Today I had the pleasure of hosting a play date with a very good friend of mine and her two boys, 2 and 3 months. L and J are so cute! Punky and Bay have become infatuated with babies so they were happy to have J over to snuggle. And having her friend over was all Punky could talk about all morning – “Are they here yet? When are they going to be here?!” I love that Bay and L are about the same age so they get to grow up together, and he’s a good playmate for Punky too since she’s used to playing with her brother. Of course, squabbles ensue when a guest encroaches on your territory, but playing together this way really is the best way for kids to learn to problem solve and communicate with others. I loved listening to them hash out their problems. There’s something to be learned from the way kids can work through a problem – even if they need a grown-up’s help – and then move on without resentment.
Beyond the kids having a good time playing together, there is nothing more important to a mom, Continue reading Mom Friends
What a glorious thing it is to have free time! Yesterday was technically my last day at school, but because I made it so. Teachers in our county have workdays through next Monday, but since I’m not going back next year those days of professional development seemed unnecessary, so I took my remaining personal time to end the year a bit early. My kids’ sitter has been kind enough to keep them for these last few days anyway so I can have a little time to myself. I dropped the kids off around 8 and came back to the house, had my coffee and a bowl of cereal before I got to work on the laundry. I watched an episode of my girly binge show while I folded and put away a load. I was meaning to put the next load in the dryer, but it didn’t seem right to run the dryer heating up the whole house for an hour or more when there was so much good sunshine outside. I called up my daddy and had him help me put up a clothesline and hung up the clean towels and sheets. This was all before lunch! I made up some quick mac-n-cheese with peas, picked the garden, then got to work on the massive pile of stuff I brought home from school – sorting and putting away. A storm rolled in on me so I pulled the laundry in and went to get my babies and got started on dinner. An easy throw-together meal of ground venison sauteed with onions and garlic, cream of mushroom soup, cheddar cheese soup, milk and pasta, topped with a little shredded cheese at the end. Not exactly the most healthy but it only cost about $3 to make enough for all four of us plus leftovers so I’ll forgive myself this time!
After all of this I still had about an hour and a half before it was time to start the bedtime routine so I decided to make something of that time. Continue reading Bead me up scottie