For this post, I thought I’d give you a little recap of our spring…alphabet-style.
A is for Anna (and Elsa).
One of my children may someday be a Method actor. Which one? (The curtains = the kingdom of isolation. Clearly.)
B is for beach.
At the beginning of April, we had the joy of spending a week in Watersound Beach with my family. Actually, to be precise, one of my kids had the joy of spending the week there:
The other was not impressed.
It’s hard to enjoy the beach if you’re terrified of sand.
Still, it was a fantastic week. Sally Clarkson writes about a well-timed getaway, “my heart was desperate for some new inspiration and rest from my draining and demanding days.” I hadn’t realized that I was feeling a little low, but then this week was full of rest, beautiful scenery, and fun that lifted my spirits and refilled my heart. After a week away, the routines that had begun to feel mundane felt sweet again. I am so thankful for the week away.
C is for (some) clarity.
It was hard for me to make the choice to sign both girls up for preschool next year, but knowing that this season is going to change in a few months has really helped me to appreciate and savor this time with them (and not feel bogged down in it). Paying for two preschool tuitions will be more expensive than paying for one sitter, so I have been laying some groundwork to get some higher-paying projects and clients for the summer and fall so that I can keep making a similar net income. It’s been interesting to reflect on where I am in my part time job/business/whatever and where I may want to go in the future.
I spent so much time in my teens and early twenties reflecting on what I wanted to be when I “grew up.” These days, I find myself thinking a lot more about who I want to be. It’s amazing how much bigger your world becomes and how many more options you have when you start with the “who” question…
D is for D, the letter of the month.
I started a “letter of the week” station in January and VERY quickly turned it into a letter of the month station. It’s fun to expose the girls to new concepts and to watch them explore sounds and patterns. However, at the rate we’re going, we’ll be doing a letter of the month for a little over two years. I’m not sure we’ll make it…
E is for Easter.
This year, we participated in three egg hunts, in addition to all the church stuff that you probably assumed we did. We also gave the girls their first Easter baskets. They were moderately excited by the contents.
F is for Forty, which is how old I feel in my SPF 50 sun hat.
You can find me rocking my sun hat, sun screen, and LaCroix most afternoons as we play outside. In related news, I also bought a one-piece swimsuit this year.
I am a stereotype.
G is for garage sale, which is where I found these Lilly Pulitzer dresses that my girls wore for Easter. I tried bribing them with M&Ms to pose for a photo shoot, but this action shot of them shoving weeds into the pockets of their dresses was the best I could do. G is also for good thing these weren’t full price.
H is for happy, which is how Zoe and I feel about the token economy we live in. Since January, Zoe’s only chance to earn TV time has been by taking a nap. I think she’s secretly relieved to have an “excuse” to take a nap (she definitely still needs to nap), and I’m relieved to have the chance to get work done.
One of the things I think I’ll always remember from this stage of life is how proud she looks when she settles in on the couch after her nap and selects her show of the day.
Lately, she’s been pulling out a big blanket for me and asking me if I want to cuddle with her. Yes, I do.
Sweet, sweet moments. So glad I’m here for them.
“I” brings me to a quote from one of the best books I’ve read so far in 2016: “It soon became evident that consistently choosing connection over distraction was the key to a more joy-filled life.” –Rachel Macy Stafford, Hands Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfectionism to Grasp What Really Matters
This book was poignant and thoughtful. I appreciated every word she wrote and recommend it to everyone—not just mamas.
(Other runners-up for best book I’ve read so far in 2016: Women of the Word, Night Driving: A Story of Faith in the Dark, and Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe. I read non-Christian books too—Just Mercy and Nickel and Dimed were two of my good non-Christian reads, along with several parenting books—but overall this has been a rich and engaging season in my faith and my reading list reflects that. I’m so thankful for that, and for a hobby that works in my current life stage!)
J, K, and L are for Just Kidding, I’m not sure I can do this for an entire alphabet. I may be Lamer than I thought…I’ll try a few more.
M is for Messy.
My sweet mom drove home with us and visited for five days after our beach trip. In addition to whipping my house and laundry into shape, she also planted some flowers with my girls. They were very excited.
Until reality set in for my daughter who thinks “dirt” and “sand” are THE WORST. N is for NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!O is for Only Zoe is left.P is for “this alphabet schtick is Probably to be continued, but not tonight.”