Y’all. Things are chaotic around here.
The master bathroom is still just a bunch of (beautifully installed) tile and a toilet. We don’t even have a sink in there to wash our hands after doing our business. It’ll get there. Until it does though, the hall bathroom is feeling awfully crowded.
We got the girls a desk/art table for Christmas, hoping it would help keep their constant crafting contained. It has had the opposite effect. That surface is almost always covered in…well, a lot of recyclables, to put things kindly. So they still draw + build + shred things all over the house, and when I ask them to clean it up, it gets piled on Mount Future Mulch. Sigh.
Three busy kids make a lot of mess. And dirty a lot of laundry. And eat a lot of food. I feel like I’m constantly riding the grocery ragged edge, where maybe we have milk, but how long before we run out of Cheerios, and how did we use up all the hummus and cheddar cheese already???
David and I sat down last night to list all the projects we need to get done and my list was…extensive. Plus I’m trying to get a handle on our calendar through at least the start of next school year and there is A LOT coming up. Work trips + family trips + birthdays + weddings + babies…
It’s only March! Why do I already feel overwhelmed by July?
I know. Together it’s not really that much, yet it feels like there’s always something. You know? All those little things that add up and wear you out after a while? That.
(Thank goodness for however.)
The kids are all at such delightful ages and get along so well right now. Margot sneaks into Mila’s bed at night so they can read The Princess In Black together. She and Ryan put on “ballet shows” for me that consist of a lot of twirls from her and head bobbing from him. Every day when Mila comes home from school, Ryan squeals “LEELA!” and smothers her with hugs. We play Blokus + Gone Fishin’ + Skip-Bo together in the afternoons. They do their chores happily and without being asked.
It’s pretty idyllic sometimes, and when it is I revel in it.
And there’s all the little things that add up and make me feel so grateful.
We haven’t been hit by all the gnarly illnesses that have gone around this winter. (*NOW KNOCKING ON ALL THE WOOD IN REACH*) David hasn’t had to travel for a while. The Olympics are over, so I’m back to getting things done in the evenings instead of obsessing over bobsledding. We’re planning some fun adventures for spring break. I’m writing and creating things that get me all kinds of giddy.
There is no lack of good food, good books, and good friends in our lives.
Goodness, there’s just so much goodness!
I am always tired. Things are far from perfect. But I’m embracing it all. If things have to be chaotic, at least it’s happy chaos.
(352 + 254 + 121 weeks)