Saturday, April 30, 2016

She's Here

There is a great story, but I'm going to bed for now.
I will tell you all about it tomorrow.

For now, it's enough to know that I did it.
I didn't think I could, but I did it.

Heavenly Father loves me and He loves our new baby girl.
He was in control from the beginning
and never abandoned us.

What a miraculous gift, to be a mother.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Don't Ask Questions

It doesn't matter if you just woke up and are still in bed.
If your three year old brings you an ice cream bar, you eat it.
Because three year old children don't like to be contradicted.
Also, because it is a chocolate ice cream bar and you don't say no to those.
The more you know . . .

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Productive Day

Do you ever have a day that just works?  Today was such a day for me.  There was nothing grand or even memorable about the day, it just went as directed.  I started the morning with a mighty list and successfully completed most of it.  The children didn't fight (some were a little spazzy, but I can endure that better than the fighting), the April weather was a perfect 66° with beautiful partly cloudy skies, dinner was delicious, and our Family Home Evening was informative.

I mean, there was stuff, certainly.  The three year old was dressed and undressed repeatedly--with some mud mixed in here and there, the delicious dinner was a bit late in getting on the table, my brain melted as I stared at a spreadsheet with too many numbers for too long a time, and I thought my 15 year old daughter was kidnapped for about 10 seconds (it is time to have this baby . . . my emotional "creativity" gets out of hand when I'm pregnant!).

We rearranged some sleeping arrangements in hopes that the little boy would move out of our bed before the baby comes.  Despite his awake excitement and cooperation, as soon as exhaustion set in, he was snuggled in my arms and asleep in a matter of moments.  This is going to become an issue soon, but boy do I love it now.

Some days I'm putting out fires the whole day, or I'm impatient for no obvious reason, or the children bicker or disobey all the live long day.  Some days I turn in early because my mothering success rate was abysmal and I need a reset.  Some days don't work.

But, today was a perfectly normal day and it is satisfying to recognize that I have those.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Kite Festival

I saw in the paper that there was to be a kite festival not too far from our house.
I had no idea what to expect, but since Dad always works Saturdays and we had nothing essential going on, I booted everyone out the door to go see what it was all about.

No one wanted to go.  I didn't even especially want to go.
I told the kids that if it was lame, we wouldn't stay, but let's just go see.

The weather has turned from the unseasonably warm 80's last week,
back to more traditional cool and wet April weather.
I, for one, am glad.  I don't do well in the heat and after last year's crazy hot summer season, the high temps this early in the year were beginning to get me worried.

At one point in the day, Camilla saved the day by climbing a tree with, as you can see, very small branches, to save a kite of a stranger.  It was a rather death-defying stunt because as she neared the top, the tree began to sway precariously.  She carefully unwound the caught string and was able to free the kite.
The kid did not thank her!  She didn't care, sweet child.; the avid tree-climber in her could not bear standing on the ground while such a challenge was presented.

Today's clouds were gorgeous and watching the kite flyers was fun.
Our expectations were low, but we were rewarded with a quaint afternoon, all of those families running around with their kites.
No one wanted to come, but within minutes, everyone wished we had kites.
We will be back next year, not just as spectators, but as participants!

In other news, look what arrived in the mail today:

Now that I miraculously have prepared earth, I must tend to her.
Erosion prevention is a top priority this summer and it seems to me that wildflowers are an apt way to resolve that issue.
These packages are pure seed (no filler) and I have such high hopes for them!
You can be assured that I will let you know how they grow.

I love spring!

Thursday, April 21, 2016


I hesitate to show this picture because there is still so much to do.
BUT, look what we have accomplished!
We have a back yard.

The final island bed, complete with surrounding rock wall and subsoil filler, is complete.
The yard is raked, the rocks are picked out, and the grass seed is spread.
If we can keep the children out, we should have our first hints of grass within a week.

My, oh my, that is a lot of work!

However, if we're especially lucky, by the middle of summer 
we'll have a badminton net set up with jolly little players wacking a birdie around!
Work is a blessing.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Officer Sanders

Officer Sanders did so well at the dentist's office today that he was rewarded with
an instant mustache.

It was the best day of his life.

Soft Dirt

I'm going to have to rake the front yard, again.
The soft dirt was just too much for a little boy to resist.