I began to write this post last night after Brett agreed to put the girls to bed, but one sentence into it, Lainey walked into the office and buried her head into my lap. “Lay with me, Mama,” she asked. And while I’m perfectly comfortable explaining to my kids that yes is not always the answer for my company pleas, there are times when I feel an intense need to say yes. I think many times, it is not their need I am tending to, but my own. I love saying yes.
We fell asleep together, her arm pretzeled around mine, her breath a metronome to the steady stream of thoughts that sang within my head. A review of our day, what I didn’t get done, what I wanted to do tomorrow, what I wished I would have said. And finally, I made the conscious decision to twist further into our pretzel and fall asleep–ahead of schedule, and neglecting pre-bed rituals like plugging in my phone or turning off my computer.
Yesterday marked the fourth consecutive day of gray clouds, parting temporarily for afternoon sun sessions. This weekend the girls and I slipped out of the house early to answer the siren’s call–the simplicity of a crowd-stripped quiet beach, a bit damp but peaceful.
When the rain subsides, we’re outside. Chalking body outlines in the driveway, steering scooters down sidewalks, checking the mail for the seventeenth time because little girls like raising the red metal flag, showing up at the park for walks around the boardwalk and smoothing blankets in the side yard for afternoon reading.
We joined our friends Sammy and Kinsley at a nearby park the other day, and at one moment I looked up to see the mirror image of big sister girls pushing little sisters–one pair sandy-haired, one pair blond, both smiling.
When it rains, we are back inside, calmed by the steady rhythm of April showers and complementing gray skies.
Capes, Pip & Bean
Other loves this weekend:
Movie Night with Friends and Baby Ivy.
Feeding the Neighborhood Ducks.
It is the first day of May, and I love firsts. I did the June challenge last year and was looking forward to another one this year, but I admit, I can’t wait. May Day, May Day. I’ve been discouraged by my routines lately and analyzing areas where I can make changes, make sacrifices, and shed time wasters.
We’ve always been great at reading books, but it’s hit or miss the last couple weeks and bedtime routines have been shifted a bit. Brett and I have accepted the challenge of two books a night for the girls, read together as a family before bed. He picks one, I pick the other. Every night in May.
There’s something very motivating about these challenges which work a bit like dominoes, prompting other good ideas and establishing new focused intentions for our family. This was always something we used to do and somehow, we fell out of a good routine. Firsts are great for restoring them.
Happy May Day.
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Meagan Francis over at The Happiest Mom conducted her first podcast the other day, and I was thrilled to be part of it. I talk about Bloom, blogging and that half-full glass; you can listen HERE. We did laugh when it was all said and done that this was a first–she laughed at her “ums”, and I am sorry to say, I said “fascinating” so many times, I wanted to slap myself.
Also, for my Michigan friends, I will be in Michigan June 7-10 and will be doing two book signings, one at Books a Million in Monroe, MI on Thursday, June 7 at 7 pm and one at Wiegands Nursery in Macomb, MI on June 9, 10 a.m. (all day fundraiser for Band of Angels). I’d love to meet you!