Thoughts on a Tuesday Morning

Early morning rose

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I keep thinking it’s Monday.  I guess that’s downside to long weekends, I spend the next four days feeling behind.  We had a great weekend but with a busy week ahead the thought of getting it all done (not that that ever actually happens) is daunting.  This week is even shorter as we are taking Friday off to hit the beach to celebrate Miss Morgan’s 7th birthday.  (No, we wouldn’t normally take the kids out of school on their birthday but Jeff is off Friday and works the rest of the weekend.  So, we decided to go for it.)

On the flip side, the peace and quiet is even more welcome and appreciated.  I sometimes wonder how exactly I got through those days with three under four (or five).  When I look back I know it was hard but I just don’t remember it that way.  Time does that, I guess.

With these hours of quiet I can not only catch my breath a bit, but also study.  Anatomy is having it’s way with me and it’s not fun.  As I told Jeff the other day, it feels as if nothing happens with the information once the words pass my eyes.  Not good or fun but I’m plugging away and hoping to wrap it up before the kids finish school.

Having everyone home all day did remind me that I need to get some plans in place for summer.  We don’t do well going all the time but I definitely need to have some things I can go to when we’re all starting to lose it a bit.  The thought of summer is also making a bit nostalgic for all that we left back in Colorado.  Our friends definitely top the list but so do the amazing parks, library, jump house place and much more.  Yes, we’re in Italy but not every day is an Italian vacation of sight seeing and meals out.  Some times we just need to keep the kids busy.

So, any tips? What fun things are in store for your family this summer?

 

Thoughts on a Tuesday Morning

Early morning rose

IMG_9430

I keep thinking it's Monday.  

I guess that's downside to long weekends, I spend the next four days feeling behind.  We had a great weekend but with a busy week ahead the thought of getting it all done (not that that ever actually happens) is daunting.  This week is even shorter as we are taking Friday off to hit the beach to celebrate Miss Morgan's 7th birthday.  (No, we wouldn't normally take the kids out of school on their birthday but Jeff is off Friday and works the rest of the weekend.  So, we decided to go for it.)

On the flip side, the peace and quiet is even more welcome and appreciated.  I sometimes wonder how exactly I got through those days with three under four (or five).  When I look back I know it was hard but I just don't remember it that way.  Time does that, I guess. With these hours of quiet I can not only catch my breath a bit, but also study.  

Anatomy is having it's way with me and it's not fun.  As I told Jeff the other day, it feels as if nothing happens with the information once the words pass my eyes.  Not good or fun but I'm plugging away and hoping to wrap it up before the kids finish school.

Having everyone home all day did reminded me that I need to get some plans in place for summer.  We don't do well going all the time but I definitely need to have some things I can go to when we're all starting to lose it a bit.  The thought of summer is also making a bit nostalgic for all that we left back in Colorado.  

Our friends definitely top the list but so do the amazing parks, library, jump house place and much more. Yes, we're in Italy but not every day is an Italian vacation of sight seeing and meals out.  Some times we just need to keep the kids busy.

So, any tips? What fun things are in store for your family this summer?  

In the Garden

Having a new yard brings all kinds of surprises.  This one has had many more than any of our other yards (probably combined).  We have our first rose garden, the hydrangea that I’ve been pining for and pear trees that seem to be very fruitful.  We also have an unimaginable amount of weeds.  From what we’ve been told, the yard has been properly cared for in about 20 years.  That means a lot of work for us.
We love it and are moving slowly but surely (and with the help of paying the kids in 15 minute increments to weed).  We’ve tended to what was already here and put in a garden which we are watching in anticipation.

I thought I’d share a glimpse around the prettier parts of our yard.

First rose.

We’ve lived in 6 houses so far and these are our first rose bushes.  This one smells like lemon.

Pear babies

We have at least five pear trees and they all seem to be fruit bearing.  I see a lot of canning in our future.

Wild strawberry

Oh, wild strawberries.  You vixen.  You’re so cute on the surface and then I look closer and see your vines everywhere.  The chicks love your fruit so you do have an up side.

Bees and flowers

I have no idea what this is.  I really wish I was more knowledgeable when it comes to plants.  I loved watching this bee do his thing.

Yarrow, I think.

I think this is yarrow.  It seems it’s popping up not only all over my yard but in tons of my reading material.  Whatever it is, I like it.

In the Garden

Having a new yard brings all kinds of surprises.  This one has had many more than any of our other yards (probably combined).  

We have our first rose garden, the hydrangea that I've been pining for and pear trees that seem to be very fruitful.  We also have an unimaginable amount of weeds.  From what we've been told, the yard has been properly cared for in about 20 years.  

That means a lot of work for us.

We love it and are moving slowly but surely (and with the help of paying the kids in 15 minute increments to weed).  We've tended to what was already here and put in a garden which we are watching in anticipation.
I thought I'd share a glimpse around the prettier parts of our yard.

First rose.

We've lived in 6 houses so far and these are our first rose bushes.  This one smells like lemon.

Pear babies

We have at least five pear trees and they all seem to be fruit bearing.  I see a lot of canning in our future.

Wild strawberry

Oh, wild strawberries.  You vixen.  You're so cute on the surface and then I look closer and see your vines everywhere.  The chicks love your fruit so you do have an up side.

Bees and flowers

I have no idea what this is.  I really wish I was more knowledgeable when it comes to plants.  I loved watching this bee do his thing.

Yarrow, I think.

I think this is yarrow.  It seems it's popping up not only all over my yard but in tons of my reading material. Whatever it is, I like it.

An Ideal Evening

On the rocks


Sap


My boy.


Me and my girl


S'mores.

It seems like the five of us never know who is coming or going.  Well, to be honest, four of us are pretty clear but Jeff's schedule has been crazy so he's hit or miss.

Friday night was just what we needed.  An evening home, the five of us.  

We worked, cooked, s'mored, and swung.
It was ideal and we were renewed.

Week in the Life {Thursday}

(Yes, at a stoplight!)

So, I’m realizing why I don’t do this very often.  I’m not good at keeping my camera with me or taking pictures at (potentially) weird moments.

I spend Thursday mornings at the school and then had a meeting afterward so I was gone for most of the day.  Please notice the very little amount of studying that is occurring around here.  Anyway, it was another busy day.  I really don’t prefer to be gone this much as we all do better when things are less crazy.  Oh well.

Morgan got some new shoes in the mail.  They are her, sparkle and shine.

Jeff had a graduation dinner to go to last night.  At the very last minute I thought to take his picture.  Obviously, I did not think to move him to a nicer background.  (Does anyone want to come pull weeds from our gravel?)

Miss M. read bedtime stories to me and a very reluctant Connor.

Nothing says class in a photo like an athletic sock keeping my toes warm.  Real life, people.  Real life.

There’s so much in between and yet it’s hard for me to capture.  We are just doing this thing.  Sometimes it is pretty and sometimes it’s not (hello horrible earache I had Thursday night).  But it is all a blessing.  Every single minute whether I appreciate it or not.