A little reworking of the schedule and I have two (2!) full days at home now most weeks. This is such a blessing. I hope I can make the most of them. I took a nap this morning and I think that's a super start.
I'm hoping to...
- Prepare a lovely, healthy dinner of pasta salad with chicken breast and loads of fresh, chopped vegetables. We sat down on Friday to a pathetic, emergency dinner of (brace yourself) 4 month old frozen, fried cheese sticks. We didn't even make to to "and these thy gifts" before cracking up at the absurdity of considering cheese sticks a blessing from the Lord. They were, of course, on a week when the grocery store fell off the priority list entirely but oh, it seemed a little insulting - like God was thinking, "I want no part of the old, frozen cheese sticks!" I made a meal plan and did the shopping yesterday so I hope that will make for a smoother week.
- With 3 dance classes, 4 baseball games, and 4 rather stressful doctor's appointments last week, I finished up 5 hand knit socks. I hope to wrap up pairs this afternoon. It's a beautiful, cool spring day and I hope to just sit in the garden for awhile and knit.
- Clean up a bit. We're still in the process of decluttering. My husband insisted he didn't need to and then we found 8 pairs of his old jeans with unfortunate holes rendering them unsuitable even for a garage sale. I'm trying to think small and just work on a drawer, box, or shelf every day. Every little bit helps! Even if I can't assess and repurpose a newly empty space, it makes me happy and keeps me going.
- Think about lesson plans for next year. I would really like to get this squared away before our baby is born. I hope to begin our next year in July so we can take our usual Christmas and Spring breaks. My daughter's plan is fairly simple because we've been on track with her for some time. My son, who will be in second grade, is a little trickier. I always want to order a boxed curriculum but it doesn't ever seem to work. Though I'm up for suggestions if anyone has a prepackaged set they just love for second grade. Isn't CHC's First Communion prep supposed to be brilliant? Anyway, I'm printing out calendars for July through April to get me thinking.
- My doctor insisted I take it easy for the next few weeks so all gardening is offcially off limits. I'm bribing the children to weed and plant for me. My gardening plans are ambitious every year and this year is no exception. It's hard to say no - to hydrangeas, a new clematis in the most perfect deep pink color, watermelons. But I'm growing a little baby and there's nothing more exciting than that.
During this long and difficult pregnancy, I have repeated to myself daily, 'When the tomatoes are ripe. The baby will be born when the tomatoes are ripe." It seems so much closer that way. I wandered around this morning and saw several tiny green tomatoes set. Hardly any time at all. :)