I keep looking out into our backyard and smiling. Gabe’s parents came on Saturday and helped us put little windows in our shed, so the girls could have a playhouse. They moved the swingset 90 degrees, so it now lines up with the apple tree and playhouse–lots more room to play. And they brought a five-foot inflatable pool (two feet deep) for the girls. Livi and Ava are in heaven.
We’re trying to work out a do-able schedule for “swimming.” I can’t let them swim while I’m not out there, and Nina hates the pool (too cold). So, we’re going to try swimming from 9-10 while I keep Nina out of trouble in the yard. And then I’ll swim with them while Nina naps in the afternoon. And then they can go again when Gabe gets home. I still haven’t found the perfect balance when it comes to writing, playing with the girls, housework, etc. Working on that. Writing a book about it even.
I tried the Oreo ice cream cake recipe (from bethelaine or lendy?). The girls and I made it for Rock’s b-day. He turned 51 Sunday and loves rocks, so we put six rocks on the cake. A pile of five and a pile of one (51). He loved it. The ice cream sandwiches were pretty melty and gooey (something wrong in the Kroger freezer dept?) when we made it, so it was a bit lopsided. But tasted so yummy! (I’ve also been making Jess’ roasted veggies recipe all for myself. Yum!)
Ava got lots of “Marie” stuff from Grandma and Papaw for her b-day, so she was in heaven. Marie = little white kitten from Disney’s Aristocats. Marie = Ava’s middle name. Marie = Ava’s favorite Disney character.
And OH, I almost forgot! I’m sitting at my NEW DESK! It is huge and fabulous and I feel like I’m now officially a writer. Plenty of storage, tons of surface area, two sliding boards on either side of me to lay books and papers on while I’m writing. Sigh. I can’t wait to get everything put away and organized.
And the girls love their new desk. They’ve been playing office whenever they’re not out in the pool. Too fun!
We discovered a yellow jackets’ nest in the ground right by our back door (and right by the pool). We’ve been spraying bee-killer and filling up the holes and so on and so on. And more and more keep coming back. It’s a lot of fun to keep an eye on the girls in the pool while watching Nina and trying to keep her away from the bees and spraying them whenever I see them and trying not to get stung. As much as I’d like to try out my new epi-pen…
Book note: I don’t need any more surveys! Thanks to all of you who filled one out. I do have a question for any mom who wants to answer. You can comment or message me. I asked a similar question on the survey but want a little more detail.
How many kids did you want originally (before you had any)? How did that number change (or did it?) after each child you added to your family? And why did the number change? And how do you feel about it changing?
Make sense? Here’s my answer:
Before kids: 4 or 5
After one: 4 or 5
After two : 2 (this multiple kid thing isn’t for wimps!)
Awhile later: 3 (it got easier)
After three: 4 (oh, I love newborns!)
Two weeks later: 3 (oh my word, I’m too old for this)
A year and a half later: 3 (unless God reverses hubby’s vasectomy or brings us a little one who needs adopted)
How I feel: Blessed, content, looooove my three girlies.
Off I go to hunt bees and play lifeguard! Have a great week!