I'd like to find time to write each day. It helps me to feel centered, focused.
I've been unable, as we've been on the go & busy over the past several days.
So for the sake of regrouping - here's what's been filling my time:
Baseball. The boys had games four nights last week. Now that the snow is gone, we've got to
We had another ball game on the road tonight. These make for late evenings getting home, making dinner, feeding kids, and getting them cleaned up for bed.
Mitch is home. The Countdown is over. The brand new Voyagaire Lodge that he was working on for the past 8-9 months is complete & open for business. He has a few more trips to make to get equipment, trailers, and sawmill back home, but his months of living away are behind us. At last!
The younger kids had their Elementary Track & Field Day. It was the first year ever that the field wasn't covered in dandelions. We're still way behind here. It was a beautiful day. Our kids love to run. They had fun!
Lilly finishing 600 meters strong, and long jumping.
Johnathan taking a good lead in the relay race.
Beau in the kindergarten races, which were full of smiles and just for fun.
After an away game Friday evening, we made a detour to visit Mitch's Dad for his birthday to the southwest of us.
Saturday we celebrated the 7th birthday of a nephew in the opposite direction, to the northeast of us.
After two very late evenings this way & that, it was nice to stay put at home for Mother's Day.
Yardwork. It was a rare occasion that all five of my kids were home Sunday afternoon, so I enlisted them to help me with some Mother's Day yard work. We were finally able to rake the yard, clear a few flowers & plants out & clean up around the woodshed after the long winter. Mitch fixed up the driveway, got the lawn mower out & running, and tilled the garden, too It felt good to finally get that outdoor spring work done, or began, respectively.
Meanwhile, we've sent a bucket of tadpole eggs to the kindergarten classroom to be under watch. Some have hatched. Our maple trees have finally blossomed.
No cowslips, fiddleheads, or bloodroot blooms. No spring wildflowers yet.
Pokegama Lake still had plenty of ice on it today as we went by, despite the extremely windy conditions we've had for a few days. (It's late for us to still have ice. It has become quite newsworthy, since this past weekend was the Minnesota fishing opener.)
There was snow in the air Saturday, but was nearly ninety degrees today.
The kids have been getting grubby. Springtime is by far the most challenging time of year in the laundry department. Freckles are bursting out on Beau's little face.
While on our way home tonight, I saw the slightest hint of green on the trees in the distance.
My mind is full of thoughts and ideas that I'd like to be sharing.
May doesn't look like it'll be letting up, though. We've got a busy baseball schedule to wrap up. Sports awards banquet to attend. A possible, extremely-short-notice, whirlwind cross-country trip to carry out. A kindergartener to graduate. A birthday for Lilly. Home improvements to dig into.
There's the garden to plant. Maybe tomorrow.
For now, sleep is calling my name.
So much to do in so little time, when spring is condensed into just a few short weeks.
Hopefully now that I've rambled, I'll be back on track here.
I am not a person who likes to glorify "busy."
Socrates said, "Beware the barrenness of a busy life." I agree. I believe in a happy medium.
I don't enjoy being on the go all the time. I like being home, in one place long enough to notice the change in environment from one day to the next. Watching those tadpoles change, and the new plant leaves crown through the ground. I like being centered. Having time to write & think.
We're so close to summer vacation, and I look forward to it.
Free to do what we please and go where the days take us, at a leisurely, less scheduled pace.
That is where the really good stuff happens!
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