Monday, April 30, 2018

I Want To Remember part 6

Before this month ends... I want to remember...

- We had the most glorious weather, we even pulled out the sprinkler. In the PNW, 70+ degrees, calls for splashing around. We haven't ventured to the beach yet... I'm thinking that'll happen this week (with the arrival of the grandparents!)

- Made our way to pick up our first haul of flowers (both annuals and perennials). We love to plant perennials in the flower beds (so that they come back each and every year... it's like the gift that keeps on giving), and the annuals are for the containers/hanging baskets. Marley was SO excited... she asked if we could add stickers and pretty tape (washi tape) to make the pots pretty. I told her, "Silly, no way! The flowers are going to make the pots pretty... we don't want to distract people from looking at them." I let her and Finn have free reign with the planting of the pots. They did so well... hardly needed any guidance. By the end, Marley looked at the pots and exclaimed, "You're right Mom, they definitely DON'T need stickers."

-  Charlotte started Ukulele lessons this month. Her music teacher offered free lessons to those that had ukuleles at home (that she'd have to bring in), before school starts on Tuesday and Fridays. She's LOVING it. She is so excited to share with me all that she learns when she comes home. It's also something I'm trying to learn alongside her.

- I started a sourdough starter this month... I know what you're thinking... "Karen, that's one more thing that you have to take care of.." but 1. bread and 2. the most amazing pizza dough in the history of ever, was created with that sour dough starter. I used to feed a culture when I lived in Korea, and it was so good to have fresh bread... plus, sourdough is a lot more tolerable for those that have gluten intolerances (don't worry, we are all ok in that department).

- Finn has been very challenging at the age of 3.5... I don't know what it is.. but these last few weeks has been a major struggle with him. Defiant, talking back... three. Burpees usually are our go to... to help them "snap out of" whatever they're struggling with... but, even burpees aren't doing the trick. The more I send him outside to play, the better we all are... it's those rainy days that are toughest.

- A dear friend of mine gifted me a beautiful play kitchen for the littles. It was her littles'... and to me, that's something to completely treasure... and treasure it sure is! The kids have played with it NONSTOP over the last week and a bit. We had it outside a little bit (which helped me get some yard work done or workouts done)... and then moved it into the twins' room. I taught them how to have a "tea party"... they say, "Ca Ca" for "coffee".... and pour incorrectly, but it's okay!  It's so precious how they play together, when they play together. They even hugged each other for the first time last week... they've hugged others, but never each other. I think we might be getting somewhere.

- We are counting down until summer break... We miss having Charlotte home with us during the day...also... how is it possible I'll have a kindergartner this year? (Insert tears flowing, just thinking about it).

- Awhile ago, my feeds were flooding with people sharing how AMAZING, The Greatest Showman's music was... I kind of eye rolled... how good could it possibly be? Charlotte's choir is singing one of the songs ( A Million Dreams) for their spring concert... so I knew it would be fun to rent the movie and finally dig into the movie that all have been talking about. I can't believe it took us so long. I'm a fan... and the music... SO good (I especially am a fan of Hugh Jackman and Zac Effron's "The Other Side"). We've been dancing to most of it... and cleaning to it... it's great.

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