Good morning! It’s just after 6 am and I’ve been up a while already. My family always asks me why I still get up so early on the weekends. The answer? I just really love this time of day. It’s quiet, peaceful, and… I don’t know, it’s just my favorite time!
There are actually times that I wake up around 3-4 a.m. and I think, “Aww, bummer. Not time to get up yet.” Hahaha! Who AM I?! 10 years ago that thought would have been unthinkable. I’ve heard that the key to getting up early is finding a good reason to want to get up. In my case, since I really cherish this quiet time (for me, spent journaling, planning my day and writing), I do look forward to it. If I were trying to get up early just to clean the toilets, I’d probably opt to stay in bed. 🙂
I, like the rest of the world, feel so “over” Covid, but it’s just not over us yet. Hmph. So rude. We received word the other day that the boys’ school (currently in person) is going to switch to virtual only from Thanksgiving week through January 11th (basically the big holiday season). At first I was like, “#&!&$!!!!”. School has been amazing, and I had just made the mistake of thinking how fabulous it was having them out of the house all day.
But, after thinking about it for a couple seconds, I know it makes sense. The holidays are likely going to be a disaster. Too many gatherings, parties, people. Too many people are “over it” and acting like it. So, I can understand why the principal made this choice. Looking on the bright side….this is cozy season. If there ever were a good time to snuggle in in Wisconsin, it would be December. Christmas lights, fireplaces, snow…it could be worse. We’ll be okay.
Disappointing news though, also Covid related…Ivan’s mom was supposed to come next week (a rescheduled trip from months ago). Well, things are even worse now than when she would have come over the summer. Plus, a big deciding factor…Ivan has two siblings in the area (both married/ with kids). It would be impossible to not have at least SOME intermixing of all of our families, with his Mom of course wanting to visit all of her children that live here. It just seemed like a dangerous plan and not worth the risk, so last night they cancelled her flight. 😦 Such a disappointment because she was supposed to be here from Thanksgiving all the way through the New Year holiday.
There are lots of adorable Thanksgiving themed/ gratitude ideas floating around right now. When the boys were little my Mom made a really cute gratitude turkey with the boys a couple times on Thanksgiving (I can’t find pics of it! But similar to this one from pbs.org):
I saw this gratitude paper chain idea recently and thought it would be fun to do with the boys even this year. We’ve never really done the paper chain thing. Maybe we’ll start it today. Thanksgiving is just over 2 weeks away, so we can still make a pretty long chain if we start now and each write an item everyday. 🙂
My sister is doing this at her house:
Simple, cute and effective! They’ll write on the leaves and stick them up there. Also genius- keeping it up HIGH so her toddler’s grabbing hands cannot interfere (aka, destroy it). 🙂
I am grateful for working late last night. I know, weird to want to work late on a Friday. But I was in the groove and in the middle of something, and it felt good to just get it done.