after work comes play
|August 8, 2013||Posted by Mama under family life, homestead|
Phew! Another busy week flying by. I admitted to Papa that even with all the challenges that winter brings, there is a teensy weensy part of me that is looking forward to the natural rest period that comes with that season. It’s been a little more difficult than usual for me this week, and I’m not sure why. It might have something to do with the greater-than-usual amount of physical labor I’ve been doing outside, or it could be that after Chickie had started sleeping through the night we were both having trouble sleeping again, but whatever it is, I’ve been feeling ready to crash by the days end.
My mom took the kids for a few hours today, and the first thing I did after dropping them off was sit down to read. I haven’t read something just for me during the day in way too long! Then it was scrubbing the bathroom and the infant carseat I’m giving away… boring housework stuff. But that hour was wonderful. Thank you mom!
Next week our family is going on vacation to a nearby camp. It’s an annual Christmas gift from my mom and stepdad to take all their kids someplace for an extended visit. We’ve really enjoyed these vacations, and always anticipate the next one with excitement. The kids are looking forward to playing with their cousins, splashing in the water, and eating special snacks.
(The brown spot behind the barrel marks the spot where the storage camper was)
Along with all those things, I’m also looking forward to a break from our weekly routine and an excuse to work on a couple of fun and easy projects I’ve been setting aside for lack of time. Like, finishing up a book I had to renew from the library, and watching family videos from the past couple years in prep for Chickie’s first year video. But I won’t forget to enjoy the little moments with my kiddos and take lots of pictures!
We will be leaving on Monday and coming back the following Monday, and Papa will have a three day weekend in the middle to enjoy at camp with us. As for American Family Now, what you see here will be a little different than usual while we are away from home. In order to really be with my family, I want to minimize blog activity, so instead of posting three times a week, each day I will post a single picture which captures a special moment of our day, along with a little story or thought to leave you with. Though a little post can easily turn into a longish one for me, I will do my best to keep it short and sweet.
Because we are coming back on Monday and I have a lot of mental catching up to do with all the homestead work and homeschool prepping going on here, this picture a day series will continue the week we return from camp as well.
And when I am back to post in full-length stories the week of the 26th, I’ll be launching a new project I’ve been excited about getting started on here. I had hoped to share it with you already, but it’s just been too crazy! Hint, hint. It’s all about creating a platform from which both our family and yours can benefit from this website.
(the peas stopped producing, so I turned the plants under for green compost)
As for homestead happenings this week, we successfully sealed 18 and 1/4 quarts of green beans, some from our garden, but most from my grandfather’s as ours are just beginning to be ready for picking (Here’s what canning looks like in a camper). We finished moving everything from the storage camper into the shed, some of which Papa was able to organize while I worked on the storage camper. Then my dad pulled the storage camper out with his jeep and moved it around the corner of our field so it’s ready for someone to haul away. It’s free for the taking by the way!
(Chickie has graduated to “one of the kids” status now. She plays outside almost as much as them, and has just as much fun!)
The rest is usual week-to-week family life, although it sure seems like I ought to have more to share since it has been so busy…