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Briefly August

Posted on Aug 31, 2010 in Featured | 2 comments

Briefly August

This monthly review is inspired by Amber Strocel‘s monthly What I Learned post. Hop over to her site to catch the other participants in her link up and to read what she learned too. Here’s what happened in August: I learned that committing to a homelearning program for Rain feels surprisingly good (for now). Ask me again in a couple of months. I learned how attempted to can dill pickles. I say attempted because we have to let them sit for a couple of weeks before we try them so at this point I don’t know if it was a bust or not. However, we took the kids to a local u-pick farm and picked cukes together and then Aaron and I canned 19 quarts of pickles for the first time. Can’t wait to try them. I discovered that our local Waldorf school initiative will be starting small this year by offering a two morning a week Waldorf Kindergarten group. This means that Rain can go there and get some Waldorf education, I can get a bit of a break, and we can still try out homeschooling. I can’t tell you how happy I am about this arrangement. This is actually my ideal set up and I wish it could continue that way into the coming years. In addition to the two morning Kindy program there is also a Friday morning Waldorf circle (where parents stay) that sounds like a fun social outting too. We’ve enjoyed getting to know the families from the school over the past year and we look forward to our continued involvement with the school initiative and to developing a deeper friendship with these families. I thought a lot about what it takes to feel done having children and discovered (even before this baby is born) that I am totally done. I had always wanted three kids and yet, I also felt some very real disappointment about the positive pregnancy test. For the first time, I could see all the benefits of only having two children and it felt ok. In fact, should I have miscarried early on in the pregnancy, I’m not sure that I would have continued to pursue the idea of three kids. This was a surprise to me and put things in perspective a bit. Nevertheless, now that we’re on the road to three, I am getting excited and looking forward to February and I’m also content knowing that after the baby arrives, I won’t find myself perpetually yearning for another. I’m sure Aaron is relieved to hear that too. I celebrated as four of my friends welcomed babies this month (including one set of twins). All of the singletons (and one of the twins) were boys by the way. I reflected on the idea of wishing and whether or not I subscribe to it. In the coming days, I’ll tell you about my experiment with wishing. I started to feel moderately less sick and tired and I officially crossed over into the second trimester! What did August hold for...

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