Outside my window... sunny and beautiful. The girls are playing outside and enjoying popsicles, which are really just frozen coconut milk and blueberries. Lucy is getting her last molar and I am hoping the cold feels good on her gum! I am going to go join them in a bit with my iced mocha coffee drink that I get obsessed with in the warmer weather... warm milk with coffee and cinnamon steeped in it, dark chocolate, more milk, splash of vanilla, blended and poured over crushed ice. So yummy. I am trying it with raw milk this time.
I am thinking... about lots of things. My brain is full. I am planning a tea party for my Little Flowers group on Sunday afternoon. We are also wrapping up the school year and I need to be thinking more actively about next year's plans - Cecilia will be a first grader and Caroline a 4th grader!
I am wondering... how to make more time to read. I have some books - mostly about homeschooling and parenting - that I would really like to get to. I am also realizing that as I give my oldest child more and more content to read, I may need to be keeping up with that myself to make sure her narrations of the content is accurate! I'm a night owl, so that is the right time for reading, after kids are all asleep, but I usually split that time between vegging out (reading about homeschooling and parenting online, ha!) or taking sudden inspiration to start a project such as making yogurt or "crispy nuts," or some kind of hands-on project. Sometimes I think I spend more time contemplating projects and homeschool ideas than I do actually implementing them, but then I look back at the fact that certain things have been accomplished and so I guess I am doing okay.
I am hearing... the kids playing outside. I am hiding out in the den... they play so much better when I am not out there. Lucy is about to the age where she can stay out with them in the fenced back yard for decent periods of time, although I still hesitate to leave her out there for two hours without checking in, ha. But if I am out there, I tend to hear complaints from the older two ("I'm too hot/cold," "She did x, y, and z to me," etc.), and Lucy will just cling to me. If I am inside, I will see them out the windows all happily engaged in some kind of imaginative game. And that's what I loved most about my childhood - getting wrapped up in some imaginative game. If my mom was watching me play all the time, I would have been hindered - I wouldn't have felt as free to be creative knowing an adult was watching.So I try to find the balance of giving Lucy enough time outside - safely - and not being in the way of the older kids.
I'm also creating the Little Flowers tea party plans... it is coming together nicely and will be a special way to wrap up the year!
And I am creating various projects in my mind, as always... and I need to get on that photo project for Tim's ordination! I thought I would be making a music playlist and a beer list with his friend who apparently likes all the same music as I did in high school, but he was apparently joking. I did give input on the beers, though, seeing as I have quite a refined taste in beer for a 34 year old stay-at-home mother, according to both Tim and some guy doing wine tastings at Trader Joe's, ha ha. I'll assume they know what they are talking about. I just like what I like.
Around the house... See the above on the bedroom switch.
* Pick up eggs tomorrow - found a lady who is selling them to me for $2/dozen, and they are pastured and fed a locally-sourced, non-GMO feed - yay!!!
* Get-together with friends on Saturday - it's bring a side plus BYOB
* Mass - need to decide which Mass which includes the choir we will start attending regularly as we don't care for Bette Midler songs during Mass, ha ha
* Grocery shopping and cooking for the tea party
* Little Flowers tea party on Sunday