I am home with four kids - two girls, two boys - ages 14, 6, 5 and 3 (and when I started this blog, just a little over two years ago, I had an infant, a 2yr old, 3yr old and 12yr old - feels like a lifetime ago, but it wasn't ;-). Until about four or five years ago, I worked in marketing. I have been and done many things - dancer, magazine "multi-tasker", advertising copywriter, gymnastics coach, resort town waitress, grad student, etc. Now my areas of expertise are different and diverse. I am savvy, efficient, patient and earthy (like it or not). I am a better cook, an Ok herb gardener, an impressive artist to my kids, an active and prolific photographer, a childrens' clothing stylist (in my head), a manager of all things "household" and a news enthusiast (from politics to celebrity). I am more cynical though less of a worrier / hypochondriac than I used to be. I am increasingly proud of what I do with kids, family and home, but I do still present myself as a "freelance writer".
So .. yesterday ... we opted out of our pool party at the club - instead, took a long walk to an open field to launch a toy rocket with the neighbors - bought some frozen treats to enjoy - cooked out and tried to keep organizing our clothes for Good Will, our toys, our ski clothes from the winter that needed a home. I quite like walking the neighborhood, barefoot - hanging out, doing cartwheels - watching the kids play duck duck goose - sitting on the grass talking to hubby and friends - like I don't have a care in the world. I think I had three fudgscicles :-).
I'm still worried about my Mom - had intended to have a chat with her about my challenges with Lil (who, yesterday alone, got into Olivia's old American Girl stuff - Milo's preschool bag that he brought home last day and more - in fact, we're still looking for the little ladybug that bore his name in his "cubby" all year. Love it that she's so independent, but...... she's a tricky one). So.. wondering if my Mom will be thinking today, as I am, of years past - watermelon, brownies, fresh tomatoes and corn - eating burgers and hot dogs and playing badmitten and wiffle ball in their sloped, shady yard - sitting on the wraparound porch until well past dark.... Geez... REALLY bittersweet for me today - brings tears and smiles, ya know? I know she'll miss my Dad, and I know she doesn't feel well. All that makes me feel bad. I wish things were the way they used to be.
I'm being rushed today because we are going to see hubby's family. I am not on my own timeline today, and I will kinda "hang" by myself for part of the day. Not a problem. We have herb and tomato purchasing plans later ;-). Maybe Shrek the Final Chapter (watched The Princess and the Frog last night for family movie night - I really like it. Digressing again .....All good, right?
Stay safe - remember the reason for the day - and have fun!