More are here. That's Sparkle dancing with the bride if you scroll down a bit. This was the second wedding dance the boys have been to, and let's just say they were TOTALLY at ease, and had a blast dancing their little hearts out.
Check out this amazing picture of my brother and his then-fiance/now-wife... Their wedding was last weekend and it was lovely. Here are a few more of their engagement pictures: katie lewis photography I cannot wait to see the pictures of their wedding!
Our whole family went to the wedding together, and the kids were amazing. They are so much easier to travel with these days. They can handle changes in their sleep schedules, don't always melt down when they are hungry, enjoy meeting new people, and generally are a blast to be around and make me so, so proud.
The kids are staying with my mom and dad this week, which is WAY far away from me in Minnesota. I miss them! And Beloved is traveling for work this week AND next week. I miss him too. I'm not gonna lie, our schedules lately have been... harsh. (I was going to go with "brutal" or "intolerable" but didn't want to sound too overdramatic. How am I doing with that?)
It's totally weird to be home in the evening by myself. I'm terrible about going to sleep when Beloved is gone, which is why I've suddenly decided to blog at 10:41 PM.
I was quite proud this evening that I managed to start up the little yard tractor, hitch up the trailer, get hay and feed the cows all by myself. Feeling all pioneer-ish, and admiring the lovely sky and green hills while I filled up the cow's water trough... And then I forgot to turn off the hose for a LONG time and when I realized it was still on I had probably watered the pasture with about 200 gallons of water. Sorry, Earth. Very, very sorry.
Oh my gosh, this picture! He's so handsome and she's so beautiful! The gorgeousness of it all is a little overwhelming... I'm so happy for them.
So it was a back-to-school picnic where parents came at 11:30 and ate outside with the kids, supposedly to get to know other families with kids in Apple Tree.
There was one mom who brought, like, whole wheat pita bread with salmon, hummus, and organic greens for lunch. I didn't even bother talking to her at all, obviously.
But I was pleasantly surprised to see how many parents showed up with a subway or deli bag. One dad even brought McDonald's! Ah, these are my kind of people! (I brought bananas, juice boxes--100% juice of course, and baked chicken from the grocery store deli. And don't think this wasn't carefully considered, because yes I am just that paranoid about other parent's judgment of my lunch choices!)
Sparkle and his class sang a few songs for the parents. (Parents who brought the big video camera: -3. Parents who snapped a few pictures with the phone: +10.) Sparkle's favorite, which he's been singing at home all week, is
"Water travels in a cycle, yes it does.
Water travels in a cycle, yes it does.
It goes up as evaporation, it forms clouds as condensation, it comes down as precipitation, yes it does!
I don't think I knew about the water cycle until I was in third grade or so. Sparkle's way ahead of me in so many ways!
Would you like to know how I started my short-term stint into stay-home motherhood? I sent my kids to school.
It's been lovely.
I took them to school the last two days because I had a lot to get done, lots of errands and appointments that I've been putting off thinking, "Well, I'll do that when I'm off work." Turned out that there was enough to do that I didn't want to drag the boys around with me.
And we're paying for school this week whether they go or not, so... They went.
Oh yeah, that's me: Mother of the Year!
Let me tell you, this is quite a gig. I would be a GREAT stay-home mom of kids who are in school!
I'm almost packed for our upcoming trip. The laundry is ALL DONE. My floors are mostly clean. (Well, they don't crunch when you walk on them, so that counts, right?) I bathed the dog and clipped his nails. I chatted with my sister and my mom. I spent 45 minutes this morning at a coffee place sipping tea and reading a book! All by myself! My nails are freshly painted, my hair is newly cut, and my legs are shaved.
I've accomplished a lot, but I haven't felt rushed or harried.
I actually made scrambled eggs for the kids for breakfast and we sat at the table and ate and chatted before we left for school. Not that scrambled eggs are difficult or anything, but on weekday mornings were are a strictly toast-or-cereal family.
This evening I played checkers with Sparkle and read books with Pumpkin. Again, it's not that those thing never happen anyway but I didn't feel like doing those things with the kids was keeping me from getting other stuff done. Does that make sense?
Anyway, tomorrow is their last school day. Ask me in a month or so how I feel about being a temporary stay-home mom, but for the last two days I've been loving it!!
(Here's Pumpkin playing with his special kitty, Tessie PomPom.)
(Oh, and I forgot to mention that I got the boys these Kamik shoes as their second pair of summer shoes. I think they'll be an okay choice... I like sandals rather than closed shoes for breath-ability, and a covered toe because it protects both the shoe and the kid from damage. Flip-flops are not allowed at their school, not that it matters this summer.)
Beloved is doing a lot of lawn care again. Sparkle is old enough that he really wants to help. Beloved let him push the mower with him, thinking that he'd lose interest pretty quickly but he stuck with it until the mowing was all done.
I can't quite wrap my brain around not going back until September. Maybe it will sink in more on Monday.
The kids, of course, are driving me completely nuts today. They're just pestering each other quite a bit and not doing all that great at entertaining themselves. I'm already thinking I'm going to need a bit of structure to the days, even if it's pretty basic. You know, some other plan than Tell the Kids to Go Play Something.
I have a huge list of things I need to get done in the next week, many of which require leaving the house. Yikes! Usually I try to avoid running errands with both kids. Wish me luck...
Pumpkin's class had a performance recently, and it was pretty much the most adorable thing I've ever seen in my life. The performed a simple play, Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Pumpkin was Baby Bear, and I was crazy-proud of how well he said all of his little lines. He kept glancing over at me and grinning. He loved it!
Sparkle and I went to a dog show recently. These are a few pictures that Sparkle took himself.
Sparkle basically had a good time, but he was more excited about the fact that we went through the drive through at McDonald's on our way home than anything else. It's silly to take a child somewhere just because I want to go there. Sparkle said he wanted to come, but I think it was more because he wanted to be the one to go with me than that he actually wanted to see anything at the show. It's awesome that just the two of us got to do something together, but it wasn't really fair of me to take a six year old to something he wasn't very interested in, especially since I did want to watch some things.
When I was six I would have loved to do this, but guess what? Kids have their own interests! My job is to provide opportunities to try things, but just because I think it would be cool if he was interested in something doesn't mean he will be. Bummer.
Sparkle really was a total sweetie... He was very, very well behaved, especially for a slightly bored six year old boy in a place where he can't really run and yell.
I gave him the camera to try taking some pictures and then I went back to watching something else. When I looked over at him he had pushed the wrong button on the camera and was then grabbing the camera by the lens. I was slightly annoyed but not angry. I had given him that camera because it's pretty inexpensive and durable and I didn't think he could damage it. He was just trying to figure it out, no big deal.
That evening I downloaded the camera and saw that Sparkle had accidentally taken a few short videos as well as the pictures. The last one was video of the grass/sky/grass/sky as he turned the camera around trying to figure out what he was doing. And I heard myself in the background saying, "Sparkle! Don't hold the camera like that! If you can't handle it correctly then I'm going to put it away!"
I couldn't believe how awful I sounded. If one of the kids used that voice with me I would correct them and tell them to use a respectful tone. For pete's sake, I gave the poor kid the camera with minimal instructions on how to use it.
I watched the video just after putting the boys to bed, and when I saw it I actually went to apologize to Sparkle. He was already asleep. And to be honest I forgot about it and never apologized.
It was pretty humbling and I'm trying to be more aware of my tone with the boys, making sure I speak to them with patience and gentleness.
Anyway... we had some fun and some french fries, so it's all good. I do wish I'd had another adult with me so we could chuckle at some of the Very Serious Dog People.