It’s time for a bit of minutiae here at Hope Is the Word. I haven’t just chatted with you in a while, and I miss it. 🙂
In no particular order, here are a few things we’ve enjoyed this week:
1. In anticipation of days at the splash pad, pool, and beach, I bought a sun shelter tent thingy at Aldi last night. The kids, of course, were eager to put it to use. It turned out to be much bigger than I envisioned, but that was all the better for them–they all three fit in it comfortably, and the girls enjoyed doing some of their school work in it today.
2. On Monday we finished up most of our lessons and then headed to the park for some exercise. The girls got new scooters a few weeks ago for Lulu’s birthday (yes, both girls–the grandparents spoil our children!), so we went to one of our favorite parks that has a flat walking trail. The girls enjoyed whizzing around the trail, and the DLM enjoyed chasing after them. I enjoyed the beautiful flowers and trees on the trail and getting some much needed exercise myself. My favorite thing, though, was the delicious Asian salad I picked up at Chick-Fil-A on the way. It was scrumptious! (The kids had the usual–chicken nuggets or strips and fries.)
3. While we’re far from minimalists here at the House of Hope, we have pared down our baby gear to just what we really like or need.
This week I’ve found myself grateful for my Boppy pillow. I love nursing Benny and then letting him sleep on the pillow, curled into my stomach so cozily. It’s also a back, neck, and arm saver for the nursing mother. I tried a different nursing pillow this time around (having already gotten rid of baby gear from my older children), and I ended up sending Steady Eddie to Target for a Boppy, stat. In my opinion, this is a must-have.
4. This week we had something at the House of Hope that I’ve never had in all of my thirty-nine years of existence: a housekeeper. Yes, Steady Eddie hired someone this week to come in periodically to clean our house. While I’ve never been able to do it all, this fact has become more and more apparent to me with the advent of Benny’s birth. What’s more, it has gotten to me more than ever before, too. I’ve learned several things through this experience: a. It’s okay to ask for and receive help. Really. b. A clean(er) house does great things for my morale, while a constantly untidy, grimy house drives me a little closer to the brink. c. I am extremely appreciative of my husband who knows this about me and makes me realize that it’s A-ok.
5. We’re still plugging along at school, though by this point we’ve reached a respectable number of days for the year, despite the six weeks long maternity break we had. I plan for us to (maybe?) tie up a few loose ends next week, and then take off for a while and enjoy some summer fun. Lulu and I still have some work to do to get her ready for fourth grade, mostly in math and writing. We’re going to hit multiplication hard for a while until she knows her facts automatically. (She can skip count like a pro thanks to CC, but the facts themselves are not yet automatic.) I’m gathering fun little games and tools to use for this, so today she tried out an app on the iPad. While I’m not a huge fan of my kids using technology, a little judicious use is motivating. I like this particular one because it’s just-the-facts-ma’am, not flashy and distracting. It’s also simple enough for me to figure out, which is perhaps its best feature.
5. I’m thinking that this summer reading challenge at Redeemed Reader might be just the thing for my girls this summer. This, coupled with various library reading programs, should keep us busy even if we don’t get in as many formal lessons as I hope. 😉