Wednesday, July 30, 2014
The lazy days means there is no rhythm or routine to our day so I'm struggling to feel motivated to do anything with regards to house keeping. I just want to be lazy and loll around and play with the girls. I've not been good about instituting cleaning hours into our days and the house shows it.
But, I keep reminding myself, this is time I will never get back. I'll always (pray God) have a house to clean, but I won't always have small girls who find wonder in turning dried out daylily scapes into whistles. As long as I can deal with the mess without sinking into a mass of anxiety, all will be well.
I have to say, I understand her consternation, having tried to put some beads on those posts myself.
Yesterday was the Feast of St. Olaf. It is tradition in Catholic churches to celebrate the feast day of the saint for whom they are named, so yesterday was "Olaf Fest" at our church. :o) We would have Mass at 5:00, dinner (pot luck) at 6:00 and watch "Frozen" at 7:00.
I was asked to help set up so I was there from 4:00 until "Frozen" ended. It was rather a long evening, but loads of fun.
I suppose now would be a good time to explain St. Olaf was a Viking, huh? ;o)
I remember church suppers from my childhood so fondly. The grown-ups never paid attention to what we filled our plates with, and if we hit the desserts up three or even four times, nobody cared. The grown-ups visited with each other, and we kids all took care of ourselves. Ahhhh...good times.
So far this summer she has completely devoured the first two Harry Potter books and is now working on book three. She has also read the first few Lemony Snicket books. She and I are currently working on A Cricket in Times Square.
I so love watching the endless worlds of words opening up for my girl and can't wait for it to do so for the Bean. It's all so magical and amazing. I love watching her eyes light with delight when she reads a particularly funny or insightful passage. Hooray for reading!
Sunday, July 27, 2014
I've continued to not write much about her because I'm still treading that fine line of sharing and what she would consider over sharing. Baby, toddler and preschooler behaviors are all so universal and we're all in the trenches together. When your children get older, their troubles start to be a bit different and the struggles, while potentially universal, start to feel more personal, more private.
And yet, how can I NOT share my sweet Bitty Girl?
She has torn through the second HP in no time. She told me she's to the point where she can only read it during the day because it's getting too scary now to read at night. :oP I respect that, and find she's like I was, and can keep two or three books going at once.
We spent an hour in B&N today, looking through the 7-12 year old reading section, looking at covers, reading book backs and jackets, searching for new stories to discover. This is such a fun age! :o) I love that the books that interest her are not necessarily books that would have been on my reading list (I did a lot of Judy Bloom, Beverly Cleary, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, The Babysitters Club, etc. You know, nice, fluffy reads...Okay, I did read more challenging things, but still) so that I can experience new books. Right now, I'm not prepared to let her read something I've not also read, just so I can be prepared with answers as needed, and know the content of what she's reading. Besides, I might possibly have a YA reading problem...;oP YA books are among my favorites. :o)
She recently found this spent pinwheel flower in the yard and determined it must be used for something lest Mom toss it. (I SO would have tossed it if I had gotten to it first!)
In her own words:
She's a pretty neato kiddo, what can I say?
1. Pop and Nana had a fun cardboard box the girls discovered today.
3. We had a heavy storm yesterday while the sun was shining off behind it. I listened, and the moment the storm was over I ran outside. The family followed. It was worth the remaining drizzle to take in the view:
8. We spent the afternoon with N&P. We have a new take and bake pizza place, Papa Murphy's, and they thought we should try it out for lunch. I'm still stuffed and lunch was six or so hours ago. It was goooooooooood. From there we did B&N and Joann. It's been a lovely day. :o)
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Today was NOT one of those lovely pool days, it started out cold and stormy (did you hear about the tornado that hit a campground on the Eastern Shore?) and has been pretty overcast and gross for the rest of the day. The girls (all four of 'em) and I headed out to kill some time at TJ's and then the 'Jay, and then spent much of the afternoon vegging.
Today is the kind of day you want comfort food, a good book and a cup of hot tea. I made some biscuits last week and decided to document the process for the girls for when they are older.
this flour. This is the best biscuit flour, and Daddy has found a local source for it. Otherwise, you'll just have to get it when you go visit Lissie.
Place your cut bikkies on a baking stone (again, a worthwhile investment if you take after your mama with all the cooking and baking) as close together or far apart as you like.
You clean up your mess and kitchen (and make your sausage gravy and eggs) while the biscuits bake. 450 for 15 minutes or so.
Remember, don't overwork the dough.
Yes, you girls will be making biscuits with me in the kitchen for years to come before you move out on your own, but it doesn't hurt to have a tutorial for visual reference when you're out on your own years from now. Don't tell me you won't be wanting biscuits, and you know these are so much better than the can. :oP
Sorry there are no amounts, it's strictly an eyeballing it sort of thing. I truly believe you ladies can handle this. :o)
1. My beautiful, sun-kissed Beanie.
2. Her equally beautiful, sun-kissed sister.
3. Sweet, glorious garden candy!
4. Some people find them terrifying.
5. So beautiful!
6. The rain meant I didn't have to water the gardens today!