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{pretty, happy, funny, real} – a busy week

I really do have some great pictures this week from our visit to the splashpad on Tuesday (I’m trying to go as much as possible while the weather is still warm, because it’s a great way to get the kids out of the house), but I haven’t gotten them uploaded from my camera.

There should be some pictures of our little garden on there too. We’ve planted beets, corn, basil, sage, mint, and oregano so far and they’re doing ok, except for a row of the corn that looks pretty burnt. Now that it’s starting to get cooler, though (highs in the 90s!) I’d like to plant my leafy greens for the fall growing season, too – it’s just about the right time to plant cilantro, arugula, kale, and spinach – all of which seem to be hard to eat when purchased from a store but which are tossed easily into just about every meal when available in the backyard garden. Do you find that to be true in your house as well? The store-bought produce will often go bad before I use it all up (especially greens), but anything that we grow ourselves is devoured immediately!

Sometimes it seems like life is a juggling act and I’m a very clumsy juggler – at least one ball always seems to be getting dropped. On a positive note, we got a lot of laundry and house-cleaning done this weekend, thanks to my very helpful husband, so I don’t feel overwhelmed in every area of life right now, just the normal two to three areas. The kids had peed on all the beds so the laundry was fairly important… and spilled a bowl of cereal (dry) under the couch, so vacuuming was rather needed as well… so it goes with toddlers, I suppose.

I do have a {real} picture for the first time, though, from one of the more hectic nights this week!

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What do you do with a baby who wants to see what you’re doing and be in the kitchen but won’t consent to being held still in a wrap and is too unsteady and short to stand on a chair? I don’t know what your solution is, but apparently mine is to let him play sans diaper in the kitchen sink… The toddler heard me putting said baby in the sink and requested to play as well, and surprisingly they played together in peace for the 10-15 minutes I needed to finish getting dinner made.

You can see all the groceries still sitting out on the counter too… they didn’t get put away until after bedtime. But at least it was all clean and straightened up before I went to bed, so I wouldn’t have to wake up to the mess! It’s the little things πŸ™‚

Don’t forget to head over to the link-up and visit other blogs! It’s encouraging to see the crazy and the happy in everyone else’s life, at least for me – it gives me the reassurance that we’re all in this together and no one is doing it perfectly, but that we can all choose to see beauty and find contentment right where we are.

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8 thoughts on “{pretty, happy, funny, real} – a busy week

  1. That last paragraph is so true! It reminded me of this scene from Parenthood. Enjoy the ride!

  2. I took some time for a little cleaning therapy yesterday, too. One bright and tidy little spot in my world of chaos and things-to-do! But I really just want to tell you that it will get better. Little children are so demanding of our time, basically because they need to be supervised almost 24/7! But it will get better. So hang in there, keep breathing, and lean on that husband of yours. It sounds like he’s a good man. πŸ™‚

  3. I juggle a lot too and there are usually at least two or three balls on the ground. Solidarity! Kudos for growing your own garden! I’ve wanted to have my own garden for several years now, and managed to grow one zuchinni this summer πŸ˜‰

    1. I’ve never been able to grow zucchini so I’m impressed! I usually only have luck with herbs and leafy greens – the kinds of things that are hard to kill and are still edible even if they produce nothing but leaves πŸ˜›

  4. What a great photo! Very “real!” πŸ™‚
    I love waking up to a clean kitchen – although it doesn’t happen nearly as often as I’d like.
    It takes me a while to get my photos uploaded to my computer too – just not top on the priority list and absolutely not something I can do when my little ones are around because I don’t want to risk both my camera and my computer being knocked over!

    1. Thanks πŸ™‚ It doesn’t happen all the time over here either but my babies are early risers so I try to make it a priority – otherwise the chaos of the day is upon me before I have a chance to get ready. And I have exactly the same problem with photos!

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