Reading . . . 8 books! My favorites were Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry and Though Waters Roar by Lynn Austin.
Listening . . . We discovered David Garrett (watch this, or this, or this). We "youtubed" him almost daily, loving not only his classical pieces, but also some of the modern pieces he has put a little "violin spin" on. I investigated seeing him in concert this year only to find the closest he would be to us would be Chicago . . . just this past weekend. Maybe next year . . . And as far as my girls go, I've been enjoying Marissa playing Dvorak's "Humoresque" and Isabella playing Schumann's "The Two Grenadiers." I'm not going to lie, Suzuki-styled violin has been a major investment of my time as I have to practice with them daily, but it's so exciting to really see/hear some musical growth in each girl lately.
Watching . . . I'm not a big tv watcher, but Josh and I do enjoy getting caught up on previous seasons of "White Collar." And I must admit to developing a fondness for "Bones" (also previous seasons, we only have Netflix for tv, no cable/satellite/antennae). I usually wait until Josh has watched the first five or so minutes so I don't have to endure the whole "shock factor" of finding the body. Blech. But the solving of the crime is always interesting, and I really like the main character Temperance (cool name).
Entertaining . . . not only did we have the pleasure of Josh's parents coming out this past weekend, it also just so happened that some friends of the girls had a daddy doing business in the McCook area. He dropped them off this morning and we're having a sleepover tonight. It is so fun to have visitors!!! The kids spent nearly the entire afternoon outside--what amazing January weather!!
Around the house . . . I packed up the Christmas tree and promptly rearranged the living room. I'm liking the new set up so much more! (Old set up here--scroll down for a more complete picture) I also FINALLY got my books unpacked! Josh built me a matching shelf (to the one we built a few years back) and I painted it black. They each flank the big living room window. I also organized my craft area in the basement, and hung one wall of pictures. In the end, lots of little projects got done, and I'm happy with what I accomplished.
That blank wall over the other shelf is where the next grouping of pictures is going. I switched the piano and tv (and by "I" we all know that means "Josh under coercion"), and then moved the small hutch to sit diagonally in the corner between the piano and tv.
Onward to February and the end of wrestling season!! ;o)