Life tends to move at warp speed. I’m not sure if having kids has made it feel faster – or if maybe it’s just cause we’re getting older — but regardless, it’s moving fast. and then every once in a while it seems to move even faster when you wonder how that’s possible at all. Cause wasn’t it moving as fast as humanly possible just last week?
their last day of kindergarden
This summer seems monumental for our family. Elizabeth & Alexandre start grade one in the fall. The very first of public education for our family. The first mainstream education even. The first five days a week. Actually, the first more-than-two-days a week. They will be nearly seven and more than ready – but it doesn’t minimize the huge (huge) change for our family nor does it minimize the fact that in an ideal world, we’d be homeschooling. Instead, like the lovely Erin often said, we’ll be using school as a resource — where they will do some of their learning and spend many days. While I attempt to work a few more hours a week — a big deciding factor in not homeschooling. And so for right now, we embrace what is the end of an era for our family. And we ready ourselves to embrace the biggest change in our family since well, our twins arrived in 2006.
Which brings me to where you can find me. On the porch, drinking coffee. or sipping tea. or having breakfast, lunch or dinner. or making lists. or playing games. or reading stories. or planning adventures. with three little ones. (while Adam works. he took an amazing trip-of-a-lifetime to Poland with his dad and his sister and now had little vacation time – enough to disconnect for a full week at the cottage shortly though!)
We had a screened in porch built this summer (we converted our carport!) after having talked about it since we moved in eight years ago. Well, in all honesty, Adam and I have converted this space in different uses in our minds through the years — but we finally settled on a version of heaven. It’s so perfect. Soooo perfect. We’ve barely seen the inside of our house since it was completed last week. Other than to cook and sleep.
And most importantly, all of this finds me disconnecting a whole lot from the internet world. which is long overdue. I want to keep a blog for documentary reasons – but I haven’t been keeping it up at all. I am disconnecting for the summer — and will see what comes of it for the fall. perhaps a new space, perhaps space in my professional workspace for these sort of posts – or maybe, just maybe, I will start documenting on PAPER. Imagine? what a novel idea. I might be back during the summer months to share random photographs, but I think that’s more wishful thinking.
We’re weekending quite slowly this week (instead of the race morning I thought i’d have! hoping taking it easy will see me returning to running sooner rather than later). Garden work for those of us who can. Bread making for others. Visiting with friends & family. Mud-kitchen-playing, in a white dress. I woke up the the sound of play coming through the windows – the older two already enjoying the sunshine while Juliette and I were still in bed.
It’s a summer week-end in early May. We’ll take it.
Also, I wanted to share this here — if you have a second to watch this video, I would be thankful. This lovely woman is one of my cousins (and by one of, you’ll need to understand that I have about fifty!) but she’s incredible in her love of life — and in her love of my children. And it’s mutual. My three kids adore her. They love that she has a yoga mat with her, everywhere she goes. They love that she will spend time with them when they see each other. When we visit my parents they always ask if she’ll be around. and if not WHEN could they please see her. They love her!
So please, oh please, click on this video and have a laugh with her. Every click helps get her closer to the possibility of winning 1500$ towards her yoga teaching tuition for this summer. She also blogs at The Bliss Project Blog about “Trying new things, living out loud and being amazing!”