May seems to be busier and more expensive than Christmastime. Fortunately, this is no longer unexpected and I'm doing my best this year to get my stuff together before May dawns tomorrow morning. I have already procured a Mother's Day gift for my mom. I have two gifts ordered for my husband's birthday. Tickets for the ballet spring show are on my desk (or rather, my husband's desk because he does not trust me with small pieces of paper - totally justified. Perhaps if it is not incessantly asking me for snacks, I will forget about it). Flowers ordered, tights and leotards are in hand. Summer programs are lined up.
I'm also slowly, mentally preparing my game plan for next school year and I think it should be fun and rich. I am not yet ready to evaluate this year. In some respects it was great. The children did everything I asked of them. In most respects, it was ugly. I was short tempered and distracted every single day. This high maintenance little baby has taken a toll on all of us and our relationships this year. It's nothing irreparable, but I can't deny that it is so. But we learned. They are ahead in most subjects. I have a better idea of how they learn after this year and thus, feel more prepared moving forward.
Right now, we are focusing on art and science, as we do every spring. The children begin the day exploring a musician (meaning listening to clips on youtube) as they draw or paint. Then we head outside where they tend to their pet projects in the garden. It's been a odd spring with strange and bitter cold snaps from time to time. The garden has gotten a slow start and I'm worried about getting that crucial period of establishment before the heat sets in.
I've seen these plants in a bag with the Mother's Day displays around town. My husband happened to bring a sample home for me earlier this spring. I initially dismissed it as gimmicky because it's seriously dirt and seeds in a bag. Do we really need a kit for that? But then I opened it, watered it, and completely forgot about it until yesterday. Whaddya know? I still have basil growing. Fun!
The roses are in full bloom and larkspurs are blooming in random places all over the backyard. They are one of my most treasured possessions, seeds gathered from my grandmother's garden by her very own hands and given to me in a little ziploc baggie. I can't for the life of me snap a good photo because they are so tall and wispy, they tremble in the slightest breeze. I'm less interested in flowers than my fruits and veggies. So far, it doesn't look to be a great year for tomatoes or peaches but we might just have record yield on the blackberries and blueberries.
OK, must be going! Have a lovely Tuesday, friends!