November is my favorite month. It's my birthday and the start of the holidays. It's full of the grey skies and chilly weather that I love best. And--for the last several years, at least--it's when I take up a few of my favorite daily photo challenges: Dinovember (for complete, silly fun with the kids) and a more introspective photo-and-a-few-words-a-day project inspired by the now defunct habit blog.
I look forward to both projects all year, but 30 days is just the perfect time limit for me--long enough that I have to dig deep a few days, but not so long that it starts to get tiresome.
I'm posting everything over on Instagram, if you'd like to join me there.
November is also typically the month where we wind down fall activities in favor of family time and marathon Christmas movie sessions. We very deliberately skip the indoor soccer season, Little Miss's ballet class attendance gets spotty....We're basically trying to live all of the cozy and all of the twinkle lights.
One nice exception to that was that the Kid has his first chess tournament with his school chess club this past weekend.
It was a successful function. He had fun, and I think he learned a lot. I was also really proud of his sportsmanship. He's been having a little trouble losing gracefully when we play board games at home--which I think is probably fairly common for six year olds--so I was happy to see him shake hands and leave each game with his head up, win or lose.
Of course, chess at school has meant lots of practicing in the evenings at home. (It goes nicely with twinkle lights, actually, and a hot mug of herbal tea.)
On the recommendation of a friend, we started with No Stress Chess last Christmas. The cards really helped at first, but the Kid is getting good enough that he rarely wants to be hindered by them now. He and I had a pitched battle that ended in a draw tonight, and I know he's going to be kicking my butt outright soon.
Pictures, twinkle lights, tea, games of chess, dinosaurs that come alive, fresh flowers that are actually beautiful tiny cabbages (see above!)....and about three delicious Thanksgiving meals with my name on them. I'm going to pop in later this week to post our big list of November "thankful fors", but even without making an "official" list, November really is the best.