And The Absentee Blogger Award Goes To...

I have been quite the absentee blogger this month!   I realized this week I've only had a few posts in this space during the month of October, far less than my normal 10-15.  I wanted to let you know that there are a couple good reasons for this.

First of all, I'm growing a baby human and raising five other kids and still grieving and all of that.  I post a LOT of updates on the Work and Play Facebook page, but since I know not everyone is over there I'll give you a quick update here.  Also a little hint, everything I post to Facebook automatically publishes to Twitter as well so if you want to stay away from Facebook and happen to be on Twitter you can keep up there as well.

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Tomas is fantastic.  Smooth sailing in every manner of the word from a baby point of view.  Mom on the other hand is very much feeling the effects of almost 2 straight years pregnant.  Final eviction notice will be handed out Christmas Eve if he hasn't insisted on an appearance by then, but being realistic we are hoping for 37 weeks, which would be December 10th or so.   As long as he waits until Thanksgiving, I'm good as I don't want to have to go to Mayo to deliver (my hospital doesn't have a NICU).  I've never gone earlier than 35 weeks so I'm hoping that we can avoid that.

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Daddy and the big boys took a trip to South Dakota for a taekwondo tournament earlier this month, shortly after Aidan earned his black belt (making Indahl #4).  Came home with lots of good placements and enjoyed a night on their own.  Those of us who stayed home enjoyed watching movies in Mommy and Daddy's bed!

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The weather has been gorgeous and everyone has been enjoying lots of fresh air.  Tim took the kids hiking for his birthday.  Our leaves are slow to move their way to the garden because they are just too much fun.

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Our science co-op has been going well.  We finished studying the temperate forest and have moved onto the grasslands.  We made models of grass plants last week.  Everyone is starting to normalize into our co-op routine and we are starting to have better discussions and work periods, which will hopefully continue!  I have really appreciated the accountability of having another family to keep us from

Finally, I am excited to un-officially announce that I wrote a second book which has led to a regular writing job for the publisher.  Or well, I'm working on writing the book and the manuscript has entered editing so a lot of my heaviest lifting is finished.    You can find me contributing a weekly column on family living related topics to Peanut Butter & Grace.  You can also subscribe by email for weekly email updates in their family formation newsletter, The Bread.  You can see all of my past columns here.  I also post the newest columns to my Facebook page if you want to keep up that way.  When the book is out (it's about family-based service) I assure you will be hearing plenty about it in this space as well!

That is our month in a nutshell.  I am always working on my writing routine and I'd tell you that you should look for more regular posting again, but as soon as I figure one thing else something will come up to throw it all off kilter!

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