Can you believe Halloween is only a few days away? I always loved this time of year. So much fun when you are a kid. The joy of fall. The anticipation of the holidays fast approaching. Now that I have kids of my own I start feeling and sensing their excitement for all those things too.
This week we visited a local attraction inspired by Halloween, sharing where I am at with starting Xmas shopping, parenthood struggle, learning another language, and Aubrey's piano class week 2.
1. Visited Bonaventure Cemetery
Bonaventure Cemetery is one of those must see places in Savannah. To be honest, I don't like to step foot into cemeteries unless absolutely necessary, however Bonaventure is much different. It is one of those charming, beautiful places that is more picturesque than creepy. People flock here to get sightings of some of the most beautiful gravestones with some historic names like Conrad Aiken and Johnny Mercer.
The greenery alone is something to revel in but of course you can take a tour and learn some of the stories about this historic Savannah spot. It is pretty big for a cemetery and so alot to see. It is along the Wilmington River so at one point the view of the water is just so picturesque and peaceful. A king of peace you don't find from any ordinary cemetery.
You can tell this is the kind of place the buried have found some everlasting peace and comfort. We came last year, went again this year and may make it a yearly ritual. The picture above was actually on the cover of the book I am reading "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" and Bonaventure does play a role.
You will notice that sections are where families are buried in, not just individual loved ones. It is a great thought to think you will be buried next to your loved ones eternally. In most cases, going to a cemetery and taking pictures is creepy and out of the norm. At a place like this, it is a must do if you are visiting.
2. Christmas Shopping
Are you ready for the holidays? This time last year I was just not feeling Christmas time. I was also 9 months pregnant and feeling like a stufed sausage so I wasn't feeling anything this time last year.
Around this time I start my Christmas shopping. I can' fathom dropping all that money in one day or weekend so find it more economical for us to start early and get a little at a time.
I actually have not physically started buying anything. I actually plan on it this week. Part of the process for me is the planning stages where I start making my list of people I need to buy for, searching around the internet for what is out there and get ideas and then start my shopping. I am in the planning stage and have some great ideas.
Watch out soon for my holidays lists. I plan to do alot of my shopping from small businesses and will be featuring some of my favorite small business finds in my upcoming lists. This year they need the help more than ever.
Have you started your Christmas Shopping yet? Are you one of those that are almost done at this point? If so, I envy you!
3. The struggle of parenthood with sick or teething kids
So here's the thing, we don't really know what is going on with our baby Claire. She has just not been herself. She isn't acting sick really except for having some coughing at night. We are suspecting teething, in particular the top ones. She got her first 2 teeth at 8 months and nothing else has popped out since. She is going to be 1 years old next week so she's due for some teeth.
She has been irritable most of the day. Her sleep schedule is off. There are times she will take 3 hour naps and other times when she won't nap at all. She is up so much in the middle of the night. Monday night was one of the better nights despite her being up alot. Some nights she wakes up and won't go back to sleep for a while. It is exhausting.
She wants me to hold her and then tries to get down and then cries when she is down. The only thing that makes her happy sometimes is when I stand and hold her but I can only do that for so long.
We ave tried Tylenol, it helps a bit but does not make it back to normal. This momma is exhausted. I find this stage to be one of the hardest. When they are very little the middle of the night stuff is rough but at least you know they probably want to eat and then will go back to sleep. They sleep most of the time except to eat and you can put them down and not worry about them rolling away.
This stage the kids are more alert, they are alwasy on the go and putting everything in their mouth. They need constant supervision. They can't tell you what is wrong so it is just a big guessing game. I always remind Claire she is lucky she is so cute. My 4 year old is much more self sufficient, can converse with me so I know what is wrong and she can understand what I have to say to her. One year olds have no reasoning ability.
It's fun watching them learn and mimic you. Claire has learned the art of sticking her tongue out on command. She laughs and laughs when we do it and the does it back to us. As stressful as this time is and exhausting that all this is going on, I still just want her to feel better for her. No one wants their baby to be sick or uncomfortable in any way.
4. Learning another language
I recently took up learning French, again. I started a couple years ago and then life got busy with getting pregnant, moving 1000 miles away, having another kid, etc. I decided to start it up again and it has been going well. I wrote about it when I started originally using the Duolingo app. You can read about it HERE.
I took Spanish in high school and tought that would be the best language to go for but decided against it. I took Polish in college and thought I would revisit that. I am over half Polish so I wanted to feel a connection to my roots. It was a good thing to try to learn when we lived in Chicago. Polish is such a popular language up there with a huge population of Polish people. Instead I wanted to try French.
The French language is so pretty and also feels so classy and chic when I hear it. Plus I have a fascination with Paris and the French culture that it stuck with me. Since moving down here, I have noticed a big influence of French culture. I feel like I am getting better and better every week.
My goal is to go back to Paris and be able to put my learning into use.
5. Aubrey's piano class, week 2
I do wonder if piano is something Aubrey will continue to be interested in. I know the mind of a 4 year old does not focus for too long. Well, here we were at week 2 and Aubrey was even more excited to go to class. She leaves loving her lesson and being anxious to come home and practice during the week. She was able to play Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star which is something she was wanting to do.
As long as she has the interest and drive to keep doing it, I want her to pursue it. I was not really involved in too many activities as a kid and I wish my mom would have pushed me a bit or just put me in to have me try. Kids learn by doing. Aubrey sees things on her videos or hears about activities the kids in her school are doing and thne she wants to try it. She wont know what she wants to do, what she likes, what she is good at until she gets out there and tries.
Week 3 will be on Halloween. She is very excited to go to class wearing her costume so I anticipate week 3 being a big success.
I wish you a great week ahead and Happy Halloween!!