a little bit more time to play in the kitchen. Ergo, new recipe night. : ) T and I have been working hard on changing some of our eating habits and we are seeing progress so that’s been encouraging. My new breakfast of late, besides my favorite sweet potato latkes and eggs has been a banana pancake. Just to be clear … it does NOT taste like a pancake. : ) It’s sweeter because of the banana, quicker to make than grating sweet potatoes, and extremely filling. I take one banana and one egg and mix it really well with my immersion blender. Mashing it with a fork doesn’t get it smushed enough. Then I pour it in my frying pan and cook it until it’s firm and I can flip it. A tablespoon of peanut butter gets smeared over the top when it’s done.


I am wearing... brown leggings, brown dress with white t-shirt under it. Almost-spring-like weather attire.

I am creating... a Valentine’s Day banner. Two days after Valentine’s. Not so prompt this year, but I love it so it will stay up for a while.

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I am going... to have a quiet start to my week and then it will pick up around here. We had a doctor appointment for N2 today – her 7-year well-check and found out that the girl has grown three inches in the last year! We don’t have anywhere we have to be Tuesday or Wednesday (until Awana on Wednesday evening) and I’m super excited about that. It’s been weeks since we’ve had a stretch of days in a row to be at home. I get so excited when a string of them pop up on the calendar.

I am reading... The Scarlet Letter. It’s very. slow. going. right now. I need it to pick up the pace sooooon.

I am looking forward to... my night off tonight – sort-of. : ) Normally on Monday night’s I have Classical Conversations prep to do after the girls get in bed. However, this week is our mid-winter break and the reason we have tomorrow at home.

I am learning… lessons in buckling down and getting the job done. I’ve been wishy-washy about some things and it’s been affecting my parenting and school. 

Around the house... T and N1 cleaned the kitchen yesterday afternoon. It looks fabulous and I hope it stays that way longer than 2.9 seconds. N1 is trying to earn money for something she spotted on Amazon and we’ve been paying her $3 every time she helps mop the kitchen floor. I love this deal.

I am pondering...


When I forgot that the afternoon bath was therapeutic for mama and baby. I really can’t remember the details of the day but it had been a long one. When we finally got to a point where I felt like we could be done with school for the day (because it was one of those days) I asked the boy if he wanted to take a bath and he was all over that idea. I sat on the floor next to him and watched the sun shine. I need to slow down like that more often. 

A favorite quote for today... this verse from Jeremiah that I underlined yesterday during Sunday School:

"Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight," says the Lord. Jeremiah 9:23-24

One of my favorite things... date nights. We had two last week. Unheard of! : )

A few plans for the rest of the week… school, Bible study on Friday, birthday party for one of the girls to attend this weekend. Pretty normal and fabulous.

A peek into my day...


It was clean for a couple of hours. : )


  1. Are you reading the essay at the beginning of the book on the Customs House? That was really slow going, but hilarious how Hawthorne's observations about the dangers of living on the public dime still hold true today. I finished the book over the weekend - do we blog our reads anytime during the month, or is there a set day for the read-a-long blog?

    1. Yes – that’s where I still am. I think I’m nearing the end though. : ) I think she usually aims for us to blog on the last Friday of the month. Or that’s when she has her link-up for the posts. You can blog it whenever (which I do if I need to have my thoughts fresh!)

      Glad you are reading along with us! : )

  2. I am definitely going to have to try that banana pancake! Eating better is definitely on my to-list in the future! ;-)

  3. Are you doing Paleo? I've been doing a food fast as part of my 7 Bible study and eliminated 7 things from my diet for two weeks including grains. It's been HARD, but I've seen a banana pancake similar to that one (this one also calls for some almond butter). I'm tempted to try it but I know I'll want it with syrup and since I eliminated sugar as well...I guess I'll have to wait. I'm going to try it when my fast is over though!

  4. LOVE the afternoon bath picture!

    I'm delighted that I'm not the only one who looks ahead to plan new things when the old things (or the "now things") are slightly discouraging. I'm not sure if it's a sickness or plain ol' hope! ;)

    Go, go, go on The Scarlett Letter! You can do it!!


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