Monday, May 26, 2008

The Good Life

Yesterday we spent the day in Massachusetts at a friends farm giving our kids a taste of the country life they are so far removed from. The kids ran in the fields and collected eggs hidden out in the tall grass, (eggs, you ask? Well, it was way too cold to have a good outdoor Easter Egg Hunt in March, when the Easter festivities called for it, so they postponed the affair until now.) they jumped on the trampoline, rode the tractor around and around, roasted s'mores, peeps and whatever else they could put on a stick over the big fire, chased a porcupine, and danced in the barn. It really was a day spent in the “good” life if you ask me, and it once again got me looking for ways to simplify, simplify, simplify! I look at my home and my life and think, "What can I eliminate?"

The school year hustle and bustle, with the lessons, homework, meetings and never ending carpools to here, there, and everywhere, wears on my soul. Some women love it, but if I thought I was capable of doing the home school thing I would seriously consider it. I love the summer when we can do what we want, when we want. I like to be about our own agenda of the library, the beach, the pool, the park, riding bikes, eating watermelon and reading books together on the lawn. That sounds like the good life right?

Unfortunately for us, while the rest of the country, (particularly the west coasters), are mere days away, or perhaps basking in summer already, we are here in Westchester plugging away until the end of June, because this crazy community, (which most of the year I really do love) thinks that long school days and endless lists of homework are the key to a future Harvard education, and ask any East Coast Suburbanite parent, and they will readily support how important an Ivy League Education is a key to ones future happiness!....... (whatever!).......

..........so, every now and then a day on the farm is just what we need to re-focus on what's important and of course- what is NOT!

With that in mind I will continue to throw out things we don't use, avoid signing my kids up for the endless list of unnecessary lessons, try each day to stop and "smell the roses" and last, but certainly not least, strive to get my basement and garage organized- (Personally, I think that will be a neccesity if I ever want to be at peace enough to access the good in the "good life." )

....or we could bag it all and follow our friends example and buy a farm. I could dump all our unused garage stuff in a nice big barn and call it good.

But, if we did, I would need to own some cows because goats milk is just plain weird!

Kimball's new summer do!

Sunday, May 04, 2008

A Huge Catch Up!

I have dropped off the blogging planet for awhile. The odds are it will happen again many times over. I will never reach the "daily-blogger" status, if one can call it that. My crazy, non-digital, life seems to take over and either leave me with no free time- or no energy to actually do anything in that free-time.

Once the kids are in bed, I often find my brain switches to hibernation mode, and I can't hardly think of a coherent thought, much less write one. Being a Mom is a constant switch from "go-go-go," to complete exhaustion. Maybe someday I'll learn to find a happy medium.....

Anyway, rather than bypass all the last months happenings that I never mentioned, I thought I would give a quick summary of what I think are some of it's highlights! .....

April 12- We started our garden. Rather than buy the more expensive plants, we started from seeds this year. The kids loved being able pick their own fruit/vegetable.

Stanton is determined to grow 300lb. pumpkins this year and purchased special seeds that hopefully will do the trick.
Planting day even won us a cute picture. Yeah!!!It was only about 3 days before the lettuce sprang up! I can't wait for those salads. The neighborhood bunnies better back off this year!!
April 14th- We had a very bouncy Family Home Evening. We joined up with the Schmidts to have Jumper Ball races. They make adult sizes now, and they are so much fun!! (You can get them here if you're interested)
The starting line....
.....and the finish line!
April 21- drove to Philadelphia with friends to check out the "Star Wars" exhibit at the Franklin Institute. For my own two "Jedi's" ( who wore their cloaks and all) it was terrific. I just had a great time getting away and hanging out with the other mom's.
April 25th- We had an "Under The Sea Adventure" birthday party for Kimball. His actual birthday is two days after Christmas, but let's face it, that is a total bummer, so we held off the celebration with his friends until warmer weather allowed us to keep the party outdoors.
I thought the cake turned out terrific, thanks to Family Fun and a lot of crafty Mom's on the web who post their pictures and ideas for me to plagiarize!
April 28th- We celebrated Tustin's 9th birthday. We'll have his party in a few weeks from now, but for the actual day he chose these fruit tarts from Costco instead of cake. Grandma and Grandpa sent Tustin this Lego Star Wars contraption and he could not have been more pleased. Currently it is overtaking the dining room on various cookie sheets and trays as he figures it all out! We'll be sure and give it a prime shelf location when he's finished. Tustin got his first IPOD! It seems like such a "big kid" thing. Where is my little boy disappearing to? Sigh....May 2nd- Laura fell out of bed and broke her collarbone. (I really need to bedazzle the ugly sling she has to wear.) The good news is that the orthopedic assures me that kid's bones are somewhat magical and she will be back to normal in just a few weeks, with no remaining scars or bumps. May 3rd- I ran in the Revlon Run/Walk 5k in Manhattan, along with some friends and thousands of others. It was great fun. Short and sweet! I love this confetti shot at the START line. It' amazing to me that they can completely shut down roads in New York City for these things. What a great place to live!
So, that's about it. Hopefully it won't be another month before I find time to write again.

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