When the 'usual' for the whole family is kinda up in the air because of the changes that come with the first kiddo starting- and adapting to- kindergarten, who on earth would also start organizing, purging, moving furniture, and swapping rooms?
I guess my house could kinda be a metaphor for this period of adjustment we're going through right now- it has grown to be a dysfunctional mess because spaces around us have not changed as they've needed to, and now they're turned over and tossed upside down and a little chaotic but in progress, and in the end will be just right. Functional. Efficient. Better.
Just like most change, though, it comes with a little sweat, tears, and heavy lifting. But we'll get there, and boy howdy will it be nice when it's done!
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014
...grandparents coming together with tasty treats for Audrey's first Grandparents' Day Lunch at school.
...reuniting with an old, dear friend on Friday night at an art opening, and my buttons popping with pride at my mom's debut.
...time on the back porch wrapped in blankets, watching the rain.
...a visit to the farmer's market, bags of peppers and sunflower sprouts for our fridge, and our first bahn mi from a food truck!
...an entire day of working outside: bushes trimmed, chicken coop cleaned, woods hacked and wacked, spaces cleared and soaker hose installed around the foundation of our house.
...a firey sunset, the hoot owl making an appearance outside our bedroom windows, and the coyote pack, at least 8-10 strong, laughing and singing in the dusk.
This weekend was wonderful, mostly because of the fall-like weather that seemed to breathe some life back in to us all. Although the air conditioners are back on today, that breath still lingers with us.
Fall is coming!
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Friday, September 12, 2014
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
With Sister at school for most of the day, I find myself experiencing some of the sweetness in this bittersweet change for our family- time with Henry, just the two of us. With no older sibling to play second fiddle to, it's been amazing to watch this Little blossom.
He talks so. much. It's been eye-opening to hear what goes through his head, now that he can express his thoughts without being interrupted by his Big!
He plays amazingly well on his own, and seems to relish being able to claim a spot in the living room and do what he wants to do for as long as he wants to do it.
He's an ambitious helper. With no turns to share, he's by my side all morning long watering plants, feeding animals, vacuuming, pushing the shopping cart, and asking to help with every task that comes our way.
He's a love bug. He hugs my legs whenever I stand still for a few moments, sits as close as possible to me whenever he gets the chance, pats my back when we're reading, and tells me he loves me all the time.
Now, all this is not to say that Audrey is a drag to have around, of course. But it's an interesting development in this change in dynamics in our day. It's hard not to feel a little guilty, really, for not providing him more opportunity up to this point to spread his wings.
Ah well, it all comes out in the wash, yes?
What a guy he is!
Monday, September 8, 2014
...'sleeping in' until it was time to make breakfast, gymnastics, yard work, and four racks of ribs cooking all day long.
...friends over til late, kids up til later, birthday cake (it's based on the Settlers of Catan), and fireworks.
...homemade gifts as soon as the last mouthful of pancake was swallowed, good naps, and sushi.
Right now we're still feeling the love for the oldest member of the four of us (ehehehe) who completed another trip around the sun this weekend. He is our rock, our provider, and our beloved. Happy birthday, Kyle!
And happy Monday!