Other things we’ve been up to this month…
Here we are at NC State’s “farm day”. Note to self: pack vegetarian lunches next year. Otherwise, S may look at the animals walking around in their pens and ask questions like, “Is that turkey like the turkey I just ate for lunch?” and you will have to field panicked looks from nearby families until you say something misleading like “NO ONE is going to eat THAT turkey!!!” (and at least one mother will mouth the words “thank you” as you’re leaving.)
We also visited the big museum about 40 minutes away (a special outing for us!). Friends gave us passes they weren’t using (thank you!), and we had an absolute blast. T fed his train obsession in this exhibit.
And how about this sign at the exit of that exhibit?
Our cousins had lots of birthdays, so we have been to their house for a “Tangled”-themed treasure hunt, to a park near their house for their one-year-old’s cake smashing soiree, and to a pasture within that park to just admire the horses and views. (Thank you, cousins!) One photo, from my brother, who is by far my favorite photographer (as long as he’s not taking “work photos” of my children, i.e. “X-rays”…) Can you believe this photo was taken by someone who just plays around with the camera during the off-time from his Orthopedic Surgery practice?
(3) Hanging around
Check out E on the swing in our backyard. Photo credit to my brother again. How much about spring and childhood and E is captured in this one photo of her muddy feet? Volumes, I tell you.
Nana got the kids a fishing pole AND managed to disassemble the pole and fix it after I broke it (thank you, Nana!). Since I clearly don’t know how to handle a rod, dad took over the casting lessons, and the kids had a blast.
Noteworthy: the kids will spend an hour catching minnows and tadpoles in their nets at the local pond and collecting them in a water filled bowl that we pour back into the pond before we leave. Here are E & T inspecting their catches with Nana…
Also noteworthy: the girls “fished” for an hour with dad with a plastic stopper on the end of the reel (i.e. no bait or hook) and were thrilled with the experience. I can’t imagine what they will do when we actually introduce the idea that you could use the pole to catch a fish.
(5) Trying to keep our heads above water in terms of housework
With this much fun going on, mom has had to work overtime to simply keep our familial feet underneath us. Exhibit A: every few weeks I have to go through a pile that looks like this to pull any artwork or projects we want to save.
This process deserves a post of its own. Stay tuned. Then there’s the normal stuff. I mentioned before that I lost the battle with the laundry. I fared only slightly better in the kitchen. And Nana saved me with regards to everything else. (see below)
(6) Spent time with Nana!
Nana’s visit was devoted to catching up, hanging out, and pitching in. In addition to fishing, playing, taking the kids to several museums (T was adorable riding the train at the local science museum and still asks to “go ride James” again at least every other day), Nana just rolled up her sleeves and help me get some things done.
More detail? I am just out of the first trimester of pregnancy, which means I am still exhausted, but also feeling my version of a nesting instinct. Much to my husband’s dismay, I have no desire to clean, but an overwhelming urge to organize and declutter (my normal instinct, but taken to a fever-pitch during pregnancy). The end result: During pregnancy, I am desperate to get organized but too tired to actually do it, which leaves me very frustrated. While she was here, Nana helped me sort through the kids outgrown clothes and she watched the kids and took care of lots of everyday things (the kitchen! the laundry!) while I tackled the attic, my desk, the bankbook, and several projects that have been languishing on my “to-do” list literally for years. Thank you, Nana! We loved playing with you and are so appreciative of all the help. (I haven’t listed everything you helped me catch up on because I am embarrassed that I was that far behind!)
More updates coming…have I mentioned that it’s been a busy month?!