Summer. It's my first one with a kid "on Summer break." I'm excited for all the little plans I have for myself and my girls in the months to come. I'll share more on that another time. For now, it's been a very full week; joining Mon for the sunny and cloudy sides of it.
Clouds: ::both The Brad and I being rundown, full of allergies, cranky. ::my Word program (which I didn't have on hardcopy to re-load) crashing, corrupting, etc...in the one and only week this month I had work due for clients. ::pms and being way too irritated at everyone for no good reason. (whoopsie.) :: losing veggies to free-ranging chickens and enduring the wrath of The Brad as he built the coop "big enough so that they don't need to come out, woman!"
Sun: :: watching my joyful 6 year old "graduate" kindergarten (she is bummed it's Summer, she loved Kindergarten that much!) :: making "homeschooling" plans for my girls this Summer. Yay! I get to homeschool for a few months! :: a new passion for jumproping (them, not me.) :: mending an "icky place" with a friend whom I've had for over 25 years. :: general and unabashed glee about not having to get up at 6:30 a.m. for school for the next month and a half. :: coffee. (this morning and most others as well. duh!)
....I found this sweetie tied up in front of our house the other morning. It's not abnormal for people to use horses instead of cars 'round here. I love that. When you lay your eyes on something like this first thing in the morning, it's hard to imagine there's anything at all wrong with the world.
My darling 6 year old lost her two front teeth yesterday. I want to kiss those little gums like I did when she was a newborn baby. But I won't, cause she eats food now and it would be a little gross. But I still might. Because I love her madly. She is so lovable and darling and funny and sensitive. I cried more than a few times over this lovely rite of passage. And she cried too. Said it felt weird to not have her teeth there. Dang it man. Must life be so totally bittersweet?
They are not babies anymore, my girls. But my youngest still has all her baby teeth. (And I made sure not a one was loose today. Phew.)
So wanting to join in with Mon this week, so I'll do a few ups and downs...
downs: babies getting older too fast! thinking my compost was lame and I sucked as a farmer way too much laundry tight shoulders
ups: babies getting older right on schedule (and loving how brilliant and darling they are as they get older!) realizing my bad compost was actually not so bad after a bunch of water and turning first small flurry of beans and green tomatoes on the vines the brad kicking ass with yardwork drinking green juice with greens from the garden! a quick 20 minute chair massage (is really all a mama needs)
She says things like: mush-tash (mustache) & meshmarlows (marshmallows). She really likes Jur and Marfa (George and Martha, her favorite book) Also: Lady and The Shrimp (Lady and The Tramp). She likes salad, which I adore about her. Also vanilla cake (of course) and most all food. She loves food. A lot. She always wears her shoes on the wrong feet, no matter what. She has an imaginary friend named Addie. Addie has died a few times. (Once from poisonous snake, another time it was a black widow.) Addie usually does yucky stuff, such as eating rotten food. Addie had ducks but sold them for $83/each.
This little girl is my youngest and every bit as cute and fun and sweet as she looks. I wished for her on a star. She turned four yesterday.
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Since my girls are getting older I decided to take them on some trails a little more. We didn't go to far cause the now-4-year-old gets tired but I can't pick her up anymore. There is so much I could say about these days, being a parent, knowing it's moving along so quickly...anyway, I know This Moment is not supposed to have words with it and I've already written far too many.
Valleys: simply too much going on, tired, overworked, post-nasal drip.
Peaks: making it through, lots of roses abloom, overall good health, working on next big veggie box, plans for making more of my own natural products, happy & cute children that live with me and fill my heart with endless wonder and joy.
Cool.. Now let me expand on one of those "peaks" cause this is my blog and I can if I want to: I've been really excited this week about my plans to make more natural products in the very near future. Out of nowhere I'm like...REALLY into essential oils and stuff. My homemade cleaning products rock and I love them so I'm now looking into making my own: lotion, lip balm, and possibly even "no-pooing!"
Me: Hi Brad!!! Aren't you soooooo into the homemade cleaning products I made??? Brad: Hey Cordy. (He calls me Cordy to piss me off) Yeah those cleaning products are awesome. Me: I'm thinking about making my own lip balm! Brad: Uh-huh. Great idea, Cord. Me: Yeah, and lotion too. It's really easy. Brad: Slow down, shortie. Me: And I think I'm going to stop using cleanser on my face and switch to just using sweet almond oil. Brad: oooohhhhhh kaaaayyyyy Me: and I'm really going to try going "no-poo." Brad: you're not going to go poo anymore? Me: No silly! No-poo means I won't be using shampoo. Just natural products like baking soda and coconut oil can really.... Brad: Stop it. Me: ....it's supposed to work gr... Brad: Stop it now. Me: Don't knock it til you tr... Brad: I mean it. Really. Stop it. Woman. Pipe down. That's enough.
The Brad's cute like that. But believe me, if the no-poo works, he'll be ALL ABOUT it. And telling everyone how rad it is and acting like he came up with the dang idea.
Here he is making our garden boxes. Isn't he darling? He sounds like a real jerk on the blog sometimes, but he's a real doll and the love of my life.
Hey everyone! I'm still not over with my Friday post! Remember how I told you our garden boxes were literally outside our property fence? YOU BETCHA! We live on a dead end little street so no reason not to make the most of the sidewalk. All part of my plan to NOT have to go to the Sunday Farmers Market. Way too many people at the market for me. And they're all busy and happy and butting in front of me for tomatoes. NOT FOR LONG!!!!
Valleys suddenly realizing I was parenting below my personal standards. ouch. not quite enough sleep having to pull too many rows out on my knitting project (i'm way used to it.)
Peaks getting the new garden bed underway new resolutions in parenting staying up late three nights in a row and watching Bridesmaids (yes three nights, three times) with The B. being really on it with making kids fresh veggie juice (almost) everyday
this week's quote: "motherhood: the steepest and quickest path to enlightenment."
And....so excited to join Mon on her new Friday venture...peaks and valleys. Nice to be "keeping it real in the blogospehere" as she says.
Valleys: A pestering head cold. Nothing bad enough to keep me in bed but rather just dragging my normally perky spirits down into the mud. I'm highly irritated about it.
Going to make fresh veggie juice and finding my juicer wasn't working. (bad moment.)
Waking up in the middle of the night to find 2 kids, a cat, a puppy and a husband all pushing me off the bed.
Peaks: New chalkboard wall in the girls playroom (yes, they have a "playroom" because they choose to share a tiny bedroom.) Bit by bit the house gets painted the way I want it. Still a few rooms to go. By years end!
Can I mention the new puppy again? Prolly not. K.
Plans (with The Brad) for making a bunch of new veggie boxes outside our fence on the "sidewalk." (We live on a dead-end street so not many passerbys.)
needing lemons and being able to get them up the way from an "honor box" fruit stand.
fixing the juicer when I called the company and found out I just didn't have one part on the juicer connected right (??**##!!). Only been using it for 3 years now.
Waking up in the middle of the night to find 2 kids, a cat, a puppy and a husband all pushing me off the bed. ; )