It’s that time of year again, when the winter coats get put away, and toenail polish makes its long-awaited debut. After surviving a mini vacation (a stay-cay perhaps?), I have three goals in mind for my week away from math and lesson plans: get the kids’ bedrooms organized, revise my current story, and prep my backyard for the gardening ahead. I can only hope sunshine makes its way into the regime.
Now, I’m not one of those people that live and breathe order. I think that for a home to exude comfort, it needs just the right amount of disorder. However, that doesn’t mean that I want toys strung throughout every nook and cranny of my humble abode. Fast forward to a few months after many Christmas celebrations, two children’s birthdays, and Valentine’s Day, and you have a recipe for a toy disaster. Leave it to mom to fix it before it gets out of hand. I wouldn’t want them swallowed up by a quicksand of American girl doll accessories and ninja turtles.
So, I decided to read my children’s story aloud during the long car rides of our mini-vacation. Now, I’ve done this on more than one occasion, but only certain chapters at a time, or bits and pieces here and there, for my kids. Reading it from beginning to end, in only two sittings, made me see so many things differently. I wish I’d done it months ago! I’ve revised here and there for a while now, but I needed to hear my words again to increase my motivation. So there WAS a reason I endured the countless bathroom stops, arguments over the ipad, and enough are we there yet?’s for a lifetime!
My backyard isn’t so much the problem as my lack of gardening expertise! I’ve only made one attempt at a vegetable garden, and let’s just say, it was a disaster. I refuse to feed only the rabbits this time. A few years have passed, our family has grown, and I now have the jewel that is Pinterest.
Now if I can only survive a week with no bedtimes!