Outside my window...spring.
I am thankful for...
Eleven years of marriage. We celebrated last weekend- no babysitter or date night out this year; instead, we opted to honor the milestone altogether. There was steak and grilled asparagus, mashed potatoes and a beautiful fruit salad. There was dinnertime conversation. There was giggling. It was fun. It seemed fitting to honor the day as a family- it was, after all, a celebration of the day our family came to be.
Then, after the kids were in bed, there was fancy cheese and smoked salmon and a game of Settlers. Perfect.
I am thinking about...blogging and the internet and how much time it seems to take these days to have an "online presence." I don't know that I want much of an online presence. I like it here, at my blog, and I like it a few other places, too (your blogs, Pinterest, and then all those great photography sites I can't learn fast enough from). I'm not really willing to throw in much time to the screen these days, though. Not when there is so much living and loving to do with my family. Not when time is fleeting, and I know that these are sweet beautiful days I will never get back. Anyway, I'm pondering balance and the "where" and "how much" of it all.
In the Schoolroom...We're wrapping up our year. I'd like to make a final booklist for each child that summarizes what was accomplished over the year. It's always so satisfying to see it in print. :) We'll take a few weeks for summer break in June and then get started with the new school year in July.
From the kitchen...Nothing fancy. I think I've made scrambled eggs twice a week for the last month. Primrose is about to start an uprising. ;)
I am creating...
summer plans. I made camping reservations today (happy sigh).
I am working on...going to bed earlier. It's ridiculous to stay up late when the baby is sleeping.
I am going...to keep creating space and time for lovely, quiet evenings. After baths, the kids and I gather in the living room. They work quietly and I read for 30 or 45 minutes from Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh. The baby nurses to sleep on my lap. It's slow and lovely and a perfect way to wind down the day.
Clicking Around...Domino's announced a GF pizza crust.
Just in time for mother's day, here's some inspiration and encouragement for what it means to really mother (the key, my friends, is to pluck): from Kim and from Ann. Lovely, both.
I am reading...(Left Neglected by Lisa Genova was fabulous. I highly recommend it.)
I'm still reading Beyond Snapshots by Rachel DeVine & Peta Mazey- it's good.
Mockingjay- I really liked the first two in the trilogy, but this one is much harder to get into.
I am praying for...an email friend. Tiffany's baby. Meghan.
I am hearing...Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie in the car with the kids, narrated by Jim Dale. Have you heard Jim Dale narrate before? Oh, he's just awesome to listen to.
Around the house...I really need to tackle the weeds in the front flower beds. But who wants to weed when there are baby cheeks to kiss and stacks of books to read? sigh. I live such a difficult life, I know.
One of my favorite things...
Iced tea lemonade. 'Tis the season, you know.