The school year has ended and we're testing out the new routine. Of course, we'll do lots of enrichment and projects around the house. We'll have a new chore chart and everyone will learn new skills and we won't fall into those bad habits of too much screen time and sleeping in. I vow to find creative ways to prevent bickering and whining about boredom, at least until July.
Actually, I love having the kids around all summer. I'll be sad when they aren't underfoot all the time. The two and half months of togetherness stretched out before us will end too soon. I just realized that this time next year we'll be looking forward to three new beginnings. Ben to high school, Alex to middle school, and Gigi to Kindergarten. May will be a gully washer of tears.
So lets focus on the now.
After the nightly tuck in trifecta, I let Gigi read "a few more books" in her bed and after she has fallen asleep I go back in and turn out the light. Every night, it's the same old story. Or stories. I think her eyes are bigger than her circadian rhythm.
I wish I could remember what caused Gigi to say the following, "That made my eyes boom and pop out of my head!"
Alex had heard a snippet of the evening news and asked: Why is the news always horrible? Doesn't anything good ever happen in the world?
Mom: Bad news sells.
Alex: I'd buy good news.
Mom (ever the evangelist): Lucky for us, the real Good News is free and it takes away all the bad news in the whole world forever.
Alex: I feel like I should say, Alleluia?
I came across this photo from over a year ago my sister sent me. Foreshadowing?
We wanted to plant some more knock out roses to break up the Great Wall of Vinyl, but we missed the boat on a good deal. So Jason bought a bag of potatoes and some root starter and hacked off some of the present blooms. I'll let you know how it goes.
Ben went to a youth group event and a teacher sent me this photo. Learning to Sumo is just part of growing up Catholic, ya know? Probably, that's Shinto, but we embrace religious diversity around here.
This is just my odd little way of reminding myself to live in these moments and wishing all a happy summer. I better get some sleep so I can shelve with a smile.