Here I sit typing this up on February 1 to publish tomorrow. That gives you a bit of a clue what my January was like.
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Leezard helping me wash the dishes. She’s so helpful that way.
I started the new year with a brand new book to me, and I was having fun creating the perfect bookstagram picture. I try to occasionally put up the books I’m reading on there, but then I get on a reading kick and feel super awkward posting 2 books in one day, and don’t post anymore. Either way, I enjoyed Rise of the Earthborn, the first of the Sambeth Primordial books. I haven’t picked up the rest of the series yet because I’ve got so many TBR books in my pile. There were several authors I follow who shared a big book sale.
We’re studying two countries a week, and this is why I really need to write this up when it happens, because I’m pretty sure that bottom left picture is the Naaru lemon chicken and that middle right is a fry bread from an African country, but I don’t remember for sure. Once I dig through my various country folders, I’ll find out who.
The kids occasionally get into this, “I must sit in this spot” mood, and will sit on top of each other and generally annoy each other, this amuses me, and I frequently take pictures of them being stupid like that.
And then we got back into school, which means lots of my kids sitting at their laptops.
The big news for this week is the boys bought a car. They’ve been searching for a minivan for months, it’s hard to find decent used cars right now, and minivans are super in demand.
As soon as they picked it up, they put the Queen Elizabeth II sticker on that car, and were so incredibly proud of it. Even if Superman looks like he’d rather be anywhere but right there.
That bottom left picture is Superman cleaning up the Taco Bell he works at as it closes. They’re super short-staffed right now, and are being forced to close early. That particular day I had to go pick him up early (like 8:30) because they had to close at 8:00 because they didn’t have enough people to keep it open.
And the bottom right corner is my nephew. Tara came into town, originally we were going to go see Hadestown together, but it got delayed because of the Omicron Covid surge. Then she got news her Dad was in the hospital so she kep the tickets to come down, and we played babysit the baby as she visited her Dad in the hospital.
And this is where the story of Tara’s visit becomes sad. About a day after she got there, and she got to visit him once, he died suddenly. So what was originally going to be a fun visit, became a sad visit, and then it became a super sad visit. But, we watched her kiddo as she handled all of the sudden funeral details she had to figure out.
Baby T and Leezard loved each other. He crawled all over that dog, and kept trying to feed his food to him.
During one of the down times, we played a game of Clank with Tara, which she loved, and it was fun for me to play my new expansion I got for Christmas.
During one of the breaks, where Tara had the baby we did learn about Guatemala that week, and ate a delicious meal. That one I definitely remember because I found a gluten-free recipe since she has Celiacs.
It’s been cold here in Texas, well cold for Texas, I’m sure the people up in the North are laughing at my claim. We’ve had a fire going most days, and when we go through our history lessons The Artist likes to sit next to the fire, which Leezard takes objection to because clearly, she belongs there.
The bottom left picture is from The Artist’s birthday party. We had a tea party for all of her friends, and it was so much fun to see everyone all talking together.
We learned about Grenada and El Salvador that week. I particularly liked the Carne Asada recipe from El Salvador. The Grenada recipe was a chicken stew, and wasn’t super interesting.
We watched the Diary of Anne Frank book and a movie, and we all agreed our usual over the top snacks did not make much sense for this movie, but we did find a meal that was served in the Secret Annex for a special occasion. I apparently got the BBC mini-series, we haven’t finished it yet because I didn’t budget time to watch a 4 hour series that day (ummmm, Amazon is claiming it’s only 1 hour 40 minutes, but we watched about that much of it, and it was two DVDs long, so I don’t know what the disconnect is here), I thought I had gotten the 1959 movie.
And that was our January. It’s been long and emotionally draining for everyone involved.