School let out two weeks ago and we have been thoroughly enjoying our summer vacation.
Eating healthy lunches that include yummy eggs courtesy of our sweet hens.
Arranging flowers on our kitchen table.
Picking perfectly sweet strawberries from our garden.
Reading and playing together. (not always this amicably)
Gobbling up salt water taffy. (yet another reason to love trader joe's)
Swimming (and splashing and teasing and giggling) in the pool until we are exhausted.
And then resting up so that we can do it all over again the next day.
These days I am being patient with myself.
After the tornado hit our town the oldest boy has arrived home from am school by 12:45. With Mondays off from school and my husband working most weekends I have had little alone time.
I have been taking moments for myself here and there.
Giving myself space to breathe deeply. to pause. to think.
to enjoy the weather. to walk my dogs in the woods.
I have also chosen enjoy the not-so-pleasant chores. like cleaning out the chicken coop. mowing. weeding. planting. mulching. driving my kiddos to Hebrew school, swim meet, taekwondo, math bowl practice.
Chosen to spend more one on one time with my kiddos. with ezra leaving for school at 6am I have two hours each morning to spend with the younger kiddos. Middle child who never gets to sit in the front seat of the car really enjoyed the privilege each morning for the short drive to the bus stop. even though we barely drove for a mile he loved adjusting the seat and turning on the seat warmers. I never use these because it can't be that healthy to sit on hot electric coils but i figured that just a few minutes each morning wouldn't hurt. Plus we giggled as our backsides became warm.
We also found the time to stop by the ice cream shop after finding out that his team did not place in the statewide round of the great computer challenge. We decided on ice cream floats to "drown our sorrows" and giggled at how silly we sounded. In the booth, sitting on extra tall bar stools the boy told me how much fun he had and how well he worked with the two girls that comprised his team. We agreed that his team would have done better if there was more time to practice bridge construction methods. We realize that with the short school year only four practice sessions may not have been enough and we move on.
We are living in the moment. We are focusing on fun. We are sucking down ice cream and soda through pink straws.
I'm not really making much of anything these days. Still knitting a dishcloth out of yarn sent to me by a friend. Washing dishes using the dishcloth she knit for me. Feeling fortunate to have made many wonderful friends through blogging.
Just finished washing dishes from lunch. Peering out the window every so often to see that the rain has broken and the sun is shining. Feeling fortunate that I have dishes to wash. Fortunate that it's summer and I no longer have to wake up at 5:30am to get ezra on the 6am school bus. So happy that I am a mama with many commitments and responsibilities who is finally figuring out that not everything needs to be done immediately or perfectly. But that each and every moment must be appreciated.
We are also just two weeks away from finalizing the purchase of a small home in the city. We are just overjoyed. After years of hoping and dreaming and preparing our country home is nearly paid off and we were able to make a small space in the city a reality. For the past six years I have been driving to the city several times per week (usually fridays and sundays and some saturdays) to the city an hour away to attend temple services and hebrew school. This is the closest temple to our home and while an hour drive each way isn't that bad add in three kiddos and a husband who's at work while mama is driving said kiddos and you get the picture. Plus with two bar mitzvahs in the next three years we are going to love our little oasis in the city even more. We are already planning lunches and play dates with all of our city friends who have generously invited us over and fed us over the years - this home base will do us a world of good. I am not even allowing myself to think about the fact that I will have another kitchen and two more bathrooms to clean or bedrooms to pick up and more clothes to put away because I would rather do all those things with my kiddos than spend six hours per week strapped into our car seats driving through traffic. So if all goes well in two short weeks we will be enjoying our woods and chickens in the country and our friends, temple and community pool and playground in the city. Oh, and while this had nothing to do with our decision to buy the city house it just happens to be exactly one mile away from a trader joe's and a target. I am one lucky girl - and I am appreciating each and every single moment because they fly by so fast.
Thanks for letting me share this news with you friends! Hope you are appreciating the moments this summer.