Snow Days and Games to Play - 10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

Saturday, February 5

I used to love doing these weekly posts to look back on the best parts of each week. I am excited to resume them today! So without further ado, here are 10 things that made me happy this week...

1. Snow! Aiden spending the first 9 years of his life in Nebraska meant growing accustomed to a few good snows each winter. Southeast Missouri does not typically get as much snow, so it is always that much more exciting when we get enough for him to play in! His joy brings me SO much joy! 

2. I have been working on the website for our homeschool group, and this week I shared a Board Game Bingo printable for the month of February. I used to love the gameschool challenge on Insta every February, but they no longer run that. So I thought a bingo sheet would encourage us to play more and mix up the games we are choosing. 

3. Reconnecting with friends I haven't talked to for a while is always good for my spirit. I really want to work on being more intentional about keeping up with long-distance friends this year.

4. This week also brought an opportunity to connect with some new homeschool friends in a different way as I asked some of the teachers for this semester to form a prayer warrior group with me. I pray that God will help us to form bonds as we pray for each other, and that He will do big things in our co-op! 

5. The slower pace of snow days made it the perfect time for me to bake cookies for the neighbors. I used to do this a lot more often, so it was good to get back to doing something I love to do! I used this sugar cookie recipe, which is always a hit!

6. We have been using a new curriculum for Latin this past month, and we are really liking it. We started this year doing latin with a really challenging course. It was fun, but hard to keep up with. Visual Latin feels much more manageable and I am really hoping this is the curriculum that will finally keep us consistent. We are also using a new grammar course, and we are loving that as well. It is taught by the author of a trilogy of books we like, and that makes it extra enjoyable.

7. My friend Brittany shared a photo of her planner the other day and it encouraged me to work on getting more organized again. I have been super pleased with how well I have logged homeschool this year, and feel a lot more organized in that area, but I could definitely benefit from working on other areas of my life. The planner she uses has a free PDF version, so I am trying it out!

8. Aiden and I recently read the book The Witch of Blackbird Pond at the same time. I assigned it to him, but then I started reading the first would chapters and decided I wanted to read it as well. We were snuggled up reading (him from the print copy and me from scribd) and he looked up at me and said "I just got a burst of joy that we are both reading this!" I just love my sweet boy. 

9. Yesterday Aiden and my mom did one of their video calls where they collaborate on a project of drawing funny dogs together. They chat about what it should look like and he does the drawing while she provides input along the way. It is just the best, and it had been a while since they have done that so it really made me happy! We have been calling her most nights to read the Bible together, so the just-for-fun calls have been fewer. We are going to work on making time for both! 

10. I have been sleeping better again finally after swapping some medications around. This always helps with the happy level.

I can't wait to see what the next week has in store! God certainly fills our lives with good things! 

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