We’ve been busy around here. Beyond the ins and outs of normal life, we went to the very first football game my kids have ever experienced, we spent an afternoon at the zoo, we’ve been to the park numerous times, and we spent one day at the George Washington Carver monument. I’m trying to do those things that give us a chance to enjoy each other instead of the constant stress of craziness we’ve had too much of lately. It’s been fun.
One (homeschool team vs. Christian school team) football game later, the only photo i took of the experience was Elliot hanging on the handrail hollering “Look at me momma! Take a picture!”. Sad but true.
The zoo? Yeah. I got a photo of Elliot’s “I’m too tired to walk, momma.” We’d gone to town without the stroller for something else entirely, and the zoo was a spur of the moment thing… Without a stroller. I already had Stellan on me. Liberty begs to wear the littles often. She was pretty pleased to get her chance.
Stellan loved the little airplane springs! I couldn’t get him to hold still for anything. It’s fun to have him getting big enough to find things fun and funny.
Like figuring out how to get the puff snacks container open and dumping it everywhere. Hilarious, for sure.
See that little plate behind him? Yeah. That was my attempt at civility. It would seem that he did not approve.
The kids got to make candles, wash laundry on a washboard, and shuck corn at the George Washington Carver monument. Fun times! It was such a fun day.
Liberty candle dipping – she’s the one who quickly figured out she had to dip it in all the way to get a full sized candle. She worked hard to get it just right.
Elliot’s candle – she was so proud of her work.
Washing towels on the washboard was the highlight of the day for several of the kids. Taking your frustrations out on a washboard would have it’s benefits!
Meanwhile, when asked if she scrubbed her towel, Elliot got indignant. She just scrubbed the washboard down with soap! I think she thought she was doing dishes.
Mmm, yep, fun now, in 70° weather. Sounds less fun come January.
The kids all wished we could wash laundry like this all the time. I can’t even imagine what that would look like. I washed four loads of laundry just today. In machines, it’s no big deal. That would make laundry a full time job! (Next, they went and pretended to iron… Ugh. Nope. I iron only when I sew, unless I’m really, really desperate.)
Anyway, I’ve been reminded of the joy of parenting, having fun together too. I have to do this far more often, and be purposeful in this mothering thing. The day to day stuff gets the better of me and the joys slip away.
A bunch of my kids are now fighting colds and a vomit bug is making the rounds in co-op and elsewhere around here. Praying colds is it for us and we escape the rest! Ten people, one bathroom, vomit, and diarrhea does not make for anything fun or good, unless practicing patience and compassion in extenuating circumstances counts.
Holding onto that joy… Even in the hard days.
And I need to buy stock in Kleenex. Because wow.