12 August 2013

Back to School and Monday Coffee

Do you hear that? It's the sound of a tiny angelic chorus singing... The occasion? School is back in session, and it is glorious.

This morning, I'm linking up to Monday Coffee with The Move to America:

The Move to America

Every Monday, Molly at The Move to America sets up this blog hop for folks to share some goals for the week, and the former teacher in me finds it appropriate that with school starting I share some of our goals for the week (and a little longer term). And Mark was kind enough to brew me up a whole supply of iced coffee over the weekend, so I'm all ready to participate.

Don't worry, I'm not drinking my way through breakfast.
This was the best container we had for the iced coffee process.
And I think it's funny.

Little Man is heading back to peuterspeelzaal after the 6 week long summer vacation. He still goes 4 days a week, but this is still only about 10 hours total; and since he'll be moving to regular full-time school after his 4th birthday, we're anxious for his Dutch to improve further. He's got lots of nouns and some verbs down, but not too many phrases or sentences. In preparation for his return to school, we've coached him on saying "Wat is dat in 't Nederlands?" (What is that in Dutch?) in hopes that he'll be more comfortable asking his teachers when something is unclear. And, of course, we'll continue to do what we can at home.

Ready to go back to school!

And while we're pushing the Dutch, also remembering to have some monolingual playtime every day, just to let Little Man be Little Man. Sometimes the phrase, "No, do it in English," is uttered because, like the rest of us, sometimes he just needs a break.

Some before-school Matchbox Car action.

The start of the new school year is also time for me to work on my Dutch. My goal, now that I have a few hours to myself again, is to dedicate an 1 hour every school day to my studies. I've been trying this over the summer, but more often than not the hour didn't work out like I thought it would and I would scramble after Little Man's bedtime to get just something accomplished.

I'm nearly done with my recent read, Decartes' Bones: A Skeletal History of the Conflict Between Faith and Reason, and I'd like to get it done this week before heading into the next book. The book is rather interesting and a relatively easy read, following the history of how Rene Decartes' bones (his skull specifically) has been used physically and symbolically by philosophers and scientists through the centuries to prove a point or to push an agenda. So far, I recommend it.

And I NEED to finish this blanket. I've been working on this blanket for about 6 months now... It's one giant granny-square, and I am oh-so-close to finally finishing it. There are just about 4 more "tails" to tuck in and then it is complete. And I've been saying for the last 3 days that I'm going to finish it "today." So, I should get on that...

It's finally complete... or nearly so...

Here's to the new school year, and a new week of possibilities, and completed projects!


  1. Thank you so much for linking in with my little Monday Coffee Morning bloggers social! I love meeting new blogs etc and as I am a small blog it means a lot that people take the time to join in!

    I am pleased to read you are a former teacher (me too - as I await the end of my visa I am not currently teaching)!

    I love the blanket and keep promising myself I will learn how to do it - probably will have more time once I get to America. I currently knit (badly) and managed to make a bag!

    Have a great week!


    1. Thanks, Molly. I'm happy to join in and I'm enjoying reading your blog. Best of luck with the visa process! This blanket was crocheted (I don't know where to even start with knitting), and will be followed by some more - but I'm going to go back to some smaller projects, first. =)


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