In the Schoolroom: We finished math a couple of weeks ago and have little motivation to wrap up the rest of the year. We have a bit of grammar and reading comprehension left, along with a lot of history but no one cares at this point. On the other hand, I've been in deep thought about next year. I've been listening to a bunch of podcasts via IEW whilst I sew or iron my husband's work clothes and the children play outside. I had mapped out what I think is a beautiful and balanced year and then this weekend my husband said, "Put them in school."
The fact is that this year has been really hard. I'm happier than I have ever been but I'm also overwhelmed and exhausted. When I was begging God for a baby the past 7 years, I forgot to specify 'pleasant demeanor' or 'sleeps from time to time'. We did receive one of the sweetest, most beautiful babies ever but she is challenging. We also rocked the whole attachment parenting thing and she is keen to be attached to me at all hours of the day and night. I'm not bothered by it enough to change anything but I cannot be as present as I would like when it comes to my children's education.
But on the other other hand, they are OK, thriving even. I've received numerous good reports from all outside sources. My son, who I think desperately needs more guidance, is reading The Hobbit to me now, which I think is a good accomplishment for an 8 year old. He's taught himself multiplication. My 12yo is teaching herself Latin far beyond what I can comprehend. So am I dropping the ball completely or raising independent learners? Can you see the merry-go-round in my mind? It is frantic and flashing and I want someone to take my hand and just tell me what to do.
In the Garden: Still slow going! It's been downright pleasant for May. The summer heat has yet to set in and I'm bewildered by it all. The berries are still our most promising mini-crop. Of note: Lizards - everywhere. Big giant lizards. I'm fascinated. I've seen a huge increase in population all over the neighborhood. Was it the warm winter? Curious. They are too quick for me to get an ID but I'm on the lookout.
In the Kitchen: Tamale Pie for Mother's Day from the Make Ahead Cook's Illustrated (Good issue, recommended). Lemon Bars from Ina for my sister's visit.
In the Car: Lots and lots. Ballet and baseball wrap up in the next couple of week, praise God. I get my evenings back! Family dinners and post family dinner family walks! And post family dinner-walks-read alouds. We are all on board for my husband to read us The Lord of the Rings books this summer. One of the happy developments from having a fussy little baby is that he took over some of the evening read aloud time and he's such a pleasant reader.
Mother's Day bouquet, carnations from church (my son participated in May Crowning, sniff, sniff) and flowers from the garden. I got a baseball glove, y'all, so I can play catch with my boy. I never thought I'd be so happy to get a baseball glove as a gift. :) OK, gotta go. This post received only a cursory proofread so forgive all typos, friends.