I went through a few of the photos on my phone today and it’s been busy around here. Lots of good, lots of bad, lots of grace.
This is a photo Avery took with my phone. It has little relevance to anything going on except that I think it’s a really great photo.
I’ve had a rough couple weeks but thanks to my phone photos, I’ve realized that mixed in with the bigger, bad things (car accident, stomach bug, plumbing issues), are some really lovely moments.
Ida is a happy, baby girl. I recently decided that playing out in the front yard is really good for the neighborhood. I’ve had more neighbor interactions and feel generally more connected with the people on my street. Also, the boys love it.
It’s like they know that it’s off limits most of the time (any time I can’t be outside with them) so they just freak out and run all over the place and tackle eachother and then have cute conversations before they get up.
I love our quiet street. It’s a combination of original homeowners (been here 50+) years, new families like us and established families with teens.
I also love my garden. It’s harvest time for spring crops and I’ve been quite enjoying it.
That’s my Pac Choy. Very delicious. I’ve been putting it in every salad and also sometimes in my green smoothies but it’s finally starting to go to seed so I’ve been harvesting it by the head and they are glorious. I also made my first rhubarb harvest. I’ll be harvesting throughout the season but you have to harvest before new stalks will pop up.
We’ve spent some time with family lately too. Shane’s grandparents stayed with us a couple weeks ago. This weekend his step sister graduated from highschool. The kids love grandparents of all kinds.
I also thought it’d be a good chance to have another photo of the fam….which was good.
The boys weren’t into it. In fact, Eli really couldn’t deal and we got this amazing outtake.
Outtake are better than the ‘perfect’ picture in my opinion. haha
Finally, a shout out to my amazing husband who has kept me sort of sane lately. I wrecked his car the day before Mother’s day, just after my car had some costly repairs and I was pretty distraught. It was a hit and run and made me insecure about driving and also kinda left me traumatized. I’ve never been in a wreck before so it shook me up a bit. I had a throwing up little boy and on Mother’s Day I had to stay home from church to stay with the sick kids. I was pretty down about things and he got home from church, had a sitter (my amazing cousin Elise) watch all the kids while we went for a little retail therapy and some much needed food and drink…that I didn’t have to make haha. I know Mother’s Day is all about family but Shane knew that in this particular stage of motherhood, a break from kids is just what I needed.
He’s the star of my show.
So even though we have spent thousands of dollars in the past week on plumbing and car repair, at least all the things that matter are here with me and totally amazing.