Last Friday, our two older kids and my husband and I went to The Art Institute in Chicago and to see Hamilton. It was our birthday/Christmas gift to them, and it was worth the wait. We saw some amazing pieces of art at the Institute, including this one above, one of my long-time favorites: A Sunday on La Grande Jatte. It was an enormous painting, and truly amazing to see! After a quick dinner with our brother-in-law, we saw the much-heralded (and much, much listened to in our house!) Hamilton. It was amazing. The talent was out of this world! We all loved it!
For the past week, I have been working on my classroom to get ready for my little ones. I have enjoyed cleaning, planning and painting this week in anticipation of their arrival. I'm looking forward to getting to know all of them! I never in a million years thought I would enjoy teaching three-year-olds so much!
This. This is Target's back to school wall (plus a few colors to my right you can't see - I was trying not to get the Target employee who was zoning next to me in my picture). This wall brings me Great Joy. The color-coded organization seriously gives me peace and happiness. Target is not especially close to my house, but for each of my kids' back to school Mommy's nights, I have driven to Target for the sheer pleasure of having everything organized thusly. I took KK to Walmart this week, and after about five seconds realized that it was an impossible mess and we had to go to Target. Within seconds of arriving at this wall, my world was again set aright.
This is the pile of plates and forks I needed to set the table tonight for dinner. Know how many are there? Seven. The magical, perfect number for our family. This week I've had kids at camp, and have only needed three or four or five plates, depending on the night. But tonight, everyone is home, and I needed seven. Pulling them all out of the cabinet and counting to the correct number made me so happy. I am thankful for my kids' experiences, which most definitely include camp, but I can't help but sigh with happiness when everyone is back home again.