I am thinking... about our upcoming trip to the beach! I love to just relax there for a week, and let the kids have a chance to just get out in the sand and sun and water and wind every day! I think we also need to find some more sand shovels... why are beach toys so flimsy nowadays? Our sand shovels break so easily; we have probably gone through a dozen of them since Caroline was a toddler!
I am wondering... how it will feel to be 35 years old. Not exactly looking forward to this birthday... I will be considered "advanced maternal age" by OB/GYNs for any pregnancies from this point on... just one good reason to plan for a homebirth, I suppose!
I am hearing... not much... it sounds like Lucy finished singing herself to sleep. She is up late on days when she takes a nap!
I read a good children's book, The Kitchen Madonna by Rumer Godden, last week. A short read, the length of a thin chapter book.
I created this a couple nights ago... the last painting for Caroline's bird-themed bedroom. I think I had waaaay too much fun flinging the silver paint around. But acrylics wipe off vinyl kitchen flooring very easily! ;)
Around the house... trying to straighten and clean out so we will be able to have a fresh start this school year. I want to purge some more toys and junk... little things seem to accumulate, to reproduce somehow, especially little things like paper and such. I want to have things organized so that I can pull out a few new things for Lucy at the beginning of each week and have everything else out of her reach - give her variety to keep her entertained but also to give her a rhythm of the days, that I am not going to be fetching random stuff from top closet shelves - what is out is what you get for the week! I was trying to clean all the windows and blinds... I got the bathrooms and bedrooms done, so that is pretty good progress. And I am still trying to find an IKEA Kura bed for Cecilia and Lucy... I got a Craigslist app that is supposed to alert me when one is listed, but it is not working right... waa. Once we find one, I can get their room better organized. I want it toddler-proofed so Lucy can have rest time in there on days she doesn't fall asleep for a nap... so she's not in my room rummaging through my bathroom cabinets, bedside table drawers, etc. when she is supposed to be resting. I want to make Cecilia's bedroom to be hers too, meaning the only things she can get into in there will be the shelves of books, clothes in the dresser, shoes in the closet, and a few non-breakable knick-knacks on the dresser. Although the breakable Winnie the Pooh music box will probably stay, since it is already broken... poor Tigger and Piglet have no ears. :( They got broken off one time many years ago when we had a bunch of people over and apparently all the kids got too wild in the bedroom! Once I get that bed in there, my fanciful plan is to cut a tree out of a big thin board (I am good at making big trees; ask my husband - it is part of the story of how we fell in love), paint it, and attach it to the bed - it will be Pooh's house, complete with an M. R. Sanders sign... or it might be Piglet's house with a Tresspassers Will sign. I will ask Cecilia which she prefers!
Pondering these words... "No book is really worth reading at age ten which is not equally worth reading at age 50." -C. S. Lewis
Some leftover Independence Day photos: