This has been a week of changing plans. It turns out that Daddy is not going to deploy right away. The surgeon wants him to do some physical therapy on his arm and make sure the repair is really set in there before he goes out the door. So We have a little while longer with Daddy. He, meanwhile, has been taking it easy… ish.
Last weekend the weather was great, and we had time to get caught up on some work that needed doing. You know, the usual, pressure washing the deck, weeding the garden, weeding the flower beds, sweeping, mopping, laundry, dishes, cooking, etc. Sometimes it seems like life requires so much maintenance, we never have time actually to live it.
But that is not quite true. We have time for coloring.
And we have time for snuggles.
And we have time for legos.
On Sunday we fulfilled a Memorial Day tradition and went to put flowers on the headstones of deceased family members. We made something of a party of it this year.
Especially once Evie decided that Everyone needed flowers in their hair:
I think next year we should bring food and beverages and have a picnic.
Speaking of food and beverages:
Kathleen made some delicious blueberry-oatmeal bars on Thursday. However, they mysteriously vanished prior to our company arriving on Sunday, so she made another batch, this time with apple in them as well.
It is a bit ironic that we spend more time preparing our food than we do eating it. This can sometimes be frustrating, especially when it sometimes seems like Mommy and Daddy are always in the kitchen, either cooking food, or serving food, or putting leftover food in the refrigerator, or cleaning up dishes after food.
I suppose it’s just another way that it seems like life takes so much maintenance you sometimes don’t even have time to live it.
We could probably do things the easier way: hire someone to mow the lawn, weed the garden, keep the flower beds nice; buy food ready made, or eat TV dinners or just subsist entirely on raw fruits and veggies, precooked meat, and protein bars, like Daddy does when he is in schools or training.
Or, we could change our way of thinking. What if the “maintenance” of life actually was life? The chores and responsibilities and nuisances and whatnot are not interruptions of life, but the very stuff of which life is supposed to consist? What if we were put on this earth to do good work, and work is actually meant to be an enriching, ennobling, human activity which we are supposed to love?
We had two of Ryan’s classmates, Jess and Kim, over for pizza on Sunday night. Jess brought her kids and we made individual pizzas in the pizza oven, as well as two regular 18″ pizzas in the regular oven.
the kids ran around and played in the playhouse like crazy. Jess and Kim were able to sneak up on them and give them a good scare.
And Ellie tried blueberries for the first time!
She is a different baby than Evie. Evie would have lived on blueberries for the first two years of her life if we had let her.
Ellie is getting so big these days. She can walk in her walker.
She was a little bit cranky yesterday, not wanting to be put down in her chair or walker. We didn’t know why she until the mystery was solved today.
Let the bacon begin!
Daddy was able to take the girls to MC on Monday night, which was a very nice time. Evie was ecstatic that Aunty Celyn and Aunty Diana let her use their purse straps as “horsey reins!”
All in all, it has not been a bad week. We hope your week has gone just as well, and you are headed into a nice, relaxing, human weekend.